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  • review February 27, 2013

    The Griot’s Craft

    It has been awhile since we’ve heard new work from Sékouba Bambino (Diabaté), veteran singer of Guinea’s legendary Bembeya Jazz, and probably the pre-eminent Guinean vocalist of the past two decades. This session, featuring a rich blend of acoustic instruments … Read more »

  • blog December 3, 2012

    West African Griot Summit

    This year, Afropop had the chance to catch the second annual West African Griot Summit, held at The Graduate Center Elebash Hall!  The summit is an annual performance/reunion/conference by and for the US contingent of West African griots (or “praise … Read more »

  • contest November 26, 2012

    The Gang’s all here! NYC Griot Summit/Ticket Giveaway

    If you’re reading Afropop, it’s probably a fair bet that you love West African music. We certainly do- it just hits all of our sweetspots.  Stunning musicianship? Traditional styles going hand in hand with adventurous collaboration? Conscious raising cultural commentary? … Read more »

  • hip-deep November 8, 2012

    The Story of Bembeya Jazz

    Guinea’s legendary dance band, Bembeya Jazz, are a pillar of modern West African history.  Begun in 1961 in the flush of Guinea’s independence and Sekou Toure’s maverick presidency, the band played under the inspired leadership of guitar giant Sekou “Bembeya” … Read more »

  • review June 20, 2012

    The Voice of the Revolution

    An ear-opening tour through the work of a West African legend, who died in 1977, before the world could appreciate his mind-blowing voice. Read more »

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