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Colombia in NYC

New York City is home to a diverse community of Colombian musicians and groups who create in a wide range of traditional, popular and experimental music styles for diasporic communities and beyond. Our “Colombia in NYC” program takes us from … Read more »

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Political Fiction: Music and Partisan Violence in Jamaica

The Caribbean island of Jamaica has long been blighted by unacceptably high levels of politically motivated violence, a nightmarish by-product of its firmly entrenched two-party political system. This podcast reveals the early beginnings of Jamaica’s dramatic partisan divisions, and highlights … Read more »

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Blog APAP Showcase Marathon
Blog Daymé Arocena at the Highline Ballroom
review Ndule
Contest Win Tickets to See Cecilia Zabala and Philippe Baden Powell Jan. 26 in NYC
Blog Best of The Beat on Afropop: Lee “Scratch” Perry–When Kingston Met Kinshasa
Blog Lagos Is HOT! A Playlist

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    Ndule

    John “Jaja” Bashegezi’s music reflects his journey through life from the Congo to East Africa to America. He’s a guitarist and singer of natural grace who has mastered the sensuous guitar style and mellifluous Lingala vocals of classic Congolese music, … Read more »

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    Rumbo A Tierra

    Audio-visual collective Systema Solar has been energizing audiences in Colombia and worldwide since it formed in 2006 to perform at the Medellín Biennal, a show that thrust it before of an audience of 4,000 with barely a month to prepare. … Read more »

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    Our Truth

    “Yeah, 2016, the year of indigenous rock sound.” Thus begins the 17-minute “Asazani,” the second track on Our Truth, a mesmerizing, passionate, and genre-defying album from South African seven-piece group Bantu Continua Uhuru Consciousness (BCUC). Their sound is rooted in … Read more »

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    Diasporadical

    While most ambassadorships are one-way streets—“American ambassador to Switzerland” or whatever—Blitz the Ambassador cuts both ways. Born in Ghana and now based in Brooklyn, Blitz bridges the gap between classic American hip-hop moves and African musical traditions. On his latest … Read more »

Ndule

John “Jaja” Bashegezi’s music reflects his journey through life from the Congo to East Africa to America. He’s a guitarist and singer of natural grace who has mastered the sensuous guitar style and mellifluous Lingala vocals of classic Congolese music, … Read more »

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