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Riqueza del Barrio: Puerto Rican Music in the United States

For a full month, the fate of Puerto Rico and its inhabitants has remained unknown due to the devastating effects of the Category 4 Hurricane Maria during the unusually active hurricane season of 2017. There are still many people on the island living … Read more »

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Black, Greek and Proud: Negros Tou Moria

As Europe closes Greece’s borders in an attempt to stem the seemingly never-ending flow of refugees, immigrant artists are finding it tough to survive in an increasingly xenophobic environment. Ghanaian-Greek rapper Negros Tou Moria is carving out new territory and challenging … Read more »

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interview Johnny Clegg’s Final Journey
interview Ayo Awosika’s New Sound and Love Song to Nigeria
interview A Bull Session at the Beach With Black Uhuru’s Andrew Bees
botb Best of The Beat on Afropop: Peter Tosh’s Birthday Anniversary
Blog Konono No. 1’s Frontman Augustin Mawangu Mingiedi Has Died
Blog Fresh Cuts, Vol. Eight

Reviews »

  • Take Me Apart

    Kelela is an alternative r&b singer of Ethiopian descent who hails from Washington, D.C. Her Ethiopian parents moved to the United States before she was born. This background, as she described in an interview on Beats One Radio with Ebro … Read more »

  • La Confusion

    In 1992, the first time I went to Mali, I was pawing through cassettes at a market stall, piling up my first cache of awesome tapes from Bamako. Some of the names were familiar, many not. The seller helped me … Read more »

  • Loé Loa: Rural Recordings Under the Mango Tree

    When you press play on Loé Loa: Rural Recordings Under the Mango Tree, Betsayda Machado’s voice rises like a 747 airplane: impossibly big but soaring all the same. You get a cadence, then a repeat from her backing chorus, and … Read more »

  • Tokooos

    Tokooos, the new album from the Kinshasa-born Congolese artist, musician, producer, executive producer and philanthropist, Fally Ipupa, will enthrall African music lovers. This is Fally Ipupa’s fourth solo album, and the most ambitious in years. With Tokooos, Fally is attempting … Read more »

Take Me Apart

Kelela is an alternative r&b singer of Ethiopian descent who hails from Washington, D.C. Her Ethiopian parents moved to the United States before she was born. This background, as she described in an interview on Beats One Radio with Ebro … Read more »

Interviews »

  • Johnny Clegg on mouthbow, BB King, 2016
    Johnny Clegg’s Final Journey ,,,

    Afropop first met Johnny Clegg at his house in Johannesburg at the end of 1987, almost a year before our program first went on the air. For me, on my first trip to Africa, it was a great moment, as … Read more »

  • Ayo Awosika’s New Sound and Love Song to Nigeria

    On first listen, Ayo’s new single, “You’re the One,” sounds like an upbeat love song to a romantic partner–the kind of partner who has always been there, patiently waiting for the moment of awakening and recognition. Then on subsequent listens … Read more »

  • A Bull Session at the Beach With Black Uhuru’s Andrew Bees ,

    (Above) Black Uhuru’s Duckie Simpson and Andrew Bees at the Moto Beach Classic, Orange County, California | Courtesy of Stephen A. Cooper Anyone familiar with legendary, Grammy Award-winning reggae band Black Uhuru knows what reggae historian Roger Steffens means when … Read more »

  • Mdou Moctar Talks Tuareg Film and Music

    Mdou Moctar is a Tuareg guitarist and singer/songwriter from Niger. He has been touring in the United States in support of his third album, Sousoume Tamachek. It’s a beautiful, intimate session, blending acoustic and electric guitar, male voices and light … Read more »

  • Ayo Charts Her Own Path on Fifth Album

    Singer/songwriter Ayo visited the Afropop office on the occasion of her fifth album release, a self-titled, self-produced set of 14 songs that she says best represents her artistic vision. As we spoke, she kept an eye on her infant son, … Read more »

  • Vicente Garcia’s Journey Back to Bachata

    When nothing else seemed appealing, Vicente Garcia headed to the countryside. The young Dominican singer-songwriter had already anchored a successful band, Calor Urbano, and put out his first solo album, but his label was pushing him towards recording more commercial … Read more »

  • Interview: Bunji Garlin and Fay Ann Lyons on Soca Music Today ,,,

    Brooklyn’s Caribbean Carnival season recently passed, culminating in the massive, raucous Labor Day weekend festivities, crowned by the sprawling West Indian American Day Parade down Eastern Parkway. In the weeks around Labor Day, Brooklyn and Queens played host to an … Read more »

  • Mind the Band: Tony Allen

    “Mind the Band” is a new series consisting of interviews conducted and transcribed by Nenim Iwebuke. Nenim is a Nigerian-born, New York-based DJ who brought this series to life through his many encounters with underground and mainstream musicians performing at … Read more »