Welcome to the August 2012 issue of Black Grooves, sponsored by the Archives of African American Music and Culture.
This month we’re featuring nine albums released over the past nine months by “Women of the World”—artists who draw upon a variety of world influences to create a unique sound: Maimouna Youssef, Goapele, Nabiha, Angélique Kidjo, Ayo, Sandra Nkaké, Emeli Sandé, Imani Uzuri, and Lira.
Also reviewed is the new DVD/CD soundtrack for Marley, the documentary of the life of Bob Marley directed by Kevin MacDonald, plus the latest album from Toro Y Moi (a.k.a. Chazwick Bundick), who will be performing at the 2012 Afropunk Fest (the line-up includes other performers recently featured in Black Grooves: Janelle Monae, Straight Line Stitch, Cerebal Ballzy, and Das Racist).
Reissues covered this month include the first CD releases of two albums from members of the P-Funk collective: Quazar by Quazar (with Glen Goins), and Bernie Worell’s All the Woo in the World; two new releases in Concord’s Stax Remasters series: Albert King’s I’ll Play the Blues For You and Booker T & the M.G.’s Green Onions; and the first CD release of the Fairfield Four’s 1989 album Revival.