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  • 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 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 »

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