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  • botb September 21, 2016

    Best of The Beat on Afropop: Zouk–Magic Music of the French Antilles, Part One

    We are very pleased to present this multipart series on the music of the French Antilles from The Beat magazine, to accompany Afropop Worldwide‘s program on the French Caribbean. In the mid-‘80s, the popular dance music known as zouk had … Read more »

  • hip-deep September 15, 2016

    The French Caribbean–Cosmopolitan, Colonial, Complicated

    In the music of the French Antilles – the islands of Martinique and Guadeloupe – you can hear influences that range from the traditional béle and gwo ka drumming of the islands’ rural communities, to European additions like polka and French … Read more »

  • blog March 9, 2016

    Photo Essay: MASA Festival in Abidjan, Part Three

    Just before live music was to begin Tuesday evening a windy rainstorm swept in off the lagoon, delaying the International Women’s Day concert and postponing other shows on the outdoor stage. The program in the Salle Lougah Francois inside the … Read more »

  • botb March 8, 2016

    Best of The Beat on Afropop: Emeline Michel and Women Artists of Haiti

    In recognition of Women’s History Month, and also noting the recent appearance of Haitian singer Emeline Michel in Brooklyn at the globalFEST Creole Carnival, this edition of “Best of The Beat” brings you a feature from 2000 on Ms. Michel, … Read more »

  • review September 11, 2015

    Resistance

    The Souljazz Orchestra plays neither soul or jazz, strictly speaking, and doesn’t have any of the strings you might associate with an orchestra. On the contrary, they’re a tropical band from the Canadian cities Ottawa and Gatineau, whose latest album is … Read more »

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