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  • hip-deep December 12, 2014

    East African Taarab

    The “taarab” music of East Africa’s Swahili coast offers an amazing history lesson. Bantu and coastal Africans, Arabs, Portuguese, Germans, Brits, and Indians all figure in. With guest, anthropologist and author, Kelly Askew, this Hip Deep program explores the taarab … Read more »

  • video 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 »

  • feature August 21, 2014

    Feature: Baaba Maal Acoustic–Live in New York

    As we return to one of the great live Afropop recordings–Baaba Maal performing an intimate acoustic show here in New York–we’re taking the opportunity to revisit the remarkable career of the master chameleon of West African pop. Baaba Maal established … Read more »

  • blog July 1, 2014

    Kenyan Musicians Put Their Government to Shame

    This past weekend marked the first half of the 48th annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival, an international exposition held every summer on the National Mall in Washington, DC. This year’s program, “Kenya: Mambo Poa,” celebrates the people and culture of Kenya, … Read more »

  • hip-deep December 23, 2013

    Jewish Communities of Sub-Saharan Africa

    Once-substantial Jewish enclaves of Morocco, Algeria and other North Africa states have dwindled steadily since World War II, mostly through migration to Israel. In sub-Saharan Africa, lesser known Jewish communities provide strikingly different narratives. Guided by ethnomusicologist and Rabbi Jeffrey … Read more »

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