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  • review January 14, 2016

    The Traveller

    After nearly 40 years of diverse music making, Senegal’s Baaba Maal can do whatever he likes. And he does. On his first international release in some seven years, he once again surprises us with an album that is part ambient … Read more »

  • feature December 31, 2015

    Atlantic Journey: Photo Essay

    This set of photographs documents our 2015 Atlantic journey from Cape Town to Namibia and Cape Verde. For the music and stories behind these images, stream or download Afropop’s Atlantic Journey program.  Here, we won’t say much. After all, a … Read more »

  • blog December 22, 2015

    Remembering Bako Dagnon and Venâncio Mbande

    As 2015 ends, we remember two giants of African traditional music who passed away earlier this year. Bako Dagnon was one of the most revered, deeply knowledgeable, and electrifying griot singers (jelimusow) of Mali; and Venâncio Mbande led perhaps the … Read more »

  • review December 4, 2015

    Very Aomby

    Tsapiky (tsa-PEEK) music of southwest Madagascar is a kind of delicacy, a treat for lovers of raw, giddy, guitar-driven African pop. At the center is a single finger-style picker—in this case, the amazing Damily—generally playing electric guitar at the head … Read more »

  • review November 11, 2015

    Renascence

    Renascence means rebirth, and in the case of Kandia Kouyaté, one of Mali’s most celebrated traditional singers, the music of rebirth comes as a welcome surprise. Kouyaté is a jelimouso, a female Mande griot singer whose work involves singing the … Read more »

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