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The African Zeitgeist: Bassekou Kouyate, Tradition and Innovationnew

While hipster America's romance with West African music may not last long, a live look at the source is long overdue (in fairness, there aren't a lot of options). There's no better opportunity than with Malian Bassekou Kouyate.
The Portland Mercury  |  Andrew R Tonry  |  03-11-2010  |  Profiles & Interviews

Jack Carneal's Yaala Yaala Records Pipelines the Sounds of Malinew

Labels like Yaala Yaala, which is distributed by Drag City, don't play by the outmoded rules of so-called world music production, eschewing both academic empiricism and the major labels' reductive tendency to isolate bankable masters. Meanwhile, kids in Mali listen to dubbed tapes of Led Zeppelin and Jay-Z.
San Francisco Bay Guardian  |  Max Goldberg  |  06-11-2008  |  Music

Arming the 'Camel Corps'new

The U.S. military is spending $500 million to try and prevent the next Afghanistan -- will it work?
The Village Voice  |  Raffi Khatchadourian  |  02-01-2006  |  International

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