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Carnival In Brooklyn

Every September, millions of people celebrate Carnival in Brooklyn. From the pre-dawn J’ouvert bacchanal in the streets, to the intense Panorama steel pan competition, to the massive Labor Day Parade on Eastern Parkway, central Brooklyn is transformed into a Caribbean … 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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interview Emeline Michel Talks About Her Love For Books, Haiti and Empowering Children
interview Listen: Super Yamba Band’s “N’diarabi” With Ismael Kouyate
viv Voices in Vinyl: Joy In Jozi, Part Two–The Jazz in Jive
Blog Ticket Giveaway: Noura Mint Seymali
Blog Isango Ensemble at the Brooklyn Academy of Music
Blog Best of The Beat on Afropop: Dem Talk About Marcus Garvey–The Rootsman Meets the Professor

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    Tempo Dos Mestres

    Fabiano Do Nascimento’s latest record’s title translates to something like “Time of Masters,” and is charmingly ambiguous: Is the young Brazilian guitarist paying homage to the masters—covering João Pernambuco and Baden Powell—or is he claiming his place among them with … Read more »

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    Artifacts

    Black Flower is a jazz group that hails from Belgium, but you probably wouldn’t guess it based on how they sound. Painting with the pentatonic brush of Golden Age Ethiopian music, Black Flower proves to be more than just capable … Read more »

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    Poulo Warali

    After a series of locally released cassette tapes and CDs, Malian singer Awa Poulo has delivered her first internationally distributed album, Poulo Warali, via Awesome Tapes from Africa. Hailing from the Dilli commune in southwestern Mali, Poulo delivers a dynamic … Read more »

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    Jinja

    The Nile Project encompasses a big idea: fostering solidarity among a hugely diverse set of peoples and societies living on or near the world’s second largest river. Environmental stewardship is central to the mission, complicated by the fact that 11 … Read more »

Tempo Dos Mestres

Fabiano Do Nascimento’s latest record’s title translates to something like “Time of Masters,” and is charmingly ambiguous: Is the young Brazilian guitarist paying homage to the masters—covering João Pernambuco and Baden Powell—or is he claiming his place among them with … Read more »

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