What a strange and, in musical terms, a somewhat beautiful journey the Cameroonian Moken Nunga has made. From his coastal hometown Victoria, now called Limbe, in Africa's Cameroon to Detroit, Michigan and now onto his first musical offering.
Research published today by the American Psychological Association has shown that chimpanzees prefer listening to West African akan and North Indian raga over listening to silence. What does this say about the evolutionary purpose of music?
Nigerian artist William Onyeabor self-released eight albums that took a heavy synthesized futuristic approach to African funk and soul music. Three decades later, the first-ever documentary, Fantastic Man, explores Onyeabor's uniqueness and lasting impact through interviews and rare footage.
The dancers from the Smuin ballet are all talented and energetic and they telegraph their enthusiasm to an equally excited audience. They are a wonderful regional company -- just not quite up to snuff.
There is much about the rich, earthy genre of dance from the African Diaspora that is worthy of intellectual exploration; it's a connection between worlds. African dance is celestial; transcending beyond just artistic expression, it contains movements of spirit possession.