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Ethnomusicology professor uses knowledge of EDM roots in album


Cheryl Keyes channeled her jazz and hip-hop education into electronic dance music.

Though the genre was new territory for her, the Department of Ethnomusicology professor said electronic dance music has roots in other forms of music she has spent years studying. Her album, “Hollywood and Vine,” which came out in April, features songs “Hollywood Vine” and “Want You,” and recently earned her a Global Music Award. Keyes, who is teaching African American Musical Heritage at UCLA this fall, said EDM stems from the underground culture of music styles from the 1970s.

“Its source springs from African-American bass music,” she said. “It was all about music to dance to, music that was electronically driven.”

The disco music and lyrics on Keyes’ album are inspired by the plot of…

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Major Lazer releases compilation album with African acts


Before the release of Afrobeats Mix compilation, the electronic dance music group had mostly worked on singles and remixes, some of them catching the attention of millions around the world.

Notable among these collaborations is ‘Particula’, a track that featured Ice Prince, Nasty C, DJ Maphorisa and Jidenna. The song has now been included on the freshly-released compilation.

A day before the project was released on 12 September, the group had announced on Twitter that there would be “new music all month”. Some of the artists tagged to the tweet were Kizz Daniels, Burna Boy and Babes Wodumo. All three acts are featured on the album.

Other acts that worked on the album include Niniola, Sauti Sol, Davido and Skales, each of them contributing original songs to the project. Davido’s…

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Archives On The Air 35: “How About That?”—African American Soldier’s Cold War Photo Album


Our visual understanding of the Cold War is often limited to images of the Berlin Wall and what is was like for the boots on the ground.

One American soldier anonymously took photos of his regiment: the 2nd Armored Division’s 13th Field Artillery Regiment of the U.S. Army.

He was an African-American soldier who served in Germany and documented his time there. His photo album is now part of the collections at the American Heritage Center.

His photos trace the seasons in Germany and the mechanics of equipment he worked with. It also reveals the tensions and comradery shared between different races in the Cold War.

The soldier himself is never named but his annotations reveal an exciting account of friendships and quality of life during his time in Germany.

A black and white photo of black…

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Kenny Chesney’s New Caribbean Album


By the Caribbean Journal staff

From “Adios to Jost” to “No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems,” country star Kenny Chesney has long had a love affair with the Caribbean, particularly the U.S. and British Virgin Islands (he has a home in St John.)

It was a love affair that turned into a calling last fall, though, when Hurricanes Irma and Maria hit the Virgin Islands and Chesney set to work, creating the Love for Love City Fund to support recovery efforts.

That saw Chesney help get supplies to the islands, dispatch relief flights and help raise more than seven figures’ worth of funding for the islands’ needs.

“The destruction was too much,” Kenny allows, “and there were too many other places that were hurting. When I realized the help that had to happen, I did what I…

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Ostinato Records album shows Sudan music impact on Africa — Quartz


Sudan was once Africa’s largest country: its vast region extending from the edge of the Sahara in the south, embracing the confluence of the Blue and White Nile at its capital, and straddling the Red Sea along its northeastern border. And much like its expansive geographic contours (somewhat curtailed since South Sudan’s 2011 independence), the Sudan’s artistic and musical influence held a central position in Africa, and especially along the “Sudanic Belt,” which stretched from Djibouti and Somalia in the east through to Mauritania in the north.

Yet a tapestry of sociopolitical misfortunes, economic embargoes, coups, censorship, religious edicts, and inimical policies changed all that, relegating its prolific music industry into the backwater, and leaving artists jailed, dead,…

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A Review of African Reality Album by Ugandan Artist Ajo


African Reality Album is the sophomore Album by Ugandan Hip Hop/Rap recording artist Ajo.

This Album resonates around a number of topics surrounding the African Continent and gives a vivid and emotional tale of stories, thoughts, fears and triumphs of Africa through Ajo’s looking glass.

This Album states clear and concise messages and cautions, with incredible citations of African history. Ajo talks about Malagasy uprising, Volta Bani, Timbuktu among many more highlights in African History.

If there is anything this Album is rich in, that is Knowledge of African History.

The album is broken down into two sections which are:

The African section mainly focuses on events that occurred in Africa from their early encounters with Foreigners. The story builds from early…

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