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  • February 26, 2017

    Best of The Beat on Afropop: The Exodus of the Garifuna

    Who are the Garifunas? You may have heard the distinctive music of the late Andy Palacio or Aurelio Martinez without knowing about the unique history, roots and culture that produced it. A black ethnic group that originated in the late … Read more »

  • February 25, 2017

    Darandi

    There’s no doubting that Aurelio Martinez of Honduras is the reigning king of Garifuna roots music. Ever since the death of pioneering maestro Andy Palacio in 2008, Aurelio—already a brilliant composer, performer and recording artist at the time—has blossomed to … Read more »

  • February 23, 2017

    Have a Weird Carnival: Os Mutantes Are on Tour

    Carnival is kicking off on Friday, and those of us in the eastern United States who can only dream of shaking our hips in Rio have a pretty nice consolation prize: the Tropicalia psych-rockers Os Mutantes are in America. It’s … Read more »

  • February 23, 2017

    Reissued: African Vinyl Playlist

    We love the music on this week’s program Reissued: African Vinyl in the 21st Century SO much that we decided to give it to you in many forms as a playlist. Enjoy! YouTube: Spotify: Links to buy (mostly Bandcamp): Live with … Read more »

  • February 22, 2017

    Ticket Giveaway: Africa Now! At the Apollo Theater

    World Music Institute is back at it again with its highly anticipated annual presentation, Africa Now! in partnership with the Apollo Theater. This year’s concert will be hosted by South African comedian, coproducer and writer Loyiso Gola. The audience will … Read more »

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