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Office Ambience 421

Office Ambience 421

Stream a selection of tracks from releases we listened to during the making of the March 2019 issue

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Global Ear: Cartagena

Global Ear: Cartagena

Palenque Records founder Lucas Silva selects some of his favourite tracks from the Afro-Colombian sound of champeta

Essay

Jonas Mekas 1922–2019

Jonas Mekas 1922–2019

“I will tell you my secret: It is my way of psychoanalyzing myself by embracing everything.” Alan Licht pays tribute to the avant garde film maker and chronicler whose indomitable spirit animated the New York underground over the past six decades

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Joseph Jarman 1937–2019

Joseph Jarman 1937–2019

The Art Ensemble Of Chicago frontman died on 9 January. Howard Mandel recalls several encounters with the musician, and a gig cancellation that had him dodging the collective for several years

Essay

Alvin Fielder 1935–2019

Alvin Fielder 1935–2019

In her memoir of the great US jazz drummer, educator and pharmacist, Val Wilmer recalls her visit to Alvin Fielder’s hometown of Meridian, Mississippi, where he introduced her to leading Civil Rights activists for her project to photograph the lives of black women

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Global Ear: Brasilia

Global Ear: Brasilia

Writer and musician Phil Jones compiles a playlist to accompany his recent report on the Brazilian capital

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The Wire takeover at Bleep X

This January we'll be hosting a selection of events at the Dalston record shop. Featuring Steven Rutter, Shabaka Hutchings, The Rolling Calf trio, Nkisi and others

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2018 Rewind: Contributors’ Charts

2018 Rewind: Contributors’ Charts

The Wire's releases of the year for 2018 were compiled from the individual votes of the magazine's staff and contributors – here are those votes in full.