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5 Great African Reggae CDs

Tiken Jah Fakoly - 'African Revolution'

Reggae's rhythmic and spiritual roots are unquestionably African, so it should come as no surprise that the Jamaican genre is wildly popular on the African continent. Check out some of these outstanding CDs by African reggae artists.

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A Final Goodbye

Sunday March 31, 2013

The time has come, friends.  I got word a couple of months ago that About.com has decided to discontinue this world music site, my home on the web since 2006.  Now that the 2013 Readers' Choice Awards are finished, so am I -- here, at least.  The site will remain live and searchable, but my position is finished and no new content will be added.  Naturally, I'm terribly sad to see this site retired, mostly for selfish reasons (I liked doing this job!) but also because I'm sad to see yet another world music editorial outlet fall by the wayside.

Still, I'm not discouraged about the state of world music in general. If anything, I think this segment of the industry is stronger than ever, we've just seen a massive breakdown of genre walls in the past decade, and the "world music" designation carries less weight in and of itself, even as we see our favorite artists gain more and more recognition, our favorite festivals sell out earlier and earlier, and other positive signs of progress.

I'm certainly not done with world music, and in just a few days, I'll be taking up a writing/blogging/tweeting/editorial position at the dynamic up-and-coming website WOBEON (World Beat Online), where I'm looking forward to getting my hands dirty with some exciting multimedia tools, so follow me there to see what I'm up to.  You also might keep an eye here at About.com, where I'll hopefully be a semi-regular (or even more frequent) contributor to our Travel channel in the near future. If in doubt, you can always find me on Google+ for updates about where I am and what I'm listening to.  Onward!

Ballake Sissoko and Vincent Segal in Concert - A Review

Sunday March 31, 2013

Earlier this month, reviewer Rob Hillard had a chance to take in a concert by Malian kora player Ballake Sissoko and French cellist Vincent Segal, a duo that has been touring and recording together for several years. The concert took place at the Atlas Performing Arts Center, and according to Rob, it was quite wonderful. Read what he has to say: Concert Review: Ballake Sissoko and Vincent Segal

And the RCA Goes To...

Wednesday March 27, 2013
The 2013 About.com World Music Readers' Choice Awards Winners have been tallied, and we've got ourselves some winners! And they really are winners -- what a fantastic group these are. See for yourself: The 2013 About.com Readers' Choice Awards Winners in the World Music Categories

New CD Reviews from Haiti (via Cuba) and Old France (via New France)

Saturday March 2, 2013

What've you been listening to lately? A couple of new releases that crossed my desk recently were the outstanding Santiman, from the Creole Choir of Cuba, and the very good Putumayo Presents Vintage France. Both very different, both worth your attention. Check out my reviews:

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