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Rokia Traoré, progressive Afro rock
African Music

Rokia Traoré, progressive Afro rock

On her fifth album, Beautiful Africa, Rokia Traoré infuses intimate poems with energetic rock, profound blues and some rare heart and soul. RFI Musique interviewed the Malian artist.

Madagascar, update 2013
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Madagascar, update 2013

Back in the nineties, Madagascar made a foray onto the world music scene with artists like Jaojoby, D’Gary, Tarika, Njava, Rajery and Régis Gizavo, yet contemporary Malagasy musicians haven’t taken up the torch.

Alpha Blondy’s <I>Mystic power</I>
African reggae

Alpha Blondy’s Mystic power

Singing about society in Côte d’Ivoire is no easy task. After a decade of crisis that has left the social fabric in tatters, Alpha Blondy’s hopeful new album, Mystic Power, is an invitation to “recycle” pain, trauma and conscience.

Cheick Tidiane Seck, fighting for a cause
Malian music

Cheick Tidiane Seck, fighting for a cause

The militant campaigner for union and peace in Mali, Cheick Tidiane Seck, is back with Guerrier, an album recorded by the pianist from start to finish and in which he takes a firm stand against one-way globalization. RFI Musique met up with the musician, who is currently organizing a series of conference-debates and concerts for his homeland.

 

Maurice Kirya
African music

Maurice Kirya

Two years after winning the RFI Découvertes award, Ugandan singer Maurice Kirya unveils the expression of his artistic musings with The Book of Kirya, a soul album bearing snippets of Africa.

Salif Keïta’s electro cool
Malian music

Salif Keïta’s electro cool

Salif Keïta’s new album, Talé, put together with Gotan Project’s Philippe Cohen-Solal in Bamako, moves away from a pure “club” sound and takes its listeners into electro lands. RFI Musique spoke with the Malian musician.

Elemotho, roaming bushman
RFI-France 24 Discoveries Award

Elemotho, roaming bushman

With his diverting yet deep songs that give food for thought, Elemotho, winner of the 2012 RFI-France 24 Discoveries awards, has been building a reputation beyond the borders of his homeland Namibia for several years. His third album, Ke Nako, out in a few weeks, was co-produced by a French musician living in Windhoek.

Macase reshuffle their act
Cameroonian music

Macase reshuffle their act

They’ve performed their Bantu Groove at venues all round the world. Thirteen years after their first album, and despite losing several of the group’s charismatic members, Mascase are back centre stage. The band boasts a new line-up and some brand new tracks, but their desire to blend Bantu music with modern rhythms is unchanged. RFI Musique spoke to Serge Maboma, bass player and founding member of Macase.

 

Meiway the teacher gives some lessons on life
Ivoirian music

Meiway the teacher gives some lessons on life

From feminine curves to the scars of civil war in his country, Ivoirian singer Meiway uses his super-danceable zoblazo to convey a whole range of subjects on his new album Professeur. Interview with RFI Musique
 

Régis Gizavo and the Malagasy Far West
Malagasy music

Régis Gizavo and the Malagasy Far West

The altruist accordionist and champion of fair trade, Régis Gizavo, won RFI Découvertes back in 1990. With his new album, Ilakake, he proves he’s just as adept at opening Malagasy music up to other influences as he is at slotting into the worlds of the musicians he’s accompanied, like Christophe Maé or the late Mano Solo.

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