New Jaga Jazzist Jam

Nov 4th, 2009 Afrobeat, Post-Rock steve 1 min read

The world’s greatest (and only) Norwegian 9-piece electro-afro-prog-whatever rockestra* has re-emerged from their lair with a new batch of indescribably brilliant songs for confused music fans worldwide.  By “confused” I mean “awesome + eclectic.” I’d imagine that their lair is pretty sickly designed Scandinavian, with wood tones and tempered steel and smart Feng Shui and all that type of enviable Nordic shit. Sort of like…

DJ Mujava

Jul 23rd, 2008 Afrobeat, DJ Weapons, Electronic/Dance, House, World steve 3 min read

I try not to make a lot of bold predictions on SK. I am but one man with unpredictable, selfish and often misguided taste. Truth is, far too many people spend their days trying to forecast the next big trend in music. I’ll leave XLR8R to coin the next sub-genre and predict music’s next great champion (often incorrectly). However, in my very small world, it…

Nomo

Jun 20th, 2008 Afrobeat, Instrumental steve 2 min read

Michigan-based ensemble Nomo are back with their newest, Ghost Rock, just in time for the summer heatwaves that will undoubtedly settle upon us. I know I have today’s post categorized under “afrobeat” but the truth is that Nomo’s sound is much broader, fusing krautrock’s repetition, the deepness of funk, the borderless perspective of world music, the virtuosity of jazz and the sonic palettes of modern…

Chico Mann

Dec 10th, 2007 Afrobeat, DJ Weapons, Electro steve 2 min read

First off, apologies for being MIA for a few weeks. But good things do come to those who wait and today’s post is a can’t miss if you, like us, love music that blurs the borders between genres. The brainchild of Antibalas’ guitarist, Marquitos Garcia, Chico Mann, is what I personally like to call “8-bit Afrobeat” and after seeing them live recently, I stand by…