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  • March 23, 2017

    Best of The Beat on Afropop: Reggae Women Stepping Forward

    This installment of “Best of The Beat” is a glimpse into a moment in history—1985—in which we celebrated the outstanding female voices of reggae music. Jamaica is, and probably will always be, a patriarchal society, but at this point in … Read more »

  • March 20, 2017

    Field Report: Rebel Salute in St. Ann, Jamaica

    Reggae artist Tony Rebel’s annual Rebel Salute festival in St. Ann, Jamaica bills itself as the “Preservation of Reggae.” It might not seem like reggae needs any preserving—pop stars like Justin Bieber and Drake are having hits on dancehall riddims, … Read more »

  • March 20, 2017

    Sir Victor Uwaifo, Superstar: In His Own Words

    Sir Victor Uwaifo’s presence looms over his birthplace, Benin City, Nigeria. His name comes up in any conversation about music in Edo State, and many musicians claim him as an influence. Born in 1941, he made a significant impact on … Read more »

  • March 17, 2017

    Let Your Congressmen Know Your Thoughts on Public Media

    You probably heard that yesterday, March 16, the Trump administration presented its 2018 budget, eliminating funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities, National Endowment for the Arts, and the Corporation For Public Broadcasting. The CPB in 1987 was the … Read more »

  • March 16, 2017

    Salif Keita Ticket Giveaway

    Rising from international fame with Les Ambassadeurs to solo superstardom, Salif Keita, the “Golden Voice of Africa,” is one of the most highly regarded musicians on the continent. Once cast out of his community for albinism, his stupendous voice has … Read more »

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