South Africa’s darlings on indie-pop, Beatenberg, are back after 4 years with glistening and serenading grooves from Cape Town. The … More
Drift along Joburg’s Hypnotic Rhythms on Matias Aguayo & Mujaji The Rain’s New EP
Matias Aguayo and Mujaji the Rain are masters of a pulsating rhythmic shower on their new record, Rain.
Film Review: Examining Music Making as an act of Resistance in “Mali Blues”
What Mali Blues achieves as a film is a vivid exposition of the musical landscape of Mali. By following each of the four subjects, the film, brings you the past and the present sounds in all its rich diversity.
Film Review: Remembering the love for African Music Ancestors on “Wahenga”
On Amil Shivji’s documentary film, Wahenga, we are privy to a series of conversations between old musician, their memories of the past and their quest to revive a fading musical tradition by becoming the ancestors.
How To Find Steve Monite: Looking Beyond “Only You”
The 1980s was a great time for African electronic music, with many subgenres like the Lagos Bougie sound, Burger Highlife, … More
Album Review: Odunsi Engineers Future Sounds With Elements of The Past on Debut Album “rare.”
From the sparkly album art to the loose yet compact sequencing of fragments of his life in the track listing, Odunsi has successfully managed to create a courageous body of work that is enriching at its coldest and blissful at its warmest. Some moments in music are so rare and candid that they are instantly unforgettable. With the right chemistry of honest naked emotions and measured portions of the bliss of nostalgia and the racy excitement of uncertainty, few artists are able to hypnotize listeners. On “rare.” Odunsi The Engine does just that.
Film Review: Instant Cult Classic “Lucky” Provides Polarized Lens to Examine Youth Culture in Accra
The film, released in September 2018, follows two young men as they attempt to survive the relentless tirade of trauma that can be Accra, Ghana’s capital and in the process, provide a polarized lens to examine millennial lifestyle and culture through honest and direct depiction of varied lived experiences.
Film Review: Using Composition to Paint a Portrait of Tanzania in Transit
‘Tanzania Transit’ may be one of my favorite films of 2018. Aside from the bonus of this documentary gifting me … More
Album Review: Examining The Blueprints of Ga Electronic Music on Asokpor 1.0 by Jowaa
For Jowaa, this release promises to be the start of a boosted broadcast project where the pair aim to beam their sound as far as possible. It stands out in the current scope of Ghanaian alternative music as it pays homage to a long traditional of Accra based electronic music as well as engineering dance blueprints that are relevant to today’s times. Asorkpor 1.0 is beautiful for its sonic precision yet alive because of the narrative hardwired into the sound.
Album Review: Ebo Taylor Celebrates Ghanaian Communal Musical Composition On “Yen Ara”
Yen Ara represent one of the final iterations on a quest to perfection. By dedicating his life to the music, Ebo Taylor has worked religiously to achieve what could be a near perfect sound. Not only does he achieve this on this album but he also pays homage to Fanti culture and how the communal use of music to lubricate daily chores is the main ingredient in is sonic composition.