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  • review April 5, 2017

    Tribute to Ndiouga Dieng

    This is the third album since Orchestra Baobab, the legendary Senegalese dance band—pioneers of the re-Africanization of Afro-Latin music in the 1970s—regrouped in 2002. But it’s been 10 years since their last album, so you could call this a third … Read more »

  • review March 28, 2017

    République Amazone

    Any time West African divas ranging from Benin’s superstar Angelique Kidjo to Kandia Kouyaté, perhaps the greatest living female griot (jelimuso) of Mali; to Mariam Doumbia of Amadou and Mariam; to younger mavericks like Mamani Keita and Nneka of Nigeria, … Read more »

  • blog March 4, 2017

    Miriam Makeba: 85th Birthday Observance

    An appreciation of the life and work of the immortal Miriam Makeba, universally known as Mama Africa, from Ken Braun of Sterns Music on the occasion of the 85th anniversary of her birth: March 4, 1932. The piece recounts the … Read more »

  • interview February 16, 2017

    Listen: Super Yamba Band’s “N’diarabi” With Ismael Kouyate

    Super Yamba Band is a Brooklyn-based, Afrobeat-inflected funk outfit that just re-released their song “N’diarabi” on vinyl. The track, which you can hear right here, features Ismael Kouyate, a Guinea-born singer and choreographer, who famously appeared on Beyoncé’s track “Grown … Read more »

  • blog December 5, 2016

    New Series: Afropop’s Fresh Cuts

    These days, all it takes is a laptop, a microphone, some software, maybe a MIDI keyboard, and competence with social media to get your music out into the world. To some, this has cheapened contemporary music, allowing crisp production and … Read more »

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