Celebrating its 25th anniversary, Planet Drum has been remastered in a special edition with three previously unpublished tracks. By writing new music inspired by the traditions of these master musicians, this ensemble has created something completely authentic that still sounds fresh today.
Rivers – from the Congo to the Mississippi is an album that brings together his beloved soukous with a variety of outside influences tinged with blues and jazz. Matuzungidi is making music that reflects the diverse community he lives in and the end result is a set of songs that breathe fresh ideas into a classic sound.
Adama Dramé celebrates his fifty year career with his latest release, Dakan. The Burkinabe griot and djembefola (djembe player) mixes traditional and contemporary mandingo percussion to create a modern yet timeless record with his impressive ensemble.
The result is a percussive record with plenty of kick that grabs the listener from the first track. A variety of Afro-Colombian rhythms power this effort, with touches of West Africa alongside funk and jazz channeled through vintage synthesizers, and a mighty brass/woodwind section. This is a band that has been on the rise for a while and will increase their fan base significantly with this phenomenal release.
KUKU, the American born and Nigerian raised singer-songwriter, has released an album of his observations after questioning his faith in organized religion, politics and authoritarian regimes. Ballads & Blasphemy is a cohesive production that strikes an honest tone.