Adriane Pontecorvo

Critic

USA

Adriane Pontecorvo is a native San Franciscan with a penchant for global beats. She is a music programmer for community radio station WFHB and studies ethnomusicology at Indiana University.

La Confusion

Date: 22 Sep 2017 Category: Music
9.0 Rating
Some artists are so consistently outstanding that just the knowledge that they’re planning to put out a new album is enough to sustain you through years that are otherwise pretty significant dumpster fires. This is one of those years, and Amadou Bagayoko and Mariam Doumbia are two of those artists. As husband-and-wife duo Amadou & Mariam, they never fail to disappoint, and new album La Confusion sees the two step up their game once again wi ...

Kidal

Date: 17 Mar 2017 Category: Music
8.0 Rating
Tamikrest’s newest album, Kidal, is named for the West African band’s hometown, an oft-embattled commune in the vast deserts of northern Mali. Kidal has long been a cultural center of the region, and although it’s home of uprisings and war, it’s also a source of strength for the Tuareg people who live there and, at one point, claimed it as part of an independent state. As such, this album is a tribute to Kidal and its people. In welcoming ...

Mogoya

Date: 19 May 2017 Category: Music
9.0 Rating
Shout it from the rooftops: Oumou Sangaré is back! Eight years after her last studio album release, Mogoya signals the triumphant return of the queen. In some ways, it’s markedly different from her previous releases; the production is bolder, the instrumentation more varied - and it features Afrobeat founder Tony Allen, which is the musical equivalent of a papal blessing - but lyrically, it’s a strong continuation of her life’s work thus f ...