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  • 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 »

  • June 15, 2017

    African Music at the Crossroads

    Afropop producer Banning Eyre takes us on a surprise-filled tour of his 30-some years of covering African music. Through conversations with Georges Collinet and producer/agent/DJ Rab Bakari, the program reflects on how the world, the music, the culture and the … Read more »

  • June 8, 2017

    Cuts From the Crypt, Part Two: Banning’s Picks

    As work continues on the vast Afropop archive, producer Banning Eyre takes a deep dive and comes up with some gems. On the vinyl front, the focus is on South Africa and Zimbabwe, where the Afropop team collected a good … Read more »

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