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  • review September 18, 2017

    Ladilikan

    Da kali means “to give a pledge” in Bamana, the most widely spoken language in Mali. The phrase refers to the deepest responsibilities of a griot (or jeli), a commitment to preserving the memory of history, but also adherence to … Read more »

  • interview September 12, 2017

    Mind the Band: Tony Allen

    “Mind the Band” is a new series consisting of interviews conducted and transcribed by Nenim Iwebuke. Nenim is a Nigerian-born, New York-based DJ who brought this series to life through his many encounters with underground and mainstream musicians performing at … Read more »

  • botb September 7, 2017

    Best of The Beat on Afropop: Morgan Heritage: We Are Family

    Reggae group Morgan Heritage, appearing Fri., Sept. 8 at BB King Blues Club in New York, was featured on the cover of The Beat in 2001. Exemplifying Rastafarian roots and culture, the band is a family affair comprised of five … Read more »

  • blog September 7, 2017

    Let the Beat Build: A Bounce Rhythm Primer

    Bounce is a music defined by its beat. And while the genre has changed and evolved in the years since its birth in the early ’90s, the basic building blocks of that beat have remained  remarkably static. Although they may … Read more »

  • review September 7, 2017

    What Goes Up

    Afrobeat has a much-traveled history. With all the shuttling of ingredients across the pond between Africa and the United States, it could have earned enough frequent flyer miles to go many times around the world–first class. Which in many ways … Read more »

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