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  • blog August 11, 2017

    Independent Africa

    The continent of Africa contains millenniums of complex histories across hundreds and thousands of civilizations and cultures. The era of European colonization in Africa’s history, which resulted in the borders of the 54 countries that we know of today, took … Read more »

  • botb November 20, 2016

    Best of The Beat on Afropop: Zouk, Part Two–The Magic of Kassav’

    The groundbreaking group known as Kassav’, primarily made up of musicians from the French Caribbean islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique, created a music revolution that had repercussions all around the world. In this in-depth report from The Beat in 1986, … Read more »

  • 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 March 9, 2016

    Photo Essay: MASA Festival in Abidjan, Part Three

    Just before live music was to begin Tuesday evening a windy rainstorm swept in off the lagoon, delaying the International Women’s Day concert and postponing other shows on the outdoor stage. The program in the Salle Lougah Francois inside the … Read more »

  • interview May 27, 2015

    Interview: Chassol on Carnival and Producing Frank Ocean

    After traveling down musical pathways in New Orleans and India on his last two albums, French director, pianist and composer Christophe Chassol has turned to his family’s homeland in Martinique for his new album Big Sun, along with an accompanying documentary. We reached out to Chassol … Read more »

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