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Johnny Clegg holds a unique place in South Africa’s musical pantheon. From his childhood immersion in Zulu culture, his mastery of Zulu language, dance and guitar playing, some 20 albums with three different bands, his tireless world touring and, finally, his brave public battle with cancer, Clegg...
Competition between communities of Indian and African descent has been a mainstay of politics and culture in the former British colonies of Trinidad and Tobago, and Guyana. This rivalry plays out in institutions from the University of the West Indies to the West Indies cricket team, and of course,...
This guitar-focused program presents a series of mostly acoustic sessions with Garifuna star Aurelio Martinez, griot guitar master Aboubacar "Badian" Diabate, Malagasy tsapika phenom Damily, and Abdramane Toure, the 17-year-old guitarist for Khaira Arby of Timbuktu. These four uniquely talented...
Technology is one of the great drivers of musical change, and often one of its least understood. In this episode, we explore the synthesizer, looking closely at the history of this ubiquitous (and often debated) piece of musical technology, and investigating how and why it was first used in a...
In this Hip Deep edition, Afropop producer Wills Glasspeigel heads to South Africa to reveal the story of the inimitable Hugh Tracey, a field recordist born at the turn of the 20th century in England. A wayward youth, Tracey found himself in Africa in the 1920s where he became fascinated with music...
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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