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  • review June 21, 2017

    Pop Makossa: The Invasive Dance Beat of Cameroon 1976-1984

    Funk is widely known across the United States but, arguably, the genre’s not-so-distant cousin makossa embodies what it truly means to be “funky.” Derived from the Douala phrase meaning “I dance,” makossa has been bringing listeners to their feet since … Read more »

  • blog November 2, 2016

    Photo Essay: Sauti Sol, Jojo Abot and Vanessa Mdee in Concert

    East and West Africa met at the Highline Ballroom on Oct. 30 for a vibrant set from singers Vanessa Mdee and Jojo Abot–from Tanzania and Ghana, respectively–and Kenyan superstars Sauti Sol. The house was overflowing with ecstatic fans and positive energy that … Read more »

  • blog December 7, 2015

    Je Suis Soul! A Tribute to African Soul and Jazz

    “Je Suis Soul! A Tribute to African Soul and Jazz” presented a celebration of unity by highlighting the crosscurrents of African, French and American soul at the music’s New York home, the Apollo Theater. The Dec. 5 concert, featuring Manu … Read more »

  • botb December 4, 2015

    Best of The Beat on Afropop: Manu Dibango

    It’s not easy to encapsulate Manu Dibango’s massive career in a few lines. This extravagantly gifted Cameroon-born musician’s musician encompasses jazz, funk, soul, and African styles from all over the map, not to mention a dalliance with “Reggae Makossa,” recorded … Read more »

  • blog October 7, 2015

    In Conversation With Orlando Julius

    Nigerian Afrobeat legend Orlando Julius, a.k.a. O.J. Ekemode, had a U.S. tour last month, making a stop in New York at Le Poisson Rouge on Sept. 25, which we covered here. Prior to the show and just after soundcheck, Afropop … Read more »

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