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  • program February 16, 2017

    Carnival In Brooklyn

    Every September, millions of people celebrate Carnival in Brooklyn. From the pre-dawn J’ouvert bacchanal in the streets, to the intense Panorama steel pan competition, to the massive Labor Day Parade on Eastern Parkway, central Brooklyn is transformed into a Caribbean … Read more »

  • blog January 30, 2017

    Fresh Cuts, Vol. Three

    This is the third feature in a series we’re calling “Fresh Cuts.” It’s a selection of newly released tracks and videos from across Africa and the diaspora, featuring established and up-and-coming artists and everything in between. Today we’ve got, among other things, rhymes and … Read more »

  • blog January 23, 2017

    Spouge in the Big Apple

    In 1979, spouge music was waning in Barbados, where it would soon all but disappear. But it was just hitting its stride in New York. That year a promoter rented out the Felt Forum at Madison Square Garden for the … Read more »

  • blog January 19, 2017

    Barbados Independence Week Roundup

    Any concert MC knows that a good way to kill time between artists is to take an audience census: “Who here is visiting from out of town?” That unscientific polling indicated that a lot of expats returned to Barbados in … Read more »

  • program January 19, 2017

    Barbados at 50: Spouge to Soca

    Barbados recently celebrated its 50th anniversary of independence. We look into the rise and mysterious fall of the funky Bajan spouge beat which ruled the island in the ’70s, and discover a few underground musicians who are trying to keep … Read more »

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