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  • January 30, 2015

    Trance Video Playlist

    Our show “The Nature of Trance” explores music from trance ceremonies throughout Africa and its diaspora. Below, check out a trance video playlist, made to accompany the  the program. It features a tarab performance by A.J. Racy and the National … Read more »

  • January 30, 2015

    The Birth of the El Foukr R’Assembly

    It’s a stubborn fact that many people in North Africa don’t actually consider themselves part of Africa. Whether they identify as Middle Eastern, Arab, or some other way, there’s been a historical resistance to embracing continental solidarity.  That’s one reason … Read more »

  • January 29, 2015

    MC Peligro Takes Reggaeton to the Beach

    The cycle between when something is reviled and when it is “rediscovered” and reborn with a pastiche of cool keeps getting smaller and smaller, as MC Peligro proves. Her album Mexbow sets synth work that sounds both contemporary and ’80s—is … Read more »

  • January 22, 2015

    An Hour of Ethiopian Bliss

    Since you’ve found your way to this blog post, we probably don’t need to tell you how fantastic the music of Ethiopia is. What often gets less attention, however, is just how diverse it is. Ethiopia is the second-most populous … Read more »

  • January 22, 2015

    Field Report: In Benin, At Home With Sagbohan

    Producer Morgan Greenstreet is currently in West Africa, checking in on the scene, and talking to some of our favorite musicians. In his last report, he wrote about hanging out with FOKN Bois’ Wanlov the Kubolor in Accra. We will … Read more »

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