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Festivals Around the World

We travel to Zanzibar to enjoy highlights from the Sauti za Busara Festival, focused on Swahili sounds from coastal East Africa, then north to the Fes Festival of Sacred World Music in Morocco, where we hear the ecstatic sounds of … Read more »

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Fees Must Fall: A Voice of Change in South Africa

We meet 21-year-old Gigi Lamayne of South Africa, a singer/rapper who finds herself at the center of her country’s most important debate and social movement in decades: the #FeesMustFall movement. The day she graduated from university, Gigi dropped a protest … Read more »

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Reviews »

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    FOKN Ode to Ghana

    As hip-hop has become a lingua franca across the world, it’s been fascinating to watch every culture where the music alights interpret hip-hop in its own way. FOKN Bois, the clown princes of Ghanaian hip-hop, just self-released their own FOKN … Read more »

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    Wede Harer Guzo

    Ethiopian keyboard maestro Hailu Mergia has held on tenaciously to his art and to his skills over the years since his move from Addis Ababa to Washington, D.C. in the ‘80s to escape the dictatorship of the Derg. Luckily for … Read more »

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    Habana Dreams

    When jazz royalty Wynton Marsalis needed Cuban percussion in 2014, he turned to Pedrito Martinez, and on the Pedrito Martinez Group’s latest album, the favor is returned. Habana Dreams, released June 10 on Motema Music, features stirring guest spots from … Read more »

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    Tanbou Toujou Lou: Merengue, Kompa Kreyou,Vodou Jazz and Electric Folklore From Haiti (1960-1981)

    It has been long recognized that music, far from being a mere entertainment, carries within it the heritage of those who create it. In the transmission of rituals, conventions and folklore, the identity of a region, a country and its … Read more »

FOKN Ode to Ghana

As hip-hop has become a lingua franca across the world, it’s been fascinating to watch every culture where the music alights interpret hip-hop in its own way. FOKN Bois, the clown princes of Ghanaian hip-hop, just self-released their own FOKN … Read more »

Interviews »

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    Raving I’m Raving: Shut Up And Dance Interview ,,

    In the late ’80s and early ’90s, few groups in the British rave scene had the impact of Shut Up and Dance. Both a band and a label, Shut Up and Dance fused the strands of black Atlantic music, connecting … Read more »

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    Baba Zula: Getting More “Zula”

    Straddling two continents, Turkey has always been in a unique position—sometimes for the better, sometimes for the worse. Certainly, one of the better things is that its musicians have been influenced by sounds coming from both the East and West. … Read more »

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    Mashrou’ Leila: Creatures of the Night–Alternative Rock From Lebanon

    Eight years ago, a group of architectural students at the American University in Beirut, Lebanon, came to a collective decision that they could express themselves better through music than architecture—and with that, Mashrou’ Leila was born. Since then, the band … Read more »

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    Isabel Novella Crusades For Albinism Awareness

    Isabel Novella, a Mozambican singer and songwriter, returns to New York following her performance last summer at the World Music Institute’s Lusophone festival. Advocating on behalf of the Albino Association of Mozambique, Novella splits her time between social activism and … Read more »

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    Congo-Goma: Petna Ndaliko

    For our Hip Deep program Congo-Goma: Music, Conflict and N.G.O.s, we interviewed Petna Ndaliko Katandolo, an artist, filmmaker and founder of the Yolé! Africa Cultural Center in Goma, Alkebu Productions, and the Salaam Kivu International Film Festival, hosted annually at Yolé! … Read more »

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    Necessary Noise: Chérie Ndaliko

    Hip Deep scholar Chérie Ndaliko took the time to go into detail with us about music, activism and “charitable imperialism” in the east of Congo for our recent program Congo-Goma: Music, Conflict and N.G.O.s. Alongside her husband Petna Ndaliko, another … Read more »

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    Art Rosenbaum Discusses the Georgia Ring Shout

    The McIntosh County Shouters. Photo: Daniel Sheehy Athens, GA, April 27, 2016 Art Rosenbaum: I’m Art Rosenbaum, and I’m a painter and a retired teacher of studio art at the University of Georgia. Ned Sublette: How did you get involved … Read more »

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    Interview: Prof. Joyce Jackson on the Tradition of Easter Rock

    Baton Rouge, LA / New York, NY, April 20, 2016 Photos by Ned Sublette Joyce Jackson: I’m Joyce Marie Jackson, I’m a professor in the Department of Geography and Anthropology at Louisiana State University, and I’m also director of the … Read more »