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more of the musical artists who are making a difference cannot be pinned down to any one national identity.Migration, intermarriage, and the hurly burly of our globalized planet are creating new and growing generations of change-makers with hyphenated identities. In this program we hear from Ayo (...
New York City's globalFEST is a landmark musical event every January, a sonic feast featuring 12 artists on three stages in a single winter night. In this program, we hear extended live tracks from Senegal's Cheikh Lo, also Meklit, Les Amazones D'Afrique and dynamic new sounds from Turkey and South...
The first time Puerto Rican bandleader Willie Rosario heard the word salsa applied to the Cuban-style music he played was in Venezuela, where DJ Phidias Danilo first popularized it. Subsequently applied as a marketing tool by Fania Records in New York, the word quickly became a marker of Puerto...
In 2019, Afropop Worldwide hosted a stage at South by Southwest in Austin, TX, for the first time. Our lineup featured innovative new sounds out of Africa, including Jojo Abot from Ghana, Adekunle Gold from Nigeria, groundbreaking DJ AfrotroniX, Sauti Sol from Kenya and more. In this episode, we...
Producer Morgan Greenstreet follows the trail of West African Vaudou spiritual music to a very unlikely place–Utrecht, Netherlands–for the first edition of the Voodoo To Go Festival. The three-day festival, pioneered by Togolese entrepreneur Leopold Ekué Messan, set out to demystify Vaudou/Vodun/...
Full story - November 02, 2016
Samir Langus performs
Moroccan musicians are using traditional sounds fused with international styles to preserve threatened cultures.
Full story - September 29, 2016
Carnival's festivities include the West Indian American Day parade, a colorful spectacle with plenty of history.
At 5 a.m. on Labor Day, central Brooklyn is filled with hundreds of thousands of revelers who have been partying all night long. It is unlike any other morning in New York City: groups of tar-covered youth roam the streets dressed as devils with chains and whips, while older people shimmy in frilly masquerade costumes of the colonial era.
Full story - September 27, 2016
Fally Ipupa is shown live in New York on Labor Day 2015.
If the end of the music industry is near, musicians in one country are already on a path to survival.
Full story - August 09, 2016
A studio
The Haitian radio scene in New York is booming, but it is forced to operate on the margins, between stations with stronger signals — and FCC licenses.
Full story - August 02, 2016
Protesters run as they are dispersed by police officers
South Africa's effort to create a more equal society between black and white is being led by musicians.
Full story - July 01, 2016
Fadimata Walet Oumar
Life in Mali is only now returning to normal, after violence erupted a couple years ago. But Mali's musicians already knew what to do when times got tough.
Full story - February 18, 2016
Fadimata from the group Tartit during a discussion in Segou's Festival Sur le Niger.
The country's north feels it's long been neglected. Other regions feel the same way. People from all across met at the Festival Sur le Niger to air their grievances, but not fight about them.
Full story - February 13, 2016
Ngoni maestro Bassekou Kouyate performs at the Festival Acoustik de Bamako.
Afropop returned to Mali and found traditional and contemporary music thriving at the Festival Acoustik de Bamako, in Mali's capital.
Full story - October 30, 2015
Cover art for The Brasileiro Treasure Box of Funk and Soul
As the weather gets colder, it's time for some choice Brazilian music. Jesse Brent at Afropop Worldwide takes on a decade of funky gems.
Full story - March 22, 2015
Jim Reeves on the Grand Ole Opry, September 3, 1960.
Nashville moved toward Reeves' sound in the 1960s, then moved on. Africa's most populous nation remains in his corner.

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