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  • review September 12, 2014

    Les Ambassadeurs du Motel de Bamako

    The central irony of Salif Keita’s early career is how a noble—a descendant of the Mande Empire’s founder Sunjata Keita, yet—could assume the profile of a griot, a musical orator of a distinctly lower social status. When Keita arrived on … Read more »

  • blog September 10, 2014

    Toumani Diabaté Returns to NYC to Wish Nonesuch Records a Happy 50!

    Nonesuch Records is 50 years old. And what is perhaps the most independent and durable label in modern American history is hosting a 20-day birthday bash at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), Sept. 9-28. From Afropop’s perspective, Nonesuch has … Read more »

  • review August 29, 2014

    Wired For Sound: Mozambique

    We don’t hear a lot of music from Mozambique. There have been some fine releases of classic marrabenta dance music, and a few roots-pop bands like Ghorwane, Eyuphuro and Mabulu all produced memorable CDs in their times. There’s a Rough … Read more »

  • blog August 5, 2014

    Book Review: Music, Culture and Conflict in Mali by Andy Morgan

    If you love music from Mali, there’s a good chance you are still scratching your head about what exactly has happened there over the past few years. How could one of Africa’s most stable democracies, with four consecutive “free and … Read more »

  • blog August 4, 2014

    Finding Fela: The Film No Afrobeat Fan Can Miss

    Finding Fela, a documentary film that opened in New York and other cities on Aug. 1, is an instant classic in the world of popular music documentaries.  No African musician can boast a story to top Fela’s, and it’s hard … Read more »

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