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  • September 7, 2017

    Best of The Beat on Afropop: Morgan Heritage: We Are Family

    Reggae group Morgan Heritage, appearing Fri., Sept. 8 at BB King Blues Club in New York, was featured on the cover of The Beat in 2001. Exemplifying Rastafarian roots and culture, the band is a family affair comprised of five … Read more »

  • September 7, 2017

    Let the Beat Build: A Bounce Rhythm Primer

    Bounce is a music defined by its beat. And while the genre has changed and evolved in the years since its birth in the early ’90s, the basic building blocks of that beat have remained  remarkably static. Although they may … Read more »

  • September 7, 2017

    Jorge Glem Will Make You Love the Cuatro

    Photo by Romina Hendlin. Used with permission. As Carl Orff wrote and arranged it, playing “O Fortuna” requires an entire orchestra, with five tympanies and two choirs. Jorge Glem gets there with just four strings. Glem works as a sort of … Read more »

  • September 7, 2017

    Saturday Night Wedding Party in Cairo

    “El ‘aroosa—the bride!” yelled the young man, grabbing my hand and pulling me in the direction of the newlyweds as a beat pounded from the sound system. I looked to my friend and we got up from our chairs, bracing … Read more »

  • September 5, 2017

    Video Premiere: Fay-Ann Lyons’ “Block the Road” With Stonebwoy

    Right on the tail of a radiant Brooklyn Carnival, as the technicolor energy of yesterday’s West Indian Day Parade still reverberates through the streets, Afropop Worldwide is proud to premiere a new video from Caribbean musical royalty. We bring you … Read more »

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