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Summer 2017 Concert Preview

Summer is always the most active season for African and diaspora touring artists. We’ll clue you in to what we think are the best. So wherever you are, enjoy the fun fun fun free open-air concerts at Central Park SummerStage, … Read more »

This Week's Close Up »

Congolese Rumba: Surviving the Pop Apocalypse

All over the world, the music business as we know it is crumbling. But in the Democratic Republic of Congo, musicians have found a new (and very old) method of survival. Through a system of shout-outs called libanga, Congolese pop … Read more »

Blog »

Blog From Freetown to the World: Chief Boima talks The Kondi Band
interview Elida Almeida: Taking Cape Verde to the World
Blog Featured Artists: Summer 2017 Preview Show
Blog Elza Soares Takes Town Hall
Blog Combo Chimbita Previews New Album With “Amparamé”
Blog Afropop Wants YOU to Volunteer With Us This Summer

Reviews »

  • Runnin’ For the Ghost

    With 11 upbeat jams, Big Mean Sound Machine has delivered an energetic but never obtrusive summer soundtrack. The 10-piece Ithaca, NY-based band’s fourth record, Runnin’ For the Ghost, flirts with genres ranging from soul to funk to Afrobeat to Ethiopian … Read more »

  • Mogoya

    It has been eight years since we’ve heard an album of new music from Mali’s reigning queen of Wassoulou music, Oumou Sangaré. In fact, including her smashing debut Moussoulou (Women) in 1989, Sangaré has made just five studio albums. So … Read more »

  • Build Music

    Janka Nabay’s first international release, En Yay Sah, came out on Luaka Bop in 2012. It was a revelation of the power of Janka’s simple, trance-inducing music to connect with U.S. and European audiences who had no context for traditional … Read more »

  • Osas–It’s Time

    Alhousseini Anivolla first came to us with the Niger-based Tuareg guitar band Etran Finatawa. This, his second solo album, was recorded in North Wales with producer/bass player Colin Bass, a veteran of many fine global music projects over the years. … Read more »

Runnin’ For the Ghost

With 11 upbeat jams, Big Mean Sound Machine has delivered an energetic but never obtrusive summer soundtrack. The 10-piece Ithaca, NY-based band’s fourth record, Runnin’ For the Ghost, flirts with genres ranging from soul to funk to Afrobeat to Ethiopian … Read more »

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