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Fania Records At 50

New York City is home to the earthshaking Latin dance music known as salsa. From the mid-1960s through the 1980s, Fania Records released many of the landmark albums of the era, creating a salsa boom that reverberated around the world. … 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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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
Blog “Making Farming Cool!” Podcast Series with IGD
Blog Paul Austerlitz: Musical Connections Between the Dominican Republic and Haiti

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  • 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 »

  • Carvanas

    Twenty-three studio albums into his career, you have a pretty good idea what you’re getting from Chico Buarque. Even though he’s dipped his toes into the new media world by joining Instagram in July, Buarque’s latest record, Caravanas, adds another … Read more »

  • Ayo

    These pioneers of Colombian electro-roots pop still have the magic on the fifth album since their founding in 2005. That magic began when Simón Mejía, a veteran alternative rock guitarist and composer in Bogota, recruited singer Liliana “Li” Saumet from … 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 »

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