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  • blog July 17, 2017

    Spirits

    Nigerian–born, London–raised, Brooklyn–based saxophonist, composer and producer Zem Audu is no novice to the music industry. While working closely with notable names like Hugh Masekela, Jason Moran and Lauryn Hill over the years, the Skatalites band member has ingested a … Read more »

  • blog May 16, 2017

    Ghana’s Jojo Abot: In the Moment

    Back in April in Brooklyn at the music venue Baby’s All Right, the main showroom was crowded with people excitedly talking in accents ranging from Nigerian to American and beyond. The performer we had come to see made her entrance, … Read more »

  • blog May 2, 2017

    Gnawa Springs Eternal

    This spring has been a rich one for the Gnawa lovers of New York. If you know where to listen, the irresistible shuffle of Gnawa’s metal qraqebs and mesmeric melodies of the guembri have been in the air more than … Read more »

  • botb December 29, 2016

    Best of The Beat on Afropop: Gigi–New Voice From Ethiopia

    To accompany and expand upon this week’s Afropop Worldwide program “Ethiopia, Part One: Empire and Revolution,” we are featuring a Beat cover story from 2002 on Gigi Shibabaw, then a rising young singer on the international stage. Under the aegis … Read more »

  • blog October 7, 2016

    Afropop Premiere: Combo Chimbita, “Frio Severo”

    Combo Chimbita makes powerful genre-defying, psychedelic Colombian music with just a quartet: Felipe Quiroz, Andres Jiménez and Camilo Rodriguez of M.A.K.U. Soundsystem with singer Carolina Oliveros, cantadora of the traditional bullerengue group Bulla en El Barrio. On our recent program Colombia in NYC, we featured music from … Read more »

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