Ahmed Janka Nabay was one of the first musicians to take 500-year-old bubu music outside of his homeland of Sierra-Leone, where he had been a rock star. Nabay was forced to flee the country in the midst of the Sierra-Leonean Civil War,
The legendary country singer-songwriter and actor continues to fuse multiple genres in his music with 3 Pears, his first album in five years. Released last month, the record is full of surprises, jumping from Motown and soul to light pop and no-frills rock and roll.
The Divine Fits are an indie rock group comprised of Spoon’s Britt Daniel, Dan Boeckner of Wolf Parade and Handsome Furs, and New Bomb Turks’ Sam Brown. A few years ago, Daniel attended a Handsome Furs concert; he and Boeckner have remained friends ever since.
Montreal based, Patrick Watson is a Montreal makes music the way some directors make film - wide angled and with lots of emotion. His last album 2009’s Wooden Arm was nominated for the Canadian Polaris Music Prize, a prestigious music award annually given to the best full-length Canadian album based on artistic merit, regardless of genre, sales, or record label.
Debo Band is an eleven member group from Boston that has a sound deeply influenced by the traditional music played in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in the late 60’s and early 70’s. This groovy harmony, referred to as Addis swing, came about in the cultural freedom of that period before a military coupe put an end to the era.
The David Wax Museum fuses traditional Mexican and American folk music into what the band refers to as “Mexo-Americana,” a style that is lively and unique. Museum’s breakthrough came during a performance at the 2010 Newport Folk Festival after which they were dubbed the breakout act of the festival.
Singer-songwriter Iris DeMent was born the youngest child of a large, Pentecostal family in rural Arkansas. She later moved to southern California and grew up listening to traditional country and gospel music that largely influenced her folk-country sound.