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Move over salsa and merengue–cumbia is the most popular music in Latin America. Today, cumbia is played from the borderlands of Texas down the spine of the Andes to the tip of Tierra del Fuego. In this Hip Deep edition, we find out how cumbia left Colombia in the ‘60s and ‘70s and traveled to other...
Reporter Dan Rosenberg takes us to the Grammy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles and speaks to the nominees in the World Music category, Fatoumata Diawara, Bombino, The Soweto Gospel Choir, Seun Kuti and Yiddish Glory, about how they are using their voices to combat human rights abuses, political...
The guitar music of Africa is eternal! Despite the rise of Afrobeats, Afro-house, hip-hop and techno, the continent still turns out inventive and thrilling string pickers. This music-rich program features shredding desert-rock axemen and filigree griot guitarists from Niger and Mali, as well as new...
Zimbabwe’s Oliver Mtukudzi, one of the most beloved singer/composer/bandleaders out of Africa in the last century, died in Harare on Jan. 23 2019 after a long battle with diabetes. Tuku, as his fans knew him, composed countless songs that cut to the heart of life in Zimbabwe, from its struggle for...
The plight of albinos in Africa is a sad story. Occult beliefs make them the targets of kidnapping, killing and mutilation. But in Malawi, an exceptionally talented street musician named Lazarus is making a stand in defence of fellow albinos, and he's doing it with music. Lazarus's debut album...
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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