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  • October 16, 2014

    “They Broke All of Our Instruments”: Video of Malian Music Recovering

    Super Onze is a band caught in a strange place, their existence and their art form threatened by religious extremism on one side, and recorded music on the other. Still the music plays on. Above you’ll find the third video … Read more »

  • October 6, 2014

    Angélique Kidjo on Family, Hairdos, Inspirations, and Her Album “Oyo”

    In 2010, we met Angélique Kidjo in her Brooklyn home for a chat about her inspirations and childhood. Leafing through a stack of pictures, the Beninoise star discussed the importance of family, her thoughts on hairdos, and her album Oyo, … Read more »

  • September 24, 2014

    Tsapiky Video Playlist

    Tsapiky [tsa-PEEK] music is an electric guitar-driven dance music from the Tulear region in southwest Madagascar. It is mostly played at large family gatherings in the countryside, sometimes a wedding or circumcision, but most often a funeral. These multi-day ceremonies … Read more »

  • September 9, 2014

    “Now Having Money Is More Important…”: Malian Traditions on Video

    Instruments 4 Africa is a nonprofit founded by Tama Walley and Paul Chandler. This video is their first in a series of short vignettes on traditional music in Mali. Paul has been living and teaching in Mali since 2003, and … Read more »

  • July 30, 2014

    Tecno Brega: A Video Primer

    Tecno brega is one of the liveliest music scenes covered in our recent program “The Mighty Amazon” and it’s not just because of the music. Drop by some of the biggest aparalhagens (sound systems) that play weekly throughout the state … Read more »

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