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  • botb April 12, 2016

    Best of The Beat on Afropop: Habib Koite

    He’s not your father’s griot. I first saw Habib Koite perform at WOMEX in Brussels, in 1995, the year his first album, Muso Ko, was released. Bamada, his energetic band, was clearly based in traditional music but had a definite … Read more »

  • review March 2, 2016

    Abbar el Hamada

    Aziza Brahim’s most recent release, Abbar el Hamada, builds bridges and unites the many worlds she has lived in, elements which are kin through language, landscape and history. Brahim is a Saharawi singer and activist currently living in Barcelona in … Read more »

  • blog February 23, 2016

    “They Will Have to Kill Us First” Film Debuts in New York March 4

    While it may never get the Google Doodle, March 3 is Music Freedom Day, a cause that’s near and dear to the collective Afropop heart. As Banning Eyre and Sean Barlow discovered on their recent trip, there is perhaps no country … Read more »

  • blog July 17, 2015

    Vieux Farka Touré and Tamikrest at Celebrate Brooklyn!

    It was a Malian music showcase at Celebrate Brooklyn’s show at the Prospect Park Bandshell on July 16 with headliner Vieux Farka Touré and Tuareg rock band Tamikrest as the opener. Tamikrest had a hard-driving guitar and percussion-heavy sound that was warmly … Read more »

  • blog July 16, 2015

    Hear Vieux Farka Touré’s New Collaboration, “Touristes”

    If you’re an Anglophone fan of Vieux Farka Touré, and you’ve been pining to sing along but your grasp of other languages is shaky at best, this is good news: Touré has been collaborating with an American vocalist. New York-based, … Read more »

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