World music is soukous and ska. It's juju and samba. It's King Tubby, King Sunny Ade and the "king" of reggae, Bob Marley. One good thing about music, when it hits you feel no pain...
What a story! Born into abject poverty in a nation at the crossroads of forming its own, new, post-colonial identity, Franco pulled himself up, and over the course of a few decades radicalized the local rhumba into an expansive, intricate, personal melange that influenced generations of musicians. Beyond beloved, Franco was an odd combination of bandleader, businessman, tutti capi, outlaw, and diplomat. He was courted by people in power... more