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  • July 31, 2014

    The Mighty Amazon

    The Amazon River basin has long been a mystery to Brazil. Located far from the centers of business and power in the nation’s southeast, the jungle provinces of the Brazilian north have long been ignored by the nation at large. … Read more »

  • July 25, 2014

    Afropop Live 2013 Highlights

    Over the course of 2013, Afropop’s producers recorded more great live music than we’ve managed to place in shows–until now. This program features ear candy from Ghana—Gyedu Blay Ambolley live in Accra, and palm wine guitar innovator Kyekyeku; live tracks … Read more »

  • July 18, 2014

    Proving the Bubu Myth: Janka Nabay, War and Witchcraft in Sierra Leone

    Every year on Sierra Leone’s Independence Day in late April, musicians and revelers descend upon Freetown from throughout the country. Parades and celebrations traverse the city, joining diverse neighborhoods with processional music, including one particular local style called bubu, a … Read more »

  • July 11, 2014

    Rio 1: Samba at the Dawn of Modern Brazil

    In part one of our 2012 Hip Deep Brazil series, we travel back in time to Rio de Janeiro in the early 20th century to explore the birth of Brazil’s most iconic sound: samba. Beginning with the arrival of poor … Read more »

  • July 3, 2014

    A Brief History of Funk

    Funk is a perennial favorite. In this panoramic history of the grooviest of genres, we hear track after track of absolute boogie-down classics. Everything from Sly and the Family Stone to James Brown, with a few stops to hear legends … Read more »

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