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A Visit to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

In our visit to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, we go beyond the handful of artists who have achieved international careers and dive into the local scene. We visit azmaribets, down-home music clubs featuring vivacious women artists and their ensembles of traditional … Read more »

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Haitian Radio on American Airwaves

On one stretch of Nostrand Avenue in Flatbush, Brooklyn, there’s a Haitian radio station on every block—Radio Soleil, Radyo Panou, Radio Triomphe—each broadcasting the sounds of Kreyol conversations and konpa music. Haitian immigrants have brought a deep love of radio … Read more »

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viv Voices in Vinyl: Moroccan Musical Mosaics
Blog Photo Essay: Afropop’s Residency at Threes Brewing
botb Best of The Beat on Afropop: Reggae Women Stepping Forward
Blog Field Report: Rebel Salute in St. Ann, Jamaica
Blog Sir Victor Uwaifo, Superstar: In His Own Words
Blog Let Your Congressmen Know Your Thoughts on Public Media

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    Synthesize the Soul: Astro-Atlantic Hypnotica from the Cape Verde Islands 1973-1988

    The Lusophone Atlantic is, in so many ways, a world of its own. Forced together by Portuguese imperialism, the nations of Angola, Guinea-Bissau, Cape Verde, São Tome and Principe, and Mozambique were, until the mid-’70s, kept apart from the broader … Read more »

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    Kidal

    Eleven years and four studio albums into their career, Tamikrest is going home. Their latest album for Glitterbeat was recorded in Bamako, Mali, but is named for where the group formed, the northeastern town of Kidal. While Tuareg desert blues … Read more »

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    Luyando

    I’ve written before that Mokoomba is probably the most impressive new African band I’ve heard in recent years. And this, their second album, does nothing to dissuade me from that view. The band comes from the Zambezi Valley in northern … Read more »

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    Melanie

    As the great Congolese composer/singer/bandleader Tabu Ley Rochereau approached his final days in 2012, he summoned the musical director of his band, L’Orchestre Afrisa International, from America to his bedside and made a last request. Modero Mekanisi had played saxophone … Read more »

Synthesize the Soul: Astro-Atlantic Hypnotica from the Cape Verde Islands 1973-1988

The Lusophone Atlantic is, in so many ways, a world of its own. Forced together by Portuguese imperialism, the nations of Angola, Guinea-Bissau, Cape Verde, São Tome and Principe, and Mozambique were, until the mid-’70s, kept apart from the broader … Read more »

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