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  • blog August 16, 2017

    Photo Essay: Youssou N’Dour and Yacouba Sissoko

    The BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival is one of the shining stars of New York’s live summer music landscape, bringing a world of music and dance to the Prospect Park Bandshell every summer for nearly 40 years. This summer, we saw a … Read more »

  • review April 4, 2017

    Heartstring Theory

    When you imagine a musician capable of playing the 21-stringed West African kora well enough to record an entire album of solo pieces, you might have an idea of what to expect. Whether we’re talking the great Diabatés, Kouyatés and … Read more »

  • blog April 14, 2016

    Cape Town International Jazz Fest: A Spotlight on Local Talent

    It’s called “Africa’s Grandest Gathering,” and I suppose the Cape Town International Jazz Festival can make something of a case. For many of its 37,000 in attendance—many of whom travel from all over the continent—this two-day event is kind of … Read more »

  • blog October 9, 2015

    Win A Free Vinyl Copy of “Holy Forest”

    If you’re anything like the staff here at Afropop, just the words “free vinyl” are enough to start you salivating, so get your bibs ready: Afropop is giving away a copy of the debut self-titled album by Holy Forest. All … Read more »

  • review September 21, 2015

    Musique de Nuit

    The collaboration between Malian kora maestro Ballaké Sissoko and French cellist Vincent Segal may be the most successful meeting of African and Western classical traditions yet. That is in part because Mande music, including the kora, is closer to a … Read more »

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