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  • September 22, 2016

    Ian Brennan on the Zomba Prison Project

    Ian Brennan is the intrepid producer behind the 2015 Grammy-nominated Zomba Prison Project, a groundbreaking recording session in a maximum security prison in Malawi. The original album, I Have No Everything Here, and the 2016 follow up release, I Will … Read more »

  • September 22, 2016

    Florent Mazzoleni on Bobo-Dioulasso’s Golden Age of Music

    Florent Mazzoleni is a journalist, author, vinyl collector and record producer based in Bordeaux, France, with a longstanding focus on African music. He recently compiled a three-CD box set of classic tracks from Bobo Dioulaso, the second city in Burkina … Read more »

  • September 21, 2016

    A Conversation with Paa Kow, Afro-Fusion Drum Maestro

    Drummer Paa Kow (pronounced Pah-Ko) grew up in a musical family in a small town near the coast of Ghana. His artistic energy and creativity was clear from a very young age, when he joined his family’s traveling concert band … Read more »

  • September 6, 2016

    A Home Visit with Cuban Music Master Pedrito Martinez

      In 2013, Afropop Worldwide staff writer Morgan Greenstreet visited with Cuban master percussionist/singer Pedrito Martinez in his home in breezy Union City, NJ, just across the Lincoln Tunnel from Manhattan. Pedrito was a welcoming host, introducing our writer to … Read more »

  • August 25, 2016

    Hakim Talks Post-Revolution Egypt

    Hakim, known as the “Lion of Sha’abi Music” in Egypt, had not performed in the U.S. since February 2002, when he shared the stage with Algerian rai superstar Khaled at the Beacon Theater in New York. In the months after … Read more »

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