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Bamako Sounds

Afropop’s 2016 Hip Deep in Mali series explored fascinating stories of art and life in post-crisis Mali. On this program, we focus on music and artists. We hear new sounds from veteran guitar maestro Djelimady Tounkara, and Wassoulou music stars Nahawa … Read more »

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Mabiisi: Accra Sessions

The story of a boundary-breaking collaboration between rapper Art Melody from Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, and kologo player Stevo Atambire from the north of Ghana. United by common languages and cultural traditions but divided by national borders and colonial heritage, the … Read more »

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  • FOKN Ode to Ghana
    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 »

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