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  • review July 6, 2017

    Ukhaliro: Malawi Cultural Music

    There are many ways to update traditions, some more obvious than others. When African artists retrofit ancestral lute or xylophone melodies on keyboards and guitars, or repurpose idiosyncratic old rhythms on drum kit, we know what’s going on. Modern musicians … Read more »

  • blog December 10, 2015

    The Zomba Prison Project Earns Malawi’s First Grammy Nomination

    Usually, caring about the Grammys is a one-way ticket to disappointment—we feel for you, Kendrick—but it was a pleasant surprise, then, to find so much Afropop worth celebrating on this year’s newly released list of nominees. Not only is Kendrick … Read more »

  • interview November 1, 2011

    Mickey Hart: Madman Field Recordist

    Grateful Dead drummer percussionist Mickey Hart has pursued a long career as an avid recorder of world music—and more.  Starting in the late ‘60s, he began making state-of-the-art recordings of everything from classical Indian music to Koranic recitation to West … Read more »

  • hip-deep March 10, 2010

    Hugh Tracey: Discover and Record

    In this Hip Deep edition, Afropop producer Wills Glasspeigel heads to South Africa to reveal the story of the inimitable Hugh Tracey, a field recordist born at the turn of the 20th century in England. A wayward youth, Tracey found … Read more »

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