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  • May 11, 2017

    Crystal Sloan 1952-2017

    The Afropop family has lost a longtime behind-the-scenes player. Back in the mid-’80s in Boston, Crystal Sloan taught me how to present myself as a software technical writer, though I had had no experience with computers prior to that. The … Read more »

  • May 11, 2017

    Best of The Beat on Afropop: In Tribute to Bob Marley

    Today, May 11, is the 36th anniversary of Bob Marley’s death in 1981 at age 36. I don’t know if there’s any significance in these numerals, but he has been gone for the same length of time as he was … Read more »

  • May 8, 2017

    Labess Explores North African-Latin Fusion

    At last month’s Atlantic Music Expo in Cape Verde, we met Nedjim Bouizzoul, guitarist, singer, songwriter and leader of the band Labess. After growing up in Algeria, Nedjim relocated to Montreal, Canada at age 18 and has released three albums … Read more »

  • May 7, 2017

    Field Report: Festival International de Louisiane

    Feature image above: Sean Ardoin and Zydekool at the Warehouse in Lafayette, performing a showcase of contemporary zydeco rock and soul. Photos by William Farrington. Festival International de Louisiane is an arts festival with a special emphasis on the connection … Read more »

  • May 7, 2017

    Best of The Beat on Afropop: Lee “Scratch” Perry

    Reggae’s mad genius producer-turned-conceptual artist, Lee “Scratch” Perry–A.K.A. The Upsetter–is headed back to New York for a rare performance at S.O.B.’s on May 9. When he last appeared here in 2105, he was accompanied by a giant inflated gorilla for … Read more »

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