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  • review March 7, 2017

    Melanie

    As the great Congolese composer/singer/bandleader Tabu Ley Rochereau approached his final days in 2012, he summoned the musical director of his band, L’Orchestre Afrisa International, from America to his bedside and made a last request. Modero Mekanisi had played saxophone … Read more »

  • blog January 16, 2017

    globalFest 2017: Photo Essay

    globalFEST 2017 offered its trademark panoply of eclectic and highly entertaining sound and spectacle: 12 acts on three stages in New York City’s Webster Hall over the course of five hours on Sun., Jan. 8. The time flies by. This … Read more »

  • botb January 10, 2017

    Best of The Beat on Afropop: Lee “Scratch” Perry–When Kingston Met Kinshasa

    In 1993 The Beat reported the extraordinary story of how, in 1977, Jamaican reggae producer Lee “Scratch” Perry encountered two Congolese musicians stranded in Kingston, and recorded an unprecedented fusion of African and Caribbean music. Long the stuff of legend, … 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 »

  • program June 25, 2015

    Afropop on the Red Carpet at the Peabodys

    Afropop Worldwide recently won a highly prestigious Peabody Institutional Award honoring the entire 27-year body of our work. And the Peabody Awards threw a big party at Cipriani Wall Street hosted by Saturday Night Live alum Fred Armisen. Hear highlights … Read more »

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