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Carnival In Brooklyn

Every September, millions of people celebrate Carnival in Brooklyn. From the pre-dawn J’ouvert bacchanal in the streets, to the intense Panorama steel pan competition, to the massive Labor Day Parade on Eastern Parkway, Central Brooklyn is transformed into a Caribbean … Read more »

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Congolese Rumba: Surviving the Pop Apocalypse

All over the world, the music business as we know it is crumbling. But in the Democratic Republic of Congo, musicians have found a new (and very old) method of survival. Through a system of shout-outs called libanga, Congolese pop … Read more »

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Video Sounds of Carnival 2016
Blog “Queen of Katwe” Film Opens This Weekend
Blog Photo Essay: Steel Pan in Brooklyn
Blog Photo Essay: Brooklyn’s Labor Day Carnival 2016
Contest Ticket Giveaway: Felabration 2016 at Nublu
Blog Video: Jomion and the Uklos on B-Side

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    MM3

    Metá Metá’s new album, MM3, finds the Brazilian band trimming down song lengths and solos in favor of tightly wound grooves. Thiago França’s saxophone playing, which on previous releases was allowed multiple minute-long tantrums, now takes a contained place in the … Read more »

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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 »

MM3

Metá Metá’s new album, MM3, finds the Brazilian band trimming down song lengths and solos in favor of tightly wound grooves. Thiago França’s saxophone playing, which on previous releases was allowed multiple minute-long tantrums, now takes a contained place in the … Read more »

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