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  • 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 »

  • program October 1, 2015

    Benin Roots Alive!

    In this program, we follow producer Morgan Greenstreet on a musical tour of Benin’s roots-pop music and Afro-jazz, while exploring the deep cultural and spiritual traditions that inspire contemporary musicians. We will visit a midnight album launch party for a … Read more »

  • blog June 29, 2015

    U.S. Premiere of Angélique Kidjo and Philip Glass’ Ifé

    Angélique Kidjo, superstar Beninoise singer and humanitarian activist,  has teamed up with acclaimed American composer Philip Glass to create an orchestral piece called Ifé: Three Yorùbá Songs. The American premiere of the collaboration takes place July 10 with the San … Read more »

  • blog November 25, 2014

    Bobby McFerrin Meets Africa in New York

    I first witnessed Bobby McFerrin’s legendary improvisational genius in Dakar, Senegal in 1991. A group of us, including Bobby, Peter Gabriel, Spike Lee and others, had been invited by Youssou N’Dour for a huge concert in the national stadium to … Read more »

  • blog February 2, 2014

    Interview: The Gnonlonfoun Brothers on Vodun, Gangbé, and Jomion & The Uklos

    Samuel “Jomion” Gnonlonfoun is a multi-instrumentalist with a long history in traditional/jazz fusion music in Benin. He plays trumpet, drum-set, keyboards and percussion and he is an accomplished composer and arranger. Born in Cotonou, he started his career as an … Read more »

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