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  • August 10, 2017

    Afro-Dominicana: The Other Dominican Republic

    In the 1930s, infamous Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo ordered the burning of the country’s palos drums, hoping to erase the powerful vestiges of African culture in the Dominican Republic. Luckily for us, the breakneck, trance-inducing sound of palos still reverberates … Read more »

  • August 3, 2017

    Off the Beaten Track in Malawi and Burkina Faso

    This program ventures into corners of Africa we hear from rarely, guided by adventurous field recordists and crate diggers. The Zomba Prison Project is a set of recordings by inmates at a maximum security prison in Malawi, currently the poorest … Read more »

  • July 27, 2017

    The Festival In Fes: World Sacred Music Festival, Revisited

      This spring, Afropop returned to Fes, Morocco, for the 23rd annual World Sacred Music Festival, a sumptuous spread of music from across the globe that blurs the boundaries of what is sacred. Interwoven with Morocco’s ornate history and fertile … Read more »

  • 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 »

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