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  • blog August 15, 2016

    Photo Essay: Mbongwana Star, Batida, Young Paris

    On a sweltering Sunday, Aug. 14 in Manhattan, another fine lineup of African music acts raised spirits at Central Park SummerStage. This time the focus was Congo and Angola. Young Paris, a young rapper/singer/dancer/bandleader–out of Hudson, NY but with family … Read more »

  • blog April 24, 2016

    Adieu Papa Wemba

    The world of popular music has lost a giant—a consummate musician, a shape-shifter who challenged norms and rewrote the rules of his nation’s music repeatedly over four decades, who spearheaded a fashion movement, and now has left us suddenly and … Read more »

  • review June 27, 2014

    Three From the Congo!

    Three new CD releases attest to the ongoing vitality and diversity of contemporary music connected with the Democratic Republic of Congo.  These releases—one by expatriates in Paris, one by a U.S.-based singer/bandleader skilled in fusing Congolese and Latin music, and … Read more »

  • blog September 20, 2013

    Afropop’s 25th Anniversary Gala: One for the History Books!

    (Above: Georges Collinet, Sean Barlow, Bassekou Kouyate. All photographs by Jason Gardner.) A lot happened in three hours at the City Winery in New York last night, as Afropop Worldwide celebrated 25 years on the air in grand style. Five … Read more »

  • blog February 17, 2013

    Staff Benda Bilili breaks up

    Sad news this week on the Congolese music front. A band Afropop has championed as leading the creative cutting edge in Africa’s greatest dance music tradition has succumbed to internal strife, and the twisted pressures and intrigues of the international … Read more »

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