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  • February 25, 2015

    Accounting for Taste

    When we talk about the influence of American performers on African music, we usually think about a few obvious examples, legends like Michael Jackson, Jimi Hendrix or James Brown. In this episode, we go beyond these stars to explore the … Read more »

  • February 19, 2015

    Sierra Leone: Celebration, War, and Healing

    While Sierra Leone is currently in the news for the horrific outbreak of Ebola that has devastated the nation in recent months, the country is no stranger to tragedy. This also means that it has deep reserves of resilience, an … Read more »

  • February 13, 2015

    Escaping the Delta

    Escaping the Delta is the title of a provocative book by award-winning author Elijah Wald that explores how a mythology of the blues grew around the figure of Robert Johnson. On this episode of Hip Deep, Wald talks with producer … Read more »

  • February 11, 2015

    Music of the Harlem Renaissance

    The Harlem Renaissance of the 1920’s was an astounding explosion of African-American cultural innovation, producing art, literature, poetry, and of course, fantastic music. In honor of Black History month, we are encoring our tribute to this magnificent period. We’ll hear … Read more »

  • February 3, 2015

    The Nature of Trance

    In many communities throughout Africa and the diaspora, music and spiritual life are deeply connected through the experience of trance: ritual possession by ancestors, spirits, deities, or simply the trance of communal dancing—usually accompanied by hypnotic melodies and rhythms. In … Read more »

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