New artist of the month: The Good Ones

“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 summer, and it became one of my favorites: peaceful, but with a simple, unorthodox beauty. The rest of the album is much the same. Nothing flashy, but there’s a kind of tranquility here that’s hard to find anywhere in the world, much less from artists hailing from a country that we tend to associate with war and hardship. Though I hear that Rwanda is quite a beautiful place to visit these days–and thanks to artists like The Good Ones, maybe we’ll all start seeing it in a whole new light.

Mp3 download – The Good Ones “Amagorwa Y’Abagabo”

— Anna K

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