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  • blog July 18, 2017

    Carlinhos Brown: Live at Lincoln Center Festival

    Carlinhos Brown is a Brazilian music icon. A composer, bandleader, percussionist extraordinaire and a living avatar of the eclectic tropicalismo movement, Brown is an unbridled original, a man licensed to do and capable of doing whatever he likes. And that … Read more »

  • blog July 18, 2017

    Fela Kuti Tribute: Seun Kuti, Roy Ayers, Underground System

    Central Park SummerStage was the scene of an ecstatic summer blowout on Sun., July 16, when New York turned out in force for a tribute to Fela Kuti. New York’s own Underground System kicked off with a hard-hitting, female-fronted take … Read more »

  • blog July 12, 2017

    Totó La Momposina and Mariachi Flor de Toloache: Live in Central Park

    Sat., July 8 posed a tough choice for the Afropop team in New York. Chronixx, Chop and Quench and Laoulu NYC were presiding over a reggae-Afrobeat bash at Celebrate Brooklyn in Prospect Park. Meanwhile, uptown Colombian and Mexican New Yorkers … Read more »

  • interview July 12, 2017

    Seun Kuti: No Holds Barred

    In January 2017 in Lagos, Banning Eyre and Sean Barlow spent a few hours with Seun Kuti at his home, talking about his career, musical life in Lagos, politics and other things. The interview was part of the research for … Read more »

  • review July 6, 2017

    Ukhaliro: Malawi Cultural Music

    There are many ways to update traditions, some more obvious than others. When African artists retrofit ancestral lute or xylophone melodies on keyboards and guitars, or repurpose idiosyncratic old rhythms on drum kit, we know what’s going on. Modern musicians … Read more »

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