Tag Archive | funk

Travelogue: Festival In the Desert 2012

Festival In the Desert 2012 Photos and Essay by Ezra Gale In January of 2012 I travelled with a friend to Timbuktu, Mali, for the legendary Festival in the Desert. The trip was a long-planned for pilgrimage to the breeding ground of some of my favorite music on the planet—the crossroads of West African rhythms, […]

Reviews: The Rough Guide to the Music of Morocco and The Rough Guide to Psychedelic Africa

The Rough Guide to the Music of Morocco The Rough Guide to Psychedelic Africa [World Disc (2012)] Those intrepid anthologists at Rough Guide continue to crank out top-drawer, regionally themed compilations of the musics of the world. Two of their latest releases focus on offerings out of Africa. The Rough Guide to the Music of Morocco does […]

Feature Review: Stew & the Negro Problem, Making It

Stew & the Negro Problem Making It [Tight Natural Productions (2011)] For nearly 15 years, singer-songwriter Stew and bassist/arranger/composer Heidi Rodewald were a couple as well as musical partners in two groups—the Negro Problem and Stew. After the pair’s successful collaboration on the Tony winning musical Passing Strange, their personal relationship started to unravel, and […]

Review: Gecko Turner, Gone Down South

Here’s one from your humble editor. Things are getting a little chillier on the island these days, and the coconuts aren’t falling quite as often, but here comes an AfroBeatnik to provide some new world music grooves. Funky guitar, lyrics in two languages, and some smokey-raspy singing sure go down smooth.

Review: Cyril Neville, The Essential Cyril Neville 1994-2007

Cyril Neville The Essential Cyril Neville 1994-2007 [M.C. Records (2010)] The youngest of the Neville Brothers, Cyril Neville, 62, has long provided some of the funkiest moments to ever come out of New Orleans. His Caribbean-rooted conga playing and soulful vocals have produced some of the most explosive peaks of concerts and recordings by the Meters, […]

Review: Ryan Montbleau Band, Heavy on the Vine

The Ryan Montbleau Band’s most recent album was produced by Martin Sexton, and they’re fresh off a tour as the singer-songwriter’s opening act and backing band.