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  • blog May 4, 2016

    New York Pays Tribute to Papa Wemba

    The passing of Papa Wemba, the king of Congolese rumba and one of the most popular African musicians of his time, has reverberated deeply throughout the world. Across the globe, particularly in his home country of the Democratic Republic of … Read more »

  • program January 28, 2016

    Africa in America: Ladies’ Edition

    Afropop’s occasional series on African music made in America continues with a focus on three remarkable women. Marie Daulne, founder of the genre-bending vocal group Zap Mama, collaborates with New York Afrobeat band Antibalas, and we hear them live in … Read more »

  • botb November 30, 2015

    Best of The Beat on Afropop: Remembering Tabu Ley Rochereau

      Tabu Ley Rochereau wasn’t just the world’s best-known Congolese artist of his time. In an era that produced great pop music in many countries, he was one of the world’s best pop composers. He had a marvelous flair for … Read more »

  • botb November 27, 2015

    Best of The Beat on Afropop: Remembering Pepe Kalle

    Pépé Kallé was big. A tall and very stout man, he was often likened to an elephant. He effortlessly carried loads of talent. He had a grand voice. And he was a huge star in the Democratic Republic of the … Read more »

  • blog September 3, 2015

    Baloji’s New Video Offers Astronauts, Social Critique

    Nunchucks and steam-punk astronauts, alongside lyrics about the exploitation intertwined in rare earth mineral mining, and footage from a real funeral: Baloji’s self-directed video for “Capture” really covers the spectrum. But then, he’s a rapper who fuses Congolese rumba with Latin … Read more »

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