Les Ambassadeurs (2014)
From the early sixties until the mid-seventies, Les Ambassadeurs were the flagship band of new African music.
Their style, mixing ancestral art, salsa, jazz and funk, lit up “world sono”. Today, the return of this super-band does not simply take us back to a golden age. It also symbolises values of freedom and authenticity encapsulated in a sound, the unchanging, haunting groove of Mandinka pop music.
Africa Stop Ebola (2014)
A collective of African musicians have come together to record a song to help raise awareness about Ebola in Africa. The song, entitled “Africa Stop Ebola”, features the singers Tiken Jah Fakoly, Amadou & Mariam, Salif Keita, Oumou Sangare, Kandia Kora, Mory Kante, Sia Tolno, Barbara Kanam and rappers Didier Awade, Marcus and Mokobe.
¡Todo el poder para el pueblo! Emory Douglas y las Panteras Negras (2016)
Emory Douglas was an integral part of the Black Panther Party, joining as minister of culture in 1967 and designing artwork that became potent symbols of the movement. Although the party ceased to function from 1980, its legacy goes on, as does Douglas’s work in an exhibition at Urbis, Manchester. The collection of newspaper illustrations, posters and pamphlets, of which this is just a selection, all bear his trademark imagery, and hard-hitting slogans, which inspired many to act.