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  • botb March 18, 2016

    Best of The Beat on Afropop: Stella Chiweshe, Mbira Queen of Zimbabwe

    In this “Best of The Beat” feature from 1996, author Sheila Nopper tells the remarkable story of Stella Rambisai Chiweshe, known as the Mbira Queen of Zimbabwe, who: “after many years of struggle and perseverance that began with her unrelenting … Read more »

  • blog February 18, 2015

    The Music of Trance: A Primer

    Over the years, we have touched on the music and cultures featured in our recent Hip Deep program The Nature of Trance. Haitian Vodou Haitian vodou is a complex, syncretic spiritual system derived from West African vodun, a form of spirit … Read more »

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