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  • March 2, 2017

    Ticket Giveaway: Susana Baca At Pioneer Works

    World Music Institute, in conjunction with Pioneer Works, presents two-time Latin Grammy Award winner, singer-songwriter, ethnomusicologist, folklorist and teacher Susana Baca. More than just a singer, Baca is a poet and a historian. With her mellifluous voice, she and her … Read more »

  • March 1, 2017

    Report From Transamazoniennes Festival: Getting Down in the Guyanas

    In 2011, our producer Marlon Bishop took a trip to the Transamazoniennes festival in French Guiana, and came back with loads of stories (and bootleg CDs) to share. The festival is located in a remote Amazonian town on the Surinamese … Read more »

  • March 1, 2017

    Happy 90th Birthday, Harry!

    Harry Belafonte needs no introduction. If you need an introduction to Harry, try this recent retrospective in the New Yorker. Also, he is probably the coolest 90-year-old you’ll ever meet, as evidenced by the music and social justice festival Many … Read more »

  • March 1, 2017

    Reflections on “A Man of Good Hope”

    In times of closed ears, misinformation and harmful, one-sided narratives, telling unsung stories can be an act of survival and solidarity. For Asad Abdullahi, a Somali refugee in South Africa, telling his story to the writer Jonny Steinberg was a … Read more »

  • February 27, 2017

    Best of The Beat on Afropop: Carnival in Trinidad & Tobago

    It’s Carnival time all around the world, with lavish annual celebrations in New Orleans, Rio de Janeiro and Port of Spain, Trinidad and elsewhere, culminating this year on Feb. 28. The Beat covered the music of the 1993 Carnival in … Read more »

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