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  • 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 »

  • program October 20, 2016

    African Music at the Crossroads

    Afropop producer Banning Eyre takes us on a surprise-filled tour of his 30-some years of covering African music. Through conversations with Georges Collinet and producer/agent/DJ Rab Bakari, the program reflects on how the world, the music, the culture and the … Read more »

  • program May 12, 2016

    Afropop Live Highlights

    Afropop is proud to present live recordings of some of the most glorious moments in musical history: the New York debut of South Africa’s Mahotella Queens in 1987; Thomas Mapfumo with his mbira-heavy Blacks Unlimited in New York in 1991; … Read more »

  • botb January 5, 2016

    Best of The Beat on Afropop: Reggae in Africa–Lucky Dube

    In our continuing “Best of The Beat on Afropop” series on reggae in Africa, we turn next to South Africa’s reggae star Lucky Dube, who came on our radar in 1989 with his debut album, Slave. His appearances in the … Read more »

  • review March 26, 2015

    Next Stop Soweto Vol. 4

    We hold these truths to be self-evident: that there was (and is) more great South African music than it could ever be possible to listen to, that a great deal of it is rhythmically mindblowing, in that super-distinctive four-on-the-floor-that-still-swings South … Read more »

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