Afropop Worldwide

Afropop Worldwide Where Music Tells the Story of the World Afropop is an internationally syndicated weekly radio series, online guide to African and world music, and an international music archive, that has introduced American listeners to the music cultures of Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean since 1988.
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Hosted by Georges Collinet from Cameroon, the radio series is distributed by Public Radio International to 110 stations in the U.S., via XM satellite radio, in Africa via and Europe via Radio Multikulti.

Hosted by Georges Collinet from Cameroon, the radio series is distributed by Public Radio International to 110 stations in the U.S., via XM satellite radio, in Africa via and Europe via Radio Multikulti.

Mission: Afropop Worldwide promotes greater understanding of the contemporary musical cultures of Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean, thus building a larger, better informed audience and a more culturally educated and tolerant world. Afropop Worldwide believes that music provides a singularly productive entree for listeners and web users to learn more about history, geography, societies, and the movement of ideas and culture in our world.

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ON AIR THIS WEEK: São Paulo Migrationshttps://afropop.org/audio-programs/sao-paulo-migrations-hybrid-musical-resistance-...
11/19/2020
Afropop Worldwide | São Paulo Migrations: Hybrid Musical Resistance in Brazil’s Alpha City

ON AIR THIS WEEK: São Paulo Migrations
https://afropop.org/audio-programs/sao-paulo-migrations-hybrid-musical-resistance-in-brazils-alpha-city

Brazil’s economic and artistic powerhouse, São Paulo is a true megapolis, being the largest city in Latin America and fourth largest city in the world. Built on successive waves of immigration, it’s a melting pot of cultures, viewpoints and musical beats with a flourishing alternate arts scene that includes vibrant poetry slams, renowned street art and an incredible array of music forms that push against established hierarchies of race, class, gender and sexual orientation. In this dramatically unequal city, hybrid cultural expression happens spontaneously, fusing ancient and modern, local and foreign, traditional and avant-garde.

Produced in São Paulo by David Katz (and completed remotely following travel bans), this program surveys the São Paulo soundscape to explore dynamic facets of its musical resistance. Beginning with some background information provided by historian Rodrigo Bonciani, we hear songs from northeast migrants that tried to make sense of their adopted city in the 1950s, 60s and 70s, including Tom Zé and Caetano Veloso, as well as Itamar Assumpção of the resident Vanguarda Paulista movement. Then, committed hip-hop specialist DJ Dandan guides us through the rap scene of the 80s, 90s and beyond, before acclaimed artists explore the influence of soul, funk and other global forms on their work, including the producer BiD and singers Aricia Mess and Curumin, the latter taking a closer work at the challenges and rewards of living and working in such a place. The reggae underground is revealed through testimony from Yellow P of Dub Versão sound system, Dani Pimenta of Feminine Hi-Fi and Lys Ventura of Fresh Dancehall, along with producer/bassist Victor Rice and drummer/producer Bruno Buarque. Then, the rich avant-garde scene is illuminated by words and music from Anelis Assumpção and members of Bixiga 70 and Metá Metá, and there are musings on the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as the city’s hopeful future.

Immerse yourself in the broad diversity of São Paulo’s intense music scene, where hybrid cultural expression happens spontaneously, fusing ancient and modern, local and foreign, traditional and avant-garde.

ON AIR THIS WEEK: My Friend Manu: https://afropop.org/audio-programs/my-friend-manu-dibangoCameroonian musician and comp...
11/13/2020
Afropop Worldwide | My Friend Manu Dibango

ON AIR THIS WEEK: My Friend Manu:
https://afropop.org/audio-programs/my-friend-manu-dibango

Cameroonian musician and composer Manu Dibango passed away on March 24 at his home in France, an early victim of Covid 19. “My Friend Manu” is a tribute to the exceptional man who, by chance as he says, gave us the famous "Soul Makossa," a tune that opened the disco era.

In this episode of Afropop Worldwide, Georges Collinet goes back in time to recollect his friendship with his fellow Cameroonian. He explores the many ways their lives paralleled and intersected after they were sent to France by their parents for an education. This musical journey is enhanced by the wisdom and sonorous laughter of Manu Dibango and by the mesmerizing music culled from the over 200 records that Manu produced over a 60-year career.

On the program, we also hear Manu reflect on his incredible journey in an interview that Afropop producer Dan Rosenberg recorded at Dibango’s apartment in Paris.

In “My Friend Manu” you will not only sample some Maxi Voom Voom, as Georges Collinet’s show on the Voice of America was called, but also have a taste of andouillette and suya in Yaoundé, Cameroon. And you will finally know how to correctly say Ma Ma Ko, Ma Massa, Ma Ma Makossa. “My Friend Manu” is definitely a multisensory delight!

Photos by Pierre René-Worms, used with permission.

Originally aired June 18, 2020.

Cameroonian musician and composer Manu Dibango passed away on March 24 at his home in France, an early victim of Covid 19. “My Friend Manu” is a tribute to the exceptional man who, by chance as he says, gave us the famous "Soul Makossa," a tune that opened the disco era.In this episode of Afropo...

11/06/2020
ON AIR THIS WEEK: The Story of Baobab: https://afropop.org/audio-programs/the-story-of-orchestra-baobabFifty years ago, ...
10/29/2020
Afropop Worldwide | The Story of Baobab

ON AIR THIS WEEK: The Story of Baobab: https://afropop.org/audio-programs/the-story-of-orchestra-baobab

Fifty years ago, the nephew of the president of Senegal was putting together a band for his new upscale Dakar nightclub, and he recruited a handful of musicians who are still together today. Combining elements from their homes across West Africa with lush Afro-Cuban arrangements, Orchestra Baobab became one of the continent's top bands.

Follow the group from the rough recordings made in Club Baobab, through their breakup and verdant 21st century revival, enjoying their mastery of everything from slow folk ballads to wah-pedal heavy psychedelia. Members Rudy Gomis, Barthelemy Attisso, Thierno Koite, Balla Sidibe talk about life in this truly one-of-a-kind group, the specialists in all styles, half-a-century old and still evolving: the mighty Orchestra Baobab.

Members Rudy Gomis, Barthelemy Attisso, Thierno Koite, Balla Sidibe talk about life in this truly one-of-a-kind group, the specialists in all styles, half-a-century old and still evolving: the mighty Orchestra Baobab.

ON AIR THIS WEEK: The Story of Baobabhttps://afropop.org/audio-programs/the-story-of-orchestra-baobabFifty years ago, th...
10/29/2020
Afropop Worldwide | The Story of Baobab

ON AIR THIS WEEK: The Story of Baobab
https://afropop.org/audio-programs/the-story-of-orchestra-baobab

Fifty years ago, the president of Senegal’s nephew was putting together a band for his new, upscale Dakar nightclub, and he recruited a handful of musicians who are still together today. Combining elements from their homes across West Africa into lush Afro-Cuban arrangements, the Orchestra Baobab became one of the continent's top bands.

Follow the group from the rough recordings made in Club Baobab, through their breakup and verdant 21st century revival, enjoying their mastery of everything from slow folk ballads to wah-pedal heavy psychedelia. Members Rudy Gomis, Barthelemy Attisso, Thierno Koite, Balla Sidibe talk about life in this truly one-of-a-kind group, the spe

Members Rudy Gomis, Barthelemy Attisso, Thierno Koite, Balla Sidibe talk about life in this truly one-of-a-kind group, the specialists in all styles, half-a-century old and still evolving: the mighty Orchestra Baobab.

10/22/2020
En direct de Nuits d'Afrique : AYRAD X BANTÜ SALSA

[FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL NUITS D’AFRIQUE - 34e ÉDITION]
Le Festival international Nuits d’Afrique vous propose le troisième voyage en musique de sa série En direct des Nuits d’Afrique de Montréal. Ce soir AYRAD (Maroc) Bantü Salsa (Cameroun - Mali)!

ON AIR THIS WEEK: QUELBE: Hidden Treasure of the Caribbeanhttps://afropop.org/audio-programs/quelbe-hidden-treasure-of-t...
10/16/2020
Afropop Worldwide | Quelbe: Hidden Treasure of the Caribbean

ON AIR THIS WEEK:
QUELBE: Hidden Treasure of the Caribbean

https://afropop.org/audio-programs/quelbe-hidden-treasure-of-the-caribbean

On a visit to the U.S. Virgin Islands in winter 2018, we took the pulse of the national music of St Croix – QUELBE. Rarely recorded, rarely exported, quelbe is an energetic form, led by sax or flute with percussion and banjo, and it fuels the traditional dance style QUADRILLE. St Croix is the largest of the U.S. Virgin Islands, and sits alone 42 miles south St Thomas and St John. That’s part of why traditional music and dance forms have remained strong on St Croix. Meet bandleaders Stanley Jacobs of Stanley and the 10 Sleepless Knights, and Dmitri Copemann of the Renaissance Band, who are cultivating a vibrant next generation.

Produced by Marika Partridge and Banning Eyre.

On a visit to the U.S. Virgin Islands in winter 2018, we took the pulse of the national music of St Croix – QUELBE. Rarely recorded, rarely exported, quelbe is an energetic form, led by sax or flute with percussion and banjo, and it fuels the traditional dance style QUADRILLE. St Croix is the larg...

10/15/2020
En direct de Nuits d'Afrique : Naxx Bitota X ILAM

[FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL NUITS D’AFRIQUE - 34e ÉDITION]
Le Festival international Nuits d’Afrique vous propose le deuxième voyage en musique de sa série En direct des Nuits d’Afrique de Montréal. Ce soir @Naxx Bitota (Congo RD) et @Ilam (Sénégal)!

Nuits d'Afrique
10/08/2020

Nuits d'Afrique

[FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL NUITS D’AFRIQUE - 34e ÉDITION]
On se retrouve dès ce soir, 20h (heure de Montréal), pour la 34e édition du Festival international Nuits d'Afrique qui va se dérouler en ligne, et vous est présenté par le groupe Banque TD. En première partie, dans la série Les Révélations présentée par ICI Musique, vous assisterez au spectacle de MATEO 💃 puis, en seconde partie, dans la série Les Étoiles Nuits d’Afrique, présentée par CHOQ.ca, retrouvez l'artiste Wesli ! ☀️

ON AIR THIS WEEK: SXSW 2020 Virtual Showcase: https://afropop.org/audio-programs/sxsw-2020-a-virtual-showcaseThe cancell...
10/01/2020
Afropop Worldwide | SXSW 2020: A Virtual Showcase

ON AIR THIS WEEK: SXSW 2020 Virtual Showcase:
https://afropop.org/audio-programs/sxsw-2020-a-virtual-showcase

The cancellation of South by Southwest was one of the early shocks in the global coronavirus pandemic. Countless artists, fans, vendors, nightclub owners and festival staff were devastated. Afropop Worldwide had been scheduled to host 12 bands at an SXSW showcase. We decided to reach out to some of these artists and make a radio show with their music just the same. This program features Skype interviews and music from Lady Donli (Nigeria), RAM (Haiti), Blaya (Portugal) and BLK JKS (South Africa), and music from Ghana, Cape Verde, Colombia and more—all artists we had hoped to feature. The music is uplifting, and the stories illustrate the global reach of the ongoing crisis. Produced by Banning Eyre.

Aired originally April 9, 2020.

Music and interviews from artists scheduled for the cancelled 2020 South by Southwest Afropop Worldwide showcase.

ON AIR THIS WEEK: Afro Roots Virtual Fest 2020 in Miami:https://afropop.org/audio-programs/afro-roots-virtual-fest-2020-...
09/24/2020
Afropop Worldwide | Afro Roots Virtual Fest 2020 in Miami

ON AIR THIS WEEK: Afro Roots Virtual Fest 2020 in Miami:

https://afropop.org/audio-programs/afro-roots-virtual-fest-2020-in-miami

Miami is still in lockdown mode for large gatherings but we don't let that stop us as we travel, virtually, to Miami's beautiful open air, art deco North Beach Bandshell right across from the Atlantic Ocean. Enjoy highlights from the just completed Afro Roots Virtual Fest featuring the city's leading globally grooving artists. Crank it up! Johnny Dread of Cuban/Rasta heritage opens up with his original mix of classic reggae, rock and international sounds. Cortadito, called the best Latin act by the Miami New Times in 2019, offers an updated version of 19th century son montuno from the mountainous region of northeastern Cuba while its two lead singers--one from Havana and one from Santiago de Cuba in the east--take turns performing originals from these two distinct traditions. The Spam All Stars stretch out with quirky spoken word, Latin and eclectic combinations. Venezonix perform Venezuelan roots music enlivened by electronic textures. And Alsarah of the Nubatones beams in a soulful duet from Brooklyn of her songs in Nubian and Arabic, reflections on diaspora and displacement, with her oud player Brendan Terzig. Remember the joy of dancing to live music ?! Ah yes. Catch tips from Banning Eyre on how to enjoy virtual festivals in his "Fresh Eyre" column.

Enjoy highlights from the just completed Afro Roots Virtual Fest featuring the city's leading globally grooving artists.

ON AIR THIS WEEK: Afro Roots Virtual Fest 2020 in Miami: https://afropop.org/audio-programs/afro-roots-virtual-fest-2020...
09/24/2020
Afropop Worldwide | Afro Roots Virtual Fest 2020 in Miami

ON AIR THIS WEEK: Afro Roots Virtual Fest 2020 in Miami: https://afropop.org/audio-programs/afro-roots-virtual-fest-2020-in-miami

Miami is still in lockdown mode for large gatherings but we don't let that stop us as we travel, virtually, to Miami's beautiful open air, art deco North Beach Bandshell right across from the Atlantic Ocean. Enjoy highlights from the just completed Afro Roots Virtual Fest featuring the city's leading globally grooving artists. Crank it up! Johnny Dread of Cuban/Rasta heritage opens up with his original mix of classic reggae, rock and international sounds. Cortadito, called the best Latin act by the Miami New Times in 2019, offers an updated version of 19th century son montuno from the mountainous region of northeastern Cuba while its two lead singers--one from Havana and one from Santiago de Cuba in the east--take turns performing originals from these two distinct traditions. The Spam All Stars stretch out with quirky spoken word, Latin and eclectic combinations. Venezonix perform Venezuelan roots music enlivened by electronic textures. And Alsarah of the Nubatones beams in a soulful duet from Brooklyn of her songs in Nubian and Arabic, reflections on diaspora and displacement, with her oud player Brendan Terzig. Remember the joy of dancing to live music ?! Ah yes. Catch tips from Banning Eyre on how to enjoy virtual festivals in his "Fresh Eyre" column.

Enjoy highlights from the just completed Afro Roots Virtual Fest featuring the city's leading globally grooving artists.

ON AIR THIS WEEK: Baaba Maal Live, Acoustic, in NYC: https://afropop.org/audio-programs/baaba-maal-acoustic-in-nycSensat...
09/11/2020
Afropop Worldwide | Baaba Maal Live, Acoustic in NYC

ON AIR THIS WEEK: Baaba Maal Live, Acoustic, in NYC: https://afropop.org/audio-programs/baaba-maal-acoustic-in-nyc

Sensational Senegalese singer Baaba Maal has toured the world for nearly 30 years backed by his electric group, Daande Lenol. At times he has performed as an acoustic duo with his longtime musical partner, Mansour Seck, on guitars and vocals. And all too rarely, Maal assembles a large acoustic band featuring guitars and traditional instruments. We captured such a moment: Baaba and his acoustic big band performing at Joe's Pub in New York, one of our all-time favorite live recordings. Beautiful!

From long before the Black Panther soundtrack!

Join us as we return to one of the great live Afropop recordings—Baaba Maal performing an intimate acoustic show here in New York.

This Week's Closeup: “Something Deep Inside,” Pana-Soul Crooner Ralph Weeks’s Enduring ClassicSoul singer and multi-inst...
09/02/2020
Afropop Worldwide | “Something Deep Inside,” Pana-Soul Crooner Ralph Weeks’s Enduring Classic

This Week's Closeup: “Something Deep Inside,” Pana-Soul Crooner Ralph Weeks’s Enduring Classic

Soul singer and multi-instrumentalist Ralph Weeks left Panama for Brooklyn, New York, when he was 17. Today he's a hearty 77, and still takes the stage with his finely honed falsetto to offer the enduring classic of a song he wrote more than 50 years ago, "Something Deep Inside." The song has passed through various renditions over the years and, in this podcast, Weeks lifts the hood on the creative process that led to a classic, with enthusiasm and an easy laugh. Produced by Steve Burkholder.
https://afropop.org/audio-programs/something-deep-inside-pana-soul-crooner-ralph-weekss-enduring-classic

"Something Deep Inside" has passed through various renditions over the years and, in this podcast, Pana-Soul singer Ralph Weeks lifts the hood on the creative process that led to a classic, with enthusiasm and an easy laugh.

ON AIR THIS WEEK: Lockdown Serenade: https://afropop.org/audio-programs/lockdown-serenadeFor all those stuck at home or ...
08/27/2020
Afropop Worldwide | Lockdown Serenade

ON AIR THIS WEEK: Lockdown Serenade: https://afropop.org/audio-programs/lockdown-serenade

For all those stuck at home or stressed out during these uncertain times, here’s an hour of uplifting music from Mali, Cuba and South Africa. Vusi Mahlasela, Alex Cuba, Afel Bocoum and Oumou Sangare have all known the travails of personal pain and political turmoil. And yet all find the strength and vision to create music that soothes and reassures even as it moves dancing feet. On this program, we hear fresh music and words from all four.

Produced by Banning Eyre and Sean Barlow.

For all those stuck at home or stressed out during these uncertain times, here’s an hour of uplifting music from Mali, Cuba and South Africa. Vusi Mahlasela, Alex Cuba, Afel Bocoum and Oumou Sangare have all known the travails of personal pain and political turmoil. And yet all find the strength a...

ON AIR THIS WEEK: Ancient Text Messages: Batá Drums in a Changing WorldIn Africa, drums don't only play rhythms, they se...
08/13/2020
Afropop Worldwide | Ancient Text Messages: Batá Drums in a Changing World

ON AIR THIS WEEK: Ancient Text Messages: Batá Drums in a Changing World

In Africa, drums don't only play rhythms, they send messages. “Ancient Text Messages: Batá Drums in a Changing World” explores an endangered tradition of drum speech in Nigeria, and how that tradition changed and thrived in Cuba, where large numbers of enslaved Yoruba arrived in the 19th century. Producer Ned Sublette speaks with ethnomusicologist Amanda Villepastour, language technician Tunde Adegbola, and drummer Kenneth Schweitzer about how language and music overlap.

https://afropop.org/audio-programs/ancient-text-messages-bata-drums-in-a-changing-world

Ancient Text Messages: Batá Drums in a Changing World” explores an endangered tradition of drum speech in Nigeria, and how that tradition changed and thrived in Cuba, where large numbers of enslaved Yoruba arrived in the 19th century.

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How did I somehow manage to miss your show on Mulatu Astatque, in spite of listening faithfully practically every Saturday morning (in NYC) for the past year? That was the show I most wanted to hear, and I still want to hear it. Will you be airing it again, or would you at least post about it here on your page?
Listen to this amazing tune by Tstar and he calls it Dis feeling #disfeeling
Alain Ilunga
P. S. What ever happened to the Mulatu Astatqe segment? I heard about it months ago, yet still have not heard the segment itself.
What about the most recent installment? Isn't there anything from this weekend?
Visit this web site to see how African drum music is written and aligned with the dance movements.
Georges Collinet, you are amazing! Thanks so very much for your inspiring shows and your soft, warm voice!
FYI...my two dear music colleagues and friends of life Arturo O'Farrill and Dr. Cornel West released a CD together. Respect and love!!! Dawoud Kringle​'s CD Review “Four Questions” by Arturo O’Farrill feat. Dr. Cornel West: https://doobeedoobeedoo.info/2020/06/25/cd-review-arturo-ofarrill-feat-dr-cornel-west/ The title track, “Four Questions,” hits the listener with a series of violent chords, and then dances away from any response, like Muhammad Ali hitting Smoking Joe Frazier with several unpredictable punches, then taunting him while staying just outside his reach. Suddenly, Dr. Cornell West bursts in with a spoken word discourse whose poetry and musicality rivals the likes of Amiri Baraka and The Last Poets. The orchestra joined him, offering an emotionally charged 6/8 Latin Jazz that shifts and dances in and out of itself, offering a perfect musical backdrop to West’s discourse.
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https://open.spotify.com/track/0k6fk053YfjIW2xYP8c8UZ?si=x-MBjqHVRYO35iunc2lyIA Mendela - ungandishiyi (original mix) Lockdown seduction Please download and share