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  • January 30, 2015

    The Nature Of Trance

    In many communities throughout Africa and the diaspora, music and spiritual life are deeply connected through the experience of trance: ritual possession by ancestors, spirits, deities, or simply the trance of communal dancing—usually accompanied by hypnotic melodies and rhythms. In … Read more »

  • January 22, 2015

    Sub-Saharan Cassette Shopping

    We take you back in time with this deliciously retro episode. When cassette tapes hit Africa, they hit hard, offering a whole spectrum of musicians access to recording for the first time. And they really took advantage of it! In … Read more »

  • January 16, 2015

    Podcast Special II

    Once again, we’ve pulled together some of our best Web-only podcasts for your listening pleasure. To start off with, we join veteran reporter Marika Partridge on the Washington Mall for highlights from the astounding Kenyan edition of the Smithsonian Folklife … Read more »

  • January 7, 2015

    globalFEST 2012

    Every year in the dead of winter, the much-anticipated world music extravaganza globalFEST lights up New York City. In anticipation of the 2015 edition, we are encoring a show from one of our favorite years. We’ll hear the samba sensation … Read more »

  • January 5, 2015

    Winter Dance Party!

      Winter blues got you down? Cabin fever setting in? Well, we have just the thing for you. Our winter dance party will get you moving to salsa, soukous, cumbia, timba, mbalax, kuduro, funk carioca and lots more. Guest hosted … Read more »

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