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  • review April 23, 2014

    Pasichigare: Mystic Music of Zimbabwe

    Chartwell Dutiro is a Zimbabwean mbira artist and singer/songwriter now living in Devon, U.K. He may be best known for his membership in Thomas Mapfumo’s pioneering band, the Blacks Unlimited, in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s. But since he … Read more »

  • interview April 10, 2014

    Return to Timbuktu: Documentary Film in Progress with Michael Meredith

    Michael Meredith is an independent filmmaker, screenwriter and director, well known for his collaborations with Wim Wenders. Through Wenders, Michael has become a huge fan of Malian music, and over the past two years he has been working on his … Read more »

  • feature April 5, 2014

    Cape Town Winter in Columbus Circle: Jo’Burg All Stars at Dizzy’s

    Rain and fog had descended on Manhattan as a sextet of top-flight South African jazz musicians took the stage at Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola (part of Jazz at Lincoln Center) on Friday, April 4.  The MC, who clearly knew the … Read more »

  • blog March 28, 2014

    Henry Kaiser offers new premium for Afropop’s Madagascar Kickstarter: 12 Mad-Awesome Music Releases!

    In 1991, Henry Kaiser and David Lindley traveled to Madagascar to record a set of albums that introduced many listeners—in America and around the globe—to the wonders of Malagasy music. These rich, collaborative albums were released by Shanachie Records (kudos … Read more »

  • interview March 27, 2014

    Ahmed Samatar: Somali Songs

    Ahmed Ismail Samatar is a professor at Macalester College in St. Paul, MN. Minnesota is home to America’s largest Somali-descended population, over 32,000 people, according to the 2011 census. Professor Samatar has taught at Macalester for 20 years, 18 of … Read more »

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