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  • hip-deep July 14, 2016

    Escaping the Delta

    “Escaping the Delta” is the title of a provocative book by award-winning author Elijah Wald that explores how a mythology of the blues grew around the figure of Robert Johnson. On this Hip Deep episode, Wald talks with producer Ned … Read more »

  • feature July 1, 2016

    Interview: Prof. Joyce Jackson on the Tradition of Easter Rock

    Baton Rouge, LA / New York, NY, April 20, 2016 Photos by Ned Sublette Joyce Jackson: I’m Joyce Marie Jackson, I’m a professor in the Department of Geography and Anthropology at Louisiana State University, and I’m also director of the … Read more »

  • program February 18, 2016

    Music of the Harlem Renaissance

    The Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s was an astounding explosion of African-American cultural innovation, producing art, literature, poetry, and of course, fantastic music. In honor of Black History month, we are encoring our tribute to this magnificent period. We’ll hear … Read more »

  • botb November 24, 2015

    Best of The Beat on Afropop: Bonnie Raitt–A Blueswoman in Mali

    Rereading this piece from 14 years ago, roughly the half-life of Afropop, is nostalgic in so many ways. First, there is the memory of Mali in those wonderful, hopeful days. The tragedies of recent years in this—among the most beloved … Read more »

  • blog June 18, 2015

    Songhoy Blues Live at Mercury Lounge

    Malian rock band Songhoy Blues played at Mercury Lounge in New York on Tues., June 16, and they rocked the house. Their story is a fascinating one. Many of the best-known musicians from Mali usually hail from Timbuktu, Bamako, and even … Read more »

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