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  • review March 7, 2017

    Melanie

    As the great Congolese composer/singer/bandleader Tabu Ley Rochereau approached his final days in 2012, he summoned the musical director of his band, L’Orchestre Afrisa International, from America to his bedside and made a last request. Modero Mekanisi had played saxophone … Read more »

  • interview December 21, 2016

    Mickey Hart Talks Planet Drum, 25 Years On

    Twenty-five years ago, Grateful Dead drummer, “Rhythm Devil,” and autonomous ethnomusicologist (unofficial, like myself) Mickey Hart assembled a dream team of global percussionists. They were all artists he had known and worked with, but they had never played together. The … Read more »

  • interview October 21, 2016

    Rab Bakari Decodes Afrobeats, Naija Pop and More

    Rab Bakari is one of a kind: producer, entrepreneur, DJ and artist agent. We first met during the research for Afropop’s 2013 Hip Deep in Ghana series. Rab had played a central role in the creation of the genre known … Read more »

  • interview October 20, 2016

    Georges Collinet on the Past and Future of African Music

    Georges Collinet has been the host of Afropop Worldwide since the show first aired in October 1988. In 2015, he celebrated 50 years in broadcasting. Producer Banning Eyre interviewed Georges in his Washington, D.C. home studio on Sept. 30, 2016. … Read more »

  • blog September 8, 2016

    Win Tickets to See Vieux Farka Touré in New York

    Vieux Farka Touré is so fleet-fingered that he never uses one note when he’s got room for six—and it seems like he can always make room. Seeing the guitarist play live, as he slips in and around the beat in … Read more »

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