Dj Rupture drops new Cumbia Mix

Globe-trotting, theory-dropping DJ/Rupture has just released a new mix of cumbia on his soundcloud page. And to our GREAT pleasure, it is comprised entirely of &#8220;cumbia cumbia, not nuevo cumbia.&#8221; Not to say that we have any problem with the ...<a class="meta-nav" href=""> Read more &#187;</a>

Love Songs in Somalia: Music of a Lost World

A couple of years ago, I received an email message from Lidwien Kapteijns (LID-win KAP-tains, like “captain”), a professor of history at Wellesley College. She told me she was a co-trustee of probably the largest existing collection of Somali popular ...<a class="meta-nav" href=""> Read more &#187;</a>

Vybz Kartel Found Guilty of Murder

[Photo from Jamaica Gleaner] After two and a half years behind bars, dancehall superstar Vybz Kartel was found guilty of murder last night. The scene has been tense in Kingston, where hundreds gathered to chant “Free Kartel,” and riot police ... Read more &#187;

Funky Folklore: An Interview with Eno Williams of Ibibio Soundmachine

What&#8217;s the first thing you think when you hear the music of Ibibio Soundmachine? Well, if you&#8217;re anything like us, it&#8217;s probably something along the lines of &#8220;Damn that&#8217;s funky,&#8221; followed in short order by &#8220;Took them long enough!&#8221; Delivering ...<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>

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>

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>

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>

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>

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>