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Whirled Peas: The Shrinking Globe Examined Through Music and Side Dishes

(0) Comments | Posted December 18, 2012 | 11:11 AM

by Tom O'Neill

Two things became immediately clear after arriving at the University of Oxford for my semester abroad this fall. First was the British gastronomical preference for peas. Regardless the entrée, no plate was complete without the presence of at least a couple soft, green, globules....

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Review: Hommage by Yannick Noah

(2) Comments | Posted December 1, 2012 | 2:07 PM

By Laura Lyons

In his native France, Yannick Noah is an unlikely double-threat; a stellar athlete and a respected and beloved musician. Stateside, most people are more familiar with Noah's tennis record than with his music career, but his latest album Hommage is one that promises to change that. The...

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Idrissou Mora-Kpai to Present Indochina, Traces of a Mother

(0) Comments | Posted April 11, 2012 | 4:25 PM

By Ian Merkel

In a rare New York appearance, filmmaker Idrissou Mora-Kpai will be showing his latest film, Indochina, Traces of a Mother. This film concerns the tirailleurs sénégalais, West African soldiers who fought on behalf of France during both World Wars as in the War in Indochina. A documentary...

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Occupy Nigeria: Nneka on the "Vagabonds in Power"

(0) Comments | Posted March 23, 2012 | 1:28 PM

If you're looking for honest news on Africa, here's a dose from Nigerian songstress Nneka. In this powerful short doc, she dishes on Nigerians' growing dissatisfaction with the "Vagabonds in Power", her country's tricky relationship to oil, and her involvement in the historical "Occupy Nigeria" movement earlier this...

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A Different Kind of Dance: Saul Williams' Volcanic Sunlight

(0) Comments | Posted January 24, 2012 | 6:25 PM

From a man who's known as much for his biting, verbose cultural and political criticism, it was hard to know what to expect from a new record that was called, by the artist himself in the press release announcing it, "a dance album." But spoken-word poet, writer, musician, and activist...

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An "Open Door" Collaboration: India.Arie and Idan Raichel

(1) Comments | Posted December 19, 2011 | 12:43 PM

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Photos and Words by Alex Cullen for IRISCAPE Productions

In 2008, Grammy-winning recording artist India.Arie took a trip to Israel. While there, she asked people she met, "Who is the most talented and interesting musician in Israel?" Everyone had the same reply:...

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Bouncing Cats, A New Film by Nabil Elderkin, Shows How Hip-Hop Empowers Lives Across the Globe

(0) Comments | Posted December 1, 2010 | 12:19 PM

By Marc Gabriel Amigone

Bouncing Cats, the new documentary film shot and directed by Nabil Elderkin, tells the powerful story of Abramz Tekya, the organization he founded, and hip-hop pioneer Richard "Crazy Legs" Colon of the legendary Rock Steady Crew's trip to Uganda. Elderkin follows the legendary B-Boy and several...

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Love and Death, the New Album from Ghanaian Legend Ebo Taylor

(0) Comments | Posted October 15, 2010 | 5:13 PM

Ebo Taylor is one of the funkiest people to ever walk the earth. Love and Death, his first internationally released studio album out October 24th on Strut Records, is a continuation of Taylor's already legendary legacy as a composer and performer of African music.

Starting in the...

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Black Crowes' Drummer Talks 'Croweology'

(0) Comments | Posted August 23, 2010 | 7:21 PM

by Andrew Aprile

Modiba recently spoke with Steve Gorman, drummer of the Black Crowes, to talk about their most recent release, Croweology, an acoustic double album retrospective of the band's catalogue celebrating the 20th anniversary of their breakthough debut, Shake Your Money Maker.

From the top of the rock n'...

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WHY YOU SHOULD PAY FOR MUSIC

(67) Comments | Posted June 9, 2010 | 4:18 PM

by Jon Sheldrick


Let's get one thing straight: I love free music. If a musician decides to give away an album, I'm the first to download it. I am against the RIAA lawsuits that sue people for sharing music. Rather than scaring people into buying music, I advocate...

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Salif Keita Celebrates Diversity and Preaches Tolerance on La Différence

(0) Comments | Posted June 4, 2010 | 5:37 PM

by Marc Gabriel Amigone

"I'm a black man, my skin is white and I like it, it's my difference. I'm a white man, my blood is black, I love that, it's the difference that's beautiful." Those are the words of Salif Keita, taken from La Différence, the title...

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Viral "Makmende" Signals Shift in African Music as Twitter Generation Takes Lead

(1) Comments | Posted May 24, 2010 | 1:48 PM

By Lars Russell (Follow on Twitter)


Like near everyone who saw Just A Band's music video "Ha-He," otherwise known as "Makmende Amerudi!", I was captivated. Grainy B-style gangster-film parody, all stances and stage punches. Delicate, absurdist, almost phenomenological subtitles ("Are you...

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White Kid From Boston Drops Rap Album in The iTunes Forest; Makes a Sound

(0) Comments | Posted May 7, 2010 | 3:37 PM

by Samuel Bathrick


In March of 2010, Trinity College soccer captain Sam Adams Wisner made 'em say "huh?" when his rap EP Boston's Boy (ahem, his first attempt at a record) debuted at the top of the national iTunes charts, trumping even mega-star Lil Wayne. With...

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FeatBA: A Snapshot of Today's Argentina

(0) Comments | Posted April 19, 2010 | 7:53 PM

by Sofia Verzbolovskis

The city of Buenos Aires oozes energy, spirit and creativity, all of which are strongly echoed in its art scene. Yet, it has often puzzled me why Argentina's art has not received the same international spotlight as some of its Latin American counterparts have....

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Angelique Kidjo and Peter Buffet Speak to the Future of Africa on "A Song for Everyone"

(0) Comments | Posted April 5, 2010 | 3:31 PM

by Samuel Bathrick

As a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and Grammy-award winning recording artist, Benin-born Angelique Kidjo is fighting to provide education and opportunity to young women in Africa. On her new single, "A Song for Everyone," a collaboration with Emmy-award-winning musician and producer Peter Buffet, Kidjo makes...

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African Disneyland? A Response to the New York Times Review of "Fela!" on Broadway

(3) Comments | Posted February 24, 2010 | 4:07 PM

By Ezra Gale

The following is written in response to Charles Isherwood's article on the Broadway musical "Fela!" in the New York Times on Sunday, January 28, 2010.

I took a special interest in Charles Isherwood's critical review of "Fela!" not only because I recently saw the...

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Staff Benda Bilili: See beyond appearances, look further

(0) Comments | Posted January 22, 2010 | 11:46 AM

by Sofia Verzbolovskis

Staff Benda Bilili's first explosive, jaw dropping tour came to an end in Paris' Café de la Danse after more than a month of hypnotizing crowds throughout Europe with their towering energy and unfaltering charm.

Staff Benda Bilili is a group of homeless, paraplegic...

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Global Fest 7.0: Sounds from every corner

(0) Comments | Posted January 17, 2010 | 10:23 AM

by Samuel Bathrick

Global Fest 2010 has come and gone for the seventh time. For those who trekked it to Webster Hall on a frigid Sunday evening, instead of bundling up with a cup of hot cocoa for Survivor re-runs, the reward was a warm island oasis of their own....

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The Sway Machinery Seeks to Connect Disparate Worlds at The Festival in the Desert

(0) Comments | Posted December 18, 2009 | 4:11 PM

by Marc Gabriel Amigone


The Touareg people, nomads from the south of the Sahara in Northern Mali, West Africa, have a longstanding tradition of coming together for annual meetings called Takoubelt. These congregations allow them to reconnect with each other, have fun, resolve conflicts between individuals or groups,...

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Sister Fa Steals The Show At Star-Studded Concert Honoring U.N. Peacekeepers

(0) Comments | Posted November 20, 2009 | 1:48 PM

This is HuffPost World's regular feature that highlights interesting musicians and musical trends around the world. Know of a great musician doing ground-breaking work outside the United States? Send us your ideas for bands to profile or up-and-coming musicians to follow. Please fill out this survey form.

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