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  • hip-deep December 1, 2016

    The Money Show

    Every day, money changes hands in Ghanaian cedi, South African rand, and Brazilian real as music is created, traded, performed, purchased and pirated. In this episode we look at the business side of African music, through a series of vignettes … Read more »

  • blog November 30, 2016

    Happy Birthday Pépé Kallé

    Today, Nov. 30, 2016, Pépé Kallé would have been 65 years old. Also known affectionately by his fans as l’Eléphant de la Musique Africaine (the Elephant of African Music) in his home of the Democratic Republic of Congo and throughout the world, … Read more »

  • blog October 27, 2016

    Madjafalao

    Don’t bother the Tout Puissant Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou with any questions about whether it’s “better to burn out or fade away.” Nearly 50 years into their career, the Benin band is back with another new album, driven by the … Read more »

  • botb October 11, 2016

    Best of The Beat on Afropop: Remembering Franco Luambo Makiadi

    Oct. 12 is the 27th anniversary of the passing of one of Africa’s most significant figures: Franco Luambo Makiadi, bandleader of the all-powerful T.P.O.K. Jazz, composer, musician and singer. He was only 51 when he died, but had been making … Read more »

  • 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 »

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