Musician Anthony Joseph grew up on the Caribbean island of Trinidad, where he began writing poetry at the age of 10. But it was only after moving to London at the age of 22 that he started setting his words to music.
The landscapes of the central Australian region and the culture of the Aboriginal people who live there have inspired a new sound.
“Better Mus’ Come” is the first feature film by Jamaican director Storm Saulter. It’s a love story set in Kingston in the late 1970s.
A documentary tells the story of National Wake, a South African punk band that challenged the country’s apartheid divisions in the 1970′s. Unfortunately, the group didn’t last very long, as reporter Mirissa Neff tells us.
Retro-style jazz sounds from Dutch singer Caro Emerald. Her music recalls the days of big band and jazz divas of the 1940s and 50s.
The legendary Coppelia park in Havana, Cuba is an outdoor ice cream parlor where very affordable, government subsidized scoops are dished out.
Ahmed Gallab was born in Sudan and raised in the US. In his early 20s he gained a measure of indie-rock fame playing with groups such as Of Montreal and Yeasayer. But it’s his solo project Sinkane that seems to be drawing him back to his African roots.
Mali has been split into two for the past few months, ever since rebels took over the northern part of the country. One casualty has been Mali’s previously vibrant music scene. Reporter Mirissa Neff spoke about the situation with members of Terakaft, a music group that hails from Mali’s north.
This year’s edition of WOMEX (the World Music Expo) brought musicians and delegates from all corners of the globe to Thessaloniki, Greece [...]
Desilicious started about ten years ago with the purpose of integrating Bollywood music, pop music, and house music [...]
Buraka Som Sistema has been creating a unique take on Angolan kuduro music. The group’s sound initially struck a chord with Lisbon’s young clubgoers, and ever since they’ve been heating up dance floors around the globe. Reporter Mirissa Neff has more.
The Afro-Punk Festival recently returned to Brooklyn, after being washed out by Hurricane Irene last year [...]
A few weeks ago I caught El Gavachillo y Banda Viento de Oro at Lincoln Center’s Out of Doors Festival [...]
Just after Brasil Summerfest ended I had the pleasure of spending an afternoon on a lower Manhattan rooftop with Beco Dranoff [...]
Chilean singer Alex Anwandter is part of an emerging electro-pop scene in his home city of Santiago and is also becoming a spokesman for gay rights in Chile.