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  • program July 21, 2016

    Bamako Sounds

    Afropop’s 2016 Hip Deep in Mali series explored fascinating stories of art and life in post-crisis Mali. On this program, we focus on music and artists. We hear new sounds from veteran guitar maestro Djelimady Tounkara, and Wassoulou music stars Nahawa … Read more »

  • blog July 11, 2016

    Field Report: Creole Rhythms on Réunion, the Rainbow Island

    The island of Réunion, a French overseas department in Africa, is some 10 hour’s flight from Paris and an hour’s flight from Madagascar. From the air, Réunion looks like a huge mountain floating in the Indian Ocean. With a tropical … Read more »

  • blog February 23, 2016

    “They Will Have to Kill Us First” Film Debuts in New York March 4

    While it may never get the Google Doodle, March 3 is Music Freedom Day, a cause that’s near and dear to the collective Afropop heart. As Banning Eyre and Sean Barlow discovered on their recent trip, there is perhaps no country … Read more »

  • blog June 18, 2015

    Songhoy Blues Live at Mercury Lounge

    Malian rock band Songhoy Blues played at Mercury Lounge in New York on Tues., June 16, and they rocked the house. Their story is a fascinating one. Many of the best-known musicians from Mali usually hail from Timbuktu, Bamako, and even … Read more »

  • blog June 15, 2015

    Songhoy Blues Ticket Giveaway!

    After fleeing war in their home of Gao in northern Mali, the members of Songhoy Blues moved to Mali’s capital, Bamako, where they formed a group, mixing Songhai traditions with Western rock influences. They soon caught the attention of Nick … Read more »

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