Articles under "The Beat". These are music related articles.
Coming at you from Down Under is a very talented afrobeat band called The Liberators. Based in Sydney, Australia, the band has just released the video to their new song Rags to Riches. The video is a hilarious blaxploitation clip featuring all the usual suspects--a cigar-chomping crime boss in a white suit, several crazy-eyed henchmen, sexy divas with giant afros and of course, the rogue cop in his ubiquitous leather jacket.
Recorded in 1969 under duress courtesy of the Department of Immigration and Naturalization, the Los Angeles Sessions are among the earliest glimpse of Fela Anikulapo Kuti's developing Afrobeat sound. What makes this release different from much of his recorded work is the length and number of songs: ten tracks, average length 4:39. Unusual, since most Fela material is 15 minutes or more. The foundation of this music is still the classic highlife sound, but there are influences here that bespeak Fela's absorption with funk and soul.
Afrocubism is the project of which lovers of international music have only dreamt. One such dreamer, British producer Nick Gold, originally conceived of the project in 1996--pairing the best musicians from Mali with the best musicians from Cuba, two countries that have been speaking each other's musical languages for generations. The project failed to materialize the first time around; the Malian contingent couldn't make it to Havana, so Gold improvised and came up with Buena Vista Social Club. Not a bad substitute, but Gold persisted.