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.

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.

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Upcoming Nigerian star Joeboy, his latest single, “Sip,” topping streaming charts across the African continent, has come...
10/16/2021
Afropop Worldwide | Joeboy Comes to America

Upcoming Nigerian star Joeboy, his latest single, “Sip,” topping streaming charts across the African continent, has come to America! Fresh off playing his first American shows, he sits down to talk with Afropop’s Ben Richmond. Check out the interview and some of Joeboy’s songs right here!

Rising Nigerian star Joeboy talks to Ben Richmond about his first visit to America, his plans for the future and his methods for working.

Now on the air: The Black History of the Banjo!In this program, we trace the history of this most American of instrument...
10/15/2021
Afropop Worldwide | The Black History of the Banjo

Now on the air: The Black History of the Banjo!

In this program, we trace the history of this most American of instruments from its ancestors in West Africa through the Caribbean and American South and into the present, as a new generation of Black women artists reclaim the banjo as their own. Listen on the radio or right here!

We trace the history of this most American of instruments from its ancestors in West Africa through the Caribbean and American South and into the present, as a new generation of Black women artists reclaim the banjo as their own. Rhiannon Giddens, Bassekou Kouyate, Bela Fleck and more talk claw-hamm...

The great Tuareg band, Imarhan, has just announced their third studio album, Aboogi, which will be out January 28. To wh...
10/14/2021
Afropop Worldwide | Imarhan Announces New Album of Soulful Tuareg Balladry

The great Tuareg band, Imarhan, has just announced their third studio album, Aboogi, which will be out January 28. To whet your appetite, the quintet has released a new single and video, Achinkad, the opening track from the album. Check out this hynotically beautiful song right here!

The Tuareg band Imarhan, who we last heard from with the great 2018 album "Temet," is back, announcing their third studio album, "Aboogi," out January 28 on the label City Slang.

Felebration 2021 is happening! The annual celebration of the late great Fela Kuti continues all week with nightly live m...
10/13/2021
Afropop Worldwide | Live From Ikeja, It's Felabration 2021 This Week

Felebration 2021 is happening! The annual celebration of the late great Fela Kuti continues all week with nightly live music from Ikeja Nigeria. The theme of this year’s event—which can be streamed through Facebook and Instagram—is “Viva Nigeria, Viva Africa.” Learn more right here!

With each passing year, Fela Kuti’s music only seems to get more urgent, relevant and appreciated. The annual celebration of the Nigerian bandleader, horn player and activist continues with live music from the New Afrika Shrine nightly this week, all streamable via Facebook and Instagram.

Tip of the cap to Abdulrazak Gurnah, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature this past Thursday, "for his uncompro...
10/10/2021
Afropop Worldwide | Zanzibari Novelist Abdulrazak Gurnah Wins Nobel Prize in Literature

Tip of the cap to Abdulrazak Gurnah, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature this past Thursday, "for his uncompromising and compassionate pe*******on of the effects of colonialism and the fate of the refugee in the gulf between cultures and continents.” Born and raised in Zanzibar, he has written 10 novels along with a number of short stories and critical essays. Read more here!

Tip of the cap to Abdulrazak Gurnah who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature this morning, "for his uncompromising and compassionate pe*******on of the effects of colonialism and the fate of the refugee in the gulf between cultures and continents.”

At age 86, Herb Alpert has just released his 48th album, Catch the Wind. From the buoyant samba of “Brazilian Moon” to t...
10/09/2021
Afropop Worldwide | Herb Alpert Catches the Wind

At age 86, Herb Alpert has just released his 48th album, Catch the Wind. From the buoyant samba of “Brazilian Moon” to the perky quasi-reggae of “Fantasy Island,” this is a sharp collection of originals and famous covers. Check out Herb’s chat with Georges Collinet and Banning Eyre—right here! https://afropop.org/articles/herb-alpert-catches-the-wind

Banning Eyre and Georges Collinet talk with Herb Alpert about his 2021 album Catch The Wind.

Now on the air: Toronto’s African Scene!Kofi Ackah, son of the Ghanaian highlife legend Jewel Ackah, is just one of many...
10/08/2021

Now on the air: Toronto’s African Scene!

Kofi Ackah, son of the Ghanaian highlife legend Jewel Ackah, is just one of many superb African artists who have made Toronto their home over the years. In this program, we take the pulse of Toronto’s African scene with profiles of Kofi, South Sudanese rapper Emmanuel Jal, rising Congolese star Blandine, hidden treasure of Ethiopian music Fantahun Shewankochew, and others. Listen on the radio or right here! https://afropop.org/audio-programs/torontos-african-scene

Now on the air: Toronto’s African Scene!

Kofi Ackah, son of the Ghanaian highlife legend Jewel Ackah, is just one of many superb African artists who have made Toronto their home over the years. In this program, we take the pulse of Toronto’s African scene with profiles of Kofi, South Sudanese rapper Emmanuel Jal, rising Congolese star Blandine, hidden treasure of Ethiopian music Fantahun Shewankochew, and others. Listen on the radio or right here! https://afropop.org/audio-programs/torontos-african-scene

Head up! The one and only Angélique Kidjo will be returning to Carnegie Hall on Friday, Nov. 5.  With a brand-new progra...
10/05/2021

Head up! The one and only Angélique Kidjo will be returning to Carnegie Hall on Friday, Nov. 5. With a brand-new program that draws from her latest album, Mother Nature, this will be a one-of-a-kind evening, a rallying cry both for New York City and for our planet. Learn more and get tickets right here! https://afropop.org/events/angélique-kidjos-mother-nature-songs-for-new-york-and-the-world-beyond

Head up! The one and only Angélique Kidjo will be returning to Carnegie Hall on Friday, Nov. 5. With a brand-new program that draws from her latest album, Mother Nature, this will be a one-of-a-kind evening, a rallying cry both for New York City and for our planet. Learn more and get tickets right here! https://afropop.org/events/angélique-kidjos-mother-nature-songs-for-new-york-and-the-world-beyond

Sonia Aimy, the Nigerian-born singer, songwriter, and actress, has released a new title-track single, “Reconnect.” Meldi...
10/02/2021
Afropop Worldwide | Toronto-Based Nigerian Artist Sonia Aimy Dances With the Ancestors

Sonia Aimy, the Nigerian-born singer, songwriter, and actress, has released a new title-track single, “Reconnect.” Melding the funky contemporary with the traditional, Aimy dances the steps of her ancestors in the video. Learn more and see it right here! https://afropop.org/articles/toronto-based-nigerian-artist-sonia-aimy-dances-with-the-ancestors

Melding together the funky contemporary with the traditional--like the talking drum--Sonia Aimy is dancing the steps of her ancestors in her new title-track single and video, “Reconnect.”

This week on the air: The Gorgon, The Originator, and The Dub Master: Reggae Pioneers Bunny Lee, U Roy, and King Tubby!J...
10/01/2021
Afropop Worldwide | The Gorgon, The Originator, and The Dub Master: Reggae Pioneers Bunny Lee, U Roy, and King Tubby

This week on the air: The Gorgon, The Originator, and The Dub Master: Reggae Pioneers Bunny Lee, U Roy, and King Tubby!

Jamaica's musical trendsetters did much more than just shake up the island's music scene. Their inventiveness has dramatically changed or even spawned a range of popular forms overseas. In this program, David Katz takes us on a tour of indelible changes brought about by producer Bunny "Striker" Lee, Deejay U Roy and the engineer and sound system owner, King Tubby, to demonstrate how they changed popular music worldwide.

Listen on the radio or right here!

In "The Gorgon, The Originator and The Dub Master," producer David Katz leads a tour of indelible changes brought about by producer Bunny "Striker" Lee, Deejay U Roy and the engineer and sound system owner, King Tubby, to demonstrate how they changed popular music worldwide.

The Meters’ guitarist Leo Nocentelli’s long-buried solo debut, Another Side, is coming out soon. Recorded from 1970-'72 ...
09/30/2021
Afropop Worldwide | The Meters’ Leo Nocentelli’s Long-Buried Solo Debut Comes Out Nov. 19

The Meters’ guitarist Leo Nocentelli’s long-buried solo debut, Another Side, is coming out soon. Recorded from 1970-'72 with an all-star cast of musicians, the master tapes were stashed away at Allen Toussaint’s Sea-Saint studio in New Orleans, as the Meters took off. Now, finally, they are being brought to light. Get the background and listen to a preview—right here!

The Meters are perhaps the ultimate maybe-you-don’t-know-their-name-but-you-know-their-work band. Hip-hop fans especially have heard the oft-sampled New Orleans funk outfit, one snippet at a time, but if you put on “Cissy Strut,” everyone in earshot will nod their heads—because of the beat, ...

If you listened to Afropop’s show on Changüí —or even if you didn’t—you’ll want to see this. Banning Eyre interviews mus...
09/28/2021

If you listened to Afropop’s show on Changüí —or even if you didn’t—you’ll want to see this. Banning Eyre interviews musician and ethnomusicologist Ben Lapidus to learn more about this ebullient but often overlooked genre of music from Eastern Cuba. And Ben knows his stuff, having written the only book on Changüí in the English language. Read it right here!
https://afropop.org/articles/ben-lapidus-on-changü%C3%AD-music-of-eastern-cuba

If you listened to Afropop’s show on Changüí —or even if you didn’t—you’ll want to see this. Banning Eyre interviews musician and ethnomusicologist Ben Lapidus to learn more about this ebullient but often overlooked genre of music from Eastern Cuba. And Ben knows his stuff, having written the only book on Changüí in the English language. Read it right here!
https://afropop.org/articles/ben-lapidus-on-changü%C3%AD-music-of-eastern-cuba

Sorie Kondi's story veers from the hardest of luck to right-place-right-time strokes of fortune, and it brings the blind...
09/25/2021
Afropop Worldwide | Kondi Band: "We Famous"

Sorie Kondi's story veers from the hardest of luck to right-place-right-time strokes of fortune, and it brings the blind Sierra Leonian to his second release with the American producer Chief Boima under the Kondi Band banner. Hear tracks from their new album We Famous and read our review right here.

Out today on Strut Records, Kondi Band finds, or maybe forges, the link between hand-hewn folk music and modern electronic music.

Now on Afropop Closeup: Kakuma Sounds! Kenya’s Kakuma Refugee Camp is a virtual city of people displaced by three decade...
09/24/2021
Afropop Worldwide | Kakuma Sounds

Now on Afropop Closeup: Kakuma Sounds!

Kenya’s Kakuma Refugee Camp is a virtual city of people displaced by three decades of war. Treynor Tumwa and Mark LeVine provided traditional instruments to the camp’s talented artists. Listen to the story right here!

Kenyan music producer Treynor Tumwa and American musician/scholar Mark LeVine work to provide traditional instruments to Kakuma Refugee Camp, virtual city of people displaced by three decades of war in East and Central Africa.

New radio program on the air this week: Changüí!Changüí is a little understood, loose and lively, community-based music ...
09/23/2021
Afropop Worldwide | Changüí!

New radio program on the air this week: Changüí!

Changüí is a little understood, loose and lively, community-based music of eastern Cuba. Rooted in Afro-Haitian music, pan-Caribbean styles, Spanish poetic traditions and more, Changüí emerged in the mid 19th century in plantations, not unlike the blues. We update the story with Changüí fusions into jazz, salsa and hip-hop.

Listen on the radio or right here--and prepare to dance!
https://afropop.org/audio-programs/chang%C3%BC%C3%AD

Gianluca Tramontana and Ben Lapidus reveal the story of Changüí, a music of Guantanamo in eastern Cuba.

From the first moments of the Meridian Brothers’ new album, Paz En La Tierra, you can hear that something is different. ...
09/19/2021
Afropop Worldwide | Meridian Brothers: Conjunto Media Luna "Paz En La Tierra"

From the first moments of the Meridian Brothers’ new album, Paz En La Tierra, you can hear that something is different. It turns out the band has teamed up with Conjunto Media Luna’s Iván Medellín. Centered on Medellín’s accordion, the resulting album draws heavily from traditional vallenato, an Afro-Indian-European music from Colombia’s Caribbean coast. Read a review and listen to a track from Paz En La Tierra right here!

From the first moments of the Meridian Brothers’ new album, Paz En La Tierra, you can hear that something is different. The band—which is just Colombian musician Eblis Álvarez unless playing live—has teamed up with Conjunto Media Luna’s Iván Medellín for the new album. Centered on Medell....

Mdou Moctar releases new mini-doc!The Tuareg guitar dynamo Mdou Moctar has just put out a short documentary capturing hi...
09/18/2021
Afropop Worldwide | Mdou Moctar Releases “Afrique Victime” Mini-Doc

Mdou Moctar releases new mini-doc!
The Tuareg guitar dynamo Mdou Moctar has just put out a short documentary capturing his band’s experience in the wake of the release of its latest record, the highly acclaimed Afrique Victime. Trapped in Niger because of the pandemic, unable to tour within the country because of its dangerous political situation, the band decided to meet in the country’s capital, Niamey, to play together for the first time since 2019.
Check out the documentary—and also a sneak peak of the band performing the title track from Afrique Victime live—right here! https://afropop.org/articles/mdou-moctar-releases-afrique-victime-mini-doc

Mdou Moctar is on the rise. Forging his career and sound (and a killer eponymous band), the Tuareg guitar dynamo just played back-to-back sold out shows in Brooklyn as part of a North American tour for his new record, Afrique Victime. The album is his first full-length on the American indie label Ma...

On the air now: The Story of Baobab!Follow the 50 year history of the famous Senegalese group, Orchestra Baobab, from th...
09/16/2021

On the air now: The Story of Baobab!

Follow the 50 year history of the famous Senegalese group, Orchestra Baobab, from the rough recordings made in Club Baobab, through their breakup and verdant 21st century revival. Combing elements from their homes in West Africa with lush Afro-Cuban arrangements, they display their mastery of everything from slow folk ballads to wah-pedal heavy psychedelia.

Listen on the radio or check it out right here! https://afropop.org/audio-programs/the-story-of-orchestra-baobab

On the air now: The Story of Baobab!

Follow the 50 year history of the famous Senegalese group, Orchestra Baobab, from the rough recordings made in Club Baobab, through their breakup and verdant 21st century revival. Combing elements from their homes in West Africa with lush Afro-Cuban arrangements, they display their mastery of everything from slow folk ballads to wah-pedal heavy psychedelia.

Listen on the radio or check it out right here! https://afropop.org/audio-programs/the-story-of-orchestra-baobab

Now on Afropop Closeup: Yasmin Williams—Guitar Hero to Guitar Hero!Yasmin Williams has gone from video game virtuoso to ...
09/13/2021

Now on Afropop Closeup: Yasmin Williams—Guitar Hero to Guitar Hero!

Yasmin Williams has gone from video game virtuoso to one of the freshest and most original solo acoustic guitarists today. She talks to producer Ben Richmond about her influences, her unique instrumentation, and forging her own path as a young Black woman artist in a genre dominated by white dudes. Listen right here! https://afropop.org/audio-programs/yasmin-williams-guitar-hero-to-guitar-hero

Now on Afropop Closeup: Yasmin Williams—Guitar Hero to Guitar Hero!

Yasmin Williams has gone from video game virtuoso to one of the freshest and most original solo acoustic guitarists today. She talks to producer Ben Richmond about her influences, her unique instrumentation, and forging her own path as a young Black woman artist in a genre dominated by white dudes. Listen right here! https://afropop.org/audio-programs/yasmin-williams-guitar-hero-to-guitar-hero

09/11/2021

Tomorrow! Sunday, Sept. 12th - 4-6pm ET. Jolly Papa will be joined by Afropop Worldwide's Georges Collinet in hosting a 2hr livestream from Jolly Papa Radio headquarters. Great music from Africa & beyond, plus live, in-studio performances by Cheick Hamala Diabate, Samba Mapangala and Anna Mwalagho. Percussion by Mahiri Keita-Edwards, guitar by Nathan Okite.

Tune in on Facebook @ Department of Parks and Recreation Pr. Geo. County
#jollypaparadio #dcafricanmusic #celebrateafrica2021

09/11/2021

Tomorrow! Sunday, Sept. 12th - 4-6pm ET. Jolly Papa will be joined by Afropop Worldwide's Georges Collinet in hosting a 2hr livestream from Jolly Papa Radio headquarters. Great music from Africa & beyond, plus live, in-studio performances by Cheick Hamala Diabate, Samba Mapangala and Anna Mwalagho. Percussion by Mahiri Keita-Edwards, guitar by Nathan Okite.

Tune in on Facebook @ Department of Parks and Recreation Pr. Geo. County
#jollypaparadio #dcafricanmusic #celebrateafrica2021

Now on the air: Nairobi Roars.A rising cadre of artists is rocking the Kenyan capital. From hip-hop and dancehall to r&b...
09/11/2021

Now on the air: Nairobi Roars.

A rising cadre of artists is rocking the Kenyan capital. From hip-hop and dancehall to r&b and gengeton, the city’s cultural melting pot is coming to a boil at a time of political change. Listen on the radio or right here!
https://afropop.org/audio-programs/nairobi-roars

Now on the air: Nairobi Roars.

A rising cadre of artists is rocking the Kenyan capital. From hip-hop and dancehall to r&b and gengeton, the city’s cultural melting pot is coming to a boil at a time of political change. Listen on the radio or right here!
https://afropop.org/audio-programs/nairobi-roars

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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?
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P. S. What ever happened to the Mulatu Astatqe segment? I heard about it months ago, yet still have not heard the segment itself.