Seize the Dance: The BaAka of Central Africa
Hip Deep October 31, 2019
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.
Off the Beaten Track in Malawi and Burkina Faso
Afropop Classic September 12, 2019
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.
Doing it For the Art: Manolo Raps in Cape Verde
Closeup July 23, 2019
Doing it For the Art: Manolo Raps in Cape Verde
At the 2019 Atlantic Music Expo in Cape Verde, Afropop's Sebastian Bouknight met Manolo, a longtime rapper who is trying to find a foothold in the country's overcrowded music scene.
The Gqom Generation of Durban, South Africa
Afropop Classic March 21, 2019
The Gqom Generation of Durban, South Africa
There's an exciting new sound exploding in Durban, South Africa: Gqom! In this program, we explore the music and meet the young generation of artists creating it.
An Island, Divided
Hip Deep February 14, 2019
An Island, Divided
Time Travel Through Afro-Paris
Afropop Classic January 24, 2019
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.
Ghana: Celebration Sounds
Afropop Classic December 20, 2018
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 country.
Stocking Stuffers 2018
Afropop Classic December 6, 2018
Stocking Stuffers 2018
A round-up of some of our favorite 2018 releases.
Remembering Fela
Afropop Classic October 11, 2018
Remembering Fela
Contemporary Nigerian artists and others recall the man, the music and the legacy of Nigeria's greatest musician.
The Festival In Fes: World Sacred Music Festival, Revisited
Afropop Classic August 16, 2018
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.
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.
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.
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.

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