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  • blog July 18, 2016

    49th Annual Loiza Festival in El Barrio

    The Loiza Festival in El Barrio, more formally known as Festival Santiago Apóstol de Loiza en El Barrio, takes place from Fri., July 29 to Sun., July 31. This free festival celebrates Afro-Puerto Rican traditions, taking inspiration from Loiza, Puerto … Read more »

  • blog April 11, 2016

    Calma Carmona: Latin-Soul Power

    When we think of music from the beautiful island of Puerto Rico, bomba, plena and salsa are the genres that tend to come to mind. There is, however, so much more. Such is the case of Calma Carmona, the Spanglish-fly-girl … Read more »

  • interview December 2, 2014

    A Conversation with Juan Flores on Puerto Rican Music in the U.S.

    Juan Flores–scholar, mentor, author,  pioneer of Puerto Rican studies, living encyclopedia, and friend–passed away suddenly after a short illness on Dec. 2, 2014. At the time of his death, Juan Flores was professor of social and cultural analysis at New York … Read more »

  • blog April 21, 2014

    Old-School Panamanian Reggae Run-Down

    In honor of our intrepid Office Manager, Director of New Media, Producer Extraordinaire (etc., etc., etc.) Sam Backer, who is currently taking a very well-earned vacation in Panama (creating waves of jealousy throughout the Afropop office), we put together a … Read more »

  • blog August 12, 2013

    R.I.P. Eddie “Bullet” Pérez

    Puerto Rican saxophone virtuoso Eddie “Bullet” Pérez, of El Gran Combo and Combo Rafael Cortijo fame, has passed away. The last few years found Pérez struggling with a series of health complications and legal woes, but the musical prowess and … Read more »

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