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  • blog August 11, 2017

    Independent Africa: Sounds of Hope and Frustration

    The continent of Africa contains millenniums of complex histories across hundreds and thousands of civilizations and cultures. The era of European colonization in Africa’s history, which resulted in the borders of the 54 countries that we know of today, took … Read more »

  • botb April 18, 2016

    Best of The Beat on Afropop: Journey to the Heart of the Congo

    This installment of “Best of The Beat” from 1993 is what is called nowadays “a good read.” It is a fascinating travelogue and diary from Beat contributor Gary Stewart, author of Rumba on the River: A History of the Popular … Read more »

  • blog February 6, 2014

    Jackson Wahengo- “Eeloli”

    Jackson Wahengo is a highly skilled Namibian guitarist and singer, currently based in Geneva, Switzerland. Which, we suppose, explains why all the musicians and dancers rocking out in the neon-lit warehouse that provides the backdrop for his new music video … Read more »

  • blog January 17, 2014

    Lessons in Style and Life from the Congo

      La Societé des Ambianceurs et des Personnes Élégantes, or Society of Elegant Persons, began as an act of civil disobedience in the Congo, embracing a distinctly Congolese sense of style that adopted European clothes and transformed and surpassed them.  … Read more »

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