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  • review June 6, 2016

    Rivers: From the Congo to the Mississippi

    Siama Matuzungidi left his rural home in Zaire at age 17, headed for the capital, Kinshasa, to make his way as a musician. From the start, he played guitar backing greats like Sam Mangwana and Tshala Muana. Later, when he … Read more »

  • program June 2, 2016

    Three Survivors: Paulo Flores, Emmanuel Jal, Lágbájá

    We profile three African musicians who have created significant careers in the face of daunting challenges in their countries. Paulo Flores, champion of semba and kizomba in Angola, came of age in the midst of that country’s long post-independence civil … Read more »

  • interview May 26, 2016

    Interview: Going Places with Herb Alpert

    Herb Alpert will have a 10-day residency at The Carlyle from May 31 to June 11. In honor of this, we’re republishing this 2015 interview. Not long ago, I was walking down a street in Brooklyn and noticed a local … Read more »

  • feature May 19, 2016

    Gregory Mann: On Malian History and Politics

    Gregory Mann is professor of history at Colombia University, specializing in the history of francophone West Africa. He has lived extensively in Mali and knows the country well. He is most recently author of From Empire to NGOs in the … Read more »

  • feature May 19, 2016

    Lucy Durán: On Griots, Faith and the Future in Mali

    Ethnomusicologist, record producer and radio presenter Lucy Durán is a legend of West African music. She began researching in Gambia some 40 years ago, and soon became a major journalistic and scholarly voice on Mande music, especially in Mali, and … Read more »

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