Lagos Roots: Fuji, Juju and Apala
Hip Deep May 3, 2018
Lagos Roots: Fuji, Juju and Apala
Beneath the gloss of Nigeria’s contemporary pop, older roots styles, mostly derived from Yoruba tradition, still thrive.
Afropop at 30: Live in the '90s
Afropop Classic January 25, 2018
Afropop at 30: Live in the '90s
As Afropop turns 30, we take a stroll down memory lane to enjoy some of the extraordinary live recordings we brought to the public radio community in the 1990s including Thione Seck in Dakar, Gerardo Nunez in New York, Abdel Aziz el Mubarak in London, Lobi Traore in Bamako, a carnival comparsa in Cuba and David Rudder in New York. Co-hosted by Georges Collinet, Siji Awoyinka, and Sean Barlow.
The Voice of Protest: Betsayda Machado Sings Against Hunger in Venezuela
Closeup January 23, 2018
The Voice of Protest: Betsayda Machado Sings Against Hunger in Venezuela
The songs of Betsayda Machado, the leading voice of Afro-Venezuelan music, address many of the most painful topics of daily life of her country: hunger, poverty, shortages of basic medicine, and deadly street riots – stemming from the current economic and political crisis in Venezuela.
Time Travel Through Afro-Paris
Afropop Classic January 18, 2018
Time Travel Through Afro-Paris
Paris has been one of the most important incubators of African music on the planet. On this program, we look back on 30 years of adventures with African music in Paris.
Hip Deep in Mali: Growing Into Music in 21st Century Bamako
Hip Deep January 11, 2018
Hip Deep in Mali: Growing Into Music in 21st Century Bamako
This program presents a musical portrait of Bamako in the wake of crisis. We explore the precarious lives of griots in today’s Bamako, focusing on the upbringing and education of children in these hereditary families of historian-entertainers.
“For My Ayeeyo:” Learning Somali Poetry From a Distance
Closeup January 9, 2018
“For My Ayeeyo:” Learning Somali Poetry From a Distance
Amal Hussein and Hamdi Mohamed have a lot in common. Both were born in Kenya, where their parents fled as refugees during the Somali Civil War, and both came to Boston when they were just a few years old. They’re both poets — and equally important for this story — both their grandmothers are poets...
Santo Domingo Blues: The Story of Bachata
Afropop Classic January 4, 2018
Santo Domingo Blues: The Story of Bachata
Alex Wolfe, director of the film "Santo Domingo Blues: The Story of Bachata" brings us live ambience and stories of bachata stars Luis Vargas, Antony Santos, Luis Segura, Adridia Ventura.
Ghana: Celebration Sounds
Afropop Classic December 28, 2017
Ghana: Celebration Sounds
In hard times and boom times, people in Ghana know how to party. In this program, we hear the regional pop and neotraditional music that animates festivals, funerals and community celebrations across the county.
Underground
Closeup December 26, 2017
Underground
Underneath the streets of New York City, in the tunnels and stations of the busiest subway system in the country, there is a thriving music scene. Amidst the noise of passing trains, we meet Papa Fara, a Cameroonian xylophonist and singer, who plays for tips and captures the love of strangers and makes friends with his quick, warm smile. But, behind the smile and beautiful melodies, something is troubling Papa Fara. There’s a reason he’d rather be underground.
The (New) Sound Of Afro Paris
Afropop Classic December 21, 2017
The (New) Sound Of Afro Paris
In this program, we explore the new "Afropolitan" sounds of Paris, from concert halls to studios, from the heart of the city to immigrant neighborhoods in the banlieues.
Thomas Mapfumo 2: The Mugabe Years
Hip Deep December 14, 2017
Thomas Mapfumo 2: The Mugabe Years
In recognition of the end of Robert Mugabe's 37-year rule in Zimbabwe, we are rebroadcasting our program on the career of Thomas Mapfumo during the Mugabe years.
Biafra at 50: A Wound That Does Not Heal
Closeup December 12, 2017
Biafra at 50: A Wound That Does Not Heal
We examine how the unresolved issues that triggered the devastating Biafran War in the 1960s still resonate and persist in the Niger Delta today on this Afropop Closeup.
Stocking Stuffers 2017
Afropop Classic December 7, 2017
Stocking Stuffers 2017
It's time once again for Georges Collinet and Banning Eyre to spin through our favorite African and African diaspora releases of the year.
Cuts from the Crypt III
Afropop Classic November 30, 2017
Cuts from the Crypt III
Back in the day, host Georges Collinet and producer Sean Barlow (A.K.A. Prince Segue Segue) dragged stacks of vinyl all over the country to deejay for station-produced Afropop Dance Parties. We'll dig into the past to retrieve some of our favorite gems from the Congo, Zimbabwe, Colombia, Brazil and Cote d'Ivoire.
Kizito Mihigo and the Politics of Music in Post-Genocide Rwanda
Closeup November 28, 2017
Kizito Mihigo and the Politics of Music in Post-Genocide Rwanda
Kizito Mihigo is one of Rwanda’s most beloved singers, yet he is currently imprisoned, serving a 10-year sentence for treason. In 2014, Mihigo released a song which criticized the wartime actions of Rwanda’s governing political party. The song went viral, sparking a nationwide dialogue around the genocide, and weeks later, Mihigo was arrested on charges of conspiracy to assassinate the president of Rwanda, Paul Kagame.
A Brief History of Funk
Afropop Classic November 23, 2017
A Brief History of Funk
Funk is a perennial favorite. In this panoramic history of the grooviest of genres, we hear track after track of absolute boogie-down classics.
Afropop Live! 2017
Afropop Classic November 16, 2017
Afropop Live! 2017
Here’s Afropop’s annual roundup of great live recordings we’ve captured over the past year but haven't found time to air.
Night at the Clash
Closeup November 14, 2017
Night at the Clash
Sound clashes have been a mainstay of reggae culture for decades. Mobile sound system teams face off to see who can best move the crowd with their selections of records and exclusive "dub plate" jingles. On a recent late night in Queens, seven sounds competed for the U.S. champion title, and many were surprised by the winner. We meet the sound-system operators and talk to fans about why they love the clash scene. Produced by Noah Schaffer.
Black, Greek and Proud: Negros Tou Moria
Closeup October 17, 2017
Black, Greek and Proud: Negros Tou Moria
Ghanaian-Greek rapper Negros Tou Moria is carving out new territory and challenging stereotypes with rap music that is deeply rooted in Greek language and culture.
Remembering Fela
Afropop Classic October 12, 2017
Remembering Fela
Contemporary Nigerian artists and others recall the man, the music and the legacy of Nigeria's greatest musician.
Afro-Symphonic Folk: From the Coasts of Africa to the San Francisco Bay
Closeup October 3, 2017
Afro-Symphonic Folk: From the Coasts of Africa to the San Francisco Bay
Two very different Bay Area artists, Meklit Hadero and Zena Carlota, use their music to explore what it means to live on two sides of a hyphen: African-American, black-artist, Ethiopian-American, female-musician, to name a few.
Soundin' Like Weself: The Trinidadian Rapso Tradition
Closeup August 15, 2017
Soundin' Like Weself: The Trinidadian Rapso Tradition
Here we encounter the musical and philosophical movement called rapso–an infectiously danceable rhythmic oration style that comes with a philosophy championing a Trinidadian identity in the face of a colonial history and a globalized present.
Afro-Dominicana: The Other Dominican Republic
Hip Deep August 10, 2017
Afro-Dominicana: The Other Dominican Republic
This week, Afropop revisits the home of styles such as merengue and bachata, but this time we’ll be looking towards the most deeply African side of Dominican music—little known outside of the island.
Off the Beaten Track in Malawi and Burkina Faso
Afropop Classic August 3, 2017
Off the Beaten Track in Malawi and Burkina Faso
This program ventures into corners of Africa we hear from rarely, guided by adventurous field recordists and crate diggers.
The Festival In Fes: World Sacred Music Festival, Revisited
Afropop Classic July 27, 2017
The Festival In Fes: World Sacred Music Festival, Revisited
This spring, Afropop returned to Fes, Morocco, for the 23rd annual World Sacred Music Festival, a sumptuous spread of music from across the globe that blurs the boundaries of what is sacred.
Salaam, Amani, Peace: Festivals in Goma, DR Congo
Closeup July 25, 2017
Salaam, Amani, Peace: Festivals in Goma, DR Congo
In a context of ongoing violence and N.G.O. intervention in Eastern Congo, a festival culture is emerging based on the concept of “peace-building” through the arts.
Proving the Bubu Myth: Janka Nabay, War and Witchcraft in Sierra Leone
Hip Deep July 20, 2017
Proving the Bubu Myth: Janka Nabay, War and Witchcraft in Sierra Leone
Every year on Sierra Leone’s Independence Day in late April, musicians and revelers descend upon Freetown from throughout the country.
Seize the Dance: The BaAka of Central Africa
Hip Deep July 13, 2017
Seize the Dance: The BaAka of Central Africa
This program will initiate listeners into one of the most enchanting and mysterious musical practices in Africa, BaAka people music.
A Beginner’s Guide to Lusophone Atlantic Music
Closeup June 19, 2017
A Beginner’s Guide to Lusophone Atlantic Music
A lightning tour of some of the most important groups that helped pull together the often-overlooked Afro-Lusophone sonic universe.
Grimewave
Closeup March 28, 2017
Grimewave
The Music of Black Peru: Cultural Identity in the Black Pacific
Hip Deep March 9, 2017
The Music of Black Peru: Cultural Identity in the Black Pacific
This Hip Deep edition explores the sonically vibrant realm of Afro-Peruvian music, a young genre identification that has flourished since the 1950s and has now produced artists of international renown, such as singer Susana Baca, and the black folkloric company Peru Negro.
The Money Show
Hip Deep December 1, 2016
The Money Show