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  • September 29, 2015

    Video for Daby Touré’s “Oma”

    Daby Touré has just released a video for “Oma,” a standout track from his new album Amonafi (Afropop’s review here). The song is a playful bit of ska, with a catchy chorus that seemingly belies the gravity of its subject matter: the … Read more »

  • September 3, 2015

    Baloji’s New Video Offers Astronauts, Social Critique

    Nunchucks and steam-punk astronauts, alongside lyrics about the exploitation intertwined in rare earth mineral mining, and footage from a real funeral: Baloji’s self-directed video for “Capture” really covers the spectrum. But then, he’s a rapper who fuses Congolese rumba with Latin … Read more »

  • July 9, 2015

    Tiempo Libre Is Back With a Tour, Album and Videos

    The Cuba-by-way-of-Miami band Tiempo Libre is back with their first album since 2011’s My Secret Radio. Universal Music Latin Entertainment has just released the three-time Grammy-nominated timba group’s latest, Panamericano, a record that’s true to both its genre and predecessors. … Read more »

  • April 24, 2015

    Ex-Members of Staff Benda Bilili Team Up With Konono No. 1

    Staff Benda Bilili was a globe-spanning success story–a collection of inventive youths and polio-stricken veterans, homeless musicians from the biggest city in the Democratic Republic of Congo, who channeled the classic Congolese rumba into two incredible albums, before disappearing all … Read more »

  • February 6, 2015

    Hip Deep Salegy Video!

    Salegy is the signature dance music of northern Madagascar, and one of the island nation’s great musical exports. No surprise, salegy is a major focus of Afropop’s “Hip Deep in Madagascar” series.  This video tells the salegy story, and captures … Read more »

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