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  • video June 21, 2014

    Video Playlist: Bebo Valdés

    Bebo Valdés, who died March 22, 2013 at the age of 94, was one of the great Cuban musicians of all time. A pianist with his own style, bandleader, arranger, composer and mentor to his son Chucho Valdés, he had … Read more »

  • program June 19, 2014

    Rumba Para Bebo

    The legendary Cuban pianist/bandleader/composer Ramón “Bebo” Valdés used to say: “El día que me muera, no quiero lloradera. Que toquen una rumba, que tomen ron y coman chocolate, y que toquen mi música más bailable.” (The day I die, I … 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 »

  • blog May 7, 2014

    RIP Juan Formell, Founder of Cuba’s Los Van Van

    We have recently lost many great musicians and artists, including Cheo Feliciano, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and now Juan Formell, the founder of Los Van Van, the band that changed Cuban popular music forever. Formell was also a bassist, singer, composer, … Read more »

  • blog March 19, 2014

    Field Report: Trova in Santiago de Cuba

    CC Smith, former editor of  The Beat Magazine, has kept busy lately. In addition to helping us sort out all manner of “it’s vs its” -related issues, she recently spent a couple of weeks on the island of Cuba and … Read more »

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