Mamadou Diabate – Courage

For Malian musician Mamadou Diabate, music has always represented an uplifting practice; something that could be celebrated, and something that one could rejoice in. Often times, we allow bad moments to affect us far greater than we should; as Diabate notes, “Even if you have bad experiences, you can’t let that destroy your soul.” With a message … [Read more...]

Hassan Erraji – Awal Mara

With a steadfast love for music and an incredibly strong feeling for continuing to diverge and explore new grounds, Hassan Erraji has returned with a new album of brightly innovative sounds. The Moroccan musician assembles a grand arrangement of instrumentalists and vocalists to deliver a world of color on Awal Mara. Directly translating to “love … [Read more...]

Fernando Otero – Vital

There’s always something to be said for musicians that are able to take what’s already old and turn it into something conventional. Whether it’s taking the oldest pop ditty and sampling it on the newest hit hip-hop single, or taking old jazz standards and relishing their goods onto a new soul gem – there’s always a huge pay-off if done right. On a … [Read more...]

Ana Moura – Leva-me aos Fados

The Portuguese musical tradition of fado, an unprompted and bending vocal ability, has always been one with rich rewards when done right. The style is often attempted by many but only mastered by few and usually, the percentage is seldom on the successful side. Luckily, when you’re as talented as Ana Moura, a flexible singer who grew up listening … [Read more...]