Henry Kaiser offers new premium for Afropop’s Madagascar Kickstarter: 12 Mad-Awesome Music Releases!

In 1991, Henry Kaiser and David Lindley traveled to Madagascar to record a set of albums that introduced many listeners—in America and around the globe—to the wonders of Malagasy music. These rich, collaborative albums were released by Shanachie Records (kudos ...<a class="meta-nav" href=""> Read more &#187;</a>

Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars raise a glass with Libation

Ten years ago, a group of musicians from Sierra Leone met in a Guinean refugee camp and started making music to brighten their long, hard days. Their names were unknown to the wider world, but within a year, they would ...<a class="meta-nav" href=""> Read more &#187;</a>

Field Report: SXSW 2014

For over two decades South by Southwest, the annual 10-day film, interactive and music conference and festival in Austin, Texas, was the place to see new unsigned bands and for established musicians to seek new audiences. This year, however, the ...<a class="meta-nav" href=""> Read more &#187;</a>

Hip Deep Lebanon Video: Yasmine Hamdan Interviewed

As a companion piece to Afropop Worldwide&#8217;s three episode Hip Deep investigation of the music, culture, and history of Lebanon, Senior Editor Banning Eyre interviewed alt-pop superstar Yasmine Hamdan about her career, her life, and her musical inspiration. Check it ...<a class="meta-nav" href=""> Read more &#187;</a>

Drake, Romeo Santos, and the New Bachata

Sad to say, but we came very close to missing one of the most interesting musical stories of the year. Not because it was happening in a tiny studio Angola or Cairo or Durban, but because it came from our ...<a class="meta-nav" href=""> Read more &#187;</a>

Habib Koite Celebrates His Homeland–Mali

Habib Koite brought his new band to the City Winery in New York on March 6 for what turned out to be the best concert we&#8217;ve seen all year. The band is smaller and younger, and features Issa Kone on ...<a class="meta-nav" href=""> Read more &#187;</a>

Top 4 Vybz Tribute Mixes

Vybz Kartel’s recent conviction for murder is a tricky subject. We don&#8217;t pretend to know all the details of the case (some of which actually went missing during the course of the trial), but what we do know is that ...<a class="meta-nav" href=""> Read more &#187;</a>

Blitz the Ambassador featuring Seun Kuti: “Make You No Forget”

Blitz the Ambassador and Seun Kuti collaborate on &#8220;Make You No Forget,&#8221; released today on Jakarta Records. The exciting new track is the first single off the forthcoming Afropolitan Dreams. Blitz has been releasing a lot of outstanding material recently, including ...<a class="meta-nav" href=""> Read more &#187;</a>

Field Report: Trova in Santiago de Cuba

CC Smith, former editor of  The Beat Magazine, has kept busy lately. In addition to helping us sort out all manner of &#8220;it&#8217;s vs its&#8221; -related issues, she recently spent a couple of weeks on the island of Cuba and ...<a class="meta-nav" href=""> Read more &#187;</a>

Toumani Diabaté and Sidiki Diabaté Perform (and Record!) Together

A few weeks ago, World Circuit Records announced the first joint musical offering from Malian kora legend Toumani Diabaté and his son, Sidiki Diabaté. Simply titled Toumani and Sidiki, the album is out May 5 and the lead-up to its ...<a class="meta-nav" href=""> Read more &#187;</a>