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Afropop Worldwide

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  1. Africans in the Arabian (Persian) Gulf


    Scholar and author Joseph Braude guides us through the often overlooked popular music of the Persian Gulf, the music known as Khaliji. We learn about the Africans of places like Bahrain and Kuwait–slaves of yore, their free descendents, and more … Read more »

  2. Afro-Dominicana: The Other Dominican Republic


    In the 1930s, infamous Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo ordered the burning of the country’s palos drums, hoping to erase the powerful vestiges of African culture in the Dominican Republic. Luckily for us, the breakneck, trance-inducing sound of palos still reverberates … Read more »

  3. Afro-Lisbon and the Lusophone Atlantic: Dancing Toward the Future


    In the last few years, a small network of DJs in the suburbs of Lisbon, Portugal has been consistently producing some of the world’s best dance music. The children of African immigrants, these young musicians have combined a hemisphere of … Read more »

  4. After the Quake: Music, Politics and Spirituality in Haiti


    For this exclusive Afropop Worldwide Hip Deep report, producer Ned Sublette travels to Port-au-Prince, where he checks in with bandleader Richard Morse of RAM, and with Lolo and Manzé Beaubrun of Boukman Eksperyans, both of whom produced hotly controversial carnival songs … Read more »

  5. An Island, Divided


    The island of Hispaniola, located in the western Caribbean, is divided in two by an invisible line that snakes down its central mountain range. On one side is Haiti, the other the Dominican Republic: one colonized by the French, the … Read more »

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