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  • blog December 2, 2016

    Desert Blues: Rokia Traoré at NYC’s Symphony Space  

    No sooner had the air cleared in New York after a freak storm the evening of Oct. 30, than Rokia Traoré took command of the Symphony Space stage on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, raining down a superlative storm of rock … Read more »

  • program November 17, 2016

    Afropop Live! 2016

    The crowd grows restless until finally the lights go down and the artist takes the stage, and that’s when things come alive. It’s “Afropop Live! 2016”–an anthology of some of the best performances we had the honor to see and … Read more »

  • hip-deep November 3, 2016

    Hip Deep in Mali: Growing Into Music in 21st Century Bamako

    This program presents a musical portrait of Bamako in the wake of crisis. In 2012-13, Islamists occupied the north and a coup d’etat threatened a recent history of functioning democracy. With borders restored and a new elected government in place, … Read more »

  • program October 20, 2016

    African Music at the Crossroads

    Afropop producer Banning Eyre takes us on a surprise-filled tour of his 30-some years of covering African music. Through conversations with Georges Collinet and producer/agent/DJ Rab Bakari, the program reflects on how the world, the music, the culture and the … Read more »

  • blog October 13, 2016

    Issa Bagayogo (1961-2016)

    Issa Bagayogo was a trailblazer in West African music. His 1999 debut release, Sya (Cobalt/Six Degrees) set a new direction for Malian pop. It drew on his background playing the kamele ngoni, literally “young man’s harp,” a kind of secular … Read more »

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