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Roots of Sound System: Mini Mart Hi-Power Explained

On Saturday, June 7, New York&#8217;s dancehall fans are in for a treat. &#8220;Roots of Sound System,&#8221; the innovative concert series that recreates and explores vital moments in the evolution of sound system culture, presents its third edition. The fruit ...<a class="meta-nav" href="http://www.afropop.org/wp/18786/roots-of-sound-system-minimart-records-explained/"> Read more &#187;</a>

Afropop Sponsors Brooklyn Night Bazaar July 5

Afropop Worldwide has a simple mission. All we want to do is offer you the best music in the world, and then have you listen, or perhaps dance. In the service of this humble goal, we bring you radio shows ...<a class="meta-nav" href="http://www.afropop.org/wp/18746/afropop-sponsors-brooklyn-night-bazaar/"> Read more &#187;</a>

Featured Artists: Kickin’ It in Cabo Verde

As you can clearly hear from our program &#8220;Kickin&#8217; It in Cabo Verde,&#8221; the small Atlantic island chain is a musical powerhouse. To help you learn more about some of the artists who appeared at the recent Atlantic Music Expo ...<a class="meta-nav" href="http://www.afropop.org/wp/18730/featured-artists-kickin-it-in-cabo-verde/"> Read more &#187;</a>

Guest Bloggers Around the World: Kinshasa Edition

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 Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Tonesse Eguba, a devout fan ...<a class="meta-nav" href="http://www.afropop.org/wp/18677/guest-bloggers-around-the-world-kinshasa-edition/"> Read more &#187;</a>

Guest Bloggers Around the World: Nigeria, Scene and Heard

Afropop is pleased to unveil a new series of guest posts from bloggers around the world, offering coverage of music scenes by writers who know them best. Our latest installment comes to us from Juwon Ajayi, an expert on the scene ...<a class="meta-nav" href="http://www.afropop.org/wp/18691/bloggers-around-the-world-nigeria-scene-and-heard/"> Read more &#187;</a>

Tanzanian Hip-Hop: A Primer

Those beats! One of the biggest musical change that occurs during the period of Tanzanian music covered by &#8220;Live From Bongoland&#8221; is the introduction of hip-hop. Starting from a small-scale, DIY underground, hip-hop style and music localized, transitioning from English ...<a class="meta-nav" href="http://www.afropop.org/wp/18705/tanzanian-hip-hop-a-primer/"> Read more &#187;</a>

Guest Bloggers Around the World: Music Renaissance in Ethiopia

Afropop is pleased to unveil a new series of guest posts from bloggers around the world, offering coverage of music scenes by writers who know them best. Our second installment comes to us from Arefaynie Fantahun, an expert on the scene in ...<a class="meta-nav" href="http://www.afropop.org/wp/18684/guest-bloggers-around-the-world-music-renaissance-in-ethiopia/"> Read more &#187;</a>

Dansi: A Primer

In our Hip Deep program &#8220;Live From Bongoland: The History of Tanzania&#8217;s Music Economy,&#8221; we trace the evolution of musiki wa dansi, the guitar-based, big-band music that dominated the nation&#8217;s clubs and airwaves for well over three decades. Dansi, with ...<a class="meta-nav" href="http://www.afropop.org/wp/18617/dansi-a-primer/"> Read more &#187;</a>

Take Note! Afro-Lisbon Electric

Over the past six months or so (if not longer&#8211;see our coverage of Batida), we&#8217;ve been hearing an increasing stream of fascinating music coming out of Lisbon. While we&#8217;ve long known that the Portuguese metropolis had a large and musically ...<a class="meta-nav" href="http://www.afropop.org/wp/18649/take-note-afro-lisbon-or-a-brief-argument-about-why-you-should-listen-to-djs-with-fox-in-their-names/"> Read more &#187;</a>

Dis Is Reggae Soul… On Vinyl?

In their two-year existence,  Paris DJs have put together a prolific track record of albums, compilations and singles ranging from a vintage Angolan/transcontinental bass mixtape by Batida to a compilation of &#8216;70s funk from the West Indies. While all of their ...<a class="meta-nav" href="http://www.afropop.org/wp/18624/dis-is-reggae-soul-on-vinyl/"> Read more &#187;</a>

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Onyeabor Mystery Persists in New Documentary

William Onyeabor is one of the most unique Nigerian performers of the &#8217;70s and &#8217;80s and also, very likely, the most mysterious. While we covered Onyeabor in our exploration of synthesizers in Africa, the new documentary Fantastic Man, directed by ...<a class="meta-nav" href="http://www.afropop.org/wp/16968/onyeabor-mystery-persists-in-new-documentary/"> Read more &#187;</a>

DJ Marfox Does A Barrel Roll into Lisbon

Over the past decade, DJ Marfox, has earned a reputation as one of the leading lights of Lisbon’s dance scene by blending the distinct sounds of the city&#8217;s fiercely independent DJ scenes to produce a potent mixture increasingly popular among ...<a class="meta-nav" href="http://www.afropop.org/wp/16980/dj-marfox-barrel-rolls-batida-into-the-city/"> Read more &#187;</a>

Trio Da Kali: The New Face of Mande Music from Mali

Lassana Diabate (Eyre 2014) Fans of African music everywhere know well the astounding prominence of Mande griot music in the continent’s musical pantheon. Even leaving aside all Mali’s desert blues and rich pentatonic music traditions, if we look at just ...<a class="meta-nav" href="http://www.afropop.org/wp/16952/trio-da-kali-the-new-face-of-mande-music-from-mali/"> Read more &#187;</a>

Brazil Carnival 2014: Sambas De Enredo

It&#8217;s that time again, when the inhabitants of Brazil (and many foreign guests) collectively lose their inhibitions and devote several days to dancing, playing music, drinking and wearing as little clothing and as many feathers as possible. That&#8217;s right, we&#8217;re ...<a class="meta-nav" href="http://www.afropop.org/wp/16965/brazil-carnival-2014-sambas-de-enredo/"> Read more &#187;</a>

Afropop Premiere: Noura Mint Seymali “El Madi” from globalFEST Selector Comp

Remember globalFEST 2014? Well we sure do.  and that’s why we’re so super stoked that globalFEST has their own stage at SXSW this year. Lo&#8217;Jo, Imarhan Timbuktu, Tinariwen, Sergio Mendoza y La Orkesta, Hot 8 Brass Band, and K i ...<a class="meta-nav" href="http://www.afropop.org/wp/17030/globalfest-selector-premiere-noura-mint-seymali-el-madi/"> Read more &#187;</a>

“Wali Bena” Muyei Power- Sierra Leone in 1970s USA

Soundway strikes again! They just shared a preview track from their upcoming release, out 4/28/2014, Muyei Power- Sierra Leone in 1970s USA, a collection of recordings made in California in 1975 and 1976  by Muyei Power, one of the biggest bands ...<a class="meta-nav" href="http://www.afropop.org/wp/17025/wali-bena-muyei-power-sierra-leone-in-1970s-usa/"> Read more &#187;</a>

Afropop Premiere: Alsarah and the Nubatones’ “Nuba Nouto”

Liberal arts graduates with a penchant for the intricacies of African music  and a home base in Brooklyn- that describes a not insignificant percentage of present day indy rock musicians. However, regardless of the class size, few do it with ...<a class="meta-nav" href="http://www.afropop.org/wp/17052/afropop-premiere-alsarah-the-nubatones-nuba-nouto/"> Read more &#187;</a>

Bomba Estéreo Party with African Guitar

“Africa, si señor!” shouts Bomba Estéreo’s Li Saumet at the beginning of the band’s new song “Qué Bonito.” We’ve been big fans of Bomba Estéreo for a while, featuring them on both our “Afropop Soundsystem 5: Neo-Cumbia” and “Womex 2010” ...<a class="meta-nav" href="http://www.afropop.org/wp/17063/bomba-estereo-party-with-african-guitar/"> Read more &#187;</a>

Winter 2014 Dance Party Playlist

Rolly Polly Mr. Killa Ministry of Road (M.O.R.) Machel Montano Market Lady FOKN Bois Coz Ov Moni 2 (FOKN Revenge) B4 U Die FOKN Bois Coz Ov Moni 2 (FOKN Revenge) Azonto ft. Tiffany Fuse ODG Ekoloma Demba Timaya Tsy ...<a class="meta-nav" href="http://www.afropop.org/wp/17076/winter-2014-dance-party-playlist/"> Read more &#187;</a>

Carnival 2014 Mixtape Roundup

Chance are, you’re either at work, hung over, sporting some ash on your forehead, or some combination of the three right now. Carnival is over, today is an Ash Wednesday, and to some, it seems that the music has stopped. ...<a class="meta-nav" href="http://www.afropop.org/wp/17099/carnival-2014-mixtape-roundup/"> Read more &#187;</a>