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  • program May 18, 2017

    “We Are All Creole”: The Atlantic Sound of Cape Verde

    Cape Verde, land of the the playful coladeira, the entrancing batuque, the high-energy funaná, and of course the sensual morna that Cesaria Évora helped bring to the world. At the intersection of Africa, Europe, and the Americas, Cape Verde’s creole … Read more »

  • closeups February 28, 2017

    Fees Must Fall: A Voice of Change in South Africa

    We meet 21-year-old Gigi Lamayne of South Africa, a singer/rapper who finds herself at the center of her country’s most important debate and social movement in decades: the #FeesMustFall movement. The day she graduated from university, Gigi dropped a protest … Read more »

  • blog October 25, 2016

    Meet MTV Base MAMA 2016 Awards Winners

    The 2016 MTV Base MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMA) were held last weekend in Johannesburg, South Africa. Voting via social media, fans chose winners from among the most popular artists across the continent. It should come as no surprise that Nigerian artists … Read more »

  • blog August 24, 2016

    Photo Essay: Pape Diouf Returns to Harlem for Senegal Day

    After a long, successful tour through North America, Senegalese mbalax superstar Pape Diouf returned with his band, La Génération Consciente, to the Alhambra Ballroom in Harlem on Fri., Aug. 12 for a vibrant night of fashion, music and dance. The gala … Read more »

  • program June 2, 2016

    Three Survivors: Paulo Flores, Emmanuel Jal, Lágbájá

    We profile three African musicians who have created significant careers in the face of daunting challenges in their countries. Paulo Flores, champion of semba and kizomba in Angola, came of age in the midst of that country’s long post-independence civil … Read more »

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