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  • blog December 21, 2015

    Shailah Edmonds Brings African Roots into American Pop

    Shailah Edmonds is a young American singer keen to “inspire and impact rap and pop musicians to incorporate African rhythms and voices to their music.” That’s a fine mission, though perhaps an uphill climb. Edmonds has thrown her hat in … Read more »

  • botb December 10, 2015

    Best of The Beat on Afropop: Bambino, Hero of Bamako

    You may have heard about the African singer who was caught up in the terrorist attack at the Hotel Radisson Blu in Bamako, Mali on Nov. 20. That was Sekouba “Bambino” Diabate, a superstar from Guinea, who was in Bamako … Read more »

  • interview November 2, 2015

    Griot For A New Era: N’Faly Kouyate on Kora, Synths and African Unity

    N’Faly Kouyate, a Guinean kora player who lives in Belgium, recently released the phenomenal album, Change, which combines a heartfelt, powerful message against xenophobia and the illegal arms trade with a unique combination of traditional Mandingo instruments and synthesizers. Afropop writer Jesse Brent reached … Read more »

  • review September 11, 2015

    Change

    The title Change might seem all too earnest, but the new album by N’Faly Kouyate (available for purchase on iTunes from NAMUN Records) is so refreshingly heartfelt that it should win over even the most jaded of listeners. Born to … Read more »

  • review June 21, 2015

    Amara Touré 1973​-​1980

    “Latin music, is it really foreign to us Africans? I don’t think so. Listen to the drums, to the rhythm. It all seems very close to us–it feels like it’s our own culture.” –Amara Touré In his recent review of … Read more »

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