During the 1960s, when the accordion still held a prominent place in French chanson, bossa nova sparked interest for music from the tropics, similar to how Baudelaire and Gauguin did with the colonial exoticisms of distant islands, fantasized through biased and colored filters
Mixing drums with the sound of waves and shells, Brazilian folk music celebrates Iemanjá, the mother of all African deities
An expression of social and political life, the Carnival is also a liminal space of transgression, offering a celebratory freedom of expression synonymous with challenging the powers that be.
Known as O Bruxo (the Wizard), the white-bearded Brazilian composer and multi-instrumentalist is a cultural icon.
‘Afrophone stories from the Atlantic and Indian Ocean.’ This is how the New York label Ostinato Records describes itself.
We look at the artists who left their mark on Blur without whom their pop may not have tasted quite so delicious.
Tony Allen, the masterful drummer who invented Afrobeat along with Fela, knew how to marry his original groove with every musical genre and each new musical generation.
It’s cocktail time on the terrace. This selection will give you a neck massage and will slowly make you move your hips.
With the embryonic stirrings of house, the global wave of the so called world music, the disco/funk turning into hip-hop, 1981 was a year that changed everything.
From down to mid-up tempo, from Jamaica to Brazil with a French twist, from the 1960s to the 2010s, a selection to warm you up.
Discover the British avant-garde crate-digging label run by Andy Votel and Doug Shipton.
Native productions, remixes, wild disco, afro-house… here is a tour of the world’s non-traditional world music.