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  • December 18, 2014

    Exclusive Mix: Shamon Cassette–Extra Wavy South Africa

    Shamon Cassette first landed on our radar with Wave Crusher, the brilliant Afro-futurist electro-rap mixtape he made with Spoek Mathambo. It combined samples of the Pixies with shout-outs to Black Sheep, rapping in Ndebele with heartfelt reflection on PTSD. And … Read more »

  • December 18, 2014

    From Mannie Fresh to Sissy Nobby: NOLA Hip-Hop Archive Opens

    Anyone who has spent time studying American popular music knows the oversized shadow cast by New Orleans. From marching bands to jazz to r&b to funk to marching bands (again), the city’s musical community has been a tireless creative force … Read more »

  • December 16, 2014

    Steel Pulse Releases Eric Garner/Michael Brown Protest Track

    From the first, the music of U.K. reggae legend Steel Pulse has included a righteous political message. So while it may not come as a surprise that the band has a released a track in response to the racial protest … Read more »

  • December 11, 2014

    Kenya Mambo Poa: Live from the 2014 Smithsonian Folklife Festival

    In this podcast, veteran producer Marika Partridge takes the APWW microphone to the National Mall to record music and stories representing the 42 tribes of Kenya. Kenya and China were featured at the festival. We’ll hear the latest from Ayub … Read more »

  • December 11, 2014

    Rocky Dawuni’s “African Thriller”

      Ghanaian reggae artist Rocky Dawuni is coming out with a new album in March, but if you just can’t wait, check out this video for the first single from the album, “African Thriller.” Released last month, the video features … Read more »

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