Celebrating civilizations

Sep 28, 2006

Celebrating civilizations

The Islamic world is home to one of the richest and most important musical traditions on Earth. It doesn’t hurt that it also spans an incredibly vast area, stretching west to Morocco and east as far as Indonesia, and that it contains an intricate ...

Following the father

Sep 22, 2006

Following the father

You’ve probably heard of the father of Afrobeat bandmaster and award-winning musician Femi Kuti. And if by chance you haven’t, you’re missing out on one of Africa’s greatest musical legends. Fela Kuti, known by most simply as “Fela,” was by turns renowned and notorious ...

There's an art to saving country life

Aug 10, 2006

There's an art to saving country life

Just a few hours north of Tokyo’s seemingly endless sprawl is the mountainous region of Echigo-Tsumari in Niigata Prefecture. Like so many other rural parts of northern Japan, it is a rugged, isolated, aging and economically stagnant place where elderly men and women can ...

Senegal is calling

Jul 20, 2006

Senegal is calling

Time and again Western journalists ask superstar Senegalese pop singer Youssou N’Dour, arguably the most successful African musician in history, the same question: Why, despite selling hundreds of thousands of records in the West and collaborating with artists such as Peter Gabriel, Sting, Wyclef ...

'Off the Record '

Jun 1, 2006

"Off the Record "

Bottom floor of Shibuya’s Sega Gigo game center Runs indefinitely Saturday May 27, the same day as the opening of the massive Africa Remix exhibition at Mori Art Museum, a singular art-intervention-cum-exhibition appeared inside a block of baggage-lockers on the bottom floor of Shibuya’s ...

Art of Africa

May 25, 2006

Art of Africa

Everyone has an idea about “Africa.” Pestilence, famine and genocide top many people’s lists. Others think of boundless natural wonder and sprawling metropolises bursting with life. But the truth of it is, there is no one “Africa.” There are only Africans, and they defy ...