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;


Featured Artists: Winter 2014 Dance Party!

It&#8217;s Carnival right now in Trinidad, Haiti, Brazil, New Orleans&#8230;and  NYC, with Afropop Worldwide! In the words of Bootsy Collins, this week&#8217;s show, Winter 2014 Dance Party, &#8221;Ain&#8217;t nothin&#8217; but a party y&#8217;all.&#8221; So get down, get funky and shake a ...<a class="meta-nav" href=""> Read more &#187;</a>

Afropop Worldwide Launches Kickstarter Campaign- Madagascar: Music of Hope and Ecstasy

For 26 years, Afropop Worldwide has taken radio listeners and web fans to some of the world’s most exciting cultural destinations: Egypt, both Congos, Senegal, Mali, Angola, Morocco, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, South Africa, Nigeria, Brazil, Cuba, Haiti, Jamaica, Colombia… Now, ...<a class="meta-nav" href=""> Read more &#187;</a>

Afropop Presents: Feedel Band Live at DROM

Afropop is proud to present Feedel Band in concert on March 8, 2014 at DROM at 9:30 (doors open at 9). Pick up your tickets here. Feedel Band keeps the funky experimentation of 70s Ethiopia alive, with ties to the ...<a class="meta-nav" href=""> Read more &#187;</a>

David Byrne + all his best music friends play the songs of William Onyeabor LIVE!

There’s no better way than to say this than plain and simple: on May 2nd and 3rd, David Byrne and an incredibly wide array of visionary musicians will take the stage at the BAM opera house to perform the music ...<a class="meta-nav" href=""> Read more &#187;</a>

Popcaan Makes “Everything Nice”

The track’s been kicking around for a few months now, but the video for Popcaan’s “Everything Nice” dropped a few days ago. Popcaan is one of Jamaica’s younger and brighter DJ stars, having come up under Vybz Kartel’s wing and ...<a class="meta-nav" href=""> Read more &#187;</a>

DJ Chibuikem brings us Trinidad “Road Extraction” mix

Maybe you’ve noticed that Afropop has thrown a few film screenings in the last few months. Maybe you’ve attended one of these fêtes, and maybe probably you stayed after the flick and danced until deep into the night (or at ...<a class="meta-nav" href=""> Read more &#187;</a>

Joey B and Sarkodie Heat Up with “Tonga”

Although “Tonga” has been kicking around for a few months now, the song has yet to receive the love it deserves outside Ghana. However, within West Africa it definitely blew up, creating a bit of stir among the controversy-seeking media. ...<a class="meta-nav" href=""> Read more &#187;</a>

Sammy and Johnny’s Madagascar Jam (2001)

Tarika Sammy, formed in 1980, was one of the first musical groups from Madagascar to bring the Indian Ocean island’s gorgeous indigenous music to the outside world.  All these years later—despite personnel changes, setbacks, and hard times in Madagascar—the group ...<a class="meta-nav" href=""> Read more &#187;</a>

Dengue Dengue Dengue! Thumps, Asks You to Chill

Vice&#8217;s Thump is a rapidly expanding brand name in electronic music journalism. Charged with covering the incredibly diverse electronica scene with the same cooler-than swagger of its parent organization, Thump&#8217;s search for the scuzziest, droniest and weirdest electronic music out ...<a class="meta-nav" href=""> Read more &#187;</a>

Funk Na Caixa’s “Rasterinha”

Funk na Caxia continue the fight to get the world moving with ever more dance-ready grooves. This time they&#8217;ve got a new 11 song EP of rasterinha ready for streaming/download. The electronic dance music scene in Rio de Janeiro is ...<a class="meta-nav" href=""> Read more &#187;</a>