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  • June 21, 2017

    Pop Makossa: The Invasive Dance Beat of Cameroon 1976-1984

    Funk is widely known across the United States but, arguably, the genre’s not-so-distant cousin makossa embodies what it truly means to be “funky.” Derived from the Douala phrase meaning “I dance,” makossa has been bringing listeners to their feet since … Read more »

  • June 16, 2017

    Petite Afrique

    Somi tells stories with music. This American Midwesterner and daughter of East African parents was effectively born into narrative, and into an inevitable quest for identity. She moved to New York some years back, and began to develop a self-styled … Read more »

  • June 8, 2017

    Zaire 74: The African Artists

    The Rumble in the Jungle is a gift that keeps on giving. The legendary 1974 heavyweight championship boxing match between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman yielded two superb documentary films, the Oscar-winning When We Were Kings (1996) and Soul Power … Read more »

  • June 7, 2017

    Rueda de Bullerengue

    The new 45 from Bulla en El Barrio features two original bullerengue compositions, a chalupa and a fandango, representing two of the three rhythms and dance styles that make up bullerengue, an Afro-Colombian traditional music from the Caribbean coast. The cover art, rendered … Read more »

  • May 26, 2017

    Eritrea’s Guitar Pioneer Singles 1970-73

    The experience of getting this record in the Afropop office was one of escalating excitement: 1. It’s exciting to receive vinyl (labels, take note!), 2. It’s exciting when that record comes in beautiful packaging and most importantly, 3. Tewolde Redda … Read more »

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