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  • botb February 6, 2017

    Best of The Beat on Afropop: Bob Marley’s Mento Roots

    What is mento? (No, it’s not an after-dinner mint or chewing gum.) Mento is Jamaican folk music that predates ska and reggae. Ska emerged in 1950s, but mento has been documented all the way back to the 1920s. The sound … Read more »

  • blog September 14, 2016

    Remembering Prince Buster: The Passing of A Jamaican Music Legend

    Jamaican singer and producer Muhammed Yusef Ali, known to his fans as Prince Buster, passed away in Miami on Sept. 8. A pivotal figure in the early development of Jamaican popular music, his recording career spanned the 1950s and ‘60s, … Read more »

  • discography-hip-deep February 1, 2016

    “State of Emergency” Playlist

    Playlist of songs heard on the “State of Emergency” Hip Deep program. Big Youth, “Political Confusion” Jackie Mittoo and Soul Vendors, “Drum Song” (instrumental) Al T Joe, “Independence Time Is Here” Roland Alphonso “Adam’s Apple” (instrumental) Baba Brooks, “Country Town” … Read more »

  • program July 25, 2014

    Afropop Live 2013 Highlights

    Over the course of 2013, Afropop’s producers recorded more great live music than we’ve managed to place in shows–until now. This program features ear candy from Ghana—Gyedu Blay Ambolley live in Accra, and palm wine guitar innovator Kyekyeku; live tracks … Read more »

  • blog April 3, 2014

    Chronixx releases “Rastaman Wheel Out” Video

    Chronixx is back, releasing a video for “Rastaman Wheel Out,” and bringing an old school vibe along with him. More of a mini feature than your typical music video, we are shown the life and times of a young Rastafarian: … Read more »

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