Magazine article New Internationalist

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Magazine article New Internationalist

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MUSIC Lovely Difficult, (Sterns Music), the fourth album from Havana-born, Cape Verderaised Mayra Andrade is more the first than the second adjective of its title. Singing in English, Cape Verdean, Portuguese and French, Andrade has produced a breezy collection of sophisticated chanson infused by Cape Verdean funana and batuque styles. Chilean singer Soledad Vélez's second album, Run with Wolves (Absolute Beginners) uses instruments that span standard Western rock band items to Latin percussion and charangos (tiny guitars). Powerful in a PJ Harvey way, it's addictive.

BOOKS Books on capitalism are all the rage. In his Seventeen Contradictions and the End of Capitalism (Profile Books), radical geographer David Harvey argues that destructive tensions within capitalism are inherent to it and therefore can only be dealt with by replacing it. Whatever you make of his conclusions, Harvey's critique is powerful and rich with insight. The book that has taken the mainstream by storm is French economist Thomas Piketty's Capital in the 21st Century (Harvard University Press), provoking rightwing commentators to dub him 'a neo-Marxist'. Regular readers of this magazine may find little new in Piketty's analysis (that capitalism is unfair, inequality is growing and classical orthodox economics serves us ill). But he has managed to establish historical evidence as firmly as it's ever likely to be, and his capacity to get his message out to massive audience is impressive. …

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