Sound Travels: New World Music Mondays

The batch of music for new world music Monday is definitely leaning toward Africa, with one exception being Soft, from the tiny nation of Martinique in the Caribbean. I started the show with a talented singer from the Ivory Coast…

Dobet Gnahoré is a singer, dancer and percussionist who inherited the force of the “Bété” tradition from her father, Boni Gnahoré, a master percussionist who plays with the Abidjan-based Ki-Yi Mbock Company, directed by Werewere Liking. She formed a duo with French guitarist Colin Laroche de Féline at the end of the 90’s. They decided to settle in France until peace and stability reigned in her beautiful country once again. Dobet sings in a range of African languages including Bété, Fon, Baoule, Lingala, Malinke, Mina or Bambara, with a warm and powerful voice…Her new album is about to drop in the States, this is what I picked up…

Dobet Gnahoré “Evigne” Djepka La You


Soft, out of Martinique play folksy Zouk, and made a stellar debut back in 2005, and on their latest Konfyans, they largely continue on their path without breaking truly new ground. While I have enjoyed earlier work perhaps more than this one, it still has their trademark charm and right on personality though to the end. Checkit…

Soft “Revolution” Konfyans


“Barca mba Mbarzak” means “Barcelona or hell”, and this is the motto of Senegalese youths who embark on a voyage abroad from which they will never return. Like them, many young Africans dream of Europe or North America and this compilation presents a range of views on African emigration. The Nigerian Rapturous praise “the fame, the fortune, that euro, that dollar” that they dream about. This compilation is an interesting one indeed, with a few names, like Daara J on it but is largely talented work from Senegal that treats the subject of African emigration in rugged beats and furious raps. Good stuff.

Xippil Xol “Matador” Yes We Can!

“Batida” is the name of all the illegal compilations that are sold in the streets of Luanda, mostly focusing on kuduro, rap and kizomba. “Batida” is also the name of DJ Mpula’s weekly radio show on a Portuguese radio, Antena 3. This DJ promotes Afro inspired urban music, such as kwaito, kuduro, and baile funk. He also records artists from Angola. He is the originator of the “Batida – Dance Mwangolé” project ! And this is a new favorite for sure!

Batida “Nufeko Disole feat Bras Ferminho” Dance Mwangole



One Response

  1. Dobet Gnahoré has really tight hair!

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