What to listen to now: Rodney Crowell, Weezer, Les Amazones d’Afrique and more

A weekly roundup of must-hear music from the Times staff. This week’s picks include the latest single from rock-pop act Weezer, the return of Texas singer-songwriter Rodney Crowell and a pair of multi-artist works with worldly ambitions.

Les Amazones d’Afrique, “Republique Amazone” (Real World).

For many West African musicians, the statement “I play the kora” is hardly controversial. The stringed instrument, after all, is a central component of the region’s music. That is, unless you’re a woman; mastering the instrument had long been viewed as primarily a male-only trade.

This truth is central to “I Play the Kora,” the first single from the new album by Les Amazones d’ Afrique, an all-female supergroup of West African singers that includes Grammy winner Angelique Kidjo (Benin), Miriam Doumbia (half of the Malian duo Amadou & Miriam), Mamani Keita (Mali), Nigerian protest singer Nneka and five others.

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