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In the early 2000s, Afropop told the story of “Four Generations” in Congolese music—from rumba and rumba-rock to soukous and ndombolo. Now time has marched on, and once again, thrilling new sounds are emerging from Kinshasa and its global diaspora. We’ll hear hyperkinetic roots-rock from Jupiter...
In the 70s and 80s Ivory Coast’s capital Abidjan was a major musical hub in West Africa. After a series of political crises, Abidjan is back. The Zouglou sound of the 1990s and the coupé decalé rage that followed are being reinvented in the era of Afrobeats and African hip-hop. The group Magic...
The 2018 edition of the world music exposition WOMEX went down in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, in the Canary Islands with 300 artists and 2700 delegates from 92 countries. There was a lot to chew on. But one of the hidden wonders of WOMEX is the intimate European Broadcast Union radio studio. That’s...
In 2019, for the first time, Afropop Worldwide hosted a stage at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas. Our lineup features innovative new sounds out of Africa, including Jojo Abot from Ghana, Adekunle Gold and Aramide from Nigeria, groundbreaking deejay AfrotroniX, Nsimbi from Uganda. We’ll meet the...
The latest music craze to hit South African dance floors is a dark, pulsating and energetic sound called gqom. For the past seven years, a young and technologically skilled generation in Durban, KwaZulu Natal, has created and finessed a sound that has the world hooked and wanting more. It is an...
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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