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Two Lions: Bunny Wailer and Hakim

On this program we survey the careers of two legends and giants within their genres. Bunny Wailer is the last surviving member of the original Wailers. Right up to his 2016 tour, when we met him, this architect of reggae music … Read more »

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Grimewave

Grime, the hard-edged, M.C.-led U.K. dance style that flourished in the early 2000s, seemed long gone. Its best rappers had moved on, and its fans increasingly abandoned hope. But then… something astounding happened: 2016 became grime’s biggest year ever. Produced … Read more »

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Blog Best of The Beat on Afropop: Haiti 101, Part Three–Tabou Combo
Blog #ThisFlag Movement Signals Changes for Zimbabwe
Blog Free Concert by Haiti’s Superstars Tabou Combo at Lincoln Center!
Blog Album Preview: Pat Thomas’ “Coming Home”
viv Voices in Vinyl: Norwegian Dancing Lights
Blog Best of The Beat on Afropop: Bunny Wailer

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    Camaleão Borboleta

    Chalk up another win for Brazil as a land of musical savants. The six members of Graveola apparently had minimal training in music when they formed this collective as college students in 2004. Originally called Graveola e o Lixo Polifônico … Read more »

  • 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 »

Camaleão Borboleta

Chalk up another win for Brazil as a land of musical savants. The six members of Graveola apparently had minimal training in music when they formed this collective as college students in 2004. Originally called Graveola e o Lixo Polifônico … Read more »

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