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  • blog August 11, 2017

    Independent Africa: Sounds of Hope and Frustration

    The continent of Africa contains millenniums of complex histories across hundreds and thousands of civilizations and cultures. The era of European colonization in Africa’s history, which resulted in the borders of the 54 countries that we know of today, took … Read more »

  • botb March 18, 2016

    Best of The Beat on Afropop: Stella Chiweshe, Mbira Queen of Zimbabwe

    In this “Best of The Beat” feature from 1996, author Sheila Nopper tells the remarkable story of Stella Rambisai Chiweshe, known as the Mbira Queen of Zimbabwe, who: “after many years of struggle and perseverance that began with her unrelenting … Read more »

  • blog July 25, 2013

    Mourning Chiwoniso

    The groundbreaking Zimbabwean singer, songwriter, mbira player and artistic trailblazer Chiwoniso has died in hospital in Zimbabwe. Just 37, Chiwoniso had been suffering from a severe lung infection. The loss is immense, and deeply felt by a worldwide community of … Read more »

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