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  • blog January 23, 2017

    Spouge in the Apple

    In 1979, spouge music was waning in Barbados, where it would soon all but disappear. But it was just hitting its stride in New York. That year a promoter rented out the Felt Forum at Madison Square Garden for the … Read more »

  • blog January 19, 2017

    Barbados Independence Week Roundup

    Any concert MC knows that a good way to kill time between artists is to take an audience census: “Who here is visiting from out of town?” That unscientific polling indicated that a lot of expats returned to Barbados in … Read more »

  • program January 19, 2017

    Barbados at 50: Spouge to Soca

    Barbados recently celebrated its 50th anniversary of independence. We look into the rise and mysterious fall of the funky Bajan spouge beat which ruled the island in the ’70s, and discover a few underground musicians who are trying to keep … Read more »

  • botb December 6, 2016

    Best of The Beat on Afropop: Rapso From Trinidad and Tobago

    This new edition of “Best of The Beat” from volume 12 #2, 1993, accompanies and offers background for a new Afropop podcast, “Soundin’ Like Weself,” produced by Jake Hochberger, on the subject of the Caribbean music genre known as rapso, … Read more »

  • blog September 30, 2016

    Sounds of Carnival 2016 Playlist

    For anyone who spent this past Labor Day on Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn, NY, you’ll definitely recognize some of these tunes. During the West Indian Day Parade, the most popular Caribbean hits of the year thunder nonstop from massive tractor-trailer sound systems … Read more »

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