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Kakuma Sounds
Closeup September 21, 2021
Kakuma Sounds
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 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.
“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...

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