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  • program August 25, 2016

    Two Lions: Bunny Wailer and Hakim

    On this program we survey the careers of two legends and giants within their genres. Bunny Wailer is the last surviving member of the original Wailers. Right up to his 2016 tour, when we met him, this architect of reggae music … Read more »

  • review March 4, 2016

    Bambulaye

    The new album from New York’s Los Hacheros is a consistent work of truly soulful Afro-Cuban/Puerto Rican/Nuyorican neotraditional popular music. There is a deep sense of swing and sabor (flavor) in every coro (chorus vocal), tumbao (bass and conga groove) and montuno … Read more »

  • blog January 7, 2016

    Warmth Is Coming: SummerStage Preview Concert Jan. 14

    While winter has finally come to New York—vengefully, as if to make up for being so late—the cold weather can’t last forever. Someday the sun will be up for longer than 15 minutes, the leaves will return to the trees, … Read more »

  • blog December 31, 2015

    Blitz the Ambassador Releases “A(wake)–Ballad for Tamir Rice”

    The Ghanaian-American hip-hop artist Blitz the Ambassador released a track called “A(wake)–Ballad for Tamir.” The song is a response to a grand jury’s Dec. 29 decision to not indict Timothy Loehmann, the Cleveland police officer who shot and killed 12-year-old … Read more »

  • interview November 6, 2015

    Selmor Mtukudzi on the Sexism of Poverty and Electricity in Africa

    Selmor Mtukudzi is an activist and a musician, and at least for this week, she’s also a tourist on her first visit to the United States. When Afropop’s Ben Richmond called her up, Mtukudzi had just gotten done seeing the … Read more »

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