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  • blog August 27, 2015

    Los Van Van at B.B. King’s in New York

    Los Van Van is the towering giant of Cuban music in the post-revolution era. The band’s founder and leader, bassist Juan Formell, died in 2014 at 71. His son Juan Carlos Formell has taken up the leadership mantle, and based … Read more »

  • interview July 30, 2015

    San Francisco: Afropop By the Bay, Back in the Day…

    The Afropop Worldwide program “San Francisco: Afropop By the Bay” tells the unlikely story of how a quorum of superb African musicians—from Nigeria, Ghana and South Africa—landed in the San Francisco Bay Area in the 1970s and early ‘80s. These … Read more »

  • program July 30, 2015

    San Francisco: Afropop By the Bay

    It turns out that the first American city to host a roster of local African bands was not New York, Miami or Chicago, but the San Francisco Bay Area of northern California. Hugh Masekela brought Hedzoleh Soundz from Ghana, and … Read more »

  • interview July 20, 2015

    Jah9 on Roots Reggae, Preaching and Rastafari

    Jah9 (née Janine Cunningham) is a young roots reggae singer from Jamaica. Her 2015 international debut release New Name, has earned her plenty of attention, and she is currently making her second visit to the U.S. this year, including a … Read more »

  • review July 9, 2015

    Vangaza!

    Here’s a rare and special find out of southern Africa. Brian Chilala is a veteran of Zambian pop, including showings in the 1980s Zam-rock era, forays into the local skiffle genre known as kalindula, and time with one of the … Read more »

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