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  • blog August 28, 2017

    Field Report: Rainforest World Music Festival 2017

    The 20th annual Rainforest World Music Festival, held in Sarawak, the Malaysian part of the island Borneo, was one of the most memorable in the history of this great event. This year’s edition, which took place July 14-16, offered a … Read more »

  • blog April 14, 2017

    Fresh Cuts, Vol. 5

    This is the fifth feature in a series we’re calling “Fresh Cuts.” It’s a selection of newly released tracks and videos from across Africa and the diaspora, featuring established and up-and-coming artists and everything in between. Today we’ve got, among other things, intimate r&b … Read more »

  • blog November 3, 2016

    Happy Birthday to Brenda Fassie

    It was Brenda Fassie’s birthday anniversary on Thursday, a perfect opportunity to celebrate the life and legacy of the late South African singer, lost too soon. Fassie died May 9, 2004 in Johannesburg at 39 years old; she would have … Read more »

  • blog June 27, 2016

    South African Public Radio Institutes Controversial Local Music Quota

    Following an “extensive and successful” campaign for better representation by the SABC, South Africa’s public broadcasting company, local music professionals are rejoicing over the SABC’s move to dedicate 90 percent of its airtime to locally produced music. Hlaudi Motsoeneng, the … Read more »

  • botb June 8, 2016

    Best of The Beat on Afropop: Southern Exposure–A Journey in Southern Africa

    In this installment of “Best of The Beat,” we offer a fascinating narrative by our itinerant writer/scholar, Ron Sakolsky, who spent six months in 1998 post-apartheid South Africa as a resident professor at the University of Natal in Durban, and … Read more »

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