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  • review September 28, 2015

    In Conclusion

    We don’t hear a lot from Burkina Faso, unless, as in recent days, there’s an outbreak of political instability. But here’s a voice from this dry West African nation we should know better. Amadou Balaké was born in 1944 and … 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 »

  • program June 11, 2015

    An Atlantic Journey: From Cape Town to Cape Verde

    Join us on a freewheeling musical excursion. We start in Cape Town listening to jazz, rock, and even classical music inspired by the city’s signature sound: goema. Veteran rocker and now composer Mac McKenzie is our charismatic guide. Then on … Read more »

  • blog March 9, 2015

    Afropop Premiere! Benyoro: “An Sera” Video

    Benyoro has been part of the extended Afropop family for a little while now. Afropop Senior Editor Banning Eyre wrote that their debut, released last year, “sets the new bar for Mande music played in America.” Led by California-born guitarist and ngoni player … Read more »

  • interview December 22, 2014

    Salif Keita Speaks Out on His Career, Mali’s Crisis and Retirement

    Mali’s pre-eminent singer/songwriter/bandleader came to New York this fall with an unusual act. In the past, he has brought blazing electric ensembles from Paris or New York, and, in recent years, a superb, mostly Malian band featuring acoustic African instruments. … Read more »

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