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Ratatat by Timothy Saccenti

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
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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