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  • March 28, 2017

    Best of The Beat on Afropop: Salif Keita and the Coup d’Etat

    As we eagerly await Salif Keita’s appearance in New York this week (his last appearance here was 2014), and in other locations accessible to our readers around the U.S., here is a “Best of The Beat” cover feature on “Mali’s … Read more »

  • March 27, 2017

    Voices in Vinyl: Moroccan Musical Mosaics

    Driving through the desert felt almost like flying. The saffron-tinted sandscape, undulating with the slightest variation, made it feel like I was barely moving at all. The dry desert air parched my lips to a tight chap, snapping my speech…and … Read more »

  • March 26, 2017

    Photo Essay: Afropop’s Residency at Threes Brewing

    These past few weeks, Afropop has hosted a series of concerts at Threes Brewing in Gowanus, Brooklyn featuring some of our friends from New York’s extensive African and Afro-diasporic music scenes. We kicked it off on March 9 with blazing … Read more »

  • March 23, 2017

    Best of The Beat on Afropop: Reggae Women Stepping Forward

    This installment of “Best of The Beat” is a glimpse into a moment in history—1985—in which we celebrated the outstanding female voices of reggae music. Jamaica is, and probably will always be, a patriarchal society, but at this point in … Read more »

  • March 20, 2017

    Field Report: Rebel Salute in St. Ann, Jamaica

    Reggae artist Tony Rebel’s annual Rebel Salute festival in St. Ann, Jamaica bills itself as the “Preservation of Reggae.” It might not seem like reggae needs any preserving—pop stars like Justin Bieber and Drake are having hits on dancehall riddims, … Read more »

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