Premiere: “Kololi Under the Moon” by Populous

Using field recordings, the Italian producer builds a dance reverie for new compilation album Senegambia

Florence, Italy-based label Voodoo Rebel proposed an interesting challenge to 11 producers around the world. During trips to Senegal and Gambia, label founder Leonard P walked around holding his panoramic mic and smartphone to take field recordings: from the hustle and bustle of the streets and homes, to concerts and communal events, and the quieter sounds of nature. Each of the 11 selected producers then …

Omar Ba’s State of Emergency

The Senegalese artist's striking pieces are beautiful, but deceptively dark

The vibrant, precise color combinations and elaborate detailing in artist Omar Ba’s paintings, on show now at London’s Hales Gallery, sometimes make them reminiscent of illustrations for a beautiful children’s book. But as you draw closer, the sinister underside of the images starts to reveal itself—the reflections in a man’s sunglasses depict tanks and a helicopter, the marionette hands that control soldiers and weapons bear …

Dakar Biennale 2014: Highlights From Dak’Art

Our favorite works exhibited at Senegal's 11th annual contemporary art festival

Though less famous than its siblings in Venice and Berlin, the Dakar Biennale (on until 8 June) is a world-class art show worth the attention of international art experts and enthusiasts. This year’s Dak’Art is the 11th edition of the Biennale and one of the largest gathering of contemporary African artists anywhere in the world. The artworks on show were as striking as they were …