Orchestre Poly-Rythmo New 'Cononou Club' Single, 'Pardon'

Strut Records releases Orchestre Poly-Rythmo single "Pardon," off Cononou Club, the group's first new album in over 20 years.

Strut Records has released another great afro-funk song. The single, "Pardon," is off of Orchestre Poly-Rythmo's first new album in over 20 years. Cononou Club is upbeat and shows that time (20 years in fact) hasn't diminished the group's ability at all. Check for a full review of the album on Okayplayer in a few weeks. Produced entirely on vintage analog recording equipment, the album is due out April 12th.

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News of Kenneth David Kaunda's passing, at age 97, has reverberated across the globe. Kaunda, affectionately known as KK, was Zambia's first President from 1964 to 1991.

Following Nelson Mandela's passing in December 2013, Kenneth Kaunda became Africa's last standing hero. Now with his passing on Thursday, June 17 — after being admitted to the Maina Soko Military Hospital in Lusaka earlier in the week — this signals the end of Africa's liberation history chapter.

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