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  • review December 1, 2016

    Heritage

    Richard Bona’s music is as well-traveled as the man himself. For his latest record, Heritage, the New Yorker-by-way-of-Paris-and-Cameroon plays with a group called Mandekan Cubano. The album, released by Quincy Jones’ Qwest Records, explores the verdant and vast world of … Read more »

  • review October 24, 2016

    Nouvelle Journée

    Lorraine Klaasen’s new album, Nouvelle Journée, is a feel-good album that delves into jazz, blues, gospel, soul and pop influences. It is anchored in rich South African sounds which pay homage to her background and her mother, Thandie Klaasen, a legendary South … Read more »

  • blog September 21, 2016

    A Conversation with Paa Kow, Afro-Fusion Drum Maestro

    Drummer Paa Kow (pronounced Pah-Ko) grew up in a musical family in a small town near the coast of Ghana. His artistic energy and creativity was clear from a very young age, when he joined his family’s traveling concert band … Read more »

  • blog July 5, 2016

    Field Report: Ernest Ranglin and Friends Live at the Barbican, London

    Guitarist Ernest Ranglin is one of Jamaica’s most revered musicians. Ranglin was there at the very beginning as a session player and musical arranger, when Jamaican sound system entrepreneurs began recording local artists on basic equipment. He graced some of … Read more »

  • program May 5, 2016

    Afropop Travels to Abidjan for the 2016 MASA Festival

    Georges and Sean head to Abidjan, the commercial and artistic center of Côte d’Ivoire, to cover the 2016 edition of MASA, perhaps the biggest arts festival of its kind on the continent. Over the course of a week, six acts … Read more »

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