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  • hip-deep July 20, 2017

    Proving the Bubu Myth: Janka Nabay, War and Witchcraft in Sierra Leone

    This is an encore presentation. Originally aired in July 2014. Every year on Sierra Leone’s Independence Day in late April, musicians and revelers descend upon Freetown from throughout the country. Parades and celebrations traverse the city, joining diverse neighborhoods with … Read more »

  • blog June 29, 2017

    Pride Month Playlist: Listening to Queer and Trans Artists Across the African Planet

    During LGBT Pride Month, Afropop has been celebrating queer and trans musicians throughout the African diaspora. This year, we’ve put together a playlist of some of the hottest and most influential artists who show us what it really means to … Read more »

  • botb May 29, 2017

    Best of The Beat on Afropop: The Music of Sierra Leone

    To go alongside the new album from Sierra Leone music veteran Sorie Kondi, discussed here, BOTB offers some additional context in the form of an overview of the music of this West African nation, written by Beat contributor and columnist … Read more »

  • blog May 25, 2017

    From Freetown to the World: Producer Chief Boima and the Kondi Band

    The Kondi Band is a multigenerational, cross-cultural collaboration that started with a bootleg remix. Five years ago, a young DJ/producer, Chief Boima (Dutty Artz/INTL BLK), saw a video on YouTube by an elderly, blind Sierra Leonean musician, Sorie Kondi, entitled … Read more »

  • review May 17, 2017

    Build Music

    Janka Nabay’s first international release, En Yay Sah, came out on Luaka Bop in 2012. It was a revelation of the power of Janka’s simple, trance-inducing music to connect with U.S. and European audiences who had no context for traditional … Read more »

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