The King of Ethio-Jazz

Continue reading There’s a timelessness to Astatke’s music. A song like ‘Yègellé Tezeta’ sounds just as fresh when used in Jim Jarmusch’s ‘Broken Flowers’, or on a 45 in 1972, as it does sampled in ‘As We Enter’ by Nas and Damian Marley. It’s revelatory, and though those studying music could delve deeper into its […]

Ya Bahr

Continue reading For Al-Mulaifi, focusing his dissertation on the arcane music of Kuwait’s pearl divers was about a lot more than satisfying doctoral programmes’ supposed lust for the obscure and parochial. ‘Thinking about the opportunities that I have because of my Grandpa’s hard work and suffering, remembering little things like the way he cleaned his […]