African Legends, New Music From Shearwater And More

Listen Now

42 min 25 sec
 
collage

Clockwise from upper left: Fela Kuti, Laura Gibson, Shearwater. hide caption

itoggle caption

This month, the first nine albums by legendary Nigerian musician Fela Kuti are being reissued. They've been remastered and sound better than ever. On this edition of All Songs Considered, we hear an extended cut from Kuti's stunning 1972 album Shakara. Also on the show: a new album from the late Malian guitarist Ali Farka Toure and kora player Toumani Diabate; Shearwater's dramatic new concept record The Golden Archipelago; the wind-swept, ethereal world of electronic musician Eluvium; a new collaboration between Portland, Ore., artists Laura Gibson and Ethan Rose; the haunting, mournful sounds of Richard Skelton; and some incredible new guitar-rock from The Archie Bronson Outfit.

About All Songs Considered

Download this show in the All Songs Considered podcast.

Sign up for the All Songs Considered newsletter and we'll tell you when new music features are available on the site.

Register with the NPR.org community to join in our discussions.

Contact us with your questions and comments.

African Legends, New Music From Shearwater And More

fela kuti cover

Fela Kuti

  • Artist: Fela Kuti
  • Album: Shakara/London Scene
  • Song: Shakara (Oloje)

Purchase Featured Music

Song
Shakara (Oloje)
Album
Shakara/London Scene
Artist
Fela Kuti
Label
Wrasse
Released
2000

Your purchase helps support NPR Programming. How?

cover for toumani diabate

Ali Farka Touré/Toumani Diabaté

  • Artist: Ali Farka Touré/Toumani Diabaté
  • Album: Farka Touré & Toumani Diabaté
  • Song: Samba Geladio

Purchase Featured Music

Song
Samba Geladio
Album
Farka Touré & Toumani Diabaté
Artist
Ali Farka Touré/Toumani Diabaté
Label
Nonesuch Records
Released
2010

Your purchase helps support NPR Programming. How?

shearwater cover

Shearwater

  • Artist: Shearwater
  • Album: Golden Archipelago [Deluxe Edition]
  • Song: Castaways

Purchase Featured Music

Song
Castaways
Album
Golden Archipelago [Deluxe Edition]
Artist
Shearwater
Label
Matador
Released
2010

Your purchase helps support NPR Programming. How?

eluvium cover

Eluvium

  • Artist: Eluvium
  • Album: Similes
  • Song: Leaves Eclipse the Light

Purchase Featured Music

Song
Leaves Eclipse the Light
Album
Similes
Artist
Eluvium
Label
Temporary Residence
Released
2010

Your purchase helps support NPR Programming. How?

laura gibson cover

Laura Gibson/Ethan Rose

  • Artist: Laura Gibson/Ethan Rose
  • Album: Bridge Carols
  • Song: Glocken

Purchase Featured Music

Song
Glocken
Album
Bridge Carols
Artist
Laura Gibson/Ethan Rose
Label
Holocene Music
Released
2010

Your purchase helps support NPR Programming. How?

richard skelton cover

Richard Skelton

  • Artist: Richard Skelton
  • Album: Landings
  • Song: Green Withins Brook

Purchase Featured Music

Song
Green Withins Brook
Album
Landings
Artist
Richard Skelton
Label
Type
Released
2009

Your purchase helps support NPR Programming. How?

archie bronson outfit cover

Archie Bronson Outfit

  • Artist: Archie Bronson Outfit
  • Album: Coconut
  • Song: Magnetic Warrior

Purchase Featured Music

Song
Magnetic Warrior
Album
Coconut
Artist
Archie Bronson Outfit
Label
Domino Recording Company USA
Released
2010

Your purchase helps support NPR Programming. How?

Comments

 

Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the NPR.org Community rules and Terms of Use. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.