There may be no one quite as busy as Jason King. Before we speak on the phone, he has just flown in from Dubai. Throughout the year he can be caught at either the NYU campus in Abu Dhabi or NYC teaching courses at Tisch's Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music where he formerly served as artistic d ... More >>
In January, 26-year-old Jose Lagos pleaded guilty to orchestrating three murders in Newburgh between 2008 and 2011--he was one of three Latin King gang members ordering the hits. One of those shootings targeted a rival Bloods member but instead killed a 15-year-old bystander. Another shooting, also ... More >>
Shit music in 17 keys
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Great drumming almost excuses Ginger Baker's dickishness
The end of the year brings a flurry of world music albums with commercial intentions ranging from the archival to the optimistically opportunistic. Some, like the Creole Choir of Cuba's Tande-La or Vlada Tomova's Balkan Tales, accompany tours by the outfits that made them; others are heavily branded ... More >>
Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 S.O.B.'s Wednesday, July 27 Better than: FELA! on Broadway. It's not hard to see why Oluseun Anikulapo Kuti"Seun" (SHAY-oon) for shortwas asked to star in the musical about his bandleader father that, after a stint on Broadway that ended this year, is now ... More >>
MyFoxDetroit.comVigilant fellow passengers and crew members of Northwestern/Delta Flight 253, the same plane involved in Friday's terror attempt by a Nigerian-born suspect, notified authorities and led to the capture today of a Nigerian businessman who locked himself in the bathroom for, like ... More >>
Yes In My Backyard is a semiweekly column showcasing MP3s from new and emerging local talent. This is a compilation of 2009's best local music, lovingly curated by YIMBY columnist Christopher R. Weingarten Your curator this evening, lost in the Death By Audio maze. Photo by Rebecca Smeyne.Ne ... More >>
What to buy your Mexican-loving friends this Navidad
Musical chairs with nuns and a Jew.
Catching up with our finest purveyor of impromptu noise-punk trilogies
Fearlessly combining Afrobeat with Chinese mysticism
Dutifully carrying on his father Fela Kuti's outsized and outspoken legacy, afrobeat's first son Femi Kuti has not only spent the last decade-plus touring the world, releasing albums (including last year's fine Day By Day), and collecting Grammy nominations (for 2003's Fight To Win), he's also bee ... More >>
Before the Daptone empire, there was a Nigerian Afrobeat crew that did not exist
SXSW 2009: the sound of a thousand Babydick jokes cracking. Full list, with arbitrarily bolded highlights, below.
Hey, where did LL Cool J go?
A half-decade of joyful Nigerian mimicry
Two reissues honor Afrobeat's funkiest drummer and one of its most exuberant innovators
What can any of us actually do about the Darfur genocide? A new organization knows.
Aphrodesia take New York's Afrobeat revival back to the homeland
A fateful path from Nigeria, through Brooklyn, to war
Dostoyevsky, reggae, and Bollywood fuel a Nigerian Elvis
The very best of the year's best-ofs for your economical holiday-gift-giving convenience
Underground Organ Traders and Francophobic Secret Agents
Exile on Poverty Street
Choreography Unspools in Two Downtown Series
Westernizing Anglophone West Africa
Fela Didn't Believe AIDS Existed. But then he died of the disease. His brother is still trying to convince Fela's fans that HIV is real.