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This program ventures into corners of Africa we rarely hear from, guided by adventurous field recordists and crate diggers. The Zomba Prison Project is a set of recordings by inmates at a maximum security prison in Malawi, currently the poorest nation on earth. The project’s debut CD was nominated...
If Americans hear about Brazil's president Jair Bolsonaro at all, he's usually described as a "Brazilian Donald Trump." But on this week's CloseUp, we step out of the American bubble, and look at who Bolsonaro is, who his targets are, and how he rose to power. We also hear the first round of songs...
Jazz legend, Randy Weston left us on September 1, 2018. He, more than any contemporary jazz artist, understood, honored and explored the roots of American music in Africa. He lived there, traveled there often, and spoke of his connections to his African ancestors in every interview during his 92...
Since the 1960s in Jamaica, iconic figures such as Bob Marley have gathered in backyards to write reggae anthems that conquered world charts. The yard remains a cornerstone in Jamaican culture. Musicians withdraw from the violence of the city to create and play songs in their yards. In Jamaican...
In Jamaica, sound systems are more than just a stack of speakers blasting the latest tunes to an eager crowd. Over the last 70 years, they have come to represent the most common way that Jamaicans experience music. Sound systems have touched all levels of society in Jamaica, determining the island’...
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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