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  • October 19, 2017

    Riqueza del Barrio: Puerto Rican Music in the United States

    For a full month, the fate of Puerto Rico and its inhabitants has remained unknown due to the devastating effects of the Category 4 Hurricane Maria during the unusually active hurricane season of 2017. There are still many people on the island living … Read more »

  • October 12, 2017

    Remembering Fela

    Fela Anikulapo-Kuti would be 79 years old this month, had he not died from complications of AIDS in 1997. By the time of his death, Fela was the inventor of the enduring and influential Afrobeat music style, the composer of … Read more »

  • October 5, 2017

    Accounting for Taste

    When we talk about the influence of American performers on African music, we usually think about a few obvious examples, legends like Michael Jackson, Jimi Hendrix or James Brown. In this episode, we go beyond these stars to explore the … Read more »

  • September 28, 2017

    Lagos Roots: Fuji, Juju and Apala 

    Beneath the gloss of Nigeria’s contemporary pop, older roots styles, mostly derived from Yoruba tradition, still thrive. In this program, we meet four top stars of fuji music, the percussion-driven, message-heavy, and occasionally profane trance music that animates weddings and parties on … Read more »

  • September 21, 2017

    San Francisco: Afropop By the Bay

    It turns out that the first American city to host a roster of local African bands was not New York, Miami or Chicago, but the San Francisco Bay Area of northern California. Hugh Masekela brought Hedzoleh Soundz from Ghana, and … Read more »

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