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5 African Acts to Check Out at Sónar 2022

The Barcelona-based festival returns with a fresh slate of African electronic music.

After a pandemic two-year hiatus, the Sónar music festival gets back to life in Barcelona. This is a unique year for the Catalan festival, which has stood for almost two decades as a spearhead in the electronic music landscape, whether in club music-oriented sounds or extreme breakbeat noise.

Not only is the festival making its comeback edition, but it also features a number of African artists and African-related performances that have never been seen before. From Pongo's neo-kuduro to the Nyege Nyege-signed genre-bending trio Scotch Rolex, MC Yallah and Lord Spikeheart, don't sleep on these five acts—they're just the tip of the iceberg of an African take on global dance floors.

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9 Songs That Showcase the Greatness of Elza Soares

Soares, one of the queens of Brazilian music, passed away last month at the age of 91.

Elza Soares died sleeping at home, according to her close entourage. It was a tranquil passage for an artist whose life is marked by an impressive talent and a constant fight against racism and sexism—elements that hold an important chunk of the global debate today, thanks to the efforts of women like her.

Born in a Rio favela in 1930, Elza devoted her life to music and left an impressive catalog of 34 albums and hundreds of EPs. It’s a life's work that assures her place as a staple of the Brazilian songbook, ranging from different samba strains and surpassing genres. Wherever she could, Elza took her exquisite vocal technique and interpretation, reshaping old standards, bringing life to lyrics and transforming great songs into undisputed classics. See below some of the songs that help understanding her greatness.


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