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Global Routes : Orchestre Massako

Jean-Christian Mboumba Mackaya (aka ‘Mack-Joss’) fronted Gabon’s Orchestre Massako from 1971 – when the armed forces formed their own band. Aged 17, he was well known on Gabon’s nightlife scene having released the pan-African hit record ‘Le Boucher’. Between 1968 … Continue reading

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Global Routes – Vieux Farka Touré

Vieux Farka Touré, son of Grammy Award winner and Malian national hero Ali Farka Touré has a new album out called Les Racines (“the roots”) on World Circuit which sees Vieux reconnect with the Songhai music of Northern Mali — … Continue reading

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The Trojan Records Story – Rob Bell and Rusty Zinn Interview

Rob Bell and Rusty Zinn to talk about their contributions to Trojan’s latest release – ‘The Trojan Story’. Rob Bell was the brains behind the original release of ‘The Trojan Story’ back in 1971, exactly 50 years later he talks … Continue reading

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Qobuz, UMe & Zappa Records Offer Zappa Albums in Hi-Res

Qobuz, the Hi-Res streaming and download provider, has partnered with UMe and Zappa Records to provide dozens of Frank Zappa albums for the first time in Hi-Res Audio. UMe, the global catalogue company of Universal Music Group, and Zappa Records are launching today a … Continue reading

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A Revolution In Sound: Pop Culture & The Classical Avant-Garde, 4CD Set

‘A Revolution In Sound’ looks at the influence of modern classical music, the avant-garde and free jazz on pop and pop culture, during the second half of the twentieth century. In the mid-1960s, as pop music acquired a greater sophistication … Continue reading

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Zappa’s Final U.S. Concert in 1988 Gets First-Ever Legit Release

Frank Zappa’s final U.S. concert from a March 25th, 1988 gig at New York’s Nassau Coliseum is the next archival release from the Zappa Trust and UMe. Due out June 18th, marks the first-ever posthumous release of a live album … Continue reading

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Great article on Charlie Gillett – Doyen Of World Music & UK Radio

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Alabama Black Belt Blues – great new documentary film

 This is a new, one-hour documentary digs down deep into Alabama’s African American inspired blues tradition, one less well-known than its Mississippi counterpart, but equally rich. The film is produced and directed by Alabama filmmaker Robert Clem. It is … Continue reading

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Viola Smith – the fastest girl drummer in the world

Viola Smith, a swing-era musician who was promoted in the 1930s as the ‘fastest girl drummer in the world’ and who championed greater inclusion of women in the almost completely male preserve of big bands, died on October 21st O … Continue reading

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The Band – Once Were Brothers DVD Now Available

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