Posts Tagged ‘ afrobeat ’

Podcast: Found Brass Music

November 19, 2013

I’ve been finding lots of great music with horns lately, some of it new, some of it old.
Here I discuss reissued Afrobeat recordings, the new album from the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and a 1969 jazz recording from Larry Young.

Interview: Budos Band

November 5, 2013
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For SF WEEKLY: The Budos Band is perhaps the strangest among the roster that is Daptone Records, the independent funk and soul record label based in Brooklyn. Unlike several of their label mates, they have no lead singer. They curse a lot onstage. Twitter fans refer to them as “Badass horn muhfuggaz.” Their album covers […]

Q&A: Seun Kuti

May 4, 2011

Seun Kuti, an Afrobeat bandleader and the youngest son of Fela Kuti, is on tour to support his new album, “From Africa With Fury: Rise“, produced by Brian Eno. With its strong horn melodies, grooving rhythms and punchy song titles (“African Soldier”, “Rise”), the album is a mix of classic, energetic Afrobeat rhythms and contemporary […]

And the Band Plays Again: Afrobeat Returns

April 6, 2011

It’s been 20 years since Vincent Ahehehinnou and his bandmates in the Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou could afford to spend their days playing music. Back then, the band from Benin — formed in the late ’60s following the country’s independence from France — was busy spreading the joys of Afrobeat, a blend of soul, funk […]

London Celebrates African Music

September 7, 2009

Biyi Adepegba, the festival’s creator, said performing bands have gotten significantly smaller over the years, because of the high cost of touring — where the festival used to host bands with 15 or 20 members, most bands now rarely exceed 10. However, Adepegba thinks having smaller rosters actually helps bands appeal to a larger audience. […]

Review: Dum Dum Girls

Review: Reeps One and DJ Qbert

Opening Bands vs Headliners

African Artists: Searching for a New Sound

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