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  • hip-deep September 15, 2016

    The French Caribbean–Cosmopolitan, Colonial, Complicated

    In the music of the French Antilles – the islands of Martinique and Guadeloupe – you can hear influences that range from the traditional béle and gwo ka drumming of the islands’ rural communities, to European additions like polka and French … Read more »

  • blog September 6, 2016

    Vaudou Game Returns With “Chérie Nye”

    Musicians around the world are inspired by the heavy sounds of ’60s and ’70s Afro-funk from West Africa, groups such as Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou, and Roger Damawazun from Benin. But there are few, if any, groups who take inspiration from the … Read more »

  • interview June 9, 2016

    “What is Vaudou Music?” Peter Solo Speaks

    One of the highlights of the inaugural Voodoo To Go Festival in Utrecht, Netherlands was Vaudou Game, a tremendous six piece Afro-funk band based in Lyon, France. Led by Togolese vocalist and guitarist Peter Solo, Vaudou Game is taking Europe … Read more »

  • program June 9, 2016

    Voodoo To Go Festival

    Producer Morgan Greenstreet follows the trail of West African Vaudou spiritual music to a very unlikely place—Utrecht, Netherlands—for the first edition of the Voodoo To Go Festival. Pioneered by Togolese entrepreneur Leopold Ekué Messan, the three-day festival set out to … Read more »

  • blog April 24, 2016

    Adieu Papa Wemba

    The world of popular music has lost a giant—a consummate musician, a shape-shifter who challenged norms and rewrote the rules of his nation’s music repeatedly over four decades, who spearheaded a fashion movement, and now has left us suddenly and … Read more »

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