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  • hip-deep December 1, 2016

    The Money Show

    Every day, money changes hands in Ghanaian cedi, South African rand, and Brazilian real as music is created, traded, performed, purchased and pirated. In this episode we look at the business side of African music, through a series of vignettes … Read more »

  • blog March 21, 2014

    Top 4 Vybz Tribute Mixes

    Vybz Kartel’s recent conviction for murder is a tricky subject. We don’t pretend to know all the details of the case (some of which actually went missing during the course of the trial), but what we do know is that … Read more »

  • blog March 14, 2014

    Vybz Kartel Found Guilty of Murder

    [Photo from Jamaica Gleaner] After two and a half years behind bars, dancehall superstar Vybz Kartel was found guilty of murder last night. The scene has been tense in Kingston, where hundreds gathered to chant “Free Kartel,” and riot police … Read more »

  • blog October 24, 2013

    Vybz Kartel releases new video for “Up”

    It’s a tricky problem. How do you make a music video when your star is incarcerated and therefore unable to participate? There are the old standbys- stock footage, Ken Burns style photo montage, body doubles, “high concept” video, and then … Read more »

  • blog February 26, 2013

    Dispatch from Kingston: A Sonic Reggae Revival on the Rise?

    There’s change afoot in the Jamaican musical landscape where a slew of new artists are choosing to forego the digital sounds of dancehall and its often explicit themes in favor of a return to live backing bands and a more … Read more »

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