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Proving the Bubu Myth: Janka Nabay, War and Witchcraft in Sierra Leone

This is an encore presentation. Originally aired in July 2014. Every year on Sierra Leone’s Independence Day in late April, musicians and revelers descend upon Freetown from throughout the country. Parades and celebrations traverse the city, joining diverse neighborhoods with … Read more »

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A Beginner’s Guide to Lusophone Atlantic Music

While the musical networks that connect English, French and Spanish-speaking nations together are well known, far less attention is paid to the links between the Afro-Lusophone world—from Cape Verde to Angola to Brazil. This podcast offers a lightning tour of … Read more »

Blog »

Blog Remembering Regis Gizavo
Blog Mû Mbana on the End of Show Biz at Nuits d’Afrique
Blog Best of The Beat on Afropop: The Maroons–African Freedom Fighters in the Hills of Jamaica
Blog Mokoomba at Nuits d’Afrique, Montreal
botb Best of The Beat on Afropop: Carlinhos Brown
interview Bixiga 70: Brazilian Afrobeat Messengers

Reviews »

  • Spirits

    Nigerian–born, London–raised, Brooklyn–based saxophonist, composer and producer Zem Audu is no novice to the music industry. While working closely with notable names like Hugh Masekela, Jason Moran and Lauryn Hill over the years, the Skatalites band member has ingested a … Read more »

  • Chronology

    Reggae music is no stranger to cross-genre collaboration, and it is not unusual to hear elements of Caribbean music in today’s pop music, but Jamaica’s rising star, Chronixx, has quickly taken reggae’s relationship with the global music industry to a … Read more »

  • Marimba del Pacifico

    Rivers only have an illusion of permanence, something the Greek philosopher Heraclitus pointed out when he said you never put your foot in the same river twice. They can be named, mapped, talked about like any solid object, but rivers … Read more »

  • Ukhaliro: Malawi Cultural Music

    There are many ways to update traditions, some more obvious than others. When African artists retrofit ancestral lute or xylophone melodies on keyboards and guitars, or repurpose idiosyncratic old rhythms on drum kit, we know what’s going on. Modern musicians … Read more »

Spirits

Nigerian–born, London–raised, Brooklyn–based saxophonist, composer and producer Zem Audu is no novice to the music industry. While working closely with notable names like Hugh Masekela, Jason Moran and Lauryn Hill over the years, the Skatalites band member has ingested a … Read more »

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