Archive for the 'Afro-beat' Category

Monday, September 30th, 2013

The second installment of Analog Africa’s Afrobeat Airwaves series touched down earlier this month with Return Flight to Ghana, probing the years 1974-1983. Once again afro-funk, beat, heavy groove, highlife and soul focused. As with the first installment (and, really, most anything associated with the label), the selection is choice, digging from both relatively known […]

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

Hailing from the Niassa province of Mozambique, singer-songwriter Feliciano dos Santos is little-known outside of his native country, despite receiving praise from the likes of the New York Times, PBS, the Guardian and the BBC. His band, Massuko, generally sings in three regional dialects, Yao, Nyanga and Makua, and occasionally in Portuguese, the country’s official […]

Thursday, June 12th, 2008

Nigeria gained its independence from Great Britain in 1960, resulting in a series of national schisms that gave way to political unrest and military rule that continued officially until 1999 with the restoration of a supposedly democratic government. Many contend, however, that Olusegun Obasanjo’s two victories were stolen, and nearly the entire world condemned the […]

Saturday, February 16th, 2008

As our good friend, and fellow afro-beat enthusiast, Gorilla vs Bear, mentioned last week, Soundway Records has just released the compilation Nigeria Special featuring funk, r&b, afrobeat, soul, highlife, psych, and other subgenres from the region. I have many a collection from this era and region, and, so far, this comp is hanging with with […]