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Strut Records reissues Okyerema Asante’s Drum Message
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Strut Records reissues Okyerema Asante’s Drum Message 

The British label returns to the rich archives of Black Fire Records to celebrate an album by the Ghanaian master percussionist.  Recorded in Washington D.C.’s Arrest Studios in 1977, Asante’s Drum Message is a deeply […]

Keep Me In Mind, Miriam Makeba’s cry of despair
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Keep Me In Mind, Miriam Makeba's cry of despair

By reissuing this 1970 Mama Africa’s album, the English label is boosting awareness of the major political events that marked the life of one of the most pan-African voices of all time. Miriam Makeba said: […]

Strut Records offers dazzling unreleased JuJu record
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Strut Records offers dazzling unreleased JuJu record

Following on from the work done by Black Fire label, Strut Records is honoring JuJu, an artist who has truly left his mark on different jazz currents. Strut Records offers a real gem. Continuing its […]

Nubiyan Twist features K.O.G. on groove-led track
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Nubiyan Twist features K.O.G. on groove‑led track

The year has started with a bang for Nubiyan Twist and the Ghanaian dynamo K.O.G (Kweku of Ghana), who added a dose of brass and dance rhythms to this latest single ahead of the release […]

Electric Jalaba’s telepathic sound on new album
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Electric Jalaba’s telepathic sound on new album

On their forthcoming album El Hal / The Feeling, the British six-piece band explores the sensory effects of Gnawa music. “El Hal” in Arabic means “feeling,” more precisely the feeling that comes when you play […]

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Nubiyan Twist share “Buckle Up”
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Nubiyan Twist share "Buckle Up"

Through this third single, Nick Richards and guest feature Soweto Kinch signal the coming of the long-awaited Freedom Fables on February 5. “Buckle Up,” the third single from the album, brings together the best of […]

Arkestra, Sun Ra’s whirlwind is still here
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Arkestra, Sun Ra's whirlwind is still here

The orchestra founded by Sun Ra is releasing a new album, Swirling, which perpetuates the brilliant creativity of the free Pharaoh. Patriarch Marshall Allen and his friend Knoel Scott share this vibrant and persistent legacy with PAM.

Alostmen show resourcefulness in “Kologo” music video
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Alostmen show resourcefulness in "Kologo" music video

In the video for their first single “Kologo,” extracted from a forthcoming eponymous album, Alostmen apply resourcefulness and virtuosity to the traditional Ghanaian lute. Inspired by rap, reggae and traditional Malian instruments, the Ghanaian group […]