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Bugalú!

We honor the late Joe Cuba with this encore portrait of “Bugalú,” produced for Afropop Worldwide by Ned Sublette. Bugalú is the Spanish spelling of boogaloo, and was also known as “Latin soul.” It hit the scene in 1966 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 Latin Alternative Music Conference 2017
Blog Morocco’s Gnawa World Music Festival Gears Up For 20th Anniversary
Blog Kwame Shaka Opare: Breaking Ground in Dance, Straight from the Roots
Blog Hip Deep in Nigeria
Blog Documentary Series: Eritreans in Switzerland
Blog Ian Brennan on Social Justice and the Power of Songs

Reviews »

  • When the People Move, The Music Moves Too

    It’s a rare artist whose lineage spans from Mulatu Astatke to Buffy Sainte-Marie–in fact, Meklit may be the only one. Her latest album, When the People Move, The Music Moves Too, on Six Degrees Records, grafts Meklit’s singer-songwriter impulses to … Read more »

  • Toy Raha Toy ,,,

    Madagascar’s exquisite folk and pop music have never received the global acclaim they deserve. Some have speculated that this is because Madagascar’s idiosyncratic rhythms and melodies are a world apart from the West and Central African idioms that fed into … Read more »

  • The Light

    This is reggae through a kaleidoscope. Jamaican-Canadian singer/songwriter Ammoye is a soul rebel on a soul path, singing her way to her higher self. Reggae is the light shining through her kaleidoscope, refracting into a spectrum of musical shapes and … Read more »

  • Pop Makossa: The Invasive Dance Beat of Cameroon 1976-1984

    Funk is widely known across the United States but, arguably, the genre’s not-so-distant cousin makossa embodies what it truly means to be “funky.” Derived from the Douala phrase meaning “I dance,” makossa has been bringing listeners to their feet since … Read more »

When the People Move, The Music Moves Too

It’s a rare artist whose lineage spans from Mulatu Astatke to Buffy Sainte-Marie–in fact, Meklit may be the only one. Her latest album, When the People Move, The Music Moves Too, on Six Degrees Records, grafts Meklit’s singer-songwriter impulses to … Read more »

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