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  • hip-deep September 15, 2016

    The French Caribbean–Cosmopolitan, Colonial, Complicated

    In the music of the French Antilles – the islands of Martinique and Guadeloupe – you can hear influences that range from the traditional béle and gwo ka drumming of the islands’ rural communities, to European additions like polka and French … Read more »

  • blog March 9, 2016

    Photo Essay: MASA Festival in Abidjan, Part Three

    Just before live music was to begin Tuesday evening a windy rainstorm swept in off the lagoon, delaying the International Women’s Day concert and postponing other shows on the outdoor stage. The program in the Salle Lougah Francois inside the … Read more »

  • blog August 26, 2014

    Field Report: Highlights From the 2014 Gwoka Festival in Guadeloupe

    Guadeloupe–like most of its island neighbors in the Caribbean–has a long and difficult history of colonial conquests, slavery, and embedded African cultural traditions. (For more, check out our Hip Deep program “The French Caribbean: Cosmopolitan, Colonial, Complicated.” The musical traditions … Read more »

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