PRINT December 2018


Vivien Goldman

1 LUDWIG GÖRANSONN FEAT. BAABA MAAL, “WAKANDA” (Marvel) It is ironic that it took a film (Black Panther) about a fictional country to make much of America embrace the idea of Africa. Nonetheless, Maal’s sustained griot vibrato summons and enthralls on Göransonn’s theme song “Wakanda.” All bow to the handy magic of the imagination.

Still from Cardi B, Bad Bunny, and J Balvin’s 2018 video I Like It, directed by Eif Rivera.

CARDI B, BAD BUNNY, AND J BALVIN, “I LIKE IT” (Atlantic) The surge in rich-world collaborations with Afrobeat and reggaeton artists de-exoticizes the squirmy tag “world music.” Are Brits and Yanks really out of this world? Debates aside, it’s joyous when phenom Cardi and two reggaeton dons revisit Pete Rodriguez’s ’60s boogaloo. 

Still from Fatoumata Diawara’s 2018 video Nterini, directed by Aïda Muluneh.

FATOUMATA DIAWARA, FENFO (Shanachie) The long-anticipated second album by this Malian Afrofuturist singer and activist positions her as a bold experimenter assured of her roots. Diawara’s gem of a voice

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