Brooklyn Vegan PREMIERE: Spanglish Fly prep new single “New York Rules” ft. Joe Bataan (watch the video)

NYC’s latin Boogaloo group Spanglish Fly have a new 7″ single, “New York Rules,” which features lead vocals from latin soul legend Joe Bataan. Like his famous song “Subway Joe,” here he’s talking about riding the B Train — and getting stuck between stations — with “Bario ladies, the punks from Bay Ridge / the Bushwick babies and […]

COMPLEX PREMIERE: Brownout – ‘Fear of a Brown Planet’ Mixtape

Premiere: DJ Eclipse and Brownout Pay Tribute to Public Enemy With ‘Fear of a Brown Planet’ Mixtape  On the 28th anniversary of Public Enemy’s seminal 1990 album Fear of a Black Planet, the Austin-based band Brownout (best known for their popular Black Sabbath tribute albums) has decided to pay homage to the rap classic by announcing their […]

FLOOD Premiere: Tamikrest “Wainan Adobat”

The city of Kidal in Northern Mali sits like a dot at the edge of the Sahara. It’s a place of paradox—the semi-permanent home of nomadic Tuaregs, the seat of a nation-state that lasted less than year once Al Qaeda and the French military pinched it from either side. It exists, and yet for many […]

Noisey: Aziza Brahim’s Music Explores the Western Sahara’s Sad Legacy with Beautiful Songs

The Sahrawi refugee camps, located in Tindouf, Algeria, and formed for those fleeing the Western Sahara War, have been in existence for 40 years. After a certain number of years, differentiating between a semi-autonomous refugee camp and an occupied territory ceases to be a useful distinction. Born into both occupation and exile, it’s entirely understandable […]

SPIN: ‘Calentura: Global Bassment’ Gets Jacked-Up Low-End From Bass Producers

Fania Records has partnered with global-focused bass DJ crew Calentura for a compilation of remixed tracks from the Latin label’s iconic catalog. Calentura: Global Bassment, out on March 11, is a searing collection of blown-out low-end reworks by the likes of Major Lazer’s Jillionaire, Los Angeles electronic futurists Nguzunguzu, and Uproot Andy, co-founder of tropical New York City party-starters […]

WSJ Spring Arts Preview: Habib Koité & Vusi Mahlasela

Habib Koité & Vusi Mahlasela The Metropolitan Museum of Art April 13 metmuseum.org Two of Afropop’s giants join forces. Mali-based singer-guitarist Habib Koité, who hails from a family of griots, or traveling troubadours, is renowned for his happy, hypnotic mix of traditional and contemporary sounds. In this acoustic concert, he teams up with South African […]