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  • blog August 9, 2017

    Fresh Cuts, Vol. Seven

    After a bit of a break, here’s the seventh feature in a series we call “Fresh Cuts.” It’s a selection of newly released tracks and videos from across Africa and the diaspora, featuring established and up-and-coming artists, and everything in between. Today we’ve … Read more »

  • blog March 14, 2017

    New Sounds and Next Steps for SXSW: ContraBanned Showcase

    South by Southwest (SXSW), an annual festival and conference in Austin, TX for the film, interactive media and music industries, celebrates its 30th year March 13-19, 2017. Always a benchmark event for national and international music scenes, SXSW this year … Read more »

  • blog March 1, 2017

    Reflections on “A Man of Good Hope”

    In times of closed ears, misinformation and harmful, one-sided narratives, telling unsung stories can be an act of survival and solidarity. For Asad Abdullahi, a Somali refugee in South Africa, telling his story to the writer Jonny Steinberg was a … Read more »

  • blog February 14, 2017

    Isango Ensemble at the Brooklyn Academy of Music

    If you find yourself in New York City this week, make your way to the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) for what promises to be a mighty performance: “A Man of Good Hope” from South Africa’s Isango Ensemble. The innovative, … Read more »

  • blog February 2, 2017

    #NoBanNoWall: Bandcamp Makes A Move Against Immigration Restrictions

    On Fri., Feb. 3, the independent music distribution platform Bandcamp will be giving 100 percent of today’s proceeds to the American Civil Liberties Union for their legal efforts to support immigrants and refugees currently targeted by an executive order banning … Read more »

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