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Afropop Travels to Abidjan for the 2016 MASA Festival

Zeynab, Benin's "Queen of Bolojo" performing at the MASA festival International Women's Day special presentation. At the core of Zeynab's music is bolojo, a traditional Yoruba rhythm, on tuesday long percussive medleys summoned audience members to the stage to dance. She is recording her fourth album,  pop stars Fali Ipupa and Selebobo will be featured. photo William Farrington

Georges and Sean head to Abidjan, the commercial and artistic center of Côte d’Ivoire, to cover the 2016 edition of MASA, perhaps the biggest arts festival of its kind on the continent. Over the course of a week, six acts performed on each of three stages every night. And we knew hardly any of them: That’s exactly the point! Many of these emerging artists have not toured outside the continent yet. You’ll hear concert highlights from Zeynab (Benin), Bella Mondo (Côte d’Ivoire), BANTU (Nigeria), Ile Aiye (Brazil), Charlotte Dipanda, Mingus Group (Mozambique), Ray Lema (Congo), Paco Séry (Côte d’Ivoire), Soum Bill (Côte d’Ivoire). Produced by Sean Barlow and Georges Collinet.

Afropop Travels to Abidjan for the 2016 MASA Festival Video Feature

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Photo Essay: MASA Festival in Abidjan, Part One

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Photo Essay: MASA Festival in Abidjan, Part Two

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Photo Essay: MASA Festival in Abidjan, Part Three

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Photo Essay: MASA Festival in Abidjan, Part Four

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Photo Essay: MASA Festival in Abidjan, Part Five

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Photo Essay: MASA Festival in Abidjan, Part Six

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MASA Featured Interview: Ade Bantu

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MASA Featured Interview: Soum Bill

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