The October 2013 issue of Black Grooves, sponsored by the Archives of African American Music and Culture<>, is now available at<>

This month we're featuring classical music including new releases from two celebrated opera singers-Angela Brown performing Richard Danielpour's A Woman's Life, and Lawrence Brownlee's album This Heart That Flutters-in addition to Ensemble Paladino's (flutist Eric Lamb and cellist Martin Rummel) Bach (Re)inventions vol. 1, and the duo Black Violin's classical-meets-hip-hop album Classically Trained.

Our special two-part feature Music from Mali: The Desert Blues covers nine albums released over the past year-before, during, and after the Tuareg rebellion and coup d'etat-including Live From Festival Au Desert, Timbuktu; the bands Tartit and Imharhan on Live From the Sahara; Jeconte & The Mali Allstars's Mali Blues; Mamadou Kelly's debut album Adibar; the modern desert blues band Terakaft's latest project Kel Tamasheq; internationally renowned songstress Rokia Traoré's Beautiful Africa; Malian kora player Ballaké Sissoko with French cellist Vincent Ségal on the cross-cultural collaboration At Peace; the legendary Malian ngoni player Bassekou Kouyate and his ensemble Ngoni Ba on Jama Ko; and Mali's queen of desert blues Khaira Arby's first worldwide release Timbuktu Tarab.

There's also plenty of funk and soul, including Dumpstaphunk's Dirty Word; Global Noize's Sly Reimagined; Earth, Wind & Fire's new album Now, Then & Forever; Real Gone Music's first CD reissues of Parlet's P-funk classics Pleasure Principle and Invasion of the Booty Snatchers and Larry Williams' That Larry Williams; and the DVD Solomon Burke: Live at Montreux 2006.

Wrapping up this issue is Valerie June's "organic moonshine roots music" major label debut Pushin' Against a Stone; Hezekiah Walker's latest gospel album Azusa the Next Generation; and Public Enemy's The Evil Empire of Everything.

Brenda Nelson-Strauss
Editor, Black Grooves
Archives of African American Music & Culture
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