While bachata may have originated in the Dominican Republic, its growth in popularity over the past 10 years is not rooted within the shores of the small Caribbean nation but in the outer boroughs of New York City. It was here that the now-legendary...
This summer, 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...
Borderless Sounds: The New North Africa
[APWW PGM #692] North African music receives very little coverage here in the United States. There are no high-profile mixes of recent Tunisian underground dance music from hip DJs, and no young Algerian musicians with major distribution deals in the...
The Mighty Amazon
The Mighty Amazon The Amazon has long been a mystery to Brazil. Located far from the centers of business and power in the nation's South-East, the jungle provinces of the Brazilian North have long been ignored by the nation at large. But recently,...
Proving the Bubu Myth: Janka Nabay, War and Witchcraft in Sierra Leone
On Sierra Leone's independence day in late April, musicians descend upon Freetown from rural villages to participate in parades and celebrations throughout the city, traversing and joining diverse neighborhoods together with the sound of processional...
Rio 1- Samba at the Dawn of Modern Brazil Podcast
In part one of our Hip Deep Brazil series, we travel back in time to Rio de Janeiro in the early 20th century to explore the birth of Brazil’s most iconic sound: samba. Beginning with the arrival of poor nordestinos in the city after the end of...
Party and Dissent: World Cup Brazil 2014
[APWW PGM #689} World Cup mania continues in Brazil. The games are a source of great national pride, as well as bitter dissent due to the fact that billions were spent on stadiums, rather than schools, hospitals and public transport. What does the...
Rumba Para Bebo
The legendary Cuban pianist / bandleader / composer Ramón "Bebo" Valdés used to say, el día que me muera, no quiero lloradera. Que toquen una rumba, que tomen ron y coman chocolate, y que toquen mi música más bailable. The day I die, I don’t want...
Hip Deep Ghana 2 Podcast: Gospel in Modern Accra
While other forms of music have switched to digital production, gospel remains as the arena for live music, and as the most popular form of live performance in the city of Accra. In this web exclusive podcast, we explore Ghanaian gospel's popularity...
Afropop Worldwide Summer 2014 Concert Previews PODCAST
Summer is always the most active season for African and Diaspora touring artists. We'll clue you into what we think are the best. So wherever you are, enjoy the fun fun fun free open air concerts at Central Park SummerStage, Celebrate Brooklyn, Nuits...
Podcast: Kickin' It In Cabo Verde
In this episode, Afropop visits Cabo Verde (Formerly Cape Verde) and the "Atlantic Music Expo" to check out what’s going on today with Cabo Verdean music. We hear from talented new singer-composers Dino D’Santiago and Ceuzany, check out high-energy...
Live from Bongoland: The Story of Tanzania's Music Economy
In the 70's and 80's, the east African nation of Tanzania was home to one of the continent's greatest music scenes. But you wouldn't know from the recorded evidence. Join us for this Hip Deep Edition of Afropop Worldwide, as we explore how Tanzania...
African Sounds of the Indian Subcontinent
In this Hip Deep program, we explore musical connections between Africa and the Indian subcontinent. First, we hear the story of the Afro-Indian Sidi community. Starting in the 13th century, Africans arrived in India as soldiers in the armies of...
The Money Show
Every day, money changes hands in Ghanaian cedi, South African rand, and Brazilian reals as music is created, traded, performed, purchased, and pirated.In this episode we look at the business side of African music, through a series of vignettes from...
Big Night in Little Haiti, Miami Style
Big Night in Little Haiti is a lively monthly party showcasing top Haitian musical talent in the courtyard of the Little Haiti Cultural Center in Miami. BNLH and our local affiliate WDNA-FM invited Georges Collinet and the Afropop crew down to...
Afropop live! NYC, Musical Metropolis
In our program "Afropop Live! NYC Musical Metropolis" we featured an excerpt from our interview with Brushy One String, the soulful Jamaican singer/guitarist and Youtube star. In this podcast, we go further, discussing Brushy's past, his goals, and...
Beneath the Music: An African History of Bass
This week, Afropop celebrates one of the true unsung heroes of African music: the bass. Join us as we slap, pop, and thump our way across the African diaspora with our ears tuned to those fat sounds beneath the music and the funky men who make them....
Banning Eyre presents songs and stories from Somalia's fertile independence era, and up to the present. This podcast is a supplement to Afropop's Hip Deep program "Reconstructiong Somalia, Love Songs at the Birth of a Nation." Somali scholar and...
After The Quake: Music, Politics, and Spirituality in Haiti
For this exclusive Afropop Worldwide Hip Deep report, producer Ned Sublette travels to Port-au-Prince, where he checks in with bandleader Richard Morse of RAM, and with Lolo and Manzandeacute; Beaubrun of Boukman Eksperyans, both of whom produced...
Winter Dance Party 2014
Winter blues got you down? Cabin fever setting in? Well, we have just the thing for you. Our winter dance party will get you moving to salsa, soukous, cumbia, timba, mbalax, kuduro, funk carioca and lots more.
- Brooklyn, NY