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  • blog June 12, 2017

    Premiere: “Sor” by Kyekyeku and Five Days No Light Off

    Eugene “Kyekyeku” Ampadu could rightfully be called the inheritor of the Ghanaian palm-wine guitar highlife tradition, since he apprenticed directly with the legendary Koo Nimo. While he continues to draw directly on the palm-wine sound for his compositions, Kyekyeku is also … Read more »

  • botb May 29, 2017

    Best of The Beat on Afropop: The Music of Sierra Leone

    To go alongside the new album from Sierra Leone music veteran Sorie Kondi, discussed here, BOTB offers some additional context in the form of an overview of the music of this West African nation, written by Beat contributor and columnist … Read more »

  • blog February 14, 2017

    Sierra Leone: Music As A Healing Force

    Wolfgang König is a jazz and world music journalist based in Berlin. In December, he was part of a German press team that visited all four provinces of Sierra Leone by invitation of the Tourist Board, on a public relations … Read more »

  • blog March 12, 2016

    Photo Essay: MASA Festival in Abidjan, Part Four

    At the Palais de la Culture, Wed., March 9—The opportunity to hear groups led by jazz masters Ray Lema and Paco Séry filled the Salle Lougah Francois with anticipation, and the musicians delivered magnificent music, unfortunately after a long delay … Read more »

  • review March 10, 2016

    Seperewa of Ghana: Emmere Nyina Nse

    The seperewa is part of the deep backstory of palm-wine and highlife music in Ghana. It began as a six-stringed bridge harp with a wooden box body and a neck like a guitar, a construction not unlike that of the … Read more »

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