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  • August 15, 2017

    Soundin’ Like Weself: The Trinidadian Rapso Tradition

    Producer Jake Hochberger brings us to the southernmost island in the Caribbean, Trinidad. Trinidad is the birthplace of the steel drum, calypso and soca music, and is home to the largest Carnival celebration in the world. Here we encounter the … Read more »

  • July 25, 2017

    Salaam, Amani, Peace: Festivals in Goma, DR Congo

    In a context of ongoing violence and N.G.O. intervention in Eastern Congo, a festival culture is emerging based on the concept of “peace-building” through the arts. With the guidance of professor Chérie Ndaliko and local artists, we explore the ways … Read more »

  • June 19, 2017

    A Beginner’s Guide to Lusophone Atlantic Music

    While the musical networks that connect English, French and Spanish-speaking nations together are well known, far less attention is paid to the links between the Afro-Lusophone world—from Cape Verde to Angola to Brazil. This podcast offers a lightning tour of … Read more »

  • May 30, 2017

    Mali: Politics Behind the Music

    The music of Mali is a powerful force in the international music market. It has been critically shaped by the changing role of the griot class in Malian society and Mali’s politics in general. Columbia University historian Gregory Mann shares … Read more »

  • May 16, 2017

    Congolese Rumba: Surviving the Pop Apocalypse

    All over the world, the music business as we know it is crumbling. But in the Democratic Republic of Congo, musicians have found a new (and very old) method of survival. Through a system of shout-outs called libanga, Congolese pop … Read more »

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