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  • blog August 16, 2017

    Photo Essay: Youssou N’Dour and Yacouba Sissoko

    The BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival is one of the shining stars of New York’s live summer music landscape, bringing a world of music and dance to the Prospect Park Bandshell every summer for nearly 40 years. This summer, we saw a … Read more »

  • blog January 19, 2017

    Premiere: “Don’t Leave (Doumala Baayi)” by Raja Kassis

    On the eve of the inauguration of a U.S. president who rode a wave of anti-immigrant sentiment and racism to the highest office in the nation, Raja Kassis wants to send a message of solidarity and support to all immigrant … Read more »

  • program January 22, 2015

    Sub-Saharan Cassette Shopping

    We take you back in time with this deliciously retro episode. When cassette tapes hit Africa, they hit hard, offering a whole spectrum of musicians access to recording for the first time. And they really took advantage of it! In … Read more »

  • blog August 18, 2014

    HUMANBEING: Raja Kassis on Mbalax, His New Album and Touring the World

    Raja Kassis, born in Beirut, Lebanon, is an excellent guitarist with years of experience as a sideman in NYC’s African music scene. Raja is about to release his first album as a leader, HUMANBEING, out Sept. 9  on Ropeadope Records. … Read more »

  • review November 11, 2013


    A lone guitar, articulately plucked, is quickly joined by a talking drum, or Kalangu, as it is called in Hausa. A western drum set fills in the rhythm as a second guitar weaves its own riff into an already intricate … Read more »

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