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  • April 30, 2015

    Stream Haitian Troubadour Beken’s New Album

    Sometimes nothing feels better than singing the blues. And the classic Haitian guitarist Beken has more than a few reasons to be singing them. Despite gaining nationwide popularity for heartbreaking songs, the musician never got much in the way of … Read more »

  • April 28, 2015

    Trance Ticket Giveaway!

    If you heard our recent show, “The Nature of Trance,” you probably know that the hypnotic, transcendental powers of music are a thread that connects musical cultures throughout the world. Now usually, if you wanted to actually experience the power … Read more »

  • April 24, 2015

    Ex-Members of Staff Benda Bilili Team Up With Konono No. 1

    Staff Benda Bilili was a globe-spanning success story–a collection of inventive youths and polio-stricken veterans, homeless musicians from the biggest city in the Democratic Republic of Congo, who channeled the classic Congolese rumba into two incredible albums, before disappearing all … Read more »

  • April 22, 2015

    Benin Roots-Pop Mix

    In Benin, a small francophone country in West Africa, traditional style roots music is extremely popular: artists sell thousands of CDs and DVDs of music videos, pack stadiums for concerts and frequently appear on national television. There are many, many … Read more »

  • April 20, 2015

    Electro-Gnawa! Floating Points Meets Mahmoud Guinia

    Floating Points is the pseudonym of London-based producer Sam Shepherd, who also works as a neuroscientist when he isn’t arranging for 16-piece ensembles and co-running record labels. On the surface, Shepherd would seem to have little in common with Mahmoud … Read more »

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