Camp Afropop 2024 is gearing up to be an extraordinary event with a lineup of diverse and talented artists. The festival will feature Georges Collinet, a renowned broadcaster and host of Afropop Worldwide, known for his engaging music programs. Natu Camara, a Guinean American artist who delves into her unique West African roots in the spirit of modern innovators such as Salif Keita and Baaba Maal. Natu is also inspired by legends such as Miriam Makeba and Nina Simone.
Pedrito Martinez, an Afro-Cuban music maestro, will showcase his skills in rumba, batá drums and Afro-Cuban spiritual traditions. Pedrito has collaborated with the likes of Wynton Marsalis and Eric Clapton. Samba Mapangala, a legendary Congolese artist, brings his 10-piece Soukous Allstars for an ecstatic closing-night dance party.
Bakithi Kumalo, the bass player from Paul Simon's Graceland, has also accompanied legends Hugh Masekela and Miriam Makeba. He will perform with his own quartet. The lineup also includes Jake Blount, an award-winning interpreter of overlooked Africa-American folk music, known for his Afrofuturist vision.
Master Malian kora player Yacouba Sissoko will showcase his West African griot art, and enjoy a spontaneous encounter with Jake Blount. The event will also feature Sean Barlow, the founder of Afropop Worldwide, who has been instrumental in promoting African music globally, and author/guitarist/producer Banning Eyre, who will lead jam sessions suited for all levels of musicianship.
Mukwae Wabei Siyolwe, a multi-talented artist and advocate in African arts and media, with join Georges and Banning for a special Planet Afropop podcast session. This eclectic mix of artists and speakers promises a rich and immersive experience at Camp Afropop 2024, celebrating the diverse and vibrant landscape of African music and culture in the 21st century.
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