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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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Now on the air: Afropop’s Women Warriors!The Covid-19 pandemic forced musicians everywhere to step off the stage and sta...
03/11/2022
Afropop Worldwide | Afropop's Women Warriors

Now on the air: Afropop’s Women Warriors!

The Covid-19 pandemic forced musicians everywhere to step off the stage and stay home, reflecting. Now, as the world gradually opens up, they are reemerging with powerful new music, and lots of it. This program focuses on four female artists whose 2021 music is full of challenging messages for a challenged world. Climate change, womens’ empowerment, police brutality, official corruption… All that and more in new work from Angelique Kidjo, Dobet Gnaore, Fatoumata Diawara and Shungudzo, plus a dive into Octavia Butler’s prescient cautionary tales with Toshi Reagon.

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Angelique Kidjo, Toshi Reagon, Shungudzo, Toshi Reagon and Fatoumata Diawara showcase activist music created during the pandemic.

We make no secret about loving Tuareg desert rock around here—Bombino, Mdou Moctar, any Farka Touré—and Tinariwen is und...
03/06/2022
Afropop Worldwide | Tinariwen’s Two Earliest Albums Get the Deluxe Reissue Treatment

We make no secret about loving Tuareg desert rock around here—Bombino, Mdou Moctar, any Farka Touré—and Tinariwen is undoubtedly the giant of the field. The group’s two first commercial albums date back to their 20th anniversary this year and they are getting the full repackage, remaster and reissue treatment from Wedge Records. You can pick up The Radio Tisdas Sessions and Amassakoul March 25.

Read our review of these albums and listen to “Ham Tinahghin Ane Yallah” right here.

We make no secret about loving Tuareg desert rock around here—Bombino, Mdou Moctar, any Farka Touré—and Tinariwen is undoubtedly the giant of the field. The group’s two first commercial albums date back to their 20th anniversary this year and they are getting the full repackage, remaster and ...

Now on the air: La Bamba: The Afro-Mexican Storm!Much has been made of Mexico's rich Spanish and indigenous heritage, bu...
03/06/2022
Afropop Worldwide | La Bamba: The Afro-Mexican Story

Now on the air: La Bamba: The Afro-Mexican Storm!

Much has been made of Mexico's rich Spanish and indigenous heritage, but until recently there's been little talk of Mexico's so-called "Third Root": Africa. Africans came to Mexico with the Spanish as soldiers and slaves -- so many that by 1810, the black population of Mexico was equal to that of the United States. Today, African heritage persists throughout Mexico, yet for a variety of reasons, black history has long been silenced. In this Hip Deep episode, we use music to explore that history as we take a road trip across the country in search of sonic traces of Afro-Mexico.

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In this Hip Deep episode, we use music to explore that history as we take a road-trip across the country in search of sonic traces of Afro-Mexico.

Now on the air: The Black History of Tap Dancing!Foundational for Broadway and the movies, intertwined with jazz, tap da...
02/25/2022
Afropop Worldwide | The Black History of Tap Dancing

Now on the air: The Black History of Tap Dancing!

Foundational for Broadway and the movies, intertwined with jazz, tap dancing is a Great American Art. Strap on your shoes and shuffle along as we trace the history of tap and celebrate the Black artists and innovators who built--and continue to build--this art form. From its murky origins melding African percussion and Anglo-Irish step dancing, to tap's golden age and its ongoing evolution.

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Foundational for Broadway and the movies, intertwined with jazz, tap dancing is a Great American Art. Strap on your shoes and shuffle along as we trace the history of tap and celebrate the Black artists and innovators who built--and continue to build--this art form. From its murky origins melding Af...

02/25/2022
LES NOUVEAUX VISAGES DE L'AFRO-JAZZ

Une soirée de 3 concerts dont le dénominateur commun est la rencontre du jazz et des rythmes ancestraux africains.

Au programme : la charismatique artiste internationale, Dayme Arocena (Cuba) suivi du projet électro-jazz Topium feat. Djenmbi & Klod Kiavué (Guadeloupe - Québec) et pour finir une immersion dans la création de Donald Dogbo (Côte d’Ivoire - Qc) entouré d’artistes invité.e.s.

Présenté par les Productions Nuits d'Afrique, en partenariat avec Groupe Banque TD à l’occasion de la 31e édition du Mois de l’Histoire des Noirs.

Now on the air: The S Factor!What is Afrobeat … what is Afrobeats? Is Afrobeats a new strain of Afrobeat? Is it just a L...
02/19/2022
Afropop Worldwide | The S Factor

Now on the air: The S Factor!

What is Afrobeat … what is Afrobeats? Is Afrobeats a new strain of Afrobeat? Is it just a Lagos thing? From a hub of intense creative activity, Afrobeat (without the “s”) exploded out of The Shrine in Lagos, Nigeria - Fela Kuti’s shamanic musical church and political soapbox. The funky music and radical message spread and gained an audience worldwide. After the destruction of the Shrine and the moment of silence that ensued, Fela Kuti’s followers mourned the end of an era. It did not last. A new musical generation has emerged, demonstrating that it is capable of swooning a world that tends to neglect all things African.

Is it coincidence that this new style tips its hat to Fela by adding an “s” at the end of his Afrobeat? In this episode of Afropop Worldwide, WOWD’s Jolly Papa Radio (Eme Awa and Michael Shereikis) along with Afrobeats stars Wunmi Olaiya, Seun Olata, David Dzizonou and more try to extricate an answer out of this prickly question: What Is The S Factor? Listen on the radio or right here!

In this episode of Afropop Worldwide, WOWD’s Jolly Papa Radio (Eme Awa and Michael Shereikis) along with Afrobeats stars Wunmi Olaiya, Seun Olata, David Dzizonou and more try to extricate an answer out of this prickly question: What Is The S Factor separating Afrobeat and Afrobeats?

What’s your mood like today—are you feeling ruminative or like you need some movement? Either way there’s a release tail...
02/19/2022

What’s your mood like today—are you feeling ruminative or like you need some movement? Either way there’s a release tailored for your vibe from West Africa out today.

On the more peaceful end of the spectrum we have a new release from Rokia Koné, “The Rose of Bamako.” Teamed up with the California-based, Irish producer Jacknife Lee, Mande guitar grooves slip among the synthesizers, propelled percussion made by hands-hitting-skins and also electronic programming.

For the restless rockers out there, eagerly awaiting Mdou Moctor’s return to New York next Friday, we recommend Etran de L”Äir. The Agadez band began as a wedding group, but their rollicking guitar theatrics and interlocking sung melodies on their latest album from Sahel Sounds bring the celebration wherever it's played.

Listen here! https://afropop.org/articles/smooth-or-crunchy-new-west-african-releases-from-rokia-koné-and-etran-de-läir-out-today

Now on the air: Remembering Tony Allen!Tony Allen is among the greatest drummers of the past century. His sudden death a...
02/11/2022
Afropop Worldwide | Remembering Tony Allen

Now on the air: Remembering Tony Allen!

Tony Allen is among the greatest drummers of the past century. His sudden death at 79 in April, 2020, was a shock felt around the world. In addition to his seminal work with the king of Afrobeat Fela Kuti, Allen had a prolific solo career and performed and recorded with artists from Angelique Kidjo, Ray Lema, Ernest Ranglin and Oumou Sangare to Damon Albarn, Brian Eno and Jeff Mills. In this program we salute a towering career in global music, with insights from Michael Veal, co-author of Tony Allen: An Autobiography of the Master Drummer of Afrobeat.

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Afropop recalls the life and work of Tony Allen with author Michael Veal.

The Soweto-based band Urban Village is a rare and wonderful thing in the South African music scene. It consists of four ...
02/08/2022
Afropop Worldwide | Urban Village Reinvent Classic South African Pop

The Soweto-based band Urban Village is a rare and wonderful thing in the South African music scene. It consists of four guys raised in the time of kwaito and Afro-house, but deeply drawn to much older styles—marabi, mbube, mbaqanga andmaskanda. From the start, they were determined to make music that embraces all of that and more. Their debut album Udondolo delivers on the idea. Read Banning Eyre’s interview with the band’s founder and guitarist Lerato and drummer Xolani (AKA Crush)—right here!

Banning Eyre discusses the musical path of Urban Village with members Lerato and Xolani.

Now on the air: Egypt 4: Living TraditionsAs Egyptians struggle to forge a new, post-revolution identity, some will look...
02/04/2022
Afropop Worldwide | Egypt 4: Living Traditions

Now on the air: Egypt 4: Living Traditions

As Egyptians struggle to forge a new, post-revolution identity, some will look to traditions. New Cairo venues now present Nubian music, ancient sounds from the Delta and Suez regions, and even the music of the zar healing ritual—elevating these forms above touristic fare found on Nile Cruises and in old Cairo. This Hip Deep edition, rich with recordings made in the field, offers a sonic map of Egypt’s traditional life, culminating in the ecstasy of a Sufi saint celebration—a mouled. Listen on the radio or right here!

As Egyptians struggle to forge a new, post-revolution identity, some will look to traditions. The country is rich in indigenous culture from the amorous odes of desert Bedouins to the keening boom and blare of a Zeffa wedding procession. New Cairo venues now present Nubian music, ancient sounds from...

Soca and country are about as far apart as genres get, so I suppose that Trinidad and Tobago’s Kes the Band can safely c...
02/04/2022
Afropop Worldwide | Roll Over, Tennessee; Rock on, Trinidad and Tobago: Hear Kes the Band’s “Jolene”

Soca and country are about as far apart as genres get, so I suppose that Trinidad and Tobago’s Kes the Band can safely call their new single “Jolene” and not need to worry about people confusing the tune with Dolly Parton’s 1974 hit. Just starting the video lets you know you’re nowhere near Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Check it out right here!

Soca and country are about as far apart as genres get, so I suppose that Trinidad and Tobago’s Kes the Band can safely call their new single “Jolene” and not need to worry about people confusing the tune with Dolly Parton’s 1974 hit. Just starting the video lets you know you’re nowhere nea...

The artist formerly known as Zeb, now known as the Spy From Cairo, is back with his trademark “Arabadub” sound. With the...
02/01/2022
Afropop Worldwide | Spy From Cairo Enlists Mambe Rodriguez for a Dispatch of Heavy Backbeat

The artist formerly known as Zeb, now known as the Spy From Cairo, is back with his trademark “Arabadub” sound. With the vocalist, activist and spiritual healer Mambe Rodriguez lending her voice, the lead single from his upcoming album, Animamundi, is making its debut on Afropop Worldwide. Listen to “Criminal” right here.

The artist formerly known as Zeb, now known as the Spy From Cairo, is back with his trademark “Arabadub” sound. With the vocalist, activist and spiritual healer Mambe Rodriguez lending her voice, the lead single from his upcoming album, Animamundi, is making its debut on Afropop Worldwide. Dig ....

One of the standout live acts at the 2021 WOMEX was Bandé Gamboa, a collective band of ace musicians from Guinea-Bissau ...
01/31/2022
Afropop Worldwide | Francisco "Fininho" Sousa on Bandé Gamboa

One of the standout live acts at the 2021 WOMEX was Bandé Gamboa, a collective band of ace musicians from Guinea-Bissau and Cape Verde performing a mix of Cape Verdean funaná and Guinea-Bissau gumbe music. Afropop’s Banning Eyre spoke with Bandé Gamboa’s producer Francisco “Fininho” Sousa shortly before the band performed an enchanting live showcase at WOMEX. Check out their conversation!

Banning Eyre interviews Francisco Fininho Sousa about the band Bandé Gamboa.

Now on the air: WOMEX: The Lusophone Connection!WOMEX 2021 in Porto, Portugal, delivered the event’s trademark extravaga...
01/29/2022
Afropop Worldwide | WOMEX: The Lusophone Connection

Now on the air: WOMEX: The Lusophone Connection!

WOMEX 2021 in Porto, Portugal, delivered the event’s trademark extravaganza of live showcases from around the world. But given the location, there was a special focus on Lusophone acts from Brazil, Angola, Cape Verde and Guinea-Bissau. This program features highlights and interviews from Pongo (Angola), Neuza (Cape Verde), Lucas Santana (Brazil), Bandé Gamboa (Guinea-Bissau/Cape Verde), Ayom (Spain) and more. Listen on the radio or rIght here.

Highlights from the Lusophone acts at the 2021 WOMEX trade fair in Porto, Portugal

Nigerian guitarist/singer/bandleader Oliver Nayoka is a gift from the past, an incarnation of the time when electric hig...
01/29/2022
Afropop Worldwide | Aja Wele Wele

Nigerian guitarist/singer/bandleader Oliver Nayoka is a gift from the past, an incarnation of the time when electric highlife bands were the driving force on dance floors across Africa’s most populous country and beyond. That was some 50 years ago now, but to hear Nayoka and his Talented Fellows Band of Africa on this set of nine sizzling tracks is to feel the sting of highlife fever all over again. Check out Banning Eyre’s review of Aja Wele Wele right here!

Banning Eyre reviews Oliver Nayoka's Aja Wele Wele.

Now on the air: I Am The Upsetter: The Sonic Innovation of Lee “Scratch” Perry!Jamaican record producer Lee "Scratch" Pe...
01/20/2022
Afropop Worldwide | I Am The Upsetter: The Sonic Innovation of Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry

Now on the air: I Am The Upsetter: The Sonic Innovation of Lee “Scratch” Perry!

Jamaican record producer Lee "Scratch" Perry is widely celebrated as one of the most important creative figures to emerge in the late-20th century. In this program, producer David Katz, who is Perry's authorized biographer, draws on archive interviews to explore his incredible career. Check it out here or on the radio!

Jamaican record producer Lee "Scratch" Perry is widely celebrated as one of the most important creative figures to emerge in the late-20th century. In 'I Am The Upsetter: The Sonic Innovation of Lee "Scratch" Perry, producer David Katz, who is Perry's authorized biographer, draws on archive intervie...

Now on the air: Off the Beaten Track in Malawi and Burkina Faso!This program ventures into corners of Africa we rarely h...
01/15/2022
Afropop Worldwide | Off the Beaten Track in Malawi and Burkina Faso

Now on the air: Off the Beaten Track in Malawi and Burkina Faso!

This program ventures into corners of Africa we rarely hear from. The Zomba Prison Project is a set of recordings by inmates at a maximum security prison in Malawi, currently the poorest nation on earth. The project’s debut CD was nominated for a Grammy award. Here we listen to tracks from a new volume of soulful songs from the prison, as well as go back to the 1960s and ‘70s to sample a gorgeous set of newly revealed recordings by Volta Jazz, Dafra Star, Les Imbattables Leopards and more. Listen on the radio or right here!

This program ventures into corners of Africa we hear from rarely, from Burkina Faso to Malawi, guided by adventurous field recordists and crate diggers.

The Congolese band Jupiter & Okwess, building on their success, released a stone-cold banger of an album last year, Na K...
01/08/2022
Afropop Worldwide | Quarantunes: Jupiter & Okwess Sheltering in Place June 2021

The Congolese band Jupiter & Okwess, building on their success, released a stone-cold banger of an album last year, Na Kozonga. Check out this video of them performing a set at Santa Fe’s Southwest Roots Music festival in June of last year.

The Congolese band Jupiter & Okwess, building on their success, released a stone-cold banger of an album last year, Na Kozonga. Up until early 2020, the band was on the international touring circuit, gaining well-deserved momentum and listeners across the globe, one of the most reliably exciting sho...

Now on the air: A Tango with Robert Farris Thompson!One of the spiritual fathers of Afropop Worldwide has joined the anc...
01/06/2022

Now on the air: A Tango with Robert Farris Thompson!

One of the spiritual fathers of Afropop Worldwide has joined the ancestors. After an extraordinarily rich and full life, Dr. Robert Farris Thompson -- or, as he preferred to be called, "T" -- passed on November 29, 2021, at the age of 88. Through his books, lectures and mentorship, T revolutionized the study of African art and culture beginning in the 1950s, and he inspired generations of students and scholars.

This program was produced as an Afropop Worldwide Hip Deep episode in 2005 to celebrate T’s book, “Tango: The Art History of Love.” Listen here or on the radio! https://afropop.org/audio-programs/a-tango-with-robert-farris-thompson

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