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  • closeups October 3, 2017

    Afro-Symphonic Folk: From the Coasts of Africa to the San Francisco Bay

    The San Francisco Bay Area is a unique cultural space that has given birth to some of the most iconic countercultural American music. It is a place where identities can be fluid and hyphenated, where new voices emerge to speak … Read more »

  • review March 23, 2015

    Three Masters Remembered in Box Sets

    Three terrific new box sets have hit the market this year, each illuminating the life and music of a truly original and deeply memorable artist. In Ghana in the 1950s, trumpeter and bandleader E.T. Mensah became an architect and leading … Read more »

  • program November 26, 2014

    Soundings: Recordings of African-Americans

    America’s rural South has changed profoundly since it served as the birthplace of blues, and in the intervening years, many of the traditional forms so vital to American musical history have disappeared. It’s lucky then, that the record industry (not … Read more »

  • blog November 19, 2014

    Diego Suarez Photo Essay

    At the northern tip of Madagascar, Diego Suarez (Antsiranana) is a fabled destination. With its history of piracy, Indian Ocean trade, and a dramatic World War II battle between the British and the Vichy French, the history runs thick. The … Read more »

  • blog August 26, 2013

    Zambia Roadside 2-Tonga, Ila, Lozi, Leya, Aushi, Bemba

    Like the first Zambia Roadside release from SWP, Zambia Roadside 2 exclusively features performances by little-known folk and traditional groups, selected by Michael Baird from over a decade of his own field recordings in rural Zambia. It’s taken us a little … Read more »

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