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  • blog August 30, 2016

    One Africa Music Fest: Showcasing the Rise of Afrobeats

    Powerful new winds are blowing through the world of African music. Publications from the Washington Post to Fader to the Village Voice are heralding the rise of current African pop music—Afrobeats, and especially Naija pop—in American mainstream culture. There’s plenty … 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 July 29, 2016

    Jidenna Premiers Afrobeats-Flavored Anthem “Little Bit More”

    Still a fresh face in the American pop scene, Nigerian-American singer Jidenna’s musical career has ballooned following collaborations with Janelle Monae and rap titan Kendrick Lamar. This week, Jidenna’s smooth voice and sharp wardrobe are displayed in a new video … Read more »

  • blog July 12, 2016

    One Africa Music Festival Lineup Update

    The One Africa Music Festival has added several new acts to its already star-studded lineup. The event, slated for July 22 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, boasts some of the most widely recognized Afrobeats musicians, including Wizkid and Davido, … Read more »

  • hip-deep July 7, 2016

    Congo-Goma: Music, Conflict and NGOs

    In the city of Goma, in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, far from the rumba-soaked nightlife of the capital, Kinshasa, an artistic renaissance is going on. After two decades of devastating factional wars, ongoing mineral profiteering, a volcanic eruption, and … Read more »

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