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Oumou Sangaré announces Acoustic, an album recorded under live conditions
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Oumou Sangaré announces Acoustic, an album recorded under live conditions

The label No Format! announces the release of an exclusive album by Oumou Sangaré, called “Acoustic”. It was recorded under live conditions where the purity of her voice and that of the instruments shine through. The album will be released on June 19th.

Urban Village, folk music in the streets of Johannesburg
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Urban Village, folk music in the streets of Johannesburg

South African quartet Urban Village joins French label No Format to announce a debut album with the single “Sakhisizwe” along with a contagious live recording. Feet steeped in tradition and head bowed toward the future, […]

Gérald Toto to release new EP on No Format, À L’Automne
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Gérald Toto to release new EP on No Format, À L’Automne

One year after the calming listening experience of his latest album, Sway, Gérald Toto is back with new EP, À L’Automne. French-born Antillean composer, singer and multi-instrumentalist Gérald Toto’s new EP is a prolongation of Sway; his 2018’s album on which he invented […]

6 albums you need to hear this week
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6 albums you need to hear this week

A selection of our favorite albums and EPs released this week. With Blick Bassy, KOKOROKO, Duke, Jerico, Fuse ODG and R2Bees. Photo credit: Justice Mukheli Blick Bassy 1958 Four years after releasing “Akö”, the singer and […]

Toto Bona Lokua’s Gerald Toto Shares New Song “Away Alive”
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Toto Bona Lokua's Gerald Toto Shares New Song "Away Alive"

Gerald Toto has released “Away Alive” the first single off of his forthcoming album Sway. We last heard Gerald Toto on the sublime 2017 trio album Bondeko, recorded with fellow global travellers Lokua Kanza and […]

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Mélissa Laveaux Shares Beautiful Handmade Painting Animation For ‘Angeli-ko’
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Mélissa Laveaux Shares Beautiful Handmade Painting Animation For 'Angeli‑ko'

  Inspired by 1920’s Harlem Renaissance movement.  “Angeli-ko” is Mélissa’s reinterpretation of a song about the American occupation of Haiti, originally performed by Haitian troubadour Auguste L’Instant de Pradines in the early part of the […]

Listen to Sampha’s Remix of Oumou Sangaré Song “Minata Waraba”
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Listen to Sampha's Remix of Oumou Sangaré Song "Minata Waraba"

Sampha has remixed the “Minata Waraba” track of Oumou Sangaré’s latest album Mogoya. The version appears on a remixed LP of Mogoya, which will arrive March 2 via No Format!. Listen below. The track is built on […]

Radyo Siwèl: Mélissa Laveaux Gets Back to her Haitian roots
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Radyo Siwèl: Mélissa Laveaux Gets Back to her Haitian roots

Mélissa Laveaux releases her third album, Radyo Siwel. Sung exclusively in Creole, the album is a tribute to her Haitian heritage. French version published for the the first time the February 6th 2018 Photo: Romain Staros Staropoli […]