Features December 13, 2018
WOMEX 2018 Radio Session Photo Essay

At the 2018 WOMEX in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, in the Canary Islands, Afropop along with Jon Kertzer of KEXP Seattle arranged four intimate sessions at the European Broadcast Union radio studio. All these groups played larger showcases, but these sessions, featured on our program Live at the WOMEX Radio Studio, were special. The groups did not always have all their personnel, or all their gear. The lack of a drumset was noteworthy. But the sessions shine for their spontaneity, simplicity and vigor. 

The photographs that follow are mostly from those EBU sessions, but they include some from the showcases as well. All photos by Banning Eyre. 

Bakolo Music International (Kinshasa, DRC)
Nzoka Bikunda Mulubuele
Nzoka Bikunda Mulubuele
Willy Makonzo Nzofu
Willy Makonzo Nzofu
Paul Mayena Malakani
Paul Mayena Malakani
Missy Vulu Diankatu
Missy Vulu Diankatu
Garifuna Collective (Belize, Honduras)
Harouna Samaké (Bamako, Mali)
Harouna and his wife, Assetou Diakite
Harouna and his wife, Assetou Diakite
Youssouf Diaba Diarra on the two-sided kamelengoni
Youssouf Diaba Diarra on the two-sided kamelengoni
Toko Telo (Madagascar)
D'Gary
D'Gary
Joel Rabesolo
Joel Rabesolo
Monika Njava and D'Gary
Monika Njava and D'Gary

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