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Dope Beats from Brazilian Streets

  Brazil has a powerhouse musical legacy, from Antônio Carlos Jobim to Gilberto Gil, from Jorge Ben Jor to Elis Regina, from João Gilberto to Sérgio Mendes. So a World Cup in Brazil was always going to have an awesome soundtrack. But a new generation of Brazilian musicians is attempting to stake its own claim to […]

Muted Voices: Zimbabwe Has Lost a Great of Urban Chimurenga

  Chiwoniso Maraire, that gifted woman who made mbira ‘cool’ to urban Zimbabwean audiences, will be sorely missed. I first met her in 2004, and we talked Peace of Ebony. That was that afro-fusion trio that came on the scene around 1990-1. Together with Herbert Schwamborn (Queeler, now known as Metaphysics) and Tony Chihota (“Chief”), Chi gave the […]