The White House’s immigration policy targets people in the criminal justice system — whether or not they are convicted of crimes — and will likely most affect refugees and immigrants from Muslim-majority countries. Many of the members of African Communities Together are part of all of those groups.
Some of Nigeria and Ghana’s biggest stars teamed up on “Shuga,” a song that was apparently somehow passed over for the theme to the HIV-stigma-breaking TV series Shuga. The fluttering synths of the beat, produced by Chopstix, sound rather uncannily ...<a class="meta-nav" href="http://www.afropop.org/wp/16855/the-unreleased-shuga-theme/"> Read more »</a>
William Onyeabor is one of the most unique Nigerian performers of the ’70s and ’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 »</a>
Tosin Aribisala, Nigerian master drummer (master of the drum kit, that is), has performed with Femi Kuti, Antibalas and many others. He’s been living in Washington DC since 2001, pursuing a career as a well-known freelance drummer, an active gospel musician ...<a class="meta-nav" href="http://www.afropop.org/wp/17009/tosin-aribisala-life-begins/"> Read more »</a>
Nigeria's 150 million people are almost evenly divided between Christians and Muslims. And for several decades, fighting has repeatedly flared between the two groups, killing an estimated 20,000 people. But two men, once sworn enemies, are now working to undo the hatred they once sowed.
Young Fathers, Scotland’s leading rap trio, have returned, after three excellent EPs and the recent “Music to… Babylon” mix for iD Magazine, with their debut full-length, DEAD (available from Anticon in the US). The band tackles dark subjects on the ...<a class="meta-nav" href="http://www.afropop.org/wp/17148/dead-young-fathers-on-their-democratic-recording/"> Read more »</a>
What’s the first thing you think when you hear the music of Ibibio Soundmachine? Well, if you’re anything like us, it’s probably something along the lines of “Damn that’s funky,” followed in short order by “Took them long enough!” Delivering ...<a class="meta-nav" href="http://www.afropop.org/wp/17183/interview-eno-williams-of-ibibio-soundmachine/"> Read more »</a>
Ibibio Sound Machine’s debut album sounds like the best parts of about half a dozen different genres from the 70s and 80s, all combined with an up-to-date electronic production approach, and the warm voice of the seriously stylin’ Eno Williams. ... Read more »
In Teju Cole's book about his hometown of Lagos, Nigeria — "Every Day is for the Thief" — a culture of corruption creates a society of "barely containable hysteria" and a sort of constant post-traumatic stress.
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="http://www.afropop.org/wp/17594/sxsw-2014-field-report/"> Read more »</a>