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  • review April 1, 2016

    Kalthoum

    Arabic art music shares one key characteristic with American jazz: an emphasis on improvisation, individual expression, but rendered with respect for and knowledge of a composed musical source. The rules and conventions diverge widely, but that common ground has proven … 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 »

  • blog January 30, 2015

    Trance Video Playlist

    Our show “The Nature of Trance” explores music from trance ceremonies throughout Africa and its diaspora. Below, check out a trance video playlist, made to accompany the  the program. It features a tarab performance by A.J. Racy and the National … Read more »

  • hip-deep December 12, 2014

    East African Taarab

    The “taarab” music of East Africa’s Swahili coast offers an amazing history lesson. Bantu and coastal Africans, Arabs, Portuguese, Germans, Brits, and Indians all figure in. With guest, anthropologist and author, Kelly Askew, this Hip Deep program explores the taarab … Read more »

  • hip-deep May 22, 2014

    Live from Bongoland: The History of Tanzania’s Music Economy

    In the ’70s and ’80s, the East African nation of Tanzania was home to one of the continent’s greatest music scenes. But you wouldn’t know from the recorded evidence. Join us for this Hip Deep edition of Afropop Worldwide, as … Read more »

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