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  • April 28, 2016

    Beyond Mangue: On the Scene Today in Recife

    After the mangue explosion of the ‘90s, the music scene in Recife calmed down just a little. But today, the capital of the Brazilian state of Pernambuco is still full of talented and adventurous artists: both veterans of the mangue … Read more »

  • April 28, 2016

    Music From the Mangroves: A Mangue Bit Primer

    In our program, “Crabs With Brains: The Mangue Revolution and New Sounds of Recife,” we explore the history of the mangue movement, which transformed Recife, the capital of Pernambuco in Brazil’s northeast, from one of the world’s most poverty-stricken cities … Read more »

  • April 26, 2016

    Concert Review: Alpha Blondy Rocks B.B. King’s

    As you may have heard, Alpha Blondy is touring the U.S. and played on April 21 at the B.B. King Blues Club in Manhattan. What you might not have heard is that a few days before coming to New York, … Read more »

  • April 26, 2016

    Imarhan: Tuareg Rock on Steroids

    Imarhan is a young Tuareg rock band, originally from Tamanrasset in Mali, but currently living in southern Algeria during these challenging days for Tuareg people in West Africa. (Check out Afropop’s recent program The Tuareg Predicament in Mali for more … Read more »

  • April 25, 2016

    Best of The Beat on Afropop: Papa Wemba

    I was a great fan of Papa Wemba. Back in the late ’80s, early ‘90s, when his music became available internationally, I was irresistibly drawn to his powerful, tremulous, emotional voice, underpinned by rich soukous and rumba arrangements. And the … Read more »

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