The Very Best, who perform at Rock & Roll Hotel tonight, won widespread acclaim for its bubbly, bright mesh of Afropop vocals and electro, indie rock and hiphop music on a 2008 mixtape and 2009 debut album The Warm Heart of Africa. Then a UK-based trio including Swedish producer Johan Hugo Karlberg, Malawian vocalist Esau Mwamwaya, [...]
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European and American house and techno might be the first thing some people associate with electronic dance music. But some local DJs have been spinning non-Western dance music for years. Their club nights are specialized yet eclectic affairs, reflecting their interests in modern, club-friendly tracks from back home and elsewhere.
The Trinidad-raised DJ Super Slice used [...]
Amadou & Mariam, who will be at the Birchmere Wednesday, have been performing together since 1980. However, only in recent years has this blind Malian couple started reaching a sizable audience on this side of the Atlantic. Their wonderful latest cd, Welcome to Mali, is catchy, creative Afropop, not purist traditional Malian folkloric music or [...]