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.
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Almost 30 years of connecting you to music of Africa and the World!

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.

WMI PLUS At Home: Music of Mali - World Music Institute
05/26/2020
WMI PLUS At Home: Music of Mali - World Music Institute

WMI PLUS At Home: Music of Mali - World Music Institute

Founded in 1985 as a not-for-profit, World Music Institute (WMI) has served as one of the leading presenters of world music and dance within the United States. WMI is committed to presenting the finest in traditional and contemporary music and dance from around the world to inspire wonder at the wor...

ON AIR THIS WEEK: A tour of rhythm nations: Some countries are embedded in our collective memory for their trademark rhy...
05/21/2020
Afropop Worldwide | Rhythm Nations

ON AIR THIS WEEK: A tour of rhythm nations:
Some countries are embedded in our collective memory for their trademark rhythms--samba for Brazil, rumba for Cuba, Afrobeat for Nigeria, mbalax for Senegal. We'll celebrate these beats with some of their seminal practitioners.

Some countries are embedded in our collective memory for their trademark rhythms--samba for Brazil, rumba for Cuba, Afrobeat for Nigeria, mbalax for Senegal. We'll celebrate these beats with some of their seminal practitioners.

ON AIR THIS WEEK: Madagascar Medley: https://afropop.org/audio-programs/madagascar-medleyOn a return trip to Madagascar,...
05/14/2020
Afropop Worldwide | Madagascar Medley

ON AIR THIS WEEK: Madagascar Medley: https://afropop.org/audio-programs/madagascar-medley

On a return trip to Madagascar, we catch up with and hear new music from tsapiky maestro Damily, the “king of salegy” Jaojoby, an exciting new duo starring Sammy of Tarika Sammy, Toko Telo and more. This music-rich edition is filled with entrancing and hard-to-find roots pop. In the wake of 2018’s hard-fought presidential election, Madagascar faces a new era with former DJ Andry Rajoelina at the helm. Word is his theme song was a major boost. We’ll hear it. We’ll also sample rare field recordings from this spectacularly musical and often overlooked Indian Ocean island. Produced by Banning Eyre.

Banning Eyre's roundup of roots music from Madagascar, circa 2019, with Tarika Sammy, Jaojoby, Damily, Razia and Toko Telo.

ON AIR THIS WEEK: Rap, Reggae and Cultural Resistance in Belo Horizonte, BrazilBelo Horizonte is Brazil’s sixth largest ...
04/30/2020
Afropop Worldwide | Rap, Reggae and Cultural Resistance in Belo Horizonte, Brazil

ON AIR THIS WEEK: Rap, Reggae and Cultural Resistance in Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Belo Horizonte is Brazil’s sixth largest city and, including its surrounding districts, the country’s third-largest metropolitan area. The capital of Minas Gerais, a state built on mining, dairy products and coffee production, Belo Horizonte is often seen as a parochial, conservative backwater, yet its thriving alternative arts scene provides robust forms of musical and cultural resistance to the exclusionary policies of reactionary president, Jair Bolsonaro, especially through local variants of hip-hop and reggae.

Produced in Belo Horizonte by David Katz, this program explores the intricacies of the city’s homegrown resistance movements, based in squatted buildings and public spaces in the city center and peripheral favelas on the outskirts. It reveals the surprising complexities of the renowned Belo Horizonte rap scene, which is intricately linked to improv theater and urban poetry movements, with a revived carnival culture, African-Brazilian candomblé and baile funk all part of the local form’s very distinctive musical backdrop; the smaller reggae scene also addresses issues such as social exclusion, income disparity, racial bias, gender discrimination, transphobia and environmental crises. In the show, we’ll hear from rappers such as Roger Deff, Samora Nzinga and the left-field duo of Hot e Oreia, as well as Leo Vidigal of the Deska Reggae sound system and Zaika dos Santos of Salto, the city’s first female-run sound; Tiago Lopes of the Rastafari collective Roots Ativa and former rapper Kdu dos Anjos and guide us through the permaculture and upcycled fashion projects they have established in the massive favela complex of Aglomerada da Serra, providing employment and social integration to some of the city’s most disenfranchised residents.

Produced by David Katz.

All images copyright by David Katz.
https://afropop.org/audio-programs/rap-reggae-and-cultural-resistance-in-belo-horizonte-brazil

Belo Horizonte is Brazil’s sixth largest city and, including its surrounding districts, the country’s third-largest metropolitan area. The capital of Minas Gerais, a state built on mining, dairy products and coffee production, Belo Horizonte is often seen as a parochial, conservative backwater, ...

ON AIR THIS WEEK: Hawaiian guitars on the West Coast of Africa, dad rock across the Sahara and heavy metal in Angola: ht...
04/23/2020
Afropop Worldwide | Accounting for Taste

ON AIR THIS WEEK: Hawaiian guitars on the West Coast of Africa, dad rock across the Sahara and heavy metal in Angola: https://afropop.org/audio-programs/accounting-for-taste

When we talk about the influence of American performers on African music, we usually think about a few obvious examples, legends like Michael Jackson, Jimi Hendrix or James Brown. In this episode, we go beyond these stars to explore the legacy of some lesser-known inspirations. We’ll learn how the...

ON AIR THIS WEEK: Edo Highlife: Culture, Politics and Progressive TraditionalismHighlife—West Africa’s pioneer popular m...
04/16/2020
Afropop Worldwide | Edo Highlife: Culture, Politics and Progressive Traditionalism

ON AIR THIS WEEK: Edo Highlife: Culture, Politics and Progressive Traditionalism

Highlife—West Africa’s pioneer popular music of the late colonial and independence periods—has mostly faded from popularity in 21st century Nigeria. However, highlife is alive and well in Edo State, 300 kilometers east of Lagos, and the center of the former Benin Empire. Edo highlife musicians fill the role of traditional musicians by animating community ceremonies such as weddings and funerals, and praising prominent members of the community, in exchange for “financial love.” This traditionalism is also progressive: Edo highlife music draws on traditional genres like asonogun, ojeke, agbi, ivbiagogo, and ekassa, and musicians continue to incorporate instruments and styles from neighboring Yoruba communities and Western popular music. In this Hip Deep program, we'll hear how Edo highlife musicians have found sustainable careers by simultaneously rooting their music in their local communities and appealing to diasporic enclaves in Europe and the United States. Their local support has even allowed certain musicians to broach political themes, singing in support or in critique of specific politicians, a rare occurrence in contemporary Nigeria. We’ll hear from legends and innovators including Sir Victor Uwaifo, Ambassador Osayomore Joseph, and Alhaji Waziri Oshomah as well as current stars including Dr. Afile, Akobeghian and Johnbull Obakpolor. Produced by Morgan Greenstreet and Austin ‘Maro Emielu.

In this Hip Deep program, we'll hear how Edo highlife musicians have found sustainable careers by simultaneously rooting their music in their local communities and appealing to diasporic enclaves in Europe and the United States.

04/02/2020
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Live from their garden, congolese band Jupiter & Okwess plays an exclusif track for us 🏡🎸🔴

ON AIR THIS WEEK: globalFEST 2020: https://afropop.org/audio-programs/globalfest-2020 New York City's globalFEST is a la...
03/26/2020
Afropop Worldwide | globalFEST 2020

ON AIR THIS WEEK: globalFEST 2020: https://afropop.org/audio-programs/globalfest-2020

New York City's globalFEST is a landmark musical event every January, a sonic feast featuring 12 artists on three stages in a single winter night. In this program, we hear extended live tracks from Senegal's Cheikh Lo, also Meklit, Les Amazones D'Afrique and dynamic new sounds from Turkey and South Korea. Rising star in Algerian rai music Sofiane Saidi makes his U.S. debut. In a season when we are being denied live music experiences, a virtual soiree at 2020's globalFEST edition may just be the next best thing.

New York City's globalFEST is a landmark musical event every January, a sonic feast featuring 12 artists on three stages in a single winter night. In this program, we hear extended live tracks from Senegal's Cheikh Lo, also Meklit, Les Amazones D'Afrique and dynamic new sounds from Turkey and South....

ON AIR THIS WEEK: The Voodoo To Go Festival: https://afropop.org/audio-programs/voodoo-to-go-festival Producer Morgan Gr...
03/05/2020
Afropop Worldwide | Voodoo To Go Festival

ON AIR THIS WEEK: The Voodoo To Go Festival: https://afropop.org/audio-programs/voodoo-to-go-festival

Producer Morgan Greenstreet follows the trail of West African Vaudou spiritual music to a very unlikely place—Utrecht, Netherlands—for the first edition of the Voodoo To Go Festival. Pioneered by Togolese entrepreneur Leopold Ekué Messan, the three-day festival set out to demystify Vaudou/Vodun/Voodoo spiritual practices by featuring music and dance from Togo, Benin, Haiti, Cuba and Suriname and bringing people together for films, food and a panel discussion about “Good and Evil in Voodoo.” From the opening ceremony to the climactic final moments of the festival, the music at Voodoo To Go was filled with the spirit: Trance-inducing traditional music from Togolese/Beninois diaspora group Djogbé; heavy, retro Vaudou funk from Togolese musician Peter Solo and Vaudou Game, based in Lyon, France; Surinamese kawina music from Rotterdam-based dance band Dray-ston; Late-night Haitian Vaudou-jazz from Erol Josué; and, finally an intense collaboration between Cuban jazz maestro Omar Sosa and Togolese musician and dancer Ayaovi Kokoussé. Alongside the excellent music, we hear from various participants in the festival discussing what Voodoo means to them: a Winti priestess; fascinated Dutch music fans; and, of course, the musicians who make music inspired by the spirit.

Producer Morgan Greenstreet follows the trail of West African Vaudou spiritual music to a very unlikely place—Utrecht, Netherlands—for the first edition of the Voodoo To Go Festival. Pioneered by Togolese entrepreneur Leopold Ekué Messan, the three-day festival set out to demystify Vaudou/Vodun...

ON AIR THIS WEEK: Remembering Johnny Clegg: https://afropop.org/audio-programs/remembering-johnny-cleggJohnny Clegg hold...
02/27/2020
Afropop Worldwide | Remembering Johnny Clegg

ON AIR THIS WEEK: Remembering Johnny Clegg: https://afropop.org/audio-programs/remembering-johnny-clegg

Johnny Clegg holds a unique place in South Africa’s musical pantheon. From his childhood immersion in Zulu culture, his mastery of Zulu language, dance and guitar playing, some 20 albums with three different bands, his tireless world touring and, finally, his brave public battle with cancer, Clegg was an inspired witness to tumultuous history in South Africa and around the world. Afropop was fortunate to conduct many interviews with the maestro and raconteur over 30 years. In this program, we sample the man’s words and music over a long shape-shifting career.

Thirty years of interviews and music from Johnny Clegg, Juluka and Savuka.

ON AIR THIS WEEK: Aurelio, Badian and the Kid from Timbuktu:This guitar-focused program presents a series of mostly acou...
02/14/2020
Afropop Worldwide | Aurelio, Badian, Damily, and the Kid From Timbuktu

ON AIR THIS WEEK: Aurelio, Badian and the Kid from Timbuktu:

This guitar-focused program presents a series of mostly acoustic sessions with Garifuna star Aurelio Martinez, griot guitar master Aboubacar "Badian" Diabate, Malagasy tsapika phenom Damily, and Abdramane Toure, the 17-year-old guitarist for Khaira Arby of Timbuktu. These four uniquely talented players talk about their careers, their learning process, and their highly personal guitar styles. Along the way we catch up with a rich selection of beautifully guitar-filigreed music, from Honduran soul to Sahara desert blues and the uniquely boogying funerals of southern Madagascar. [Originally aired 2/15/2011. Produced by Banning Eyre]

This guitar-focused program presents a series of mostly acoustic sessions with Garifuna star Aurelio Martinez, griot guitar master Aboubacar "Badian" Diabate, Malagasy tsapika phenom Damily, and Abdramane Toure, the 17-year-old guitarist for Khaira Arby of Timbuktu. These four uniquely talented play...

ON AIR THIS WEEK: The Story of African Synths: https://soundcloud.com/afropop-worldwide/afro-tech-stories-of-synths-in-a...
02/07/2020
Afro - Tech: Stories Of Synths In African Music

ON AIR THIS WEEK: The Story of African Synths: https://soundcloud.com/afropop-worldwide/afro-tech-stories-of-synths-in-african-music-3

Technology is one of the great drivers of musical change, and often one of its least understood. In this episode, we explore the synthesizer, looking closely at the history of this ubiquitous (and often debated) piece of musical technology, and investigating how and why it was first used in a variety of African musics. Enabled by groundbreaking record reissues by synth pioneers like William Onyeabor (Nigeria) and Hailu Mergia (Ethiopia), disco stars like Kris Okotie, and South African superstar Brenda Fassie, we take you back to the ’70s and ’80s, listening to the birth of a distinctly African electronic sound. Produced by Sam Backer.

Technology is one of the great drivers of musical change, and often one of its least understood. In this episode, we explore the synthesizer, looking closely at the history of this ubiquitous (and oft

ON AIR THIS WEEK: Abidjan: A New Musical El DoradoIn the 70s and 80s Ivory Coast’s capital Abidjan was a major musical h...
01/16/2020
Afropop Worldwide | Abidjan: A New Musical El Dorado

ON AIR THIS WEEK: Abidjan: A New Musical El Dorado

In the 70s and 80s Ivory Coast’s capital Abidjan was a major musical hub in West Africa. After a series of political crises, Abidjan is back. The Zouglou sound of the 1990s and the coupé decalé rage that followed are being reinvented in the era of Afrobeats and African hip-hop. The group Magic System is now invited to play major events in France—including President Macron’s election victory party! The group’s front man Asalfo has launched an annual music festival in Abidjan, FEMUA. On this program, we attend the festival and hear the sounds and stories of Abidjan’s cultural and commercial renaissance.

Produced by Elodie Maillot and Alejandro Van Zandt-Escobar.

In the 70s and 80s Ivory Coast’s capital Abidjan was a major musical hub in West Africa. After a series of political crises, Abidjan is back. The Zouglou sound of the 1990s and the coupé decalé rage that followed are being reinvented in the era of Afrobeats and African hip-hop. The group Magic S...

ON AIR THIS WEEK: Reissues and their issues: https://afropop.org/audio-programs/reissued-african-vinyl-in-the-21st-centu...
01/09/2020
Afropop Worldwide | Reissued: African Vinyl in the 21st Century

ON AIR THIS WEEK: Reissues and their issues: https://afropop.org/audio-programs/reissued-african-vinyl-in-the-21st-century

The golden age of vinyl records is long past in Africa, but the market for rare and reissued African vinyl outside the continent has been growing steadily since the early 2000s. DJs and collectors have turned an obsession with rare records and forgotten gems from Cape Town to Tangiers into an intern...

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