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  • 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 »

  • program March 22, 2013

    Celebrating Grand Master Franco

    Franco is a towering figure in the cultural life of Africa. Guitar wizard. Prolific composer. Bandleader who groomed the who’s who of Congolese singing royalty. Called “the Balzac of Africa” for his ear and way with a story. He passed … Read more »

  • feature March 21, 2013

    Looking Back on Franco

    This appreciation was written by Banning Eyre on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of Franco’s death in 1989. Twenty years after his death at 51, in October, 1989, Luambo Makiadi, a.k.a. Franco, still stands as one of the greatest … Read more »

  • hip-deep December 3, 2011

    Hidden Meanings in Congo Music

    Viewed through the lens of music, the Congo presents a stark contrast. From the ravages of the slaving Portuguese, to King Leopold’s virtual slave state in the late 19th century, through the monumental corruption and ruthless oppression of the regime … Read more »

  • blog December 3, 2011

    Discography: Hidden Meanings in Congo Music

    Here are a list of albums heard on Afropop Worldwide’s Hidden Meanings in Congo Music: Various artists “Les Merveilles Du Passé” 1957-1975 (Sonodisc 1991) Tshala Muana, Tshala Muana “Tshala Muana” (Sonodisc 1994, Sonodisc 1998) Franco, TPOK Jazz “Rough Guide To … Read more »

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