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  • interview November 2, 2015

    Griot For A New Era: N’Faly Kouyate on Kora, Synths and African Unity

    N’Faly Kouyate, a Guinean kora player who lives in Belgium, recently released the phenomenal album, Change, which combines a heartfelt, powerful message against xenophobia and the illegal arms trade with a unique combination of traditional Mandingo instruments and synthesizers. Afropop writer Jesse Brent reached … Read more »

  • blog June 2, 2015

    “Siran Fen”: Exclusive Bassekou Kouyaté Track Giveaway

    At Afropop, we’ve been big fans of Bassekou Kouyaté since way back. Born into Mali’s venerable griot tradition of musicians and storytellers, Bassekou is a virtuoso of the ngoni, a West African lute that can roughly be described as the … Read more »

  • blog March 10, 2015

    Field Report: Festival Sur le Niger 2015

    Tom Pryor is a music journalist and former EIC of Nat Geo Music at National Geographic. His work has appeared in Billboard, MTV Online, Songlines magazine and others. Last month I traded New York’s deep freeze for a chance to … Read more »

  • blog February 6, 2015

    Afropop Exclusive Premiere: Atropolis and Yacouba Sissoko–KoraNYC

    The kora is played in Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Senegal, Burkina Faso, the Gambia, and, naturally, New York City. Of course, when it comes to music, if it’s played anywhere it’s played in New York, so maybe it should be no … Read more »

  • blog January 21, 2015

    Longing For the Festival in the Desert

    The horrific massacres in Paris recently recall similarly motivated atrocities committed in northern Mali in 2012-13. In both cases fanaticism and intolerance attacked freedom of artistic expression and religious beliefs. Extremists in Mali banned all forms of music and threatened … Read more »

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