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  • interview October 20, 2016

    Georges Collinet on the Past and Future of African Music

    Georges Collinet has been the host of Afropop Worldwide since the show first aired in October 1988. In 2015, he celebrated 50 years in broadcasting. Producer Banning Eyre interviewed Georges in his Washington, D.C. home studio on Sept. 30, 2016. … Read more »

  • botb October 11, 2016

    Best of The Beat on Afropop: Remembering Franco Luambo Makiadi

    Oct. 12 is the 27th anniversary of the passing of one of Africa’s most significant figures: Franco Luambo Makiadi, bandleader of the all-powerful T.P.O.K. Jazz, composer, musician and singer. He was only 51 when he died, but had been making … Read more »

  • viv May 23, 2016

    Voices in Vinyl: Afro-Turkish Tales

    Before dashing from my hotel to continue the endless explorations available in the great city of Istanbul, I left time each day for my morning ritual with the older woman who cleaned my room. This short, broad-shouldered lady was a … Read more »

  • botb April 18, 2016

    Best of The Beat on Afropop: Journey to the Heart of the Congo

    This installment of “Best of The Beat” from 1993 is what is called nowadays “a good read.” It is a fascinating travelogue and diary from Beat contributor Gary Stewart, author of Rumba on the River: A History of the Popular … Read more »

  • program June 25, 2015

    Afropop on the Red Carpet at the Peabodys

    Afropop Worldwide recently won a highly prestigious Peabody Institutional Award honoring the entire 27-year body of our work. And the Peabody Awards threw a big party at Cipriani Wall Street hosted by Saturday Night Live alum Fred Armisen. Hear highlights … Read more »

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