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  • 8 years ago | Music News

    Konono No. 1 is from the Congo and is unlike anything you've ever heard. The group's music is based on the sound of the likembé, or Congolese thumb piano. Angola-born bandleader Mawangu Mingiedi moved to Kinshasa (Congo's capital) in the 19...

  • 8 years ago | Music News

    Folky New York rocker Swati was a classically trained trombonist before she picked up the guitar and started writing songs in her late teens. Her first demo was produced by Steve Lillywhite (U2, Peter Gabriel), and although it caused a buzz in New...

  • 8 years ago | Music News

    Sax player Ori Kaplan, keyboard player Tamir Muskrat, and MC Tomer Yosef, the madmen behind Balkan Beat Box, are spearheading the latest underground music trend — Eastern European mashup. Like their New York compatriots in Gogol Bordello, the...

  • 8 years ago | Music News

    Maybe it's the long nights with nothing to do but take drugs and play music, or maybe it's their position outside of America's mainstream, but whatever the case, Norway's 120 Days has managed to create a murky, driving album that puts the relentle...

  • 8 years ago | Music News

    Although he hasn't made much of a splash on this side of the pond, Paul Weller's British career marks him as one of the most successful artists to emerge from the punk/new-wave scene. This CD sampler culls 23 tunes from the four-CD, 67-track Hit P...

  • 9 years ago | Music News

    The Belle Album is the last great secular record Al Green made before giving his life over to preaching the gospel. (He returned to the Hi Records formula in 2003 with I Can't Stop, but that's another story.) It's the first album Green produced hi...