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  • 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 »

  • June 25, 2014

    Afropop Video Premiere: “This Is KiT”

    One of the coolest, friendliest and, without a doubt, most energetic groups to cross our aural radar over the last year or two has been Kuenta i Tambu, the Curaçaoan party starters who mix the bass-heavy sounds of modern dance … Read more »

  • June 24, 2014

    Ghana Slows the Beat Down: Alkayida

    We’ve been hearing chatter from Ghana for the past few years about something called alkayida (or, with a more orthodox spelling, Al Qaeda). At first we were a bit concerned that the international terrorist organization had moved into this famously peaceful country, even … Read more »

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