The raspy-voiced Zimbabwean star known simply as “Tuku” plays a tight blend of mbira-inspired chimurenga, South African mbaqanga, Zimbabwean jit pop, and his Kore Kore tribe’s traditional kateke drumming. Mali-born, Paris-based Fatoumata Diawara, who sings in the Wassoulou tradition, is a gorgeous young performer who rocks out a little more than countrywomen Oumou Sangare, whom she has backed, and Rokia Traore, whom she resembles on acoustic guitar. London-based Krar Collective rocks an electric version of the traditional Ethiopian krar lyre to near-Hendrixian extremes.
Sun., July 21, 3 p.m., 2013
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on July 17, 2013