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San Francisco: Afropop By the Bay

It turns out that the first American city to host a roster of local African bands was not New York, Miami or Chicago, but the San Francisco Bay Area of northern California. Hugh Masekela brought Hedzoleh Soundz from Ghana, and … Read more »

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Rushin’ to Bacchanal: When Caribbean Festivals Collide

Photo by Torrell Glinton. Junkanoo, an annual communal parade held in the Bahamas, is a labor of love for the Bahamian people that dates back centuries. The parade, which has Akan cultural roots, emerged in the time of slavery, but it … Read more »

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Blog “Making Farming Cool!” Podcast Series with IGD
interview Interview: Bunji Garlin and Fay Ann Lyons on Soca Music Today
Blog Lil Ameer: Nigerian Rap Prodigy Leaves Us Too Soon
Blog 45 Years Later, Zambia’s WITCH Finally Gets International Exposure
Blog Salif Keita Returns to NYC! Sat., Sept. 16

Reviews »

  • Loé Loa: Rural Recordings Under the Mango Tree

    When you press play on Loé Loa: Rural Recordings Under the Mango Tree, Betsayda Machado’s voice rises like a 747 airplane: impossibly big but soaring all the same. You get a cadence, then a repeat from her backing chorus, and … Read more »

  • Tokooos

    Tokooos, the new album from the Kinshasa-born Congolese artist, musician, producer, executive producer and philanthropist, Fally Ipupa, will enthrall African music lovers. This is Fally Ipupa’s fourth solo album, and the most ambitious in years. With Tokooos, Fally is attempting … Read more »

  • Ladilikan ,

    Da kali means “to give a pledge” in Bamana, the most widely spoken language in Mali. The phrase refers to the deepest responsibilities of a griot (or jeli), a commitment to preserving the memory of history, but also adherence to … Read more »

  • What Goes Up ,

    Afrobeat has a much-traveled history. With all the shuttling of ingredients across the pond between Africa and the United States, it could have earned enough frequent flyer miles to go many times around the world–first class. Which in many ways … Read more »

Loé Loa: Rural Recordings Under the Mango Tree

When you press play on Loé Loa: Rural Recordings Under the Mango Tree, Betsayda Machado’s voice rises like a 747 airplane: impossibly big but soaring all the same. You get a cadence, then a repeat from her backing chorus, and … Read more »

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