Afropop Worldwide recently won a highly prestigious Peabody Institutional Award honoring the entire 27-year body of our work. And the Peabody Awards threw a big party at Cipriani Wall Street hosted by Saturday Night Live alum Fred Armisen. Hear highlights of the evening from the red carpet and from the stage. And we’ll enjoy excerpts from some of our favorite programs over the years: Our meeting with Ali Farka Toure in his hometown Niafounke; visits with two giants of Congolese music, Franco Luambo Makiadi and Tabu Ley Rochereau at their palatial homes in Kinshasa; and an audience with Mama Africa, Miriam Makeba. Also on parade are our Hip Deep programs on samba in Brazil and the musical legacy of Al-Andalus in medieval Spain.
Afropop Worldwide makes a pilgrimage to Niafounke, Mali, the home town of Grammy Award-winning Ali Farka Toure, who relishes telling stories of life in Niafounke. And he performs an extraordinary intimate concert for listeners joined by local musicians.
Franco and Tabu Ley: A celebration of the lives and work of the late giants of Congolese music–Franco and Tabu Ley Rochereau.