Blitz The Ambassador ‘African In New York’

Blitz The Ambassador was born Samuel Bazawule in Accra, Ghana but is now based in Brooklyn, New York. After developing a love of hip hop by listening to his older brother’s Public Enemy records, Blitz turned to making music of his own and his blend of African-American rap is the coolest thing you’ll hear this week. […]

Jupiter & Okwess International ‘Margerita’

‘Hotel Univers’ is the highly anticipated debut album by the self-pronounced ‘rebel general of Congolese music’, Jupiter Bokondji. After appearing in ‘Jupiter’s Dance’, a 2007 film made by the same French film makers who created the Staff Benda Bilili documentary (which helped propel them band onto an international stage), Jupiter has been slowly building a reputation as the […]

Bombino ‘Azamane Tiliade’

When Malian couple Amadou & Miriam joined forces with Manu Chao on their brilliant 2004 album ‘Dimanche a Bamako’, it turned them into global stars with a huge record deal and world tours. The effect might not be as successful as that but Bombino teaming up with The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach has already done him […]

Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou ‘Ecoute ma Melodie’

Last month, the German-based record label Analog Africa released Vol 3 of their archives of Beninese afro-funkers Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou titled “The Skeletal Essences of Afro-Funk 1969-1980” – this is a perfect time to check out a couple of tracks on newtunedaily to get you through the weekend. One of the funkiest bands to ever […]

Vieux Farka Touré ‘Peace’

Mali has been torn apart by the fighting between Tuareg and Islamic rebels since early 2012, it’s disrupted the whole country and in that time many musicians have spoken out about the horrors of living in a country at war. Son of legendary Malian guitarist Ali Farka Touré, who passed away in 2006, Vieux has carried […]

Owiny Sigoma Band ‘Harpoon Land’

It’s very hard to find truly original and unique music today (we’ve pretty much heard it all right!), but Owiny Sigoma Band are one exception. Their debut album was a brilliant blend of Kenyan styles and British electronica that was released to critical acclaim and was in the top 40 best selling world music albums of […]