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  • blog March 4, 2017

    Miriam Makeba: 85th Birthday Observance

    An appreciation of the life and work of the immortal Miriam Makeba, universally known as Mama Africa, from Ken Braun of Sterns Music on the occasion of the 85th anniversary of her birth: March 4, 1932. The piece recounts the … Read more »

  • blog April 18, 2016

    Acoustic Africa: Habib Koite and Vusi Mahlasela at the Met

    For the fourth installment of the Acoustic Africa series, old friends Habib Koité and Vusi Mahlasela joined forces again, 10 years after their appearance together in the 2006 debut of the series. On April 13 these two big stars of … Read more »

  • botb April 4, 2016

    Best of The Beat on Afropop: Hugh Masekela

    The importance and stature of South African musician/composer/bandleader Hugh Masekela cannot be overemphasized. His highly productive career has bridged jazz, funk and township jive with many more genres in the mix. His discography encompasses at least 43 albums since 1963. … Read more »

  • botb March 29, 2016

    Best of The Beat on Afropop: Johnny Clegg

    Long before Paul Simon’s Graceland album, Johnny Clegg was a cultural outlaw. Clegg’s music helped break down the racially dictated musical barriers of South Africa. On the occasion of Johnny Clegg’s extensive North American tour launched this month and performing … Read more »

  • botb December 18, 2015

    Best of The Beat on Afropop: Remembering Steve Biko

    South African anti-apartheid activist Steve Biko, a leader of the Black Consciousness Movement, was born Dec. 18, 1946. He would have been 69 years old today. In 1977, he was arrested and brutally murdered in police custody for revolutionary activities … Read more »

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