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World - Released July 12, 2019 | Africa Express

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"Egoli" is the Xhosa word for Johannesburg -- translated into English it means "city of gold" -- which is where the collective Africa Express recorded this album in a matter of weeks at the dawn of 2019. Like the five previous albums by Africa Express, Damon Albarn acts as a ringleader in the shadows, omnipresent and largely invisible as he conducts an ever-shifting lineup of South African musicians through lithe electro grooves and spacy pop. Everything on Egoli defies easy categorization. The music doesn't follow conventional paths, either by the standards of African or Western music, and it's a reflection of how every musician involved in Africa Express is aiming at music that crosses cultures. The music is usually anchored in danceable rhythms that slyly evade both hip-hop and mbaqanga clichés, but Egoli also slides into lovely folkie territory: witness the delicate duet between Zolani Mahola and Gruff Rhys on "Absolutely Everything Is Pointing Towards the Light." Generally, Egoli bends toward joyous exuberance, music that sustains itself through its spontaneity and its open heart. The immediacy makes Egoli an instantly inviting listen but it's the camaraderie that makes it a nourishing one. © Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo
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World - Released June 28, 2019 | Ocora Radio-France

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Europe - Released April 19, 2019 | NorthSide

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World - Released March 29, 2019 | Sahel Sounds

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Since making his first recordings in 2008, singer and guitarist Mdou Moctar has gradually amassed an international audience on the strength of his earlier albums, which have ranged from live recordings to the acoustic compositions found on 2017’s Sousoume Tamachek, as well as his reputation as an engaging live musician. Recorded in Detroit and Niger, Ilana (The Creator) powerfully captures the energy of Mdou Moctar’s live show, both via the interplay of the quartet of musicians heard here and via the searing lead guitar work heard across the album. That’s not to say that this album is all guitar heroics and nonstop instrumental workouts — though those are certainly present. But just as Mdou's past work has showcased his stylistic range, so too does this album feature a dynamic range, as heard on the restrained and trance-like “Tumastin” and the title song, which decries French uranium mining in Niger. Listeners seeking impressive displays of musical virtuosity would do well to explore “Tarhatazed” and “Kamane Tarhanin,” which feature more guitar heroics. Ilana (The Creator) blends excellent feats of musicianship with welcome instrumental chemistry; it’s a fantastically-made and played rock album from beginning to end. © Tobias Carroll / Qobuz
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World - Released March 22, 2019 | X-Ray Production

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World - Released March 15, 2019 | Sony Music Entertainment Turkey.

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World - Released February 22, 2019 | Real World Records

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World - Released January 25, 2019 | Ma Case Records

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Asia - Released January 18, 2019 | Glitterbeat Records

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Latin America - Released November 16, 2018 | Olindo Records

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World - Released November 16, 2018 | Piranha

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Kuban's place in Egypt's musical history is one of an innovator who updated many traditional Nubian songs with the addition of electric instruments. Augmenting classical instruments like the oud, tar, and darabouka, Kuban beefed up his bands with amp-ready guitars, organ, fender bass, and keyboards. This was back in the late '50s. Kuban continues to tend to his "day job," playing many weddings every year and producing other acts in Egypt and neighboring Sudan, but he has also been able to cut many fine albums like this one from Shanachie. Featuring huge regional hits like "Sukkar, Sukkar, Sukkar" and "Amira," From Nubia to Cairo is a nonstop parade of dance-friendly grooves, solo-harmony vocals, and dizzying instrumental charts. A star in his homeland for close to 30 years, Kuban now brings his brand of modern Nubian dance music to a wider audience with this excellent release. © Stephen Cook /TiVo
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Africa - Released November 9, 2018 | Sterns Africa

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World - Released October 26, 2018 | Glitterbeat Records

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"On an album whose title translates as 'Consistent Fantasy Is Reality,' the Turkish singer pursues distant dreams of freedom in a fusion of contemporary rock and Turkish folk." © TiVo
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Africa - Released October 12, 2018 | Sterns Music

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Africa - Released September 14, 2018 | Analog Africa

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World - Released September 7, 2018 | Asphalt Tango Records

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World - Released June 29, 2018 | Strut

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Indian Music - Released June 29, 2018 | Seyir Muzik

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World - Released June 1, 2018 | Vertical records

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Fado - Released May 25, 2018 | Parlophone Portugal

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