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  • blog July 15, 2016

    Fatoumata Diawara Announces North American Tour

    After taking in Minnesota and New York earlier in the year, Malian superstar Fatoumata Diawara returns to North America in August for a string of summer festival dates. A tireless and passionate performer with a commanding onstage presence, Fatou—as she … Read more »

  • blog June 14, 2016

    Mamadou Kelly and Ban Kai Na: U.S. Summer Tour Announced

    The shimmering acoustic guitar and Malian rhythms of Mamadou Kelly and his band, Ban Kai Na, will be on hand as they return to the U.S. for an extensive summer tour. Once a member of Ali Farka Toure’s famed group, … Read more »

  • 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 February 26, 2016

    Né So

    It takes all of about four seconds of the first track of Né So for Rokia Traoré’s voice to come in and transfix the listener. Her latest album is mostly a mellow affair, wherein Traoré-the-arranger steps aside to make room … 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 »

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