At this point, Khaled probably doesn't need all that much introduction.... But, just it in case, keep in mind that the man is an absolute powerhouse of Rai, the rebelliously explicit Algerian music that came to prominence in the 80's. Born in Oran, he first started recording under the name Cheb Khaled (Young Khaled). While he has since dropped the Cheb, the intervening years have stripped nothing of his vocal prowess.
Son of Afrobeat legend Fela Kuti, Femi has blazed his own trail with his band Rising Force. His recent central park shows tore up the stage, and he is always a fantastic interview. Check back to Afropop for more from Femi Soon!
The Malian singer, guitarist and songwriter has long been one of the nation's most interesting musicians. Here latest album, "Mama Africa" is a stunning tour de force.