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  • October 19, 2017

    Best of The Beat on Afropop: Peter Tosh’s Birthday Anniversary

    Peter Tosh, one of the three original Wailers, would have celebrated his 73rd Earth Day on Oct. 19. In commemoration, BOTB pays homage to the restless, outspoken, impenetrable Mystic Man with an in-depth interview by The Beat’s founding editor, Roger … Read more »

  • October 19, 2017

    Konono No. 1’s Frontman Augustin Mawangu Mingiedi Has Died

    The Congolese band Konono No. 1 has announced the death of their frontman, Augustin Mawangu Mingiedi, due to complications from diabetes. The 56-year-old had taken over lead likembe duties for his father, Mingiedi Mawangu, who founded and led the band … Read more »

  • October 18, 2017

    Ticket Giveaway: Habib Koite and Bamada

    Habib Koite and Bamada are a highly regarded, long-standing Malian group that has been performing for over 20 years. Their sound is distinctive and immediately recognizable. Their lush, expansive use of strings, the ethereal vocalizing of Koite, and the rollling, … Read more »

  • October 18, 2017

    Track Premiere: Ballake Sissoko and Vincent Segal, “Tuniale”

    Ballake Sissoko and Vincent Segal are Malian and French artists respectively who are signed to Six Degrees Records. In 2009, upon the release of their debut collaborative album, Chamber Music, they began to rise in international popularity and acclaim, resulting … Read more »

  • October 17, 2017

    Fresh Cuts, Vol. Eight

    This is the eighth feature in a series we call “Fresh Cuts.” It’s a selection of newly released tracks and videos from across Africa and the diaspora, featuring established and up-and-coming artists and everything in between. It’s been a bit of a wait … Read more »

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