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  • blog August 11, 2017

    Independent Africa

    The continent of Africa contains millenniums of complex histories across hundreds and thousands of civilizations and cultures. The era of European colonization in Africa’s history, which resulted in the borders of the 54 countries that we know of today, took … Read more »

  • blog August 4, 2017

    Nuits d’Afrique 2017 Wraps Up

    All photos by the author. Cameroonian saxophonist and living legend, Manu Dibango, told North Country Public Radio that the most important African music festival “isn’t in New York or Paris or London, it’s here in Montreal.” He was, of course, … Read more »

  • botb May 29, 2017

    Best of The Beat on Afropop: The Music of Sierra Leone

    To go alongside the new album from Sierra Leone music veteran Sorie Kondi, discussed here, BOTB offers some additional context in the form of an overview of the music of this West African nation, written by Beat contributor and columnist … Read more »

  • interview March 10, 2017

    The Francis Brothers: African Record Center

    Brooklyn, New York is a melting pot of many nationalities and cultures. There are also seemingly a million places that exhibit and pay homage to the history of these cultures. Tucked away in the heart of Prospect Lefferts Garden are … Read more »

  • botb February 27, 2017

    Best of The Beat on Afropop: Carnival in Trinidad & Tobago

    It’s Carnival time all around the world, with lavish annual celebrations in New Orleans, Rio de Janeiro and Port of Spain, Trinidad and elsewhere, culminating this year on Feb. 28. The Beat covered the music of the 1993 Carnival in … Read more »

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