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  • July 20, 2017

    Mokoomba at Nuits d’Afrique, Montreal

    Summer in Canada’s second-largest city is amazing. While many cities have free outdoor concerts and festivals, Montreal has an entire district of their city center devoted to them—the “Quartier des Spectacles.” Literally just this week there’s a food festival, a … Read more »

  • July 20, 2017

    Bixiga 70: Brazilian Afrobeat Messengers

    There’s been a connecting thread running through our coverage of the Festival International de Jazz de Montreal this year—the legendary Afrobeat drummer Tony Allen and Brazil. Allen performed at the festival with his tribute to his hero, Art Blakey; he … Read more »

  • July 12, 2017

    Seun Kuti: No Holds Barred

    In January 2017 in Lagos, Banning Eyre and Sean Barlow spent a few hours with Seun Kuti at his home, talking about his career, musical life in Lagos, politics and other things. The interview was part of the research for … Read more »

  • June 29, 2017

    Rafiya to Perform at Essence Fest in New Orleans

    Music continues to be a male-dominated field, from producers and label executives to performers, particularly in the African and diasporic music genres. It was a breath of fresh air to speak with Rafiya, a New York/New Jersey-based female singer/songwriter thriving … Read more »

  • June 15, 2017

    Ian Brennan on Social Justice and the Power of Songs

    Photos by Marilena Umuhoza Delli Ian Brennan is a Grammy-winning producer, whose set of recordings on the Zomba Prison Project  in Malawi put his work on our radar, and was featured in the Afropop program, “Off the Beaten Track in … Read more »

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