Cuts From The Crypt 2: Bannings Picks08/25/15
As work continues on the vast Afropop archive, producer Banning Eyre takes a deep dive and comes up with some gems. On the vinyl front, the focus is on South African and Zimbabwe, where the Afropop team collected a good deal of rare vinyl in the...
Hip Deep Ghana: 21st Century Accra From Gospel To Hiplife
Hiplife, a fusion of hip-hop and highlife, has come of age, spawning subgenres tilting to roots culture, international rap, and boldly humorous satire, not to mention azonto, a dance craze that has rocketed to global renown in just over a year. But...
Living In New Orleans Part 1
Aug. 29, 2015 is the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, and the catastrophic failure of the Mississippi River levees that put the city of New Orleans under water. In tribute to the city’s struggles of the last 10 years, we are rebroadcasting our...
The Podcast Special
Afropop launched a new and improved podcast, making your favorite world-spanning radio show available in a whole new way. To celebrate, we’ve put together a show featuring some of our favorite moments from the podcast. Previously available only...
Kadongo Kamu Special ft. DJ Paddy
Kadongo Kamu, which literally means "one guitar," is a lyrical genre of Ugandan pop music dating back to the 1950s. For this podcast, producer Ian Coss sits down with the Boston-based DJ Paddy to talk about the music's history and learn the...
San Francisco: Afropop By The Bay
It turns out that the first American city to host a roster of local African bands was not New York, Miami, or Chicago, but the San Francisco Bay Area. Hugh Masekela brought Hedzoleh Soundz from Ghana, and the settled in Santa Cruz. Nigerian maestros...
Afropop Exclusive Mix: Brazilian Underground, Vol. Two
The first Brazilian Underground mix was one of our favorites in the Afropop Exclusive Mix Series, so we asked Rio-based journalist Marcelo Monteiro of Amplificador if he could make us one more. We are very excited to be once again featuring some...
Hip Deep In Madagascar The Tsapiky Story
The southwest of Madagascar is a land of fishermen, mining prospectors and cattle ranchers—not exactly a homogenous region in terms of lifestyle or ethnicity. But one thing that unites all the people of this region is the giddy, electric guitar-driven...
Sounds Like Brooklyn
At Afropop, we have gone far and wide, from Brazil to England to Madagascar to Egypt, tracking down incredible music to bring back home to our headquarters in Brooklyn. For our newest program, "Sounds Like Brooklyn," we stay closer to home, tracing a...
Fania At 50
New York City is home to the earthshaking Latin dance music known as salsa. From the mid-1960s through the 1980s, Fania Records released many of the landmark albums in the history of the music, creating a salsa boom that reverberated around the world....
Hip Deep Portrait Of King Sunny Ade
King Sunny Adé was, in many ways, the inspiration for what would become Afropop Worldwide. And he was by no means only an inspiration to us! Many fans in America first got hooked on Afropop (and African music in general) through the landmark 1982-83...
Afropop Exclusive Mix: DJ Mundi's CHAMPETA MIXX
Here's another great edition to the Afropop exclusive mix series! This one comes courtesy of DJ Mundi, who put together a fantastic collection of champeta, soundsystem-based music from the Caribbean coast of Colombia, strongly influenced by African...
Mama Africa - Miriam Makeba
Mama Africa, Miriam Makeba
Franco And Tabu Ley
Franco and Tabu Ley: A celebration of the lives and work of the late giants of Congolese music--Franco and Tabu Ley Rochereau. Afropop visits with two giants of Congolese music, Franco Luambo Makiadi and Tabu Ley Rochereau at their palatial homes in...
Grand Master Franco
Celebrating Grand Master Franco
On The Red Carpet At The Peabodys
Afropop Worldwide recently won a highly prestigious Peabody Institutional Award honoring the entire 27-year body of our work. And the Peabody Awards threw a big party at Cipriani Wall Street hosted by Saturday Night Live alum Fred Armisen. Hear...
Hip Deep Madagascar in 21st Century Antananarivo
Antananarivo, known as Tana to the locals is the highland capital of Madagascar. Afropop's Senior Producer Banning Eyre took a research trip to the beautiful Indian Ocean nation. Join us as we delve deep into the modern musical landscape of...
Afropop Exclusive Mix: Cultures Of Soul's Worldwide Disco...
Cultures of Soul has been the source of some of our favorite international disco compilations recently, providing much-needed focus on incredible music of the '70s and '80s from places as far ranging as São Paulo, Guadeloupe and Mumbai. We reached out...
An Atlantic Journey: From Cape Town to Cape Verde
Join us on a freewheeling musical excursion. We start in Cape Town listening to jazz, rock, and even classical music inspired by the city’s signature sound: goema. Veteran rocker and now composer Mac McKenzie is our charismatic guide. Then on to...
Two Tenors of Arabic Music Play Las Vegas
In Las Vegas in the year 2000, two legends of Arabic art music performed an historic concert. Wadi’ Al-Safi was called “the pure voice of Lebanon" because for decades he had brought the folkloric songs of the Lebanese countryside to the Lebanese...
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