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  • program July 21, 2016

    Bamako Sounds

    Afropop’s 2016 Hip Deep in Mali series explored fascinating stories of art and life in post-crisis Mali. On this program, we focus on music and artists. We hear new sounds from veteran guitar maestro Djelimady Tounkara, and Wassoulou music stars Nahawa … Read more »

  • blog April 18, 2016

    Acoustic Africa: Habib Koite and Vusi Mahlasela at the Met

    For the fourth installment of the Acoustic Africa series, old friends Habib Koité and Vusi Mahlasela joined forces again, 10 years after their appearance together in the 2006 debut of the series. On April 13 these two big stars of … Read more »

  • botb April 12, 2016

    Best of The Beat on Afropop: Habib Koite

    He’s not your father’s griot. I first saw Habib Koite perform at WOMEX in Brussels, in 1995, the year his first album, Muso Ko, was released. Bamada, his energetic band, was clearly based in traditional music but had a definite … Read more »

  • botb November 24, 2015

    Best of The Beat on Afropop: Bonnie Raitt–A Blueswoman in Mali

    Rereading this piece from 14 years ago, roughly the half-life of Afropop, is nostalgic in so many ways. First, there is the memory of Mali in those wonderful, hopeful days. The tragedies of recent years in this—among the most beloved … Read more »

  • blog March 24, 2014

    Habib Koite Celebrates His Homeland–Mali

    Habib Koite brought his new band to the City Winery in New York on March 6 for what turned out to be the best concert we’ve seen all year. The band is smaller and younger, and features Issa Kone on … Read more »

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