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  • interview April 3, 2017

    MogaDisco: Bringing “Africa’s Finest Sounds” to London’s Dance Floors

    MogaDisco is a London-based collective of four young DJs with a shared passion for classic African dance music—Afrobeat, highlife, soukous, jùjú and more. Since they started throwing parties in South London in 2013, they’ve carved out a niche for themselves … Read more »

  • closeups March 28, 2017

    Grimewave

    Grime, the hard-edged, M.C.-led U.K. dance style that flourished in the early 2000s, seemed long gone. Its best rappers had moved on, and its fans increasingly abandoned hope. But then… something astounding happened: 2016 became grime’s biggest year ever. Produced … Read more »

  • botb 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 »

  • blog December 13, 2016

    Video Premiere: Lakuta’s “Rice and Peace”

    If you are an Afropop regular, you have probably heard the single “Bata Boy” from Lakuta. This vibrant Afrobeat posse cooks up a particularly British and multiculturalist strain of the classic Nigerian genre. The band members hail from Brighton, U.K., … Read more »

  • blog September 14, 2016

    Remembering Prince Buster: The Passing of A Jamaican Music Legend

    Jamaican singer and producer Muhammed Yusef Ali, known to his fans as Prince Buster, passed away in Miami on Sept. 8. A pivotal figure in the early development of Jamaican popular music, his recording career spanned the 1950s and ‘60s, … Read more »

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