Ticket Giveaway: Angélique Kidjo in San Francisco, June 21!

We know that our ticket giveaways tend to be pretty New York City-centric, for the obvious reason of our office&#8217;s geographic location! So we are especially pleased to be able to offer an extraordinary ticket giveaway to our Bay Area ...<a class="meta-nav" href=""> Read more &#187;</a>

Stromae Drops “Ta Fete” for World Cup, Makes U.S. Debut

Haven&#8217;t yet heard of Stromae, the Rwandan-Belgian singer, songwriter and megastar? Don&#8217;t worry&#8211;we&#8217;re pretty sure you&#8217;ll have your chance. After years of slaying European audiences with heartsick tracks (and brilliant videos) like &#8220;Formidable&#8221;  and his breakout hit &#8220;Papaoutai&#8221; (read our take ...<a class="meta-nav" href=""> Read more &#187;</a>

Afropop Premiere: Bio Ritmo’s “Le Dicen Dolor”

Latin dance music super-group Bio Ritmo has been slamming out retro styles from Washington, DC to Cali, Colombia for 23 years, quite an accomplishment in itself. The title and cover artwork of their brand-new album Puerta del Sur (out June 24 on the ...<a class="meta-nav" href=""> Read more &#187;</a>

Afropop’s Summer 2014 Concert Guide

ALL FREE Afropop&#8217;s Summer 2014 Concert Guide 6/14 3pm Roberto Roena / La Mecánica Popular / “Little&#8221; Louie Vega (SummerStage) 6/15 6pm Black Coffee Live / DJ Spoko (SummerStage) 6/22 7pm Buika / Marques Toliver (SummerStage) 6/25 6:30pm Ricardo Lemvo ...<a class="meta-nav" href=""> Read more &#187;</a>

Guest Bloggers Around the World: Mahraganat–Musical Revolution in Egypt

Afropop is pleased to unveil a new series of guest posts, offering coverage of music scenes by writers who know them best. Our latest installment comes from Cairo, Egypt. Ferida Jawad, who teaches Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies at the Netherlands ...<a class="meta-nav" href=""> Read more &#187;</a>

Afropop Exclusive: Thomas Mapfumo Releases New Electronic Singles

It’s been some years since we’ve heard new music from Thomas Mapfumo, known as the Lion of Zimbabwe. During over a decade of exile in Eugene, Oregon, Mapfumo has had time to reflect on the twists and turns of his ...<a class="meta-nav" href=""> Read more &#187;</a>

Seun Kuti Kicks Off U.S. Tour in New York City

Seun Kuti has grown into his role as a principle torchbearer of Afrobeat, the globally loved Nigerian musical genre created by his late father Fela Kuti. After Fela died in 1997, his youngest son inherited the old man&#8217;s band, Egypt ...<a class="meta-nav" href=""> Read more &#187;</a>

Volunteer with Afropop this Summer!

Ever wanted to be involved in the musical excitement of Afropop, but didn’t quite know how to make it happen? Ever want to sink your teeth into the wild world of live music in New York City and become an ...<a class="meta-nav" href=""> Read more &#187;</a>

Anansy Cissé: Mali Overdrive and Free Download of “Aïgouna”

Anansy Cissé is one of Bamako’s hottest young guitar talents. So we’re very happy to be able to give out a free download of “Aïgouna,” one of the highlights of his new record Mali Overdrive.  Cissé started his career behind ...<a class="meta-nav" href=""> Read more &#187;</a>


Las Cafeteras vs. Chicha Libre Ticket Giveaway

The LA/NY feud will be decided once and for all this Thursday, February 20 when Las Cafeteras and Chicha Libre battle for the honor of their respective seaboards at Europa in Brooklyn. AND we’ve got a pair of tickets to give ...<a class="meta-nav" href=""> Read more &#187;</a>


As you may have gathered, those of us here at Afropop are pretty overwhelming excited about this Friday (Feb 21). &#8220;Why?&#8221; you might ask. Well, this Friday just so happens to be the Afropop sponsored US Premiere of Coz Ov ...<a class="meta-nav" href=""> Read more &#187;</a>

The Unreleased “Shuga” Theme

Some of Nigeria and Ghana’s biggest stars teamed up on “Shuga,” a song that was apparently somehow passed over for the theme to the HIV-stigma-breaking TV series Shuga. The fluttering synths of the beat, produced by Chopstix, sound rather uncannily ...<a class="meta-nav" href=""> Read more &#187;</a>

Shared Interest Celebrates 20th Anniversary with NYC Gala

Shared Interest is a non-profit organization devoted to promoting business investment in South Africa. Launched in 1994, the year of South Africa’s first democratic elections, by the Fund for a Free South Africa, an organization set up by black South ...<a class="meta-nav" href=""> Read more &#187;</a>

New Machel Montano Video: “Ministry Of Road (M.O.R.)”

For centuries, two forces have been locked in a constant struggle. Like good and evil, Yin and Yang, or sky and earth, except with a tighter focus on the islands of Trinidad and Tobago, the question of whether it is ...<a class="meta-nav" href=""> Read more &#187;</a>

Afropop Premiere: Habib Koite- “Balontan”

Afropop is thrilled to be premiering “Balontan,” a new track by Habib Koité, off of his new  album, Soô. Soô, which translates “Home” in English, promises to be an album that will celebrate the diversity of Koité’s Malian homeland, incorporating ...<a class="meta-nav" href=""> Read more &#187;</a>

Afropop Premiere: Orquestra Imperial: “Cair Na Folia”

Mais Um Discos has become one of the world&#8217;s most consistent sources for music from the Brazilian underground scene, bringing us everything from the mind-expanding &#8220;Oi! A Nova Musica Brasileira!&#8221; to the diverse and daring Daora Underground compilation and the sample-delic MPB of Lucas Santtana. ...<a class="meta-nav" href=""> Read more &#187;</a>

Chronixx and Protoje release new track “Who Knows”

Young reggae revival stars and compatriots Chronixx and Protoje have just released &#8220;Who Knows,&#8221; a new collaborative track that pairs Chronixx&#8217;s heartfelt singing on the hook with Protoje&#8217;s confidently conscious rhymes on the verse. Riding the kind of subtly modernized ...<a class="meta-nav" href=""> Read more &#187;</a>

Coz ov Moni Premiere: FOKN Good Time Had By All…

The U.S. premiere of the FOKN Bois film Coz ov Moni 2 (FOKN Revenge) had the feel of history in the making. For those not in the know, this duo from Ghana with a cleverly rude stage name—their “real” names ...<a class="meta-nav" href=""> Read more &#187;</a>

Afropop Premiere: Nikhil P. Yerawadekar & Low Mentality- “Industry Dweebs”

We&#8217;ve been fans of  Nikhil P. Yerawadekar &#38; Low Mentality since we first featured their terrific song &#8220;Run Fast&#8221; in our Africa in America 2013 program. Filled with veterans from NYC&#8217;s Afrobeat scene, the group takes from the influences that ...<a class="meta-nav" href=""> Read more &#187;</a>