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  • blog October 13, 2016

    Issa Bagayogo (1961-2016)

    Issa Bagayogo was a trailblazer in West African music. His 1999 debut release, Sya (Cobalt/Six Degrees) set a new direction for Malian pop. It drew on his background playing the kamele ngoni, literally “young man’s harp,” a kind of secular … Read more »

  • blog September 2, 2016

    Hear El Bles’ New EP “I Am Latin Soul”

    It’s a late entry, but you might want to clear some room on your summer 2016 playlists for a new EP from the Orlando, FL-based Puerto Rican producer El Bles titled I Am Latin Soul. True to its name, the record … Read more »

  • blog August 15, 2016

    Photo Essay: Mbongwana Star, Batida, Young Paris

    On a sweltering Sunday, Aug. 14 in Manhattan, another fine lineup of African music acts raised spirits at Central Park SummerStage. This time the focus was Congo and Angola. Young Paris, a young rapper/singer/dancer/bandleader–out of Hudson, NY but with family … Read more »

  • blog November 3, 2015

    Behind the Scenes: Owiny Sigoma Band in Kenya

    Owiny Sigoma Band is a prolonged collaboration between pop musicians from the U.K. and traditional musicians from Kenya: Louis and Jesse Hackett, Tom Skinner from England  and Joseph Nyamungu and Charles Owoko, masters of traditional Luo instruments, the nyatiti harp and the … Read more »

  • blog October 13, 2015

    St Germain Pays Electronic Homage to Mali

    Afropop’s Sean Barlow recently talked to French electronic music artist St Germain (a.k.a. Ludovic Navarre) about his just-released self-titled album (Nonesuch), a collaboration with excellent Malian artists, including veteran singers Nahawa Doumbia and Zoumana Tereta, as well as musicians from … Read more »

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