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  • November 27, 2015

    Best of The Beat on Afropop: Remembering Pepe Kalle

    Pépé Kallé was big. A tall and very stout man, he was often likened to an elephant. He effortlessly carried loads of talent. He had a grand voice. And he was a huge star in the Democratic Republic of the … Read more »

  • November 24, 2015

    Best of The Beat on Afropop: Bonnie Raitt–A Blueswoman in Mali

    Rereading this piece from 14 years ago, roughly the half-life of Afropop, is nostalgic in so many ways. First, there is the memory of Mali in those wonderful, hopeful days. The tragedies of recent years in this—among the most beloved … Read more »

  • November 23, 2015

    A Tribute to Ghana’s Kiki Gyan

    When a talent is taken from the world too early, the story is often condensed into a tragic ending. Amy Winehouse, Kurt Cobain, the list of creative geniuses who met an early demise for one reason or another goes on. … Read more »

  • November 20, 2015

    Adios Vallenato Legend Calixto Ochoa

    Calixto Ochoa, the legendary vallenato singer, accordionist and composer, passed away on Nov. 18 at his home in Sincelejo, Colombia, at the age of 81. Born in the village of Valencia de Jesus in northern Colombia, Ochoa rose to popularity … Read more »

  • November 17, 2015

    Go to Europe, Save the People

    Even with a controversial, polarizing topic like the migrants traveling to Europe, Ghana’s M3nsa and Wanlov the Kubolor, a.k.a. the Fokn Bois, can pump some humor into their response. Ask either of these guys what’s happening at Europe’s borders and … Read more »

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