Hugh Masekela

Prince and the Revolution

Behind the Purple Ropes:
Prince and the Revolution

Having gained heavyweight status as James Brown’s tour manager, Alan Leeds was brought on midway through Prince’s 1999 tour as…

April 21st, 2016 | | Features
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Cosmic Heights

That’s the handsome MC Perry Jones onstage. It’s 1974 at a sold-out Madison Square Garden, and Jones is looking out…

February 5th, 2016 | | Articles

Trumpeter/bandleader Todd Simon spins 45s of jazz around the world

Trumpeter/bandleader Todd Simon (Ethio Cali) blesses us with another jazz mixtape. Jazz on 45 Vol. 2 – Jazz Around the World…

October 19th, 2015 | | Mixtape

Melody Maestros: As Ratatat, Mike Stroud and Evan Mast have a penchant for making catchy yet cerebral instrumentals, featuring smart interplay between guitar, synthesizers, and crisp beats

“I was so into [Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass]. I had all of his records,” says multi-instrumentalist/producer Evan Mast,…

July 8th, 2015 | | Features

Ladysmith Black Mambazo

The man, better known simply as Joseph Shabalala and founder of Ladysmith Black Mambazo, would eventually help change the direction of world music.

August 28th, 2013 | | Today in History

Citizen of the World

On March 4, 1932, Miriam Makeba was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. Her career spanned half a century until her death…

March 4th, 2011 | | Today in History
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Issue 39

The start of 2010 marks the first time Wax Poetics has devoted an entire issue to modern African music. And…

January 13th, 2010 | | Wax Poetics Magazine
Issue 19

Issue 19

Joe Bataan is a New York legend in salsa, boogaloo/soul, disco, and even hip-hop circles for his numerous contributions. New…

October 31st, 2006 | | Wax Poetics Magazine
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Purchase Wax Poetics Issue 65 now!   Purchase Wax Poetics Issue 65 now!     Features: A Tribe Called Quest…

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