Welcome to the September 2012 issue of Black Grooves, sponsored by the Archives of African American Music and Culture (follow the AAAMC on Facebook for up-to-date information on new releases and give-away contests).
This month we’re continuing our “Women of the World” series with a review of Fatou by Malian artist Fatoumata Diawara, who will be featured at the upcoming Lotus World Music & Arts Festival in Bloomington, Indiana. Other world music releases include new projects from the Israeli reggae band Zvuloon Dub System, Brooklyn’s Afrobeat-centered band Antibalas, and the Los Angeles-based Chicano band Quetzal, plus the reissue of Paul Ngozi’s 1976 classic Zambian rock album The Ghetto.
A two-disc reissue of the 1965 live album The Supremes at the Copa is reviewed, as well as the newly released DVD Diana Ross Live in Central Park from a 1983 performance. Other new DVDs include Jimi Plays Berkeley documenting Jimi Hendrix’s 1970 concert at the Berkeley Community Theatre, and Cook With the Hook Live in 1974 featuring a festival performance by blues guitarist John Lee Hooker. Additional blues CDs in this issue include Otis Taylor’s Contraband, his daughter Cassie Taylor’s debut album Blue, Lurie Bell’s gospel blues release The Devil Ain’t Got No Music, and Detroit blues legend Johnnie Bassett’s final album I Can Make That Happen.
Wrapping up this issue is a look at jazz albums by Dennis Rollins Velocity Trio, the Jeff Parker Trio, and the David White Jazz Orchestra; the compilation Personal Space: Electronic Soul 1974-1984, Frank Ocean’s Channel Orange, and the Visioneers’ jazz/rap mixtape Hipology.