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  • hip-deep December 5, 2011

    Liberation of the Drum (1937-1945)

    Spotlights a crucial period in the formation of modern Cuban music. During this time the conga drum – which had previously been prohibited in public places where whites went – took its place in the popular Cuban dance band. It … Read more »

  • hip-deep December 3, 2011

    A Tango with Robert Farris Thompson

    Robert Farris Thompson, the groundbreaking scholar of African art at Yale University, has recently published a splendid new book, “Tango: The Art History of Love” (Pantheon). On this very special episode of Afropop Worldwide’s Hip Deep, Thompson talks to Afropop’s … Read more »

  • review June 14, 2011


    Don’t be alarmed if Pedro Luis Ferrer’s name doesn’t ring a bell. Despite being a beloved songwriter in his native Cuba, renowned for his social and political criticism, the number of albums he’s released there stands at a meager three, … Read more »

  • interview April 26, 2011

    My Secret Timba: Jorge Gomez & Tiempo Libre

    When he was teenager growing up in Havana, Jorge Gómez, director and keyboard player for the Miami-based timba band Tiempo Libre, would often climb to his rooftop in the wee hours of the morning. With his boombox rigged to a … Read more »

  • review November 1, 2010


    Even without its novel-like back story, Afrocubism is a project of insane ambition.  Cuba’s Eliades Ochoa (tres, cuatro, vocals), as well as Malian maestros Djelimady Tounkara (guitar), Toumani Diabaté (kora), Bassekou Kouyaté (ngoni), and Kasse Mady Diabaté (vocals) all lead … Read more »

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