World Archive

10 Remixes - Remixes of some of the greater hits of Les Negresses Vertes? But you've never heard the original songs! Remixes, as you know, are generally done to make music more

Abdel Wright -     Abdel Wright How's this

Ali Farka Toure - When Ali Farka Toure died in 2006, all Mali wept. This was a giant --- he took took his country's music and blended it with the American blues

Amadou & Mariam: ‘We’ll shop with Gwyneth Paltrow’ - Decades after they had to leave Mali to launch any kind of career in music, Amadou Bagayoko and Mariam Doumbia are its best known citizens. Dimanche à Bamako --- their

Amadou & Mariam: Dimanche a Bamako - Do you like music that makes you happy? I don't mean moderately happy, 7.5 on a scale of 10, isn't it a great day happy, kind of sort of happy. I

Amadou & Mariam: Welcome to Mali - Amadou Bagayoko and Mariam Doumbia have climbed to the pinnacle of World Music. But "Welcome to Mali" is wrongly titled, for with this release, they've made another, dazzling ascent ---

Amadou and Mariam: Folila - There’s nothing harder than creating the follow-up to genius. The next Shakespeare play produced after “Hamlet& Michael Jackson’s follow-up to “Thriller” was…”Bad.” Harper’s Lee next book after “To Kill A Mockingbird” was…nothing. In 2005,

Andy Palacio and the Garifuna Collective - I wrote about "Watina" when it was released in 2007, and I quickly decided it was the World Music CD of the year. Some of you snapped it up. A

Bob Marley & The Wailers - The great rock revolution of the ‘60s was over by 1973 and the music business was once again what it is now: a business. A depressing time for me ---

Bombino - You've never heard anything like Bombino's music. The foundation is a drummer who plays tight, clipped, ruthlessly propulsive time. Then it's thundering, amped-up bass and rhythm guitars. And then there's

Boubacar Traore - In 1960, as Mali was becoming independent, Boubacar Traore was its Elvis Presley. He was on the radio every day, singing "Mali Twist." Come home, he cried. Help us

Caetano Veloso & David Byrne: Live at Carnegie Hall - For one sensational week each year, the trees blossom and my street gains a canopy of white. In a light breeze, there are waves overhead. A stiffer breeze, and it

Cesaria Evora - The greatest singer you probably don't know of lived and died on an island you almost surely never heard of. Can't place Sao Vicente? It's one of the Cape Verde islands. And

Chants Of India - May all be happy. May all be healthy. May all experience what is good and let no one suffer. Any religion with a hymn like that is okay with me. And any

Chavela Vargas (1919-2012) - The challenge of the obituary, a great newspaperman wrote, is to make people care about a person they never heard of and is now dead. Confession: I never heard of Chavela

Cheb Khaled - Khaled's New York concert was to have been held shortly after 9/11, but what were the chances that Arabs living in Europe were getting on planes bound for New York

Divas of Mali - I know why the caged bird sings. Mali once controlled much of the African gold trade; now it's the world's fifth poorest nation. If you've read Peace Corps volunteer Kris

Djivan Gasparyan - In the middle of the night, when it’s so quiet that you can barely hear the breeze, what kind of music would you want to hear? Something that honors the

Facing Future -     Facing Future by Israel

Fajar di Atas Awan -