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“Sara” by The Good Ones from Secretly Jag on Vimeo. Earlier this month, Dead Oceans released a pretty amazing album from a lesser-known artist: The Good Ones, a trio of singers and guitarists from the Rwandan capital city of Kigali. I first picked up the single “Sara” (video above) as a free MP3 over the […]

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Some of the most fascinating new music I’ve heard lately comes from Spoek Mathambo, a 24-year-old South African electronic musician/rapper/graphic designer whose debut album, Mshini Wam, comes out September 13 on BBE Records. Mshini Wam is all about unlikely combinations, odd juxtapositions that somehow work: pitch-shifted vocals atop tribal-sounding drums, soulful crooning layered over glitchy […]