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Benin Roots Alive!

In this program, we follow producer Morgan Greenstreet on a musical tour of Benin’s roots-pop music and Afro-jazz, while exploring the deep cultural and spiritual traditions that inspire contemporary musicians. We will visit a midnight album launch party for a … Read more »

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    Free Love

    It’s hard not to come in rooting for Fantasma on Free Love, the first album from the multifaceted South African group, but it’s also hard not to come away from it a bit confused. Over the course of the record’s 14 … Read more »

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    Lost and Found ,,,

    Well, they did it: The product of accidental visa problems for Malian musicians in France, the Buena Vista Social Club has at last ended the animosity between Cuba and the United States and now the band is entitled to its … Read more »

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    Next Stop Soweto Vol. 4 ,,,

    We hold these truths to be self-evident: that there was (and is) more great South African music than it could ever be possible to listen to, that a great deal of it is rhythmically mindblowing, in that super-distinctive four-on-the-floor-that-still-swings South … Read more »

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    Three Masters Remembered in Box Sets ,,

    Three terrific new box sets have hit the market this year, each illuminating the life and music of a truly original and deeply memorable artist. In Ghana in the 1950s, trumpeter and bandleader E.T. Mensah became an architect and leading … Read more »

Free Love

It’s hard not to come in rooting for Fantasma on Free Love, the first album from the multifaceted South African group, but it’s also hard not to come away from it a bit confused. Over the course of the record’s 14 … Read more »

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Location: Meridian 23, 161 West 23rd Street, New York, NY 10011, United States (Google Maps) Time: 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm Drums of the Diaspora is a groundbreaking collaboration tracing the roots of the drum across the Atlantic and the Caribbean featuring master percussionists Dendê, Joaquin Pozo and Bonga. From the booming bass drums of Brazil and the melodic congas of Cuba to the mystic tanbous of Haiti, percussion plays an undeniable role as the singular, connective force for musical traditions found all over the world. Drums of the Diaspora is a celebration of this vital instrument and the artists who use the drum as their primary voice. A collaboration between master percussionists, Drums of the Diaspora explores the commonalities among these separate yet undeniably connected traditions.