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  • blog August 1, 2016

    Field Report: Nuits D’Afrique Festival Celebrates 30 Years

    In 1987, Lamine Touré, owner of the 150-seat Club Balattou (which derives from bal à tous, roughly translated as “dance for everyone”), organized several nights of concerts and dubbed it “Festival Nuits d’Afrique.” “The recipe for success was already there, … Read more »

  • feature May 5, 2016

    Afropop Travels to Abidjan for the 2016 MASA Festival Video Feature

    Here are videos of some of the artists featured in our “Afropop Travels to Abidjan for the 2016 MASA Festival” program. MASA Video Review Soum Bill Bella Mondo Zeynab Doussou Bagayoko Msafiri Zawose Ray Lema Cheick Tidiane Seck Ile Aye … Read more »

  • blog May 4, 2016

    New York Pays Tribute to Papa Wemba

    The passing of Papa Wemba, the king of Congolese rumba and one of the most popular African musicians of his time, has reverberated deeply throughout the world. Across the globe, particularly in his home country of the Democratic Republic of … Read more »

  • botb April 25, 2016

    Best of The Beat on Afropop: Papa Wemba

    I was a great fan of Papa Wemba. Back in the late ’80s, early ‘90s, when his music became available internationally, I was irresistibly drawn to his powerful, tremulous, emotional voice, underpinned by rich soukous and rumba arrangements. And the … Read more »

  • blog April 24, 2016

    Adieu Papa Wemba

    The world of popular music has lost a giant—a consummate musician, a shape-shifter who challenged norms and rewrote the rules of his nation’s music repeatedly over four decades, who spearheaded a fashion movement, and now has left us suddenly and … Read more »

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