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  • blog June 15, 2017

    Ian Brennan on Social Justice and the Power of Songs

    Photos by Marilena Umuhoza Delli Ian Brennan is a Grammy-winning producer, whose set of recordings on the Zomba Prison Project  in Malawi put his work on our radar, and was featured in the Afropop program, “Off the Beaten Track in … Read more »

  • interview September 22, 2016

    Ian Brennan on the Zomba Prison Project

    Ian Brennan is the intrepid producer behind the 2015 Grammy-nominated Zomba Prison Project, a groundbreaking recording session in a maximum security prison in Malawi. The original album, I Have No Everything Here, and the 2016 follow up release, I Will … Read more »

  • blog July 13, 2014

    Wake Up Madagascar: On the Road in North America!

    The “Wake Up Madagascar” tour has begun, offering North Americans a rare opportunity to hear and see top-notch live music from the fabled musical Indian Ocean island that is the focus of a large part of Afropop’s work in 2014. … Read more »

  • interview November 18, 2013

    Rokia Traore: On “Beautiful Africa” and Complicated Mali

    Rokia Traore’s fifth album Beautiful Africa (Nonesuch) is no doubt one of the most innovative and interesting African releases of 2013. Continuing the guitar focus and rock aesthetic of Rokia’s 2008 release Tchamantche, this spare and elegant set of songs … Read more »

  • review December 28, 2012

    Smoke, No Fire

    The core of this album is a well-developed musical friendship between Stern and Harouna Samake, whose sterling kamele n’goni (young man’s harp) has graced recordings and performances by wassoulou diva Sali Sidibe, and, more recently, Mali music icon Salif Keita. Stern and Samake have a sound. Read more »

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