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  • blog August 1, 2016

    Field Report: Nuits D’Afrique Festival Celebrates 30 Years

    In 1987, Lamine Touré, owner of the 150-seat Club Balattou (which derives from bal à tous, roughly translated as “dance for everyone”), organized several nights of concerts and dubbed it “Festival Nuits d’Afrique.” “The recipe for success was already there, … Read more »

  • hip-deep July 7, 2016

    Congo-Goma: Music, Conflict and NGOs

    In the city of Goma, in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, far from the rumba-soaked nightlife of the capital, Kinshasa, an artistic renaissance is going on. After two decades of devastating factional wars, ongoing mineral profiteering, a volcanic eruption, and … Read more »

  • blog June 29, 2016

    Photo Essay: ¡Cubanismo! and Ricardo Lemvo at BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival

    Cuban band ¡Cubanismo! and Congolese vocalist Ricardo Lemvo performed at BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival at the Prospect Park Bandshell on July 24 to an enthusiastic crowd. Lemvo was backed by a kind of supergroup formed of key members of his band … Read more »

  • review June 6, 2016

    Rivers: From the Congo to the Mississippi

    Siama Matuzungidi left his rural home in Zaire at age 17, headed for the capital, Kinshasa, to make his way as a musician. From the start, he played guitar backing greats like Sam Mangwana and Tshala Muana. Later, when he … Read more »

  • viv May 23, 2016

    Voices in Vinyl: Afro-Turkish Tales

    Before dashing from my hotel to continue the endless explorations available in the great city of Istanbul, I left time each day for my morning ritual with the older woman who cleaned my room. This short, broad-shouldered lady was a … Read more »

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