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  • 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 »

  • June 6, 2017

    Manny Ansar Reflects on the Festival au Desert in Timbuktu

    Manny Ansar is the man behind the Festival au Desert, an annual concert in Mali which started in 2001. Due to terrorism and threats of violence in northern Mali, the festival has been canceled since 2012. In response to the … Read more »

  • June 1, 2017

    Carmen McCain: The Culture of Kannywood

    Carmen McCain is an assistant professor of English at Westmont College. Her research focus is on Hausa-language literature, film and popular culture. Hausa is a language spoken by over 50 million people across West Africa. Most native speakers are in … Read more »

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