Friends We Love Spend “120 Seconds” with Femi Kuti

Friends We Love spent 120 seconds with Femi Kuti following his incredible show on May 12th at El Rey in Los Angeles, and captured this passionate message. Make sure to check out the video to hear what Femi has to say about the importance of African unity and awareness, and check out photos of that night’s show.

Femi’s latest album Africa For Africa is in stores now.

Les Nubians Release Nü Revolution + “Afrodance” Video

Les Nubians‘ third release Nü Revolution is out today and they’re premiering this bouncy video fun for the first single “Afrodance.” The musicians and sisters Hélène and Célia Faussart have expressed that this latest album is a celebration of life; they want to introduce something upbeat and joyful to this time of uncertainty.

Make sure to check out their tour dates and stream the full album on AOL and MSN Music plus this video interview with CNN.

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GPWW 3/30/11: Seun Kuti Album Preview and Now That’s What I Call Bumps Vol. 2 mix


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Gilles serves up the second volume of “Now that’s what I call Bumps” on this installment of GPWW. For those of you new to the “Now That’s What I call Bumps” series, it spotlights some of the international stars in the “beats” scene, a new generation of musicians. Mostly instrumental numbers, they range from high energy tunes like “Lil Zurna” by Debruit to serene tracks like “Brushmetal” by Devonwho.

The Worldwide Show also treats us with a preview of Seun Kuti & Fela’s Egypt 80 new album From Africa With Fury: Rise to be released by Because Music. The UK Guardian recently sat down with Seun and discussed various topics such as politics, his legendary father Fela, and his new album. Catch that interview here.

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GPWW 3/16/11: The Stepkids, Raoul K & Music from Japan, for Japan

This week, Gilles Peterson has words and music from The Stepkids (Stones Throw) and Raoul K, but he made time in between sets to play music from Japan, for Japan. The Japanese joints are simply beautiful, including artists like the Hideo Shiraki Quintet, UFO and Hozan Yamamoto. He also got a quick interview with The Stepkids, self-professed ‘MP3 nerds,’ and a sampling from their new album. A post-genre band, these guys have played as session musicians in different ways – from hard jazz, to R&B, to indie rock and everything in between. The combination they created for their upcoming album is like nothing you’ve heard before. The show ends with a mix from Raoul K, German-based DJ via West Africa, with tracks from King Sunny Ade, Carl Craig, Raoul K himself and more.

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Les Nubians – Live Performance & Interview on NPR

Les Nubians have an upcoming album on Shanachie Records on April 19th, Nü Revolution; if you haven’t already, check out the video for “Veuillez Veiller Sur Vos Rêves” and the streaming audio for “Afrodance.” The Cameroonian/French-based duo recently stopped by NPR’s ‘Tell Me More’ for a live performance and a lovely interview in which we learn more about the concept of Nü Revolution. With all the turmoil in the world right now, the optimism of sisters Célia and Hélène is an essential part of their uplifting music.

“…It’s the evolution of a dream. It’s also the evolution and the revolution, through woman, through Eve. This album is how we materialize our dreams and how we formulate new dreams to create the future.” – Célia

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Les Nubians Live on NPR’s Tell Me More