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Vieux Farka Touré Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis Tuesday, July 9, 2013 We were not dancing enough. That appeared to be Vieux Farka Touré's chief concern between songs. If the Malian guitar hero's heavily accented English made it hard for him to explicitly tell us to move more, his amused yet ... More >>
Fatoumata DiawaraCedar Cultural Center, MinneapolisFriday, April 12, 2013 There wasn't a n'goni or djembe to be seen or heard at the Cedar Friday night. Fatoumata Diawara played a flashy cherry-red guitar any aspiring teen metalhead would drool over, and she fronted what looked like a standard rock ... More >>
A filmmaker from Minnesota tells the story behind a lost animated masterpiece, plus hits and misses of the fest by our critics
It's been a hot week for local indie-rock quartet Carroll, composed of Brian Hurlow (keys/guitar/vocals), Max Kulicke (guitar), Charlie Rudoy (drums), and Charles McClung (bass/vocals). After self-releasing their debut EP Needs on Monday, the band released their very first music video and were annou ... More >>
The Cedar Cultural Center has long ago established itself as one of the best world music venues in the country, and in fact, was named just that earlier this year in a nationwide poll. Tonight they launch a new music series, African Summer on the West Bank, which will go a long way towards assuring ... More >>
"African M Pulse," Obsidian Arts' new exhibit now showing at Pillsbury House, is a fascinating look at contemporary artists creating works by delving into, springing from, and, sometimes, deviating against African art traditions. It's a wonderful show that is worth checking out at the vibrant com ... More >>
Gloria's Lobotomy by Rudy FigThere's never a week in the Twin Cities without great free stuff to do. This week's hot happenings include an incredible lineup at the Pizza Luce Block Party (Brother Ali! Dessa! Pink Mink!), sugary sweet art by Rudy Fig and Jeff Warner over at the Gallery at Fox Tax, ... More >>
Festival kicks off its 28th year in the Twin Cities
The May/June issue of Utne takes us around the world of street food.
Orchestra Baobab is the kind of band that makes critics (at least this one) resort to hyperbole and sociology.
How African hip hop "gives back" to two continents
Don't think you can survive the 439th screening of that Dora the Explorer DVD?
Two musicians from Mali and a footloose cosmopolitan chart the peaks and valleys of globalism
'Moolaadé' seeks an end to female circumcision in Senegal
The African HIV crisis--15 million dead, 25 million infected--hits home in Minnesota
Last year my boss sent me to sit in a dark room for 150 nights. Here's what I took away from the ordeal.
The MIA's new painting show documents how French and British artists swapped style (if not spit). Isn't it romantic?
Favorites from the second week of the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Film Festival
Meet the greatest Togolese Afrofunk bandleader in Minnesota
Orchestra Baobab bring Seventies Senegal to modern America
Baaba Maal and Gigi explore the native lands they left behind
The Sound of Music, 2001: Our Favorite Things
A world-music star from 1970s Senegal finds his place in the age of hip hop