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  • blog October 1, 2014

    Afropop Premiere: Nikhil P. Yerawadekar and Low Mentality — “Reel It In/Vultures”

    We’ve said it before, and at this rate, we’ll probably be saying it again–Nikhil P. Yerawadekar and Low Mentality make some of the best music coming out of NYC. Not the best Afrobeat, not the best post-highlife, not the best … Read more »

  • blog July 29, 2014

    Jaojoby and Mahmoud Ahmed: Two African Giants Visit New York

    This past week, New York was graced with the presence of two legendary Afropop singer/bandleaders. Eusebe Jaojoby of Madagascar at age 58 and Mahmoud Ahmed of Ethiopia at 72 are both old enough to have lived the modern history of … Read more »

  • blog May 29, 2014

    Guest Bloggers Around the World: Music Renaissance in Ethiopia

    Afropop is pleased to unveil a new series of guest posts from bloggers around the world, offering coverage of music scenes by writers who know them best. Our second installment comes to us from Arefaynie Fantahun, an expert on the scene in … Read more »

  • blog November 20, 2013

    Black Ink

    Black Ink (available from Westdrum Records) opens with a few staccato bursts before introducing a funky, unmistakably Ethiopian groove and the soulful, supremely confident singing of Minyeshu. Minyeshu was born in the city of Dire Dawa, a city founded with … Read more »

  • blog March 1, 2013

    Teddy Afro Plays New York’s B.B. King

    Having seen Ethiopia’a top-selling pop singer, Tewodros Kassahun–AKA Teddy Afro–pack large hired halls in New York and other American cities, I was not surprised to see him pull a full house for a post-midnight show at the relatively swanky B.B. … Read more »

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