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Archie Shepp, The Byrds, John Coltrane, Ravi Shankar, Yusef Lateef: Tempo: Coltrane, Shankar and All That Rock & Roll

Interview by Jim Delehant, Hit Parader, August 1966

IN OUR FEATURE on the Byrds (in the July issue) they credited several sources of unconventional music as influences. They were quite specific about Indian ...

George Harrison, Ravi Shankar: Ravi Shankar: 'My Music Not For Addicts'

Interview by uncredited writer, KRLA Beat, July 1967

"THE MESSAGE I'm trying to get through is that our music is very sacred to us and is not meant for people who are alcoholic, ...

Miriam Makeba: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Lon Goddard, Record Mirror, November 1967

Cat-like Miriam at the Albert Hall... ...

Ravi Shankar: Pop Sounds from India Rock Greek: Ravi Shankar, Greek Theatre, Los Angeles

Live Review by Stephen M H Braitman, Van Nuys News, June 1968

THREE GREAT MUSICIANS from India, Ravi Shankar, Ali Akbar Khan and Alla Rakha, rocked the foundations of the Greek Theatre last week as their "Festival ...

Osibisa: Beat The (African) Drums For Osibisa

Profile by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, August 1970

IT MAY BE that, having endured the painfully stilted and emotionally lukewarm playing of most rock drummers for the last decade, audiences are waking up ...

Osibisa

Interview by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, April 1971

PEACE AND brotherhood, truth and happiness. These are words which crop up constantly in conversations with Osibisa, the creeds by which they attempt to live ...

Osibisa Swing From the Jungle

Interview by David Hughes, Disc and Music Echo, May 1971

OSIBISA – the name is now on the lips of everyone just as we prophesied. The criss-cross rhythms are exploding with happiness right across the ...

Fela Kuti, Ginger Baker: Ginger Baker and Fela Ransome-Kuti: Ginger Baker Backs This Fela's Afro-Rock

Report and Interview by Tony Stewart, New Musical Express, January 1972

WITH AIRFORCE, Ginger Baker succeeded in providing the rudiments of the Afro-beat. Consciously he wanted to go back to the roots of highly percussive music, ...

Osibisa Reborn

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, February 1974

HAPPY CHILDREN – maybe. Realistic and dedicated musicians – certainly. For beneath the jolly image of Osibisa, there beat sensitive hearts. ...

Osibisa: Welcome Home

Review by Chas de Whalley, New Musical Express, January 1976

Too many holiday brochures getting you down – let some real sun into your home... ...

Hugh Masekela: Africa's Ambassador To The USA

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, March 1976

Our diplomatic correspondent in Los Angeles talks to Hugh Masekela, one of Africa's favourite sons. ...

Diga Rhythm Band: Diga

Review by Max Bell, New Musical Express, September 1976

AFTER MY initial listening to this album I was going to take the easy way out, fob off with a few jokes about the Raga ...

Osibisa: Ojah Awake

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, November 1976

WHEN I sat upon my mother's knee during the years of austerity, being spoon-fed National Health bubble and squeak, and listening to the Light Programme, ...

Fela Kuti: Fela Anikulapo Kuti & Africa 70: Hippodrome, Paris

Live Review by Ian Penman, New Musical Express, March 1981

FELA ANIKULAPO KUTI is probably the unlikeliest of candidates to win the dubious honour of being the Great African Dance's Bob Marley – popularizer to ...

Monsoon: Indian Summer

Interview by Garry Bushell, Sounds, March 1982

WHAT'S SIX to eight yards long, gets tucked and tied, gathered up, taken round and pleated not less than seven times? Clue: it often takes ...

King Sunny Ade: Juju Music

Review by Edwin Pouncey, Sounds, July 1982

IT HAS ALREADY been wisely stated elsewhere that any thoughts of tribal ceremony soundtracks brought direct from the bush by intrepid white David Fanshawe types ...

Womad

Report by Vivien Goldman, New Musical Express, July 1982

VIVIEN GOLDMAN takes a trip around the WORLD OF MUSIC AND DANCE and discovers that even the beauty of ethnic cultures can be a victim ...

King Sunny Ade: Sunny Side Of The Beat

Interview by Edwin Pouncey, Sounds, August 1982

Edwin Pouncey meets the 'Minister Of Enjoyment' and monarch of juju music KING SUNNY ADE ...

A Return Not a Discovery

Report by Richard Cook, New Musical Express, September 1982

The New African Music, part one: "More difficult to cage than reggae. It leaps and sprawls... It can go on and on because nobody wants ...

Mighty Movers of Mombassa

Report by Richard Cook, New Musical Express, September 1982

The New African Music: part two. Continuing our musical trek... to Mombassa, where we meet Mazembe — the voice of Kenya, and discover the talk ...

King Sunny Ade: King Sunny Adé (1983)

Interview by Simon Witter, Rock's Backpages, January 1983

Nigerian giant Adé talks about juju music, tribalism and politics, the talking drum and much more.

File format: mp3; file size: 61.1mb, interview length: 1h 06' 43" sound quality: ***

King Sunny Ade and his African Beats: Synchro System (Island)

Review by Richard Cook, New Musical Express, June 1983

IN A THREADBARE year for outstanding pop records, Synchro System is something to set excitement aflame – a torch song for the powers of rhythm. ...

King Sunny Ade and his African Beats: Synchro System (Mango)

Review by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, July 1983

APPROACHING SUNNY ADE'S juju music from a Western pop perspective is difficult, because his creative objective is a smooth flow with nothing much happening in ...

Gasper Lawal Band: Cricketers, London

Live Review by Len Brown, New Musical Express, August 1983

IN THE TROPICAL heatwave of Afro-beat addiction it is unjust that Gasper Lawal should remain in the shade. ...

Fela Kuti: Resurrection Shuffle

Report by Vivien Goldman, New Musical Express, January 1984

ABOUT 200 PEOPLE turned out last weekend at the Country Club in North London, for a benefit to prevent its closure. Entertainment was provided by ...

Hugh Masekela: Blazing In The Bush

Report and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, March 1984

AT A TIME when Western attention is once more turned on the evil and cunning of the South African government, it couldn't be more appropriate ...

Youssou N'Dour: Youssou N’dour Et Le Super Etoile De Dakar: London Venue

Live Review by Simon Witter, New Musical Express, May 1984

SINCE I BOUGHT Etoile de Dakar’s Thiapathioly LP two years ago, the band have become ‘Super’ and the lead singer has achieved star status, making ...

Fela Kuti: 'World Festival'

Report and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, August 1984

SUNDAY'S "WORLD Cultural Music Festival" was postponed Friday after two key performers coincidentally ran into customs difficulties, festival publicist Jeff Gans said. He expects the ...

King Sunny Ade: An Interview

Interview by Hank Bordowitz, unpublished, 1985

HB: You are doing something most American bands wouldn't think off, touring the country with a 20 odd person entourage. ...

Fela Kuti's Last Stand?

Review and Interview by Don Snowden, Boston Phoenix, The, February 1985

"THE GOVERNMENT is trying to lure me into participation in the politics of Nigeria now but that doesn't really mean my situation is very cool ...

Fela Kuti: Music is the Weapon: Fela

Report by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, February 1985

THE CONCEPT OF combining music with a strong political message is a romantic, enticing notion to many young musicians but it's a harsh, often painful ...

Fela Kuti: Music Is the Weapon

Film/DVD/TV Review by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, February 1985

THE IDEA of combining music with a strong political message is a romantic notion to many young musicians, but the concept is a harsh reality ...

Fela Kuti: Army Arrangement (Celluloid)

Review by Simon Witter, New Musical Express, March 1985

WITH MORE more pep in his step, and Bill Laswell by his side, Fela is back, up for the downstroke. Yes, that's Fela Anikulapo Kuti, ...

Fela Kuti: Army Arrangement (Celluloid)

Review by Carol Cooper, Spin, May 1985

IF YOU haven't yet heard of Fela Anikulapo Kuti, it isn't because he hasn't been trying to get your attention. ...

Youssou N'Dour: Voix d'Afrique

Interview by Mark Sinker, New Musical Express, May 1986

2005 note: My very first full-length music piece for NME? I so much wish Youssou had not let himself be kidnapped by P.Gabriel. Marcello Carlin ...

Paul Simon: Graceland (Warner Brothers)***

Review by Jack Barron, Sounds, September 1986

GRACE UNDER PRESSURE ...

Fela Kuti: The Great Pretender: Fela Kuti

Interview by Len Brown, New Musical Express, October 1986

So, who is this FELA KUTI? An African musician just out of jail and now threatening to run for President of Nigeria? A polygamist in ...

Fela Kuti: Brixton Academy, London

Live Review by Frank Owen, Melody Maker, November 1986

COSTUME DRAMAS ...

Youssou N'Dour: Super Star of Dakar: Youssou N'Dour

Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, December 1986

PETER GABRIEL HAS often acknowledged the influence of Third World styles on his recent songs and the veteran British rocker is paying back that debt ...

Paul Simon: Still Mbaqanga After All These Years

Interview by R.J. Smith, Spin, January 1987

For 20 years, Paul Simon whined and kvetched about the same things. Then he went to Africa and finally had fun. But he broke the ...

Zakir Hussain: Thunder On The Mountain

Profile and Interview by Ken Hunt, Folk Roots, February 1987

ZAKIR HUSSAIN is a musician who straddles the East-West divide. Like his father, Ustad Alla Rakha Khan, his instrument is the tabla and like his ...

Paul Simon: The Boy in the Boycott

Report by Terry Staunton, Mark Sinker, New Musical Express, April 1987

Is PAUL SIMON "a genius and a loathsome coward"? Does the lack of anti-apartheid statements on Graceland amount to condonation of Botha's regime? Or has ...

Paul Simon: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Len Brown, New Musical Express, April 1987

LET'S NOT beat about the bush. This is a celebration of black South African music with an anti-apartheid spirit mixed into its magic. And it ...

Peter Gabriel, Youssou N'Dour: Earls Court, London

Live Review by Len Brown, New Musical Express, July 1987

THE '70S DINOSAURS are dying out; either through lack of brain, excess of dosh or both. ...

Never Mind The Balkans: The New Bulgaria

Report by Len Brown, New Musical Express, March 1988

Not exactly Bananarama, perhaps, but 4AD's LE MYSTÈRE DES VOIX BULGARES and TRIO BULGARKA and other Bulgarian artists are shifting a surprising number of units ...

Salif Keita: Mandjou/Soro

Review by Don Snowden, Boston Phoenix, The, March 1988

THE RECENT GLUT of African pop releases has now revealed a mesmerizing vocalist, one capable of reviving the hoary show-biz adage that he could excel ...

Ofra Haza: Sacred Samples

Live Review by Richard Gehr, Village Voice, The, March 1988

Ofra Haza: S.O.B.’s, New York ...

Ruben Blades: Panamanian Pandemonium: Ruben Blades: Musician, Actor, Activist

Report and Interview by Gerrie Lim, L.A. Style, July 1988

RUBEN BLADES, Panamanian musician and aspiring politician lately turned Hollywood actor, pulls from a pack the latest in a series of Merit Ultra Lights and ...

Global Music With a Single Heart

Report by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, August 1988

QUICK, WHAT do English rock star Peter Gabriel, L.A. club favorites the Bonedaddys, West African vocalist Salif Keita, Israeli pop star Ofra Haza and the ...

3Mustapha3: 3Mustaphas3: Fez Fair!

Report and Interview by Mark Sinker, New Musical Express, September 1988

2005 note: Collapse of post-comm Balkans into internecine war hinted at, kinda. Well, only if you read WAY between the lines I think. Another submerged ...

David Byrne

Interview by Martin Aston, Auckland Star, 1989

NOT FOR nothing has New York been labelled "the first Third World city in a First World country." ...

Mickey Hart: Ethnomusicologist Mickey Hart Gives Us The World

Interview by Christine Natanael, Reflex, February 1989

THIS IS THE story of a recordist – a man that has made it his business to preserve moments in time and memories of his ...

Papa Wemba: Papa's Got a Brand New Wardrobe: Papa Wemba

Profile and Interview by Len Brown, New Musical Express, March 1989

Film-star, superhero, total poseur, Zairean PAPA WEMBA brings his brand of designer World Beat to town, with a swish of posh cloth and a creak ...

The Gyuto Monks: Freedom Chants From the Roof of the World (Rykodisc)

Review by Tom Graves, Rock & Roll Disc, July 1989

FOR CONNOISSEURS of the weird, the Gyuto Monks' Freedom Chants From the Roof of the World demands a place of honor among your trophies.  ...

Jon Hassell

Interview by Martin Aston, Music Week, 1990

IF BRIAN ENO, Peter Gabriel, Talking Heads, David Sylvian and Tears For Fears have anything in common, you wouldn't instantly think of American avant-garde composer/trumpeter ...

The Gipsy Kings: Gipsy Kings: Let's Do The Shoe Right Here!

Report and Interview by Mat Snow, Q, January 1990

IN THE PLAIN of the Camargue, where the Rhone feeds into the Mediterranean, lies the small but distinguished town of Arles Settled by the Ancient ...

Youssou N'Dour is All Set

Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, August 1990

YOUSSOU N'DOUR has supplanted King Sunny Ade as the most visible African artist to Western pop audiences since the current surge of international interest in ...

Paul Simon: Across The Tracks: The Rhythm of the Saints

Interview by Gavin Martin, Vox, December 1990

'Obvious Child' "I THOUGHT IF anything was going to be a single it would be that. I thought that as soon as we recorded the drums, ...

Peter Gabriel, Van Morrison: Peter Gabriel: World Party

Report by Johnny Black, Q, November 1991

One week this summer, Peter Gabriel's dream came true. Musicians of the world, from Sinead O'Connor and Van Morrison to stars of Lapland and Tanzania, ...

Paco de Lucia's Flamenco Odyssey: Expression, Serenity & Feeling

Interview by Hank Bordowitz, Guitar Player, April 1994

"PACO DE LUCIA, in opinion, is the greatest flamenco player alive," says John McLaughlin of his friend. "Working with him really was a great experience." ...

Ali Farka Toure: Ali Farka Touré

Interview by Don Snowden, Escape, April 1994

THE 18-WEEK run atop the Billboard World Music charts enjoyed by Ali Farka Touré's album The Source added the sweet touch of popular success in ...

Fela Kuti: Fela Anikulapo-Kuti 1938-1997

Obituary by Vivien Goldman, Rolling Stone, September 1997

KING OF AFRO BEAT DEAD AT 58 ...

Harry Belafonte Follows New Rhythm

Profile and Interview by j. poet, San Francisco Chronicle, September 1997

Singer makes his first CD in nine years ...

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, 1948-1997

Obituary by Will Hermes, Spin, November 1997

IT'S SADLY IRONIC that superstar qawwali singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan — the uncontested voice of modern Pakistan — would die on August 16, only ...

World Music Prophets

Overview by Charlie Gillett, Developments, March 1998

IN 1987, THE owners of several British independent record labels convened a series of meetings in an Islington pub to discuss ways to get their ...

Nitin Sawhney : The Outsider: Nitin Sawhney

Profile and Interview by Andrew Smith, Guardian, The, September 1999

Nitin Sawhney says he feels like a stranger in England, where he was born, and in India, the land of his parents. The tension has ...

Baaba Maal: Dropping in on Baaba Mal

Interview by Amy Linden, Code, 2000

FOR YEARS THE music press has insisted that African pop is poised to become the next big thing. That American audiences will embrace the various ...

Unlikely Fruits of Apartheid: South African Sounds in the Post-War Era

Report by Andy Farquarson, Independent, The, March 2000

THE SEGREGATION OF music played a significant role in supporting South Africa's post-war National Party policy of "separate development". This little-known facet of apartheid has ...

Asian Dub Foundation: Community Music

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, April 2000

Storming new set of eclectic agit-pop from best live band in Britain ...

¡Cubanismo!, Jesús Alemañy: ¡Cubanismo!: Jesús Alemañy goes beyond Buena Vista

Report and Interview by j. poet, Boston Phoenix, The, April 2000

IT'S BEEN EASY to get the impression over the past couple of years that Cuban music starts and ends with the Buena Vista Social Club. ...

David Byrne: The King of Afropea: David Byrne

Interview by Andy Farquarson, Independent, The, June 2000

"Isn't this where the Profumo thing started?" someone asks. We're soaking up the seedy mock-opulence of The Eve Club on Regent Street and, for the ...

Ali Farka Toure: Connections: Ali Farka Touré's Cross-Cultural Blues

Profile by Ted Drozdowski, Boston Phoenix, The, July 2000

THE BLUES CAME to America in chains, contained within the hearts of the enslaved people of Africa. Two hundred odd years later it went back, ...

Baaba Maal: Going Home: Baaba Maal Returns To The Roots Of His Music

Profile and Interview by j. poet, SF Gate, August 2001

WHEN BAABA MAAL comes to the Fillmore on Saturday, August 11, Bay Area audiences will get to hear a voice that is one of the ...

Miriam Makeba

Profile and Interview by Mark Hudson, Daily Telegraph, March 2002

BEFORE MIRIAM Makeba's first venture outside South Africa in 1959, her mother, a sangoma or traditional medium, was warned by one of her familiar spirits ...

Caetano Veloso: Tropical Truth: A Story of Music and Revolution in Brazil (Knopf)

Book Review by Will Hermes, Village Voice, The, September 2002

IT'S TOUGH TO imagine an American pop star penning a memoir like Tropical Truth. That's not just because our musical celebs are rarely imprisoned for ...

World of Mouth: Mariza and more

Essay by Charlie Gillett, The WOMEX Guide, October 2002

WHEN MARIZA SINGS, time stands still. Every word is sung with intense concentration, every note hit flawlessly. When she pauses for dramatic effect, ...

Asha Bhosle: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Pete Paphides, Times, The, October 2002

POP STARS who complain about their workload might care to ponder the achievements of Asha Bhosle. Since she first stepped into a studio, aged ten, ...

Youssou N'Dour: A Song and a Prayer

Profile and Interview by Mark Hudson, Observer, The, May 2004

As the first superstar of world music, Youssou N'Dour has consistently sought to reconcile Africa and the West, but his most personal record yet is ...

Putumayo: The Little Label That Could

Report by Carol Cooper, Village Voice, The, July 2004

WHILE THE REST of the music industry downsizes like mad, an 11-year-old independent label the majors used to snicker at has scored a 15 percent ...

Youssou N'Dour: Egypt (Nonesuch)

Review by Charlie Gillett, Observer, The, July 2004

THIS BEAUTIFUL record is a new album by Youssou N'Dour, but it is not 'the new Youssou N'Dour album'. We have had one of those ...

Fela Kuti, Femi Kuti, Seun Kuti: Fela Kuti: A Difficult Fela To Follow

Report and Interview by Mark Hudson, Daily Telegraph, October 2004

As the Barbican celebrates the life and music of Fela Kuti, Mark Hudson travels to Lagos to meet his sons Femi and Seun, bitter rivals ...

Brenda Fassie: Greatest Hits

Review by Terry Staunton, Record Collector, 2005

A potted history of one of Africa's biggest pop stars ...

Salif Keita, Youssou N'Dour: Various Artists: Golden Afrique, Vol 1

Review by Charlie Gillett, Observer Music Monthly, February 2005

MOST OF THESE wonderfully atmospheric, seminal recordings were made in West Africa during the 1970s, a decade when a regime change was happening in recording ...

Various Artists: Balkan Beats (EastBlock)

Review by Charlie Gillett, Observer Music Monthly, July 2005

THIS IS THE ALBUM I needed when I played records at the Big Chill for the first time, two years ago. ...

Salif Keita: Rockin' With Soul Of Africa

Profile and Interview by j. poet, San Francisco Chronicle, August 2006

SALIF KEITA grins when he says: "I love rock'n'roll." It may seem like an unlikely sentiment since Keita's last two albums, this year's M'Bemba (Ancestor) ...

At Hatikvah Music, the Whole World is Jewish

Report and Interview by Kirk Silsbee, Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, December 2006

BOXES ARE SCATTERED around the floor of Hatikvah Music International at 436 N. Fairfax Avenue. Stacks of CDs, reams of packing plastic, mounds of mailing ...

Tinariwen: Aman: Water Is Life

Review and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, February 2007

WHEN THEY FIRST formed in the Libyan guerilla camps of the late ‘70s, Tinariwen referred to their music simply as "guitar". And no wonder. Electric ...

Ozomatli: Don't Mess With the Dragon

Review by Carol Cooper, Village Voice, The, April 2007

IF YOU'RE A giddy optimist like me, you hope to one day hear Ozomatli's cheerfully rebellious politi-pop wafting from every car radio in New York ...

Bewitching And Captivating: A Calypsonian history of Trinidad

Review by Tony Russell, Catalyst, May 2007

"The report of the Commission of Inquiry/Has arrived in this colony/It touches health and sanitation/Housing, wages and education . . ." The subject matter of ...

Manu Chao: Manu, That’s Who

Interview by Jeff Tamarkin, Harp, September 2007

"THERE IS only one thing I still don’t understand," Manu Chao says the day after his triumphant Bonnaroo set and not long after an equally ...

Björk Week on The Lipster

Interview by Jude Rogers, Lipster, The, March 2008

BACK IN OCTOBER last year, in the misty early days of The Lipster, I e-mailed Björk's publicist, telling him about the plans for our website, ...

Vampire Weekend: Vampire Weekend (XL)

Review by Will Hermes, Spin, June 2008

AT 1:32 A.M. last Valentine's Day, a demo titled 'Oxford Comma' by a band of Columbia University buds was posted on the blog Music for ...

Various Artists: Nigeria Special: Modern Highlife, Afro-Sounds & Nigerian Blues, 1970-76 (Soundway)

Review by Charlie Gillett, Observer Music Monthly, June 2008

IT WOULD have been difficult to find a way to hear this music in the UK back in the early 1970s – nobody was playing ...

Damon Albarn, Franz Ferdinand, Sir Victor Uwaifo, Vampire Weekend: Afro-Indie: Across The Great Divide

Report and Interview by Ben Thompson, Observer, The, June 2008

Suddenly indie rockers are embracing African sounds. Could the long years of a cultural apartheid be coming to a close, asks Ben Thompson ...

Mickey Hart

Interview by Christine Natanael, crushermagazine.com, July 2008

SOMETIMES going backwards can actually be going forwards. Is that not, after all the basic premise of most disciplines learned, from religion and mathematics to ...

El Mamouni, Rajery, Sissoko: Sissoko, El Mamouni, Rajery: 3MA (Contre Jour)

Review by Charlie Gillett, Observer Music Monthly, August 2008

GIVEN THE CHOICE of listening for the first time to new albums by two unknown artists, one instrumental, the other vocal, I instinctively opt for ...

Femi Kuti: Born Into The Struggle

Interview by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, October 2008

Femi Kuti has both Nigeria's music and its deadly political conflicts in his blood, he explains to Nick Hasted ...

Tinariwen: Desert Storm

Profile by Jon Stewart, Guitarist, December 2008

Jon Stewart finds a new source of inspiration from a guitar-heavy world music band. ...

Oumou Sangare: Seya

Review by Charlie Gillett, Observer Music Monthly, February 2009

SO WHY, with more than 50 African countries to choose from, do we keep returning to the music of Mali? Surely there must be other ...

Baaba Maal: 'Say What You Believe is True'

Profile and Interview by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, February 2009

BAABA MAAL IS BACK in Britain next week. If he isn't yet as familiar a name here as his fellow Senegalese Youssou N'Dour, this is ...

Robert Plant, Justin Adams & Juldeh Camara

Interview by Stephen Dalton, National, The, April 2009

A LIGHT BREEZE of mellifluous music wafts from behind the half-open door of a long, low, bunker-like building nestled deep in the English countryside. Inside ...

Damon Albarn And The Honest Jon's Revue: Uptown Rankin'

Report and Interview by Ken Scrudato, Filter, June 2009

OH DEAR. Damon Albarn is at it again. ...

Rodrigo y Gabriela: Natural Acoustics: Rodrigo y Gabriela

Report and Interview by David Burke, R2/Rock'n'Reel, January 2010

YOU'D THINK a pair of former thrash-metal heads from Mexico City would have the kind of backstage rider that was a hedonistic Eden. Not a ...

John Storm Roberts: An Appreciation

Memoir by Don Snowden, Rock's Backpages, April 2011

I'VE ALWAYS BEEN more than a bit ambivalent about the whole concept of mentoring, at least when it applies to the music world we run ...

George Harrison, Ravi Shankar: With a Little Help from His Friends: George Harrison and the Concert for Bangla Desh

Retrospective by Harvey Kubernik, Rock's Backpages, July 2011

STEVE VAN ZANDT, May 2011, Lillehammer, Norway: "The anti-apartheid Sun City project (single, album, video, documentary, book, teaching guide) was a high point and a ...

A Look At Pop Around The Globe — From Operatic Creole Harmonies to Riot-Grrl-Inspired French Rappers

Overview by Carol Cooper, Village Voice, The, October 2011

THE END of the year brings a flurry of world music albums with commercial intentions ranging from the archival to the optimistically opportunistic. ...

Ravi Shankar: Within And Without Him: Gavin Martin pays Tribute to Ravi Shankar

Obituary by Gavin Martin, unpublished, December 2012

An edited version of this piece appeared in the Daily Mirror on 13 December 2012 ...

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