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  • viv February 23, 2016

    Voices in Vinyl: Matanzas—A Story in Afro-Cuban Culture

    I crossed Customs’ hypnotic thick-hipped women laced in fishnets, and entered a tropical sensuality that hummed in neon accents. Sandwiched between offensively hip New Yorkers, a batch of awkward middle-aged Chinese hippies and a six-toed Scandinavian adventurer, I let my … Read more »

  • hip-deep February 11, 2016

    Ancient Text Messages: Batá Drums in a Changing World

    In Africa, drums don’t only play rhythms, they send messages. “Ancient Text Messages: Batá Drums in a Changing World” explores an endangered tradition of drum speech in Nigeria, and how that tradition changed and thrived in Cuba, where large numbers … Read more »

  • blog August 29, 2015

    In Spite of Katrina: A Tribute to New Orleans, 10 Years On

    Given how intimately the name Katrina is tied to the subsequent devastation of New Orleans, it’s strange to remember that when the category three hurricane first made landfall, the city actually breathed a sigh of relief. The storm, which had originally looked … Read more »

  • blog August 14, 2015

    The U.S. Embassy in Havana, Gente de Zona, and Cultural Change

    As U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry raised the American flag above the newly reopened U.S. Embassy in Havana, we were feeling simultaneously celebratory and pensive. Although the 1960 trade embargo still stands, some trade and travel restrictions have loosened since … Read more »

  • blog July 22, 2015

    Field Report: Nuits d’Afrique, Montreal

    Afropop was thrilled to return to the annual Nuits d’Afrique Festival in Montreal this past weekend. Montreal is a fun place, full of friendly people, great food, and culture from all over the world. You can hear some of the … Read more »

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