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Reissued: African Vinyl in the 21st Century

The golden age of vinyl records is long past in Africa, but the market for rare and reissued African vinyl outside the continent has been growing steadily since the early 2000s. DJs and collectors have turned an obsession with rare … Read more »

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Mabiisi: Accra Sessions

The story of a boundary-breaking collaboration between rapper Art Melody from Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, and kologo player Stevo Atambire from the north of Ghana. United by common languages and cultural traditions but divided by national borders and colonial heritage, the … Read more »

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Blog Best of The Beat on Afropop: The Exodus of the Garifuna
Blog Darandi
Blog Have a Weird Carnival: Os Mutantes Are on Tour
interview Temi Kogbe: Friday Night in Lagos
Blog Reissued: African Vinyl Playlist
Blog Ticket Giveaway: Africa Now! At the Apollo Theater

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    Darandi

    There’s no doubting that Aurelio Martinez of Honduras is the reigning king of Garifuna roots music. Ever since the death of pioneering maestro Andy Palacio in 2008, Aurelio—already a brilliant composer, performer and recording artist at the time—has blossomed to … Read more »

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    Tempo Dos Mestres

    Fabiano Do Nascimento’s latest record’s title translates to something like “Time of Masters,” and is charmingly ambiguous: Is the young Brazilian guitarist paying homage to the masters—covering João Pernambuco and Baden Powell—or is he claiming his place among them with … Read more »

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    Artifacts

    Black Flower is a jazz group that hails from Belgium, but you probably wouldn’t guess it based on how they sound. Painting with the pentatonic brush of Golden Age Ethiopian music, Black Flower proves to be more than just capable … Read more »

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    Poulo Warali

    After a series of locally released cassette tapes and CDs, Malian singer Awa Poulo has delivered her first internationally distributed album, Poulo Warali, via Awesome Tapes from Africa. Hailing from the Dilli commune in southwestern Mali, Poulo delivers a dynamic … Read more »

Darandi

There’s no doubting that Aurelio Martinez of Honduras is the reigning king of Garifuna roots music. Ever since the death of pioneering maestro Andy Palacio in 2008, Aurelio—already a brilliant composer, performer and recording artist at the time—has blossomed to … Read more »

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