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  • 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 »

  • closeups August 23, 2016

    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 »

  • blog July 5, 2016

    New Podcast Series: Afropop Closeups

    We are very excited to announce the launch of our new podcast series, Afropop Closeups, bringing poignant and provocative stories from the African planet to listeners. These succinct podcasts, substantially funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, feature the … Read more »

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