Erika Elliott, SummerStage’s Artistic Director, introduces the 2014 season

Afropop’s Sean Barlow caught up with SummerStage’s artistic director, Erika Elliott. Besides the flagship venue in Central Park, Erika is responsible for programming over 100 free SummerStage events of music, dance, film, spoken word and more in all five boroughs of ...<a class="meta-nav" href=""> Read more &#187;</a>

Ticket Giveaway! 5/23! LOS MASTER PLUS (Guadalajara, MX) + GEKO JONES + EL MALITO @ Club EUROPA

On Friday, May 23, at the incredibly Polish Club Europa in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, Electric Cowbell and Barbes presents one of the craziest cumbia duos Mexico has produced to date: Los Master Plus, from Guadalajara. We couldn&#8217;t be more hyped to offer a ...<a class="meta-nav" href=""> Read more &#187;</a>

Afropop Exclusive! Funk Na Caixa Mix

We&#8217;ve been very excited about the mixes that some of our favorite DJs and musicians are sending our way for the Afropop Worldwide Exclusive Mix series. Last month, Teleseen hit us up with a mix of some Brazilian electronic music ...<a class="meta-nav" href=""> Read more &#187;</a>

Dispatch #4: Malagasy Tsapiky Star Damily Wows Tulear in Epic Concert

Voandala is a gift you give when returning from a long time away. And this concert would be Damily’s gift to Tulear, the southern Madagascar seaside town where he made his career as a tsapiky (tsapika) guitarist and bandleader. But ...<a class="meta-nav" href=""> Read more &#187;</a>

Gnawa Reggae: A Primer

Gnawa reggae, much like raï’n’b, is a hybrid genre that began among the North African communities of the French banlieues (low-income suburban neighborhoods) before ricocheting back to Algeria and Morocco. The genre melds gnawa, the mystical Sufi music brought by ...<a class="meta-nav" href=""> Read more &#187;</a>

DanceAfrica Ticket Giveaway!

Once a year the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) brings DanceAfrica to New York for what is always an astounding display of one of the continent&#8217;s greatest art forms. In a happy bit of coincidence, this year (the festival&#8217;s 37th ... Read more &#187;

Mysterious Malian Velvet Underground Cover

One of the more mysterious and exciting tracks that we have come across lately is “Naked Venus,” the new single by a Malian band called Black Mango. Little information exists about the identity of the band members or how exactly ... Read more &#187;

Dispatch #3: Madagascar to Brooklyn, with Groupe Bakomanga

Also starring on the bill will be acclaimed Canadian based Malagasy guitarist, Guitar Slim. Making a guest appearance will be pioneering Malagasy roots pop singer Hanitra Rasoanaivo, leader of the group Tarika Be, direct from Madagascar. I met up with Bakomanga, ...<a class="meta-nav" href=""> Read more &#187;</a>

Alsarah: Why You Need Retro East African Pop In Your Life

Alsarah is a young Sudanese singer, composer and ethnomusicologist, based in Brooklyn, NY.  Silt, her debut album with her group, The Nubatones, just came out on Wonderwheel Records, to critical acclaim and our great enjoyment and repeated office-blastings. We also severely ...<a class="meta-nav" href=""> Read more &#187;</a>

Kuduro Diva Titica Drops “Mãe”

Titica has become one of the most successful and beloved divas of kuduro against great odds. She is the first popular transgender singer in Angola, a country where homosexuality is illegal. Titica, who trained in ballet, began her career as ... Read more &#187;