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  • blog November 3, 2016

    Happy Birthday to Brenda Fassie

    It was Brenda Fassie’s birthday anniversary on Thursday, a perfect opportunity to celebrate the life and legacy of the late South African singer, lost too soon. Fassie died May 9, 2004 in Johannesburg at 39 years old; she would have … Read more »

  • program November 5, 2015

    Afro-Tech: Stories of Synths in African Music

    Technology is one of the great drivers of musical change, and often one of its least understood. In this episode, we will explore the synthesizer, looking closely at the history of this ubiquitous (and often debated) piece of musical technology, … Read more »

  • blog August 26, 2015

    Awesome Tapes From Africa Drops Nigerian Gospel Mix

    Sing hallelujah! Awesome Tapes from Africa, the blog/record label/purveyor of the finest obscure African cassettes, has put together a new mix of old-school Nigerian gospel, along with tracks from some secular Nigerian and South African cassettes that label owner Brian … Read more »

  • program January 22, 2015

    Sub-Saharan Cassette Shopping

    We take you back in time with this deliciously retro episode. When cassette tapes hit Africa, they hit hard, offering a whole spectrum of musicians access to recording for the first time. And they really took advantage of it! In … Read more »

  • blog December 2, 2013

    Featured Artists: Afro-Tech

      Want to know more about the music played in the “Afro-Tech” program? Here is a list of featured artists–and a great jumping off point for further exploration! West Africa Kris Okotie Kris Okotie is currently one of the foremost … Read more »

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