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  • September 19, 2017

    Rushin’ to Bacchanal: When Caribbean Festivals Collide

    Photo by Torrell Glinton. Junkanoo, an annual communal parade held in the Bahamas, is a labor of love for the Bahamian people that dates back centuries. The parade, which has Akan cultural roots, emerged in the time of slavery, but it … Read more »

  • September 5, 2017

    Haiti’s Fight For Copyright

    Life in the music business has its ups and downs—especially in Haiti—and Serge Turnier (A.K.A. Powersurge) has lived both extremes. As a producer he makes his living from recorded music, not from concerts, and so many of those ups and … Read more »

  • August 15, 2017

    Soundin’ Like Weself: The Trinidadian Rapso Tradition

    Producer Jake Hochberger brings us to the southernmost island in the Caribbean, Trinidad. Trinidad is the birthplace of the steel drum, calypso and soca music, and is home to the largest Carnival celebration in the world. Here we encounter the … Read more »

  • July 25, 2017

    Salaam, Amani, Peace: Festivals in Goma, DR Congo

    In a context of ongoing violence and N.G.O. intervention in Eastern Congo, a festival culture is emerging based on the concept of “peace-building” through the arts. With the guidance of professor Chérie Ndaliko and local artists, we explore the ways … Read more »

  • June 19, 2017

    A Beginner’s Guide to Lusophone Atlantic Music

    While the musical networks that connect English, French and Spanish-speaking nations together are well known, far less attention is paid to the links between the Afro-Lusophone world—from Cape Verde to Angola to Brazil. This podcast offers a lightning tour of … Read more »

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