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Jazz, Funk & World

Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars - "Libation" Review + Video

“Infused with an authentic energy and spirituality that can be instantly felt by listeners across cultural boundaries”  Comprised of refugees of the horrifying, decade long Sierra Leone Civil War,  Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars have become one of the most successful African bands to cross over to an international audience. The group formed in a […]Read More »

Rosin Coven - "Sing Me Malaise" Review

“Like stepping into a smoky speakeasy populated by circus freaks” Rosin Coven is known for their kinetic live shows, a circus of theatricality and style. On Sing Me Malaise, the band is tasked with using only their songs to pull the listener into their world, without the costumes and pageantry.  Fortunately, the album manages to […]Read More »

Vieux Farka Touré - "Mon Pays" Review

“Virtuosic guitar helps mend the wounds of war in this Malian insta-classic” The title of guitar virtuoso Vieux Farka Touré’s latest album is translated as “My Country” in English. Originally conceived as an homage to his home country of Mali, the project assumed a new meaning as the ongoing conflict between Tuareg freedom fighters and […]Read More »

The Idan Raichel Project - "Quarter To Six"

The Idan Raichel Project Quarter To Six Kfar Saba, Israel (Cumbancha) “United colors of dance-a-thon” The seventh album from this rhythmic alliance wraps the core of Eastern energy and Red Sea revelry with a bow of Western sensibilities and a power-pop state of mind. Quarter To Six truly is world music, featuring musicians from a […]Read More »

CSC Funk Band - "Funkincense"

CSC Funk Band Funkincense Brooklyn, NY (Electric Cowbell Records) “Funky grooves that send your booty on a shake odyssey” On its face, the second full-length release from CSC Funk Band seems like a straightforward funk album. But closer scrutiny reveals Funkincense to be as enigmatic as the pungent smoke rising, in coy billows, from a […]Read More »

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