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  • blog November 2, 2016

    Photo Essay: Sauti Sol, Jojo Abot and Vanessa Mdee in Concert

    East and West Africa met at the Highline Ballroom on Oct. 30 for a vibrant set from singers Vanessa Mdee and Jojo Abot–from Tanzania and Ghana, respectively–and Kenyan superstars Sauti Sol. The house was overflowing with ecstatic fans and positive energy that … Read more »

  • blog May 30, 2014

    Tanzanian Hip-Hop: A Primer

    Those beats! One of the biggest musical change that occurs during the period of Tanzanian music covered by “Live From Bongoland” is the introduction of hip-hop. Starting from a small-scale, DIY underground, hip-hop style and music localized, transitioning from English … Read more »

  • hip-deep May 22, 2014

    Live from Bongoland: The History of Tanzania’s Music Economy

    In the ’70s and ’80s, the East African nation of Tanzania was home to one of the continent’s greatest music scenes. But you wouldn’t know from the recorded evidence. Join us for this Hip Deep edition of Afropop Worldwide, as … Read more »

  • feature November 10, 2004

    Top of the Hip-Hop: Bongo Flava and More in Dar es Salaam, 2004

    Writer Birgit Quade and photographer/writer Lydia Martin visited Dar es Salaam in 2004, and looked into the lives and music of artists in that city’s rising hip hop scene. Here is their report. It was a long taxi ride from Dar es Salaam center … Read more »

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