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  • blog April 22, 2015

    Benin Roots-Pop Mix

    In Benin, a small francophone country in West Africa, traditional style roots music is extremely popular: artists sell thousands of CDs and DVDs of music videos, pack stadiums for concerts and frequently appear on national television. There are many, many … Read more »

  • blog April 15, 2015

    Five SummerStage 2015 Highlights!

    SummerStage, the massive annual summer-long series of concerts, film screenings, dance performances and spoken word recitals that take place throughout New York, has now released its 2015 lineup, and there is plenty to be excited about. Here are some of … Read more »

  • program August 21, 2014

    Baaba Maal Acoustic: Live in NYC

    Sensational Senegalese singer Baaba Maal has toured the world for nearly 30 years backed by his electric group, Daande Lenol. At times he has performed as an acoustic duo with his longtime musical partner, Mansour Seck, on guitars and vocals. … Read more »

  • blog July 1, 2014

    Kenyan Musicians Put Their Government to Shame

    This past weekend marked the first half of the 48th annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival, an international exposition held every summer on the National Mall in Washington, DC. This year’s program, “Kenya: Mambo Poa,” celebrates the people and culture of Kenya, … Read more »

  • blog April 24, 2014

    Four Dancehall Riddims That Keep Rocking

    In Chapter Four of “The Money Show,” we introduce you to the riddim-sharing system in dancehall culture, and how it can function as a sort of creative commons–copyright laws be damned. Here’s an introduction to a few of the most … Read more »

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