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  • blog August 1, 2016

    Field Report: Nuits D’Afrique Festival Celebrates 30 Years

    In 1987, Lamine Touré, owner of the 150-seat Club Balattou (which derives from bal à tous, roughly translated as “dance for everyone”), organized several nights of concerts and dubbed it “Festival Nuits d’Afrique.” “The recipe for success was already there, … Read more »

  • blog June 29, 2016

    Photo Essay: ¡Cubanismo! and Ricardo Lemvo at BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival

    Cuban band ¡Cubanismo! and Congolese vocalist Ricardo Lemvo performed at BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival at the Prospect Park Bandshell on July 24 to an enthusiastic crowd. Lemvo was backed by a kind of supergroup formed of key members of his band … Read more »

  • viv May 23, 2016

    Voices in Vinyl: Afro-Turkish Tales

    Before dashing from my hotel to continue the endless explorations available in the great city of Istanbul, I left time each day for my morning ritual with the older woman who cleaned my room. This short, broad-shouldered lady was a … Read more »

  • program May 12, 2016

    Afropop Live Highlights

    Afropop is proud to present live recordings of some of the most glorious moments in musical history: the New York debut of South Africa’s Mahotella Queens in 1987; Thomas Mapfumo with his mbira-heavy Blacks Unlimited in New York in 1991; … Read more »

  • blog May 4, 2016

    New York Pays Tribute to Papa Wemba

    The passing of Papa Wemba, the king of Congolese rumba and one of the most popular African musicians of his time, has reverberated deeply throughout the world. Across the globe, particularly in his home country of the Democratic Republic of … Read more »

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