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  • July 20, 2017

    Proving the Bubu Myth: Janka Nabay, War and Witchcraft in Sierra Leone

    This is an encore presentation. Originally aired in July 2014. Every year on Sierra Leone’s Independence Day in late April, musicians and revelers descend upon Freetown from throughout the country. Parades and celebrations traverse the city, joining diverse neighborhoods with … Read more »

  • July 13, 2017

    Seize the Dance: The BaAka of Central Africa

    Louis Sarno, an American original who lived for 30 years among Bayaka Pygmies in the Central African rainforest and recorded their polyphonic music more completely than any audio adventurer or ethnomusicologist could dream of, died April 1, 2017 in New … Read more »

  • July 6, 2017

    Afro-Tech: Stories of Synths in African Music

    Technology is one of the great drivers of musical change, and often one of its least understood. In this episode, we will explore the synthesizer, looking closely at the history of this ubiquitous (and often debated) piece of musical technology, … Read more »

  • June 29, 2017

    Ring the Alarm: A History of Sound System Culture

    In Jamaica, sound systems are more than just a stack of speakers blasting the latest tunes to an eager crowd. Over the last 70 years, they have touched all levels of society in Jamaica, determining the island’s popular taste and … Read more »

  • June 22, 2017

    Bugalú!

    We honor the late Joe Cuba with this encore portrait of “Bugalú,” produced for Afropop Worldwide by Ned Sublette. Bugalú is the Spanish spelling of boogaloo, and was also known as “Latin soul.” It hit the scene in 1966 with … Read more »

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