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  • 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 »

  • June 26, 2014

    Party and Dissent: World Cup Brazil 2014

    World Cup soccer mania continues in Brazil. The games are a source of great national pride, as well as bitter dissent due to the fact that billions were spent on stadiums, rather than schools, hospitals and public transport. What does … Read more »

  • June 19, 2014

    Rumba Para Bebo

    The legendary Cuban pianist/bandleader/composer Ramón “Bebo” Valdés used to say: “El día que me muera, no quiero lloradera. Que toquen una rumba, que tomen ron y coman chocolate, y que toquen mi música más bailable.” (The day I die, I … Read more »

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