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  • May 18, 2017

    Best of The Beat on Afropop: Oumou Sangare, Mali’s Nightingale

    This week’s installment of “Best of The Beat” from 1997 features the Malian diva Oumou Sangare, who has just released her first album in eight years. [See Banning Eyre’s review of Mogoya here.] A goddess among goddesses from the Wassoulu … Read more »

  • May 18, 2017

    Music Videos From Cape Verde

    We touched down in Cape Verde last month for the Atlantic Music Expo, a yearly gathering of music professionals which provides an opportunity for local and international artists to showcase their talents. We report on some of the brilliant Cape … Read more »

  • May 16, 2017

    Afropop Video Premiere: Gato Preto’s “Feitiço”

    Gato Preto is the enigmatic duo of Mozambican MC Gata Misteriosa and German-Ghanaian producer Lee Bass. From their home in Düsseldorf, these Afro-futuristic bass travelers craft their own global take on MC-driven electronic club music, combining Lee’s polyrhythmic explorations with … Read more »

  • May 16, 2017

    Ghana’s Jojo Abot: In the Moment

    Back in April in Brooklyn at the music venue Baby’s All Right, the main showroom was crowded with people excitedly talking in accents ranging from Nigerian to American and beyond. The performer we had come to see made her entrance, … Read more »

  • May 12, 2017

    Impressions From Omar Souleyman at Poisson Rouge

    Omar Souleyman, turns out, has a beautiful smile. The poster for his Thursday show at Manhattan’s Le Poisson Rouge, presented by the World Music Institute, gives you a good idea of the inscrutable public face that the Syrian musician has … Read more »

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