Single: Africali – You Don’t Love Him Quite Like You Love Me

Saturday’s chill-out session comes from San Francisco music and art collective, AfriCali. Fed up with how today’s Afro-pop music sounds more like pop and less and less like African, they decided to incorporate various musical influences from inside and outside Africa, blending it all together to create some genuine and original. They sent us over […]

Habib Koite – Wassiye

This weekend I was revisiting my old Putumayo records when I came across Habib Koite‘s “Wassiye”, originally off of his 1998 album, Ma Ya. It’s been on repeat all weekend and I’m sure you won’t find it hard to see why. Enjoy!

Buraka Som Sistema (@buraka) – Hangover (BaBaBa)

As a huge Buraka Som Sistema fan, I have absolutely NO excuse as to why this one fell beneath the cracks. Their latest single, “Hangover (BaBaBa)” was released in May and is quite the fucking comeback. The song, co-produced with Crunchtime’s Stereotyp, features a hook that originated in a production between DJ Znobia and Angolan […]

Arabyrd (@arabyrd) – Disco Nected EP

And without further ado, Malaysian MC Arabyrd has finally released her highly-anticipated EP, Disco Nected, on Crunchtime Records. The EP opens with the ever-catchy “Rolexflex” (I got my rolex biiitch/I’m running in my Rolls Royce) and is followed by my favorite track on the EP, the quirky, all-Malay jam “Kek” which was featured on the […]

Dona Sandra – Orquesta & Zuzuka Poderosa (@zuzukapoderosa)

We at Boom Boom Chik love the Brazilian baile funk ambassador in New York, Zuzuka Poderosa. Since last year’s LAMC, her star has been rising – rightly so – and fresh out the inbox today came in a tune called “Dona Sandra”, a collaboration between Zuzuka and a 21-year-old Irish producer called Orquesta. The song […]

Señor Loop (@senorloop) – Insensato

Just three days into my trip to Panama, my Panamanian friends have introduced me to a well-respected local band called Señor Loop. Their song “Insensato” became an anthem among the youth in Panama a few years back and remains a crowd favorite to this day. It’s accent of folk instruments over a chill, rock beat […]

Yuna (@yunamusic) Releases Debut US EP, “Decorate”

And so it is, the moment has come: Malaysian chanteuse Yuna released her debut US EP, Decorate (FADER Label) on iTunes yesterday. The EP includes five songs, featuring title track “Decorate”. For Malaysian fans who purchased her debut album, Decorate, back in Malaysia, you’ll notice brand new tracks like “Coffee”, “Fears and Frustrations” and “Someone […]

Les Nubians – Veuillez Veiller Sur Vous Reves

In anticipation for the release of their highly anticipated upcoming album, Nu Revolution, French duo Les Nubians have released a video to the track “Veuillez Veiller Sur Vous Reves” (that’s French for “Don’t Let Your Dreams Fall Asleep) featuring French MC John Banzaï. Nu Revolution is slated to be released in April and features, among […]

Carlos Gomez – New Paradigm Global Music

Bronx-born percussionist Carlos Gomez is scheduled to release his album New Paradigm Global Music on February 1st. The album features funk-groove, pop and Latin rhythms that could certainly be enjoyed while perusing a menu at a swanky New York City restaurant or a party with friends. The renowned musician incorporates elements of spirituality in his […]

Radio Morillo’s Top 10 Songs of 2010

This year’s top 10 was particularly difficult; just rummaging through the songs and albums I listened to in 2010 seemed daunting enough. But alas, it wouldn’t be the end of 2010 without a top 10 something and continuing where I left off last year,  I shall bring it to your attention once again. In no […]

Welcome: Hiatus

Got some fresh new music for you on this fresh Monday. The track, “Save Yourself,” is the latest single from London producer Hiatus who’s debut LP, Ghost Notes, was released in October. The track,written during the break up of a six-year relationship, is a prime example of the album’s blend of Middle Eastern melancholy and […]

Introducing Nneka

Nigerian-German musician Nneka is quite a find; her unique blend of reggae, soul, hip-hop and just about anything else that captures her fancy makes her one of her country’s most exciting musical exports. Born and raised in Warri, Nigeria to a German mother and Nigerian father, Nneka became interested in music a few years after […]

Rita Indiana y Los Misterios – El Juidero

Rita Indiana y Los Misterios, fronted by multimedia artist Rita Indiana Hernandez, is touted as one of the most amazing musical exports from the Dominican Republic and is quickly becoming a celebrated and respected act outside of the Caribbean. Rita Indiana is an unlikely figure to be celebrated in Dominican society; she is openly in […]

globalFEST Comes to NYC in January 2011

Being pretty bummed about missing this year’s Rainforest World Music Festival, I perked up as soon as I found out about globalFEST, a one-night world music festival taking place at Webster Hall in New York City. Featuring acts such as the Creole Choir of Cuba, Diblo Dibala, Mustafa Özarslan and Novalima (who performed at the […]

East Village Community School – Songs from the East Village

If you had the opportunity to participate in an arts program in elementary school, count yourself as extremely lucky. We’ve all heard the stories of school budget cuts and schools being strapped for resources. All to often, along with those budget cuts and demands on time for standardized test preparation, arts education programs are the […]

Yuna – Raya Oh Yeah

Singer-songwriter Yuna released this super cute video of her song, “Raya Oh Yeah”, about the Muslim holiday Eid-ul Fitr (“Hari Raya Aidilfitri” in Yuna’s native Malay language). Timely, given Hari Raya is TODAY! Hari Raya Aidilfitri, friends! Eid Mubarak! Check it out.

@Luisamaita Announces North American Tour

Brazilian chanteuse Luisa Maita has announced a North American tour in November! Fresh off of the heels of her eponymous debut, Maita’s album has received critical and commercial acclaim, reaching the #1 spot on iTunes Latino the week after the album was released. We’re excited to see her perform live in the US! Here are […]

Introducing Systema Solar

Systema Solar are among the latest of the bad ass Colombian bands tirando fuego from their homeland. This musical spitfire is the combination of a whole bunch of genres including cumbia, hip-hop, bullenrengue, champeta, house, techno among others (apparently) which they’ve dubbed “berbenautika”. Adding Afro-Colombian vibes by way of Colombia’s Caribbean coast, you get a […]