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  • review July 17, 2014

    New Music From Mande America: “Benyoro” and “The Great Peace”

    The U.S. continues to produce bands composed of West Africans and Americans performing electric music at ever mounting levels of proficiency and musicality. Two particularly impressive examples—Benyoro out of New York City, and Diali Cissokho and Kaira Ba out of … Read more »

  • review June 27, 2014

    Three From the Congo!

    Three new CD releases attest to the ongoing vitality and diversity of contemporary music connected with the Democratic Republic of Congo.  These releases—one by expatriates in Paris, one by a U.S.-based singer/bandleader skilled in fusing Congolese and Latin music, and … Read more »

  • blog June 11, 2014

    Afropop Exclusive: Thomas Mapfumo Releases New Electronic Singles

    It’s been some years since we’ve heard new music from Thomas Mapfumo, known as the Lion of Zimbabwe. During over a decade of exile in Eugene, Oregon, Mapfumo has had time to reflect on the twists and turns of his … Read more »

  • blog June 11, 2014

    Seun Kuti Kicks Off U.S. Tour in New York City

    Seun Kuti has grown into his role as a principle torchbearer of Afrobeat, the globally loved Nigerian musical genre created by his late father Fela Kuti. After Fela died in 1997, his youngest son inherited the old man’s band, Egypt … Read more »

  • blog May 19, 2014

    Dispatch #4: Malagasy Tsapiky Star Damily Wows Tulear in Epic Concert

    Voandala is a gift you give when returning from a long time away. And this concert would be Damily’s gift to Tulear, the southern Madagascar seaside town where he made his career as a tsapiky (tsapika) guitarist and bandleader. But … Read more »

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