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Both sweet and sorrowful, the title track on Cesaria Evora's latest album attests to the Cape Verdean singer's recommitment to her roots. The languid tempo of "Voz d'Amor" ("The Voice of Love"), a minor-key ballad, underscores the tune's sad yet…
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Riff Raff

Left Of(f) the Dial Until recently, Dore Stein was host of a twice-weekly radio show called "Tangents," broadcast on KALW (91.7-FM), the San Francisco Unified School District's radio station. It's a program that is very bright, very much loved by…
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House of Tudor

Like low-hanging clouds on a warm Louisiana morning, Damon & Naomi's latest offering, Playback Singers, seeps into your clothes and clings to the hair on the nape of your neck. Before you know it, you're soaked through and through, but…
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The House of Tudor

With their throaty combination of groove-based funk, danceable hip hop, aggressive jazz, soulful raps, and an undeniably positive message, Lord of Word & the Disciples of Bass may be picking up where Spearhead left off in the early '90s. Their…
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The House of Tudor

On the Blue in the Face soundtrack, David Byrne tried to match the achievement of Wayne Wang's superlative film -- that is, to give the outsider an insider's look at Brooklyn. While the musical selection was inspired -- Lou Reed,…
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Hear This

Muzsiks & Marta Sebestyen After earning 67 seconds of fame by singing the opening theme of last year's most unaccountably popular art-house hit, Hungarian vocalist Marta Sebestyen's record label relentlessly hypes her as the "Voice of The English Patient." Milking…
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Serge Gainsbourg Comic Strip Couleur Cafe Du Jazz Dans Le Ravin (Mercury) The music industry's cartoon characters are often even more amusing and intriguing (and less human) than those inhabiting your average Chuck Jones-era Warner Bros. cartoon. Take Serge Gainsbourg,…
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The Barefoot Contessa

Cape Verde is composed of 10 small islands, nestled in the Atlantic 350 miles off the coast of Senegal. When Cesaria Evora was a girl, her isle, S‹o Vicente, was green and lush, like a perfect tropical paradise. Today, after…
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