Afropop Worldwide

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Afropop Worldwide is an internationally syndicated weekly radio series, online guide to African and world music, and an international music archive, that has introduced American listeners to the music cultures of Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean since 1988. Our radio program is hosted by Geor… read more

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WOMEX Radio 2018

December 13th, 2018

59:00
The 2018 edition of the world music exposition WOMEX went down in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, in the Canary Islands with 300 artists and 2700 delegates from 92 countries. There was a lot to chew on. But one of the hidden …

Stocking Stuffers 2018

December 6th, 2018

59:00
APWW #794 We’re hopeless at making Top-10 lists--or even top-40s—so you’ll have to settle for this: a whole hour of some of our favorite tunes of …

The Best of Afropop Closeup Season 3

November 29th, 2018

59:00
We just wrapped up our third season of our podcast series Afropop Closeups, and it may have been the best season yet. Afropop producers traveled from watching reggae artists in chilly Berlin to Thomas Mapfumo’s …

The Hidden Blackness of Flamenco

November 15th, 2018

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Flamenco as we know it was “born” in Spain in the mid-19th century. But for centuries before that, Roma (Gitanos, Gypsies) had been living in Spanish …

Sounds Like Brooklyn

November 8th, 2018

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712 Sounds Like Brooklyn At Afropop, we have gone far and wide, from Brazil to England to Madagascar to Egypt, tracking down incredible music to bring back home to our headquarters in Brooklyn. For this program, …

Shake It Fo Ya Hood New Orleans Bounce

November 1st, 2018

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New Orleans, Louisiana is home to some of America's greatest musical traditions, and plays an outsized influence on the evolution of everything from …

Afropop Worldwide - The Origin Story

October 25th, 2018

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As Afropop Worldwide marks the week of its 30th anniversary on the public airwaves, we take a look at the story that led up to the program’s creation. We hear excerpts from the podcast A Show of Hearts profiling the …

A Visit to Afro-Sweden

October 18th, 2018

59:00
Afro-Sweden? Who knew? Over the past 60 years, a number of musicians from Africa and its diaspora have come to base themselves, or have been born, in …

Remembering Fela

October 11th, 2018

59:00
Fela Anikulapo-Kuti would be 79 years old this month, had he not died from complications of AIDS in 1997. By the time of his death, Fela was the …

Gael Faye & the New Generation of Afropean Artists

October 9th, 2018

21:26
Gael Faye is a musician and best-selling author, born in Burundi and living in France. In this podcast, Elodie Maillot introduces Faye’s music and breakthrough book Petit Pays (Small Country). Faye speaks about his …

Africa in Matanzas El Almacén is Walking

September 28th, 2018

59:00
Matanzas, Cuba has long been regarded as the source (la fuente) of many rich Afro-Cuban folkloric traditions. These ceremonial and secular Afro-Cuban …

Randy Weston: Jazz Life with the African Ancestors

September 27th, 2018

59:00
Jazz legend, Randy Weston left us on September 1, 2018. He more than any contemporary jazz artist understood, honored and explored the roots of American music in Africa. He lived there, traveled there often, and spoke …

Music and History in the Two Sudans

September 20th, 2018

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In 2008, before Sudan became two separate countries, Afropop explored the country’s troubled history through music. After all, Sudan was once a musical powerhouse in East Africa, producing richly swinging orchestral …

Kidnapped! Ambassador Osayomore Joseph

September 18th, 2018

15:08
Ambassador Osayomore Joseph is a living legend of Edo highlife music, well known and respected in Benin City for a long career of creative music and …

Hip Deep in Northern Nigeria

September 13th, 2018

59:00
Kano State in northwest Nigeria is a land of paradox. The ancient home of the Hausa people, it has ties back to the oldest civilizations in West …

Hip Deep in the Niger Delta

September 6th, 2018

59:00
The massive Niger River Delta is a fantastically rich cultural region and ecosystem. Unfortunately, it has been laid low by the brutal Biafran War …

Rhythm Nations

August 30th, 2018

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Some countries are embedded in our collective memory for their trademark rhythms--samba for Brazil, rumba for Cuba, Afrobeat for Nigeria, mbalax for …

More African Guitars

August 23rd, 2018

59:00
The guitar music of Africa is eternal! Despite the rise of Afrobeats, Afro-house, hip-hop and techno, the continent still turns out inventive and thrilling string pickers. This music-rich program features shredding …

The Festival in Fes, Revisited

August 16th, 2018

59:00
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. Interwoven with Morocco’s …

Skippy White: A Vinyl Life

August 14th, 2018

22:03
Vinyl is back! But there’s a difference between the world of glossy reissues and the format’s golden age. Skippy White’s record store in Boston has …

Brazil at the Crossroads

August 9th, 2018

59:00
Brazil has seen its ups and downs since it became an independent empire in 1822: strongman leaders, military rule, populist democracy and more. In …

Cuban Counterpoint of Tobacco and Sugar

August 2nd, 2018

59:00
Borrowing the title from Cuban polymath Fernando Ortiz, producer Ned Sublette takes a group of travelers, including you, to multiple sites in western …

Nha Mundo - The Sound of Cova da Moura

July 31st, 2018

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On a hill in the northern suburbs of Lisbon, Portugal sits the neighborhood of Cova da Moura. Only a highway and a forest park separates it from the …

Women of the West

July 26th, 2018

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In West Africa, women are on the cutting edge of musical and cultural progress. This program looks at four singer/composers with roots in tradition …

The Gqom Generation of Durban, South Africa

July 19th, 2018

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The latest music craze to hit South African dance floors is a dark, pulsating and energetic sound called gqom. For the past seven years, a young and …

Cuts From The Crypt II - Banning's Picks

July 12th, 2018

59:00
As work continues on the vast Afropop archive, producer Banning Eyre takes a deep dive and comes up with some gems. On the vinyl front, the focus is …

A Remembrance of Leo Sarkisian

July 5th, 2018

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For some 50 years, Leo Sarkisian was a worldwide staple on the overseas radio broadcast of Voice of America. A talented musician, raised in the Armenian community around Boston, Leo began traveling the world with his …

Reggae Takes Root in Germany

July 3rd, 2018

22:52
Reggae’s rock steady beats have long been admired by international audiences. Beyond the established markets of the U.K. and the U.S., reggae’s newest innovators are springing forth from surprising new territories. In …

Quelbe - From The Island Of St Croix

June 28th, 2018

59:00
#782 Uplink:6/28/2018 On a visit to the U.S. Virgin Islands in winter 2018, we took the pulse of the national music of St. Croix – quelbe. Rarely …

Zimbabwe After Mugabe

June 21st, 2018

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A lot has happened since Afropop last visited Zimbabwe. The 37-year regime of Robert Mugabe has ended, and Thomas Mapfumo, the Lion of Zimbabwe, has staged a triumphant return concert after a 14-year absence. Meanwhile, …

Thomas Mapfumo: The Enigma of Return

June 19th, 2018

23:02
Singer and bandleader Thomas Mapfumo is an icon in his home country, Zimbabwe. But he last performed there in 2004. He moved his family into exile in Oregon to escape the turmoil, scarcity and harassment they faced in …

The Nature of Trance

June 14th, 2018

59:00
In many communities throughout Africa and the diaspora, music and spiritual life are deeply connected through the experience of trance: ritual possession by ancestors, spirits, deities, or simply the trance of communal …

African Music at the Crossroads

June 7th, 2018

59:00
Afropop producer Banning Eyre takes us on a surprise-filled tour of his 30-some years of covering African music. Through conversations with Georges …

Carnival Goes Digital

June 5th, 2018

11:13
Afropop Closeup Season 3 - Episode 2 Produced by Ian Coss

All That Brass

May 31st, 2018

59:00
DO YOU LOVE BRASS? WELL, WE HAVE A SHOW FOR YOU… GANGBE BRASS BAND, REBIRTH BRASS BAND, FELA, FRANCO AND T.P.O.K. JAZZ. JOIN GEORGES COLLINET FOR “ALL THAT BRASS” - PART OF AFROPOP’S CELEBRATION OF OUR 30TH …

Cape Verde Sounds Heard And Unheard

May 24th, 2018

59:00
Show#779 Producers: Banning Eyre and Sebastian Bouknight Airdate: May 24th 2018 In this program we meet Fatou Diakite, descended from a Malian family, but raised in Cape Verde and Guinea Bissau, and a master of styles …

Tobago's #MeToo Trailblazer: Calypso Rose

May 22nd, 2018

20:39
For six decades Calypso Rose has been one of the Caribbean’s leading feminists and human rights advocates. Now, at the age of 78, she's touring the …

Afropop Divas - Live

May 17th, 2018

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In honor of Afropop's 30th anniversary on public radio, we are proud to present "Afropop Divas - Live." These are artists of extraordinary artistic talent and larger than life personalities - recorded by Afropop …

Lagos and the Rise of Nigerian Afrobeats

May 10th, 2018

1:07:42
Lagos and the Rise of Nigerian Afrobeats Heavy, percussive club beats with irresistible hooks and street-wise raps in Yoruba, Igbo or pidgin English—Nigerian pop music, increasingly known by the much-debated term …

Lagos Roots: Fuji, Juju and Apala

May 3rd, 2018

59:00
Beneath the gloss of Nigeria’s contemporary pop, older roots styles, mostly derived from Yoruba tradition, still thrive. In this program, we meet …

Congolese Music - The Fifth Generation

April 26th, 2018

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In the early 2000s, Afropop told the story of “Four Generations” in Congolese music—from rumba and rumba-rock to soukous and ndombolo. Now time has …

Cooking with Georges Revisited

April 19th, 2018

59:00
One of the glories of Afropop’s 30-year run has been joining our host Georges Collinet in the kitchen as he creates delicious concoctions, while …

Barbados at 50: From Soca to Spouge

April 12th, 2018

59:00
Barbados recently celebrated its 50th anniversary of independence. We look into the rise and mysterious fall of the funky Bajan spouge beat which …

Crabs with Brains

April 5th, 2018

59:00
Crabs with Brains In the early 1990s, mangueboys and manguegirls stimulated fertility in the veins of Recife, Brazil. They were interested in …

Reissued: African Vinyl in the 21st Century

March 29th, 2018

59:00
The golden age of vinyl records is long past in Africa, but the market for rare and reissued African vinyl outside the continent has been growing …

Roots and Future: A History of UK Dance

March 15th, 2018

59:00
Look around today’s musical mainstream, and you’ll quickly realize that dance styles are everywhere, filling stadiums, topping charts, and gathering tens of thousands in festivals around the country. Yet few know their …

Plenty Bacchanal: Carnival in Flux

March 8th, 2018

59:00
​Trinidadians call their annual Carnival festivities "the greatest show on earth" and with good reason. The Carnival season is overflowing with art and music: steelpan, calypso, soca and extravagant masquerade costumes. …

Jamaica - Big A Yard, Big Abroad

March 1st, 2018

59:00
Since the 1960s in Jamaica, iconic figures such as Bob Marley have gathered in backyards to write reggae anthems that conquered world charts. The …

Highlights From Afropop Closeup: Season Two

February 22nd, 2018

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Since the launch of the second Afropop Closeup season in the summer of 2017, we’ve taken you through the stories of producers, lovers, activists, poets and musicians from Africa and the diaspora finding their respective …

Africa and the Blues

February 15th, 2018

59:00
When this episode first aired, the recent death of Malian guitar legend Ali Farka Touré inspired a new round of speculation about the roots of the …

What's in a Nigerian Name?

February 6th, 2018

25:54
Musicians everywhere adapt stage names. They can be profound, grandiose or simply humorous, but they always represent a way of distinguishing the artist from the person. In Nigeria, there’s something special going on …

Reimagining Jazz in Africa: Cape Town Cosmopolitans and Beyond

February 1st, 2018

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In recognition of the recent death of South African maestro Hugh Masekela, we revisit a program that touches on one of his earliest musical landmarks, The Jazz Epistles. It’s no secret that the distant roots of …

Afropop at 30: Live in the '90s

January 25th, 2018

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As we begin our year of celebrating Afropop Worldwide's 30th anniversary on the air, we take a special look back at some highlights of our long run on public radio. We return to our past visits to South Africa, Congo, …

The Voice of Protest: Betsayda Machado Sings Against Hunger in Venezuela

January 23rd, 2018

23:50
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: …

Time Travel Through Afro-Paris

January 18th, 2018

59:00
Since at least the 1980s, when this program first aired, Paris has been one of the most important incubators of African music on the planet. That’s …

“For My Ayeeyo:” Learning Somali Poetry From a Distance

January 12th, 2018

24:00
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 …

Hip Deep in Mali: Growing Into Music in 21st Century Bamako

January 11th, 2018

59:00
This program presents a musical portrait of Bamako in the wake of crisis. In 2012-13, Islamists occupied the north and a coup d’etat threatened a recent history of functioning democracy. With borders restored and a new …

Santo Domingo Blues: The Story of Bachata

January 4th, 2018

59:00
Bachata is a music of the people. Recalling the American blues, bachata was infamous as the anthem of the hard-drinking, womanizing, down-on-his-luck man, vilified as the entertainment of the brothels and the cabarets, …

Ghana: Celebration Sounds

December 28th, 2017

59:00
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. We …

Underground

December 26th, 2017

16:05
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 …

The (New) Sound Of Afro Paris

December 21st, 2017

59:00
Paris has been a thriving capital for African music for decades. Since the 1980s, many major musicians such as Mory Kanté, Khaled and Amadou and Mariam launched their international careers there. Today, as migration …

Thomas Mapfumo 2: The Mugabe Years

December 14th, 2017

59:00
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 …

Biafra at 50: A Wound That Does Not Heal

December 12th, 2017

31:22
During the 2016 U.S. presidential election, some foreign observers were puzzled by groups of Nigerians who showed support for Donald Trump’s campaign. The most prominent supporters were the IPOB (Indigenous People of …

Stocking Stuffers 2017

December 7th, 2017

59:00
It's time once again for Georges Collinet and Banning Eyre to spin through our favorite African and African diaspora releases of the year. 2017 has …

Cuts from the Crypt III

November 30th, 2017

59:00
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 …

Kizito Mihigo and the Politics of Music in Post-Genocide Rwanda

November 28th, 2017

19:57
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 …

A Brief History of Funk

November 23rd, 2017

59:00
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

November 16th, 2017

59:00
Here’s Afropop’s annual roundup of great live recordings we’ve captured over the past year but haven't found time to air. We'll hear live tracks from our recent fieldwork in Nigeria, highlights from the Nuits d’Afrique …

Night at the Clash

November 15th, 2017

24:32
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 …

Hip Deep Angola Part 2: Kuduro and Beyond

November 9th, 2017

59:00
Join producer Ned Sublette on the streets of Angola’s big, smoggy, oil-booming capital city of Luanda. Peace came to Angola in 2002 after 42 years of …

Hip Deep Angola part 1: Music and Nation in Luanda

November 2nd, 2017

59:00
We explore the role music played in the creation of a uniquely Angolan consciousness as the country struggled toward independence in the 1960s and …

Shackled Love: LGBT Asylum Seekers in the U.K.

October 31st, 2017

21:57
Sibo Dube and Maureen Nabisere met inside the U.K.’s most notorious immigrant detention centre, Yarl’s Wood. In the midst of captivity and uncertainty, the two women bonded in the detention center choir group; they had …

Lagos and the Rise of Nigerian Afrobeats

October 26th, 2017

1:07:42
Heavy, percussive club beats with irresistible hooks and street-wise raps in Yoruba, Igbo or pidgin English—Nigerian pop music, increasingly known by the much-debated term Afrobeats, is the sound that moves Lagos and …

Riqueza del Barrio: Puerto Rican Music in the United States

October 19th, 2017

59:00
For almost a month, the fate of Puerto Rico and its inhabitants has remained unknown due to the devastating effects of Hurricane Maria during the unusually active hurricane season of 2017. There are still many people on …

Black, Greek and Proud: Negros Tou Moria

October 17th, 2017

17:39
As Europe closes Greece’s borders in an attempt to stem the seemingly never-ending flow of refugees, immigrant artists are finding it tough to survive in an increasingly xenophobic environment. Ghanaian-Greek rapper …

Remembering Fela

October 12th, 2017

59:00
Fela Anikulapo-Kuti would be 79 years old this month, had he not died from complications of AIDS in 1997. By the time of his death, Fela was the …

Accounting for Taste: Dire Straits, Jim Reeves and Death Metal in Africa

October 5th, 2017

59:00
When we talk about the influence of American performers on African music, we usually think about a few obvious examples, legends like Michael Jackson, Jimi Hendrix or James Brown. In this episode, we go beyond these …

Afro-Symphonic Folk: From the Coasts of Africa to the San Francisco Bay

October 3rd, 2017

17:35
The San Francisco Bay Area is a unique cultural space that has given birth to some of the most iconic countercultural American music. It is a place …

Lagos Roots: Fuji, Juju and Apala

September 28th, 2017

59:00
Beneath the gloss of Nigeria’s contemporary pop, older roots styles, mostly derived from Yoruba tradition, still thrive. In this program, we meet …

San Francisco: Afropop by the Bay

September 21st, 2017

59:00
It turns out that the first American city to host a roster of local African bands was not New York, Miami or Chicago, but the San Francisco Bay Area …

Rushin’ to Bacchanal: When Caribbean Festivals Collide

September 19th, 2017

20:23
Junkanoo, an annual communal parade held in the Bahamas, is a labor of love for the Bahamian people that dates back centuries. The parade, which has …

Fania Records at 50

September 14th, 2017

59:00
New York City is home to the earthshaking Latin dance music known as salsa. From the mid-1960s through the 1980s, Fania Records released many of the landmark albums of the era, creating a salsa boom that reverberated …

Podcast Special: Closeup #1

September 7th, 2017

59:00
To celebrate the launch of the second season of the Afropop Closeup podcast, this special radio program features some of the stories from the inaugural season. We’ll hear about the plight of Haitian radio stations in …

Haiti's Fight for Copyright

September 5th, 2017

33:13
Life in the music business has its ups and downs—especially in Haiti—and Serge Turnier (A.K.A. Powersurge) has lived both extremes. As a producer he makes his living from recorded music, not from concerts, and so many …

Shake It Fo Ya Hood: Bounce, New Orleans Hip-Hop

August 31st, 2017

59:00
*Music in this show contains some explicit language* New Orleans, Louisiana is home to some of America's greatest musical traditions, and plays an …

An Island, Divided

August 24th, 2017

59:00
The island of Hispaniola, located in the western Caribbean, is divided in two by an invisible line that snakes down its central mountain range. On …

Sahel Sounds: Modern Music from Mali

August 17th, 2017

59:00
Working closely with Christopher Kirkley, the writer and recordist behind the Sahel Sounds blog and label, we will meet the newest generation of …

Afro-Dominicana: The Other Dominican Republic

August 10th, 2017

59:00
In the 1930s, infamous Dominican dictator Rafael Truillo ordered the burning of the country’s palos drums, hoping to erase the powerful vestiges of …

Off the Beaten Track: Burkina Faso, Malawi, and Beyond

August 3rd, 2017

59:00
This program ventures into corners of Africa we rarely hear from, guided by adventurous field recordists and crate diggers. The Zomba Prison Project is a set of recordings by inmates at a maximum security prison in …

The Festival In Fes: World Sacred Music Festival, Revisited

July 27th, 2017

59:00
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. Interwoven with Morocco’s …

Proving the Bubu Myth: Janka Nabay, War and Witchcraft in Sierra Leone

July 20th, 2017

59:00
Every year on Sierra Leone’s Independence Day in late April, musicians and revelers descend upon Freetown from throughout the country. Parades and celebrations traverse the city, joining diverse neighborhoods with …

Seize the Dance: The BaAka of Central Africa

July 13th, 2017

59:00
Louis Sarno, an American original who lived for 30 years among Bayaka Pygmies in the Central African rainforest and recorded their polyphonic music …

Afro-Tech: Stories of Synths in African Music

July 6th, 2017

59:00
Technology is one of the great drivers of musical change, and often one of its least understood. In this episode, we explore the synthesizer, looking …

Ring The Alarm: A History Of Sound System Culture

June 29th, 2017

59:00
In Jamaica, sound systems are more than just a stack of speakers blasting the latest tunes to an eager crowd. Over the last 70 years, they have …

Bugalú

June 22nd, 2017

59:00
We honor the late Joe Cuba with this encore portrait of "Bugalú," produced for Afropop Worldwide by Ned Sublette. Bugalú is the Spanish spelling of …

African Music at the Crossroads

June 15th, 2017

59:00
Afropop producer Banning Eyre takes us on a surprise-filled tour of his 30-some years of covering African music. Through conversations with Georges …

Cuts From The Crypt, Part II

June 8th, 2017

59:00
As work continues on the vast Afropop archive, producer Banning Eyre takes a deep dive and comes up with some gems. On the vinyl front, the focus is …

Hip Deep in Northern Nigeria

June 1st, 2017

1:04:14
[Extended Online Version] Kano State in northwest Nigeria is a land of paradox. The ancient home of the Hausa people, it has ties back to the …

Summer 2017 Concert Preview

May 25th, 2017

59:00
Summer is always the most active season for African and diaspora touring artists. We’ll clue you in to what we think are the best. So wherever you are, enjoy the fun fun fun free open-air concerts at Central Park …

"We Are All Creole": The Atlantic Sound of Cape Verde

May 18th, 2017

59:00
Cape Verde, land of the the playful coladeira, the entrancing batuque, the high-energy funaná, and of course the sensual morna that Cesaria Évora …

La Bamba: The Afro-Mexican Story

May 11th, 2017

59:00
Much has been made of Mexico’s rich Spanish and indigenous heritage, but until recently, there’s been little talk of Mexico’s so-called “third root”: …

Hip Deep in the Niger Delta

May 4th, 2017

1:06:31
The massive Niger River Delta is a fantastically rich cultural region and ecosystem. Unfortunately, it has been laid low by the brutal Biafran War …

Jamaica: Big A Yard, Big Abroad

April 27th, 2017

59:00
Since the 1960s in Jamaica, iconic figures such as Bob Marley have gathered in backyards to write reggae anthems that conquered world charts. The …

The Live Pop-Up Radio Experience

April 20th, 2017

59:00
Live from Brooklyn, it’s Afropop Worldwide! In collaboration with Brooklyn Internet radio station Stewart Avenue, Afropop invited New York-based …

The Ring and the Shout

April 13th, 2017

59:00
This Hip Deep episode presents the stunning radio premiere of “Oh, David,” the traditional song of the annual Easter Rock in Winnsboro, Louisiana. …

A History of Puerto Rican Salsa

April 6th, 2017

59:01
The music being made in Puerto Rico before and during the salsa years had its own sabor, even while the salsa boom was exploding out of New York. We talk to three of Puerto Rico’s all-time most important bandleaders: …

Edo Highlife: Culture, Politics and Progressive Traditionalism

March 30th, 2017

59:00
Highlife—West Africa’s pioneer popular music of the late colonial and independence periods—has mostly faded from popularity in 21st century Nigeria. …

A Visit to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

March 23rd, 2017

59:00
In our visit to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, we go beyond the handful of artists who have achieved international careers and dive into the local scene. We …

Hip Deep in Nigeria Preview

March 16th, 2017

59:00
In recent months, three Afropop Worldwide producers--Sean Barlow, Banning Eyre and Morgan Greenstreet--have been working in four different regions of Nigeria to gather material for the upcoming five-part Hip Deep in …

The Music of Black Peru: Cultural Identity in the Black Pacific

March 9th, 2017

59:00
The “Black Pacific” is a term coined by our guide, ethnomusicologist Heidi Carolyn Feldman. She describes the circumstance of African descendants …

Getting Down in the Guyanas

March 2nd, 2017

59:00
We visit one of the world's last untamed natural and musical wildernesses: The Guyanas. Riding along bumpy jungle roads and in dugout canoes, Afropop producer Marlon Bishop travels from Suriname to French Guiana for the …

Reissued: African Vinyl in the 21st Century

February 23rd, 2017

59:00
The golden age of vinyl records is long past in Africa, but the market for rare and reissued African vinyl outside the continent has been growing …

Carnival In Brooklyn

February 16th, 2017

59:00
Every September, millions of people celebrate Carnival in Brooklyn. From the pre-dawn J’ouvert bacchanal in the streets, to the intense Panorama steel pan competition, to the massive Labor Day Parade on Eastern Parkway, …

New York City's globalFEST 2017

February 9th, 2017

59:00
Every January, New York's Webster Hall jams to the music of 12 bands on three stages in one wild night. globalFEST has become an annual kick-off ritual for music-minded New Yorkers. This program samples the 2017 lineup …

Two Lions: Bunny Wailer and Hakim

February 2nd, 2017

59:00
On this program we survey the careers of two giants within their genres. Bunny Wailer is the last surviving member of the original Bob Marley and the Wailers trio. Right up to his 2016 tour, where we met him, this …

Cuban Counterpoint of Tobacco and Sugar: Sacred Musical Spaces in Western Cuba

January 26th, 2017

59:00
Borrowing the title from Cuban polymath Fernando Ortiz, producer Ned Sublette takes a group of travelers, including you, to multiple sites in western …

Barbados at 50: Spouge to Soca

January 19th, 2017

59:00
Barbados recently celebrated its 50th anniversary of independence. We look into the rise and mysterious fall of the funky Bajan spouge beat which …

Colombia in NYC

January 12th, 2017

59:00
New York City is home to a diverse community of Colombian musicians and groups who create in a wide range of traditional, popular and experimental …

Hip Deep in Mali: The Tuareg Predicament

January 5th, 2017

59:00
The confederations and clans collectively known as the Tuareg descend from the oldest inhabitants of North Africa. They lead a mostly nomadic …

Ethiopia Part I: Empire and Revolution

December 29th, 2016

59:00
Ethiopia was the first Christian nation in Africa, and the only African country never to be colonized. With ethnomusicologist Kay Kaufman Shelemay …

Ghana: Celebration Sounds

December 22nd, 2016

59:00
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. We …

Political Fiction: Music and Partisan Violence in Jamaica

December 20th, 2016

17:33
An Afropop Closeup Encore. Originally distributed on 11/08/2016. The Caribbean island of Jamaica has long been blighted by unacceptably high levels …

Africa Now! 2016

December 15th, 2016

59:00
Every year, the world-famous Apollo Theater and New York’s World Music Institute pack the house for a stellar lineup of established and emerging …

Stocking Stuffers 2016

December 8th, 2016

59:00
Georges Collinet and Banning Eyre survey the best African and African diaspora music of 2016: from desert blues to Afrobeats and neo-cumbia, vintage …

Soundin' Like Weself - The Trinidadian Raspo Tradition

December 6th, 2016

30:01
Producer Jake Hochberger brings us to the southernmost island in the Caribbean, Trinidad. Trinidad is the birthplace of the steel drum, calypso and soca music, and is home to the largest Carnival celebration in the …

The Money Show

December 1st, 2016

59:00
Every day, money changes hands in Ghanaian cedi, South African rand, and Brazilian reals as music is created, traded, performed, purchased, and pirated. In this episode we look at the business side of African music, …

Afrobeats Comes To America

November 24th, 2016

59:00
Afrobeats is the new urban music of Africa. Not to be confused with the funky sound of the ‘70s in Nigeria (Afrobeat), Afrobeats (with an "s") is 21st century dance pop, with a wide variety of programmed beats, rapping …

Salaam, Amani, Peace: Festivals in Goma, DR Congo

November 22nd, 2016

27:56
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” …

Afropop Live! 2016

November 17th, 2016

59:00
The crowd grows restless until finally the lights go down and the artist takes the stage, and that's when things come alive. It's “Afropop Live! …

The Cumbia Diaspora: From Colombia to the World

November 10th, 2016

59:00
Move over salsa and merengue–cumbia is the most popular music in Latin America. Today, cumbia is played from the borderlands of Texas down the spine …

Political Fiction: Music and Partisan Violence in Jamaica

November 8th, 2016

17:33
The Caribbean island of Jamaica has long been blighted by unacceptably high levels of politically motivated violence, a nightmarish by-product of its …

Growing Into Music in 21st Century Bamako

November 3rd, 2016

59:00
This program presents a musical portrait of Bamako in the wake of crisis. In 2012-13, Islamists occupied the north and a coup d’etat threatened a recent history of functioning democracy. With borders restored and a new …

Moroccan Music Today: Re-Examined Past, Innovative Future

October 27th, 2016

59:00
In Morocco today, artists draw from a huge variety of styles and traditions, creating music that takes from previously neglected history in order to create new and innovative sounds. In Agadir and Casablanca, two of …

A Beginner’s Guide to Lusophone Atlantic Music

October 25th, 2016

21:34
While the musical networks that connect English, French and Spanish-speaking nations together are well known, far less attention is paid to the links …

African Music at the Crossroads

October 20th, 2016

59:00
African Music at the Crossroads: Afropop producer Banning Eyre takes us on a surprise filled tour of his 30-some years of covering African music. …

Africa in Matanzas, Cuba: El Almacen is Walking

October 13th, 2016

59:00
Africa in Matanzas, Cuba: El Almacén is Walking Matanzas, Cuba has long been regarded as the source (la fuente) of many rich Afro-Cuban folkloric …

Mali: Politics Behind The Music

October 11th, 2016

21:37
The music of Mali is a powerful force in the international music market. It has been critically shaped by the changing role of the griot class in …

State of Emergency: Reggae Reflections of Jamaica’s Partisan Politics

October 6th, 2016

59:00
Show # 723 Airdate: 10/06/2016 Produced by Saxon Baird and David Katz Music is a powerful means of expression in Jamaica--a platform for fierce …

Carnival In Brooklyn

September 29th, 2016

59:00
Every September, millions of people celebrate Carnival in Brooklyn. From the pre-dawn J'ouvert bacchanal in the streets, to the intense Panorama steel pan competition, to the massive Labor Day Parade on Eastern Parkway, …

Congolese Rumba: Surviving the Pop Apocalypse

September 27th, 2016

23:44
All over the world, the music business as we know it is crumbling. But in the Democratic Republic of Congo, musicians have found a new (and very old) …

Off the Beaten Track in Malawi and Burkina Faso

September 22nd, 2016

59:00
[APWW #738] [Airs Sept. 22 2016] This program ventures into corners of Africa we hear from rarely, guided by adventurous field recordists and crate diggers. The Zomba Prison Project is a set of recordings by inmates at …

Hip Deep: The French Caribbean–Cosmopolitan, Colonial, Complicated

September 15th, 2016

59:00
[APWW #570] [Originally aired 2009] In the music of the French Antilles—the islands of Martinique and Guadeloupe—you can hear influences that range from the traditional béle and gwo ka drumming of the islands’ rural …

A Conversation with Pedrito Martínez: Part Two

September 13th, 2016

24:29
Cuban master musician Pedrito Martínez talks about his career playing jazz, pop, original music and sacred Regla De Ocha ceremonies in New York City. Produced and hosted by Ned Sublette with Kenneth Schweitzer …

Hip Deep: Afro-Lisbon and the Lusophone Atlantic: Dancing Toward The Future

September 8th, 2016

59:00
Show #722 Producer: Sam Backer Distributed Sept. 8 2016: Hip Deep: Afro-Lisbon and the Lusophone Atlantic: Dancing Toward The Future In the last few years, a small network of DJs in the suburbs of Lisbon, Portugal has …

A Conversation with Pedrito Martínez: Part One

September 6th, 2016

21:26
Martínez, the superstar New York-based percussionist and vocalist, talks with Ned Sublette and drum scholar Kenneth Schweitzer about how he got …

Sounds Like Brooklyn

September 1st, 2016

59:00
[APWW #712] [Originally aired in 2015] At Afropop, we have gone far and wide, from Brazil to England to Madagascar to Egypt, tracking down incredible music to bring back home to our headquarters in Brooklyn. For this …

Two Lions: Bunny Wailer and Hakim

August 25th, 2016

59:00
[APWW # 737] Two Lions: Bunny Wailer and Hakim On this program we survey the careers of two legends and giants within their genres. Bunny Wailer is the last surviving member of the original Bob Marley and the Wailers. …

Grimewave

August 23rd, 2016

18:12
Grime, the hard-edged, M.C.-led U.K. dance style that flourished in the early 2000s, seemed long gone. Its best rappers had moved on, and its fans increasingly abandoned hope. But then… something astounding happened: …

Colombia in NYC

August 18th, 2016

59:00
New York City is home to a diverse community of Colombian musicians and groups who create in a wide range of traditional, popular and experimental …

Tropical Soul Of Jorge Ben Jor

August 11th, 2016

58:17
Jorge Ben Jor first began to experiment with fusions of samba, bossa nova, rhythm ‘n’ blues and soul in the early 1960s. Together with Caetano Veloso …

Haitian Radio On American Airwaves

August 9th, 2016

15:33
On one stretch of Nostrand Avenue in Flatbush, Brooklyn, there’s a Haitian radio station on every block—Radio Soleil, Radyo Panou, Radio …

Hip Deep Rio #1: Samba at the Dawn of Modern Brazil

August 4th, 2016

59:00
In part one of our 2012 Hip Deep Brazil series, we travel back in time to Rio de Janeiro in the early 20th century to explore the birth of Brazil’s most iconic sound: samba. Beginning with the arrival of poor …

Fees Must Fall: A Voice of Change in South Africa

August 2nd, 2016

15:40
We meet 21-year-old Gigi Lamayne of South Africa, a singer/rapper who finds herself at the center of her country’s most important debate and social …

Festivals Around The World

July 28th, 2016

59:00
show number #438 Airdate: July 18th 2016 We travel to Zanzibar to enjoy highlights from the Sauti za Busara Festival, focused on Swahili sounds from …

Fees Must Fall: A Voice of Change in South Africa

July 26th, 2016

15:40
We meet 21-year-old Gigi Lamayne of South Africa, a singer/rapper who finds herself at the center of her country’s most important debate and social …

Bamako Sounds

July 21st, 2016

59:00
Airdate: 7/21/2016 Producer: Banning Eyre Show # 735 Our recent Hip Deep in Mali series explored fascinating stories of art and life in post-crisis Mali. On this program, it's just the music. We hear new sounds from …

Escaping The Delta

July 14th, 2016

59:00
[APWW PGM #452] [Originally broadcast in 2005] "Escaping the Delta" is the title of a provocative book by award-winning author Elijah Wald that …

Mabiisi: Accra Sessions

July 12th, 2016

17:36
The story of a boundary-breaking collaboration between rapper Art Melody from Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, and kologo player Stevo Atambire from the …

Hip Deep: Congo-Goma: Music, Conflict and NGOs

July 7th, 2016

59:00
[APWW PGM #720] [Originally broadcast in 2015] In the city of Goma, in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, far from the rumba-soaked nightlife of the capital, Kinshasa, an artistic renaissance is going on. After two …

The Ring and the Shout

June 30th, 2016

59:00
#734 airdate 6/30/2016 Producer: Ned Sublette The Ring and the Shout. At one time thought to have died out, the ring shout is the oldest known form …

Roots and Future: A History of U.K. Dance

June 23rd, 2016

59:00
Look around today’s musical mainstream, and you’ll quickly realized that dance styles are everywhere, filling stadiums, topping charts, and gathering tens of thousands in festivals around the country. Yet few know their …

Talking Peace In Mali

June 22nd, 2016

18:36
In the wake of the 2012-13 political crisis in Mali, the nation is working to repair its celebrated tradition of multiethnic harmony. The promise and …

The Panama Beat

June 16th, 2016

59:00
Central America, a narrow, mountainous, and largely impoverished stretch of land spanning seven countries, is a surprising and under-exposed Latin …

Voodoo To Go Festival

June 9th, 2016

59:00
APWW #717 Voodoo To Go Festival Producer Morgan Greenstreet follows the trail of West African Vaudou spiritual music to a very unlikely …

Three Survivors: Paulo Flores, Emmanuel Jal, Lágbájá

June 2nd, 2016

59:00
[APWW #716] We profile three African musicians who have created significant careers in the face of daunting challenges in their countries. Paulo …

Born-Free South Africa: A Kaleidoscope of Colors

May 26th, 2016

59:00
Born-Free South Africa: A Kaleidoscope of Colors Produced by Sarah Geledi and Simon Rentner Airdate May 26th 2016 Join us on a modern-day musical …

Hip Deep in Mali: Growing Into Music in 21st Century Bamako

May 19th, 2016

59:00
Hip Deep in Mali: Growing Into Music in 21st Century Bamako Airdate: 5/19/2016 #731 Produced by Banning Eyre This program presents a musical portrait of Bamako in the wake of crisis. In 2012-13, Islamists occupied the …

The Cuban Connection, Part 2

May 13th, 2016

58:52
We follow a carnival comparsa through the streets of Santiago de Cuba and hear the Haitian-descended Tumba Francesa. Son 14: Fue el Rey de la …

The Cuban Connection, Part 1

May 13th, 2016

58:57
Features Ned Sublette’s exclusive live recording of Los Van Van in February 1990 in Havana, with “Titimanía” and an extended version of “Aquí Él Que Baila Gana.” We talk to Van Van founder Juan Formell and to Elio Revé …

Afropop Live Highlights

May 12th, 2016

59:00
#730 Afropop Live Highlights Airdate May 12th 2016 Afropop is proud to present live recordings of some of the most glorious moments in musical history–the New York debut of South Africa's Mahotella Queens in 1987; …

AFROPOP VISITS ABIDJAN, COTE D’IVOIRE FOR MASA 2016

May 5th, 2016

59:00
#729 AFROPOP VISITS ABIDJAN, COTE D’IVOIRE FOR MASA 2016 AIRDATE: 5/5/2016 PRODUCER: SEAN BARLOW Georges and Sean head to Abidjan, the commercial and artistic center of Cote d'Ivoire, to cover the 2016 edition of MASA, …

Crabs With Brains

April 28th, 2016

59:00
#704 Crabs With Brains Produced by: Jesse Brent Airdate: 4/28/16 In the early 1990s, mangueboys and manguegirls stimulated fertility in the veins of …

Africa Now!

April 21st, 2016

59:00
#728 Distributed April 21 Africa Now! 2016 Rocks the Apollo Theater in Harlem Every year, the world-famous Apollo Theater and New York's World Music …

Inside The Nile Project

April 14th, 2016

59:02
Inside the Nile Project 4/14/2016 [APWW #719] The Nile Project is an ambitious and imaginative attempt to bring about better stewardship of one of …

Afropop By The Bay

April 7th, 2016

59:00
April 7th 2016 #713 Afropop By The Bay Produced by Banning Eyre Original Airdate 7/30/2015 San Francisco: Afropop by the Bay It turns out that the first American city to host a roster of local African bands was not New …

Hip Deep In Mali: The Tuareg Predicament

March 31st, 2016

59:00
Hip Deep In Mali: The Tuareg Predicament #727 Airdate 3/31/2016 Producer: Banning Eyre The confederations and clans collectively known as the Tuareg …

Africa in Matanzas, Cuba: El Almacén is Walking

March 24th, 2016

59:00
Africa in Matanzas, Cuba: El Almacén is Walking #726 Airdate: 3/24/2016 Producer: Harris Matanzas, Cuba has long been regarded as the source (la …

Music In A Changing Cuba 2016

March 17th, 2016

59:00
[APWW #707 - updated for 2016] News bulletins from Havana are appearing daily as Obama’s initiative to defang the U.S. embargo moves forward. Ned …

Dance Floor Dynamite: Future Grooves Today

March 10th, 2016

59:00
[APWW #709] [Originally broadcast in 2015] Sometimes it’s hard to sit still in the Afropop office. The funkiest, most leg-shakingly infectious …

Treasures Of Benin

March 3rd, 2016

59:00
[APWW #594] [Originally broadcast in 2010] Nestled between Togo, Burkina Faso, Niger and Nigeria, Benin is a culturally rich sliver of West Africa …

globalFEST 2016

February 25th, 2016

59:00
[APWW PGM #725] globalFEST is New York's annual January multi-genre musical kickoff--12 bands on three stages in one wild night at Webster Hall. We …

Music Of The Harlem Renaissance

February 18th, 2016

59:00
[APWW #226] [Originally broadcast in 1996] The Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s was an astounding explosion of African-American cultural innovation, …

Ancient Text Messages: Batá Drums in a Changing World

February 11th, 2016

59:00
#724 Produced by Ned Sublette air date 2/11/2016 In Africa, drums don't only play rhythms, they send messages. “Ancient Text Messages: Batá Drums in a Changing World” explores an endangered tradition of drum speech in …

Carnival Jump Around

February 4th, 2016

59:00
[APWW #632] [Originally aired in 2012] It’s Carnival week again! Which means party time in Trinidad, Haiti, Brazil, Louisiana and much of South America. Below, find links to sites about Carnival, stream it live and/or …

Africa in America: Ladies Edition

January 28th, 2016

59:00
#705 Africa in America: Ladies Edition uplink: 1/28/2016 APWW focuses on 3 remarkable women: Marie Daulne, founder of the genre-bending vocal group …

State Of Emergency: Reggae Reflections on Jamaica's Partisan Politics

January 21st, 2016

59:00
Music is a powerful means of expression in Jamaica--a platform for fierce commentary, and a bellwether for the social and political climate on the …

Africa Now!

January 14th, 2016

59:00
[APWW #715] [Originally aired in 2015] Join us for a whirlwind tour to hear the hottest artists in Lagos, Accra, Nairobi, Kinshasa, Jo’burg and Cairo. We’ll check out the hits shaking the dance floors for today’s …

Beneath The Music: An African History of Bass

January 7th, 2016

59:00
[APWW #586] [Originally aired in 2010] This week, Afropop celebrates one of the true unsung heroes of African music: the bass. Join us as we slap, pop and thump our way across the African diaspora with our ears tuned …

An Atlantic Journey: From Cape Town to Cape Verde

December 31st, 2015

59:00
[APWW #710] [Originally aired 6/11/2015] Join us on a freewheeling musical excursion. We start in Cape Town, South Africa listening to jazz, rock, and even classical music inspired by the city’s signature sound: goema. …

World Sacred Music Festival In Fes

December 24th, 2015

59:00
World Sacred Music Festival In Fes #447 12/24/2015 The World Sacred Music festival in Fes, Morocco fully delivers on its promise of bringing …

Afro-Lisbon And The Lusophone Atlantic: Dancing Toward The Future

December 17th, 2015

59:00
Afro-Lisbon And The Lusophone Atlantic: Dancing Toward The Future - On this special Hip Deep edition, we take you on a journey to Lisbon, a city facing both the sea and 600 years of its own history. We’ll go to African …

Riqueza Del Barrio: Puerto Rican Music in the United States

December 10th, 2015

59:00
[APWW #509] [Originally aired in 2006] Once Puerto Ricans became U.S. citizens in 1917, El Barrio sprang up in New York. By the 1930s, they were the dominant Latin group in the city. Tito Puente, born on 110th St. in …

Stocking Stuffers 2015

December 3rd, 2015

59:00
[APWW PGM #721] Tuareg blues, Angelique Kidjo with a symphony orchestra, the return of Les Ambassadeurs and Kandia Kouyate of Mali. New sounds from …

Hip Deep: Congo-Goma: Music, Conflict and NGOs

November 25th, 2015

59:00
Hip Deep: Congo-Goma: Music, Conflict and NGOs Original Air-date: 11.26.2015 Show# 720 Produced by Morgan Greenstreet

Inside The Nile Project

November 19th, 2015

59:00
#719 Inside The Nile Project Produced by Banning Eyre and Ian Coss Airdate: Nov 19th 2015 The Nile Project is an ambitious and imaginative attempt to bring about better stewardship of one of the world’s longest rivers …

African Sounds Of The Indian Subcontinent

November 12th, 2015

59:00
[APWW PGM #663] [Originally aired in 2013] "African Sounds of the Indian Subcontinent" In this Hip Deep program, Afropop explores musical connections between Africa and India. First up is the story of the Afro-Indian …

Afro-tech: Stories of Synths in African Music

November 5th, 2015

59:00
[APWW PGM #676] [Originally aired in 2013] Technology is one of the great drivers of musical change, and often one of its least understood. In this …

Soundin' Like Weself - The Trinidadian Rapso Tradition

November 2nd, 2015

29:52
Producer Jake Hochberger brings us to the southernmost island in the Caribbean, Trinidad. Trinidad is the birthplace of the steel drum, calypso and soca music, and is home to the largest Carnival celebration in the …

Afropop Live 2015

October 29th, 2015

59:00
[APWW #718] It's our annual roundup of live recordings Afropop Worldwide has made in the past year. This program includes highlights from the 29th Nuits d'Afrique festival in Montreal including a performance by Cuba's …

Borderless Sounds: The New North Africa

October 22nd, 2015

59:00
Show number: 692 encore: Oct 22nd 2015 original airdate : 8/14/2014 North African music receives very little coverage in the United States. There are no high-profile mixes of recent Tunisian underground dance music …

The Story Of Rai

October 15th, 2015

59:00
[APWW PGM #482] [Originally aired in 2005] Afropop Worldwide listeners have heard the brilliant singer Khaled often on our program. In this Hip Deep portrait, Khaled shares stories and insights from his remarkable …

Voodoo To Go Festival

October 8th, 2015

59:00
Producer Morgan Greenstreet follows the trail of West African Vaudou spiritual music to a very unlikely place--Utrecht, Netherlands--for the first …

Benin Roots Alive

October 1st, 2015

59:00
[APWW PGM #706] [Originally aired April 2015] In this program, we follow producer Morgan Greenstreet on a musical tour of Benin’s roots-pop music …

Three Survivors: Paulo Flores, Emmanuel Jal, Lagbaja

September 24th, 2015

59:00
We profile three African musicians who have created significant careers in the face of daunting challenges in their countries. Paulo Flores, champion …

Afropop Exclusive Mix: Afro-Venezuela

September 18th, 2015

27:59
We're back with another installment in our Afropop exclusive mixtape series! This one comes courtesy of Ricardo Vergara, who put together a mix of some terrific Venezuelan music in styles ranging from the African …

Africa Now!

September 17th, 2015

59:00
Africa Now! Join us for a whirlwind tour to hear the hottest artists in Lagos, Accra, Nairobi, Kinshasa, Jo'burg and Cairo. We'll check out the hits shaking the dance floors for today's youth. And we'll get the inside …

Juju Jubilee

September 10th, 2015

59:00
[APWW PGM #317] [Originally aired in 1998] Juju maestro Chief Commander Ebenezer Obey recently made a rare U.S. tour in the summer of 2013 which made us want to hear more! In this program, Chief Obey breaks down his …

Dread Inna Inglan

September 3rd, 2015

59:00
[APWW PGM #681] [Originally aired in 2014] We unravel the complex history of how Jamaican music in the United Kingdom became a major component in …

Cuts From The Crypt 2: Bannings Picks

August 27th, 2015

59:00
As work continues on the vast Afropop archive, producer Banning Eyre takes a deep dive and comes up with some gems. On the vinyl front, the focus is …

Hip Deep Ghana: 21st Century Accra From Gospel To Hiplife

August 20th, 2015

59:00
[APWW PGM #669] [Originally aired in 2014] Hiplife, a fusion of hip-hop and highlife, has come of age, spawning subgenres tilting to roots culture, …

Living In New Orleans Part 1

August 13th, 2015

59:00
[APWW PGM #458] [Originally aired in 2005] Aug. 29, 2015 is the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, and the catastrophic failure of the Mississippi River levees that put the city of New Orleans under water. In …

The Podcast Special

August 6th, 2015

59:00
[APWW PGM #693] [Originally aired in 2014] Afropop launched a new and improved podcast, making your favorite world-spanning radio show available in …

Kadongo Kamu Special ft. DJ Paddy

August 4th, 2015

17:44
Kadongo Kamu, which literally means "one guitar," is a lyrical genre of Ugandan pop music dating back to the 1950s. For this podcast, producer Ian Coss sits down with the Boston-based DJ Paddy to talk about the music's …

San Francisco: Afropop By The Bay

July 30th, 2015

59:00
[APWW #713] [Originally aired 2015] It turns out that the first American city to host a roster of local African bands was not New York, Miami, or …

Afropop Exclusive Mix: Brazilian Underground, Vol. Two

July 28th, 2015

1:34:12
The first Brazilian Underground mix was one of our favorites in the Afropop Exclusive Mix Series, so we asked Rio-based journalist Marcelo Monteiro …

Hip Deep In Madagascar The Tsapiky Story

July 23rd, 2015

59:00
[APWW PGM #695] [Originally aired in 2014] The southwest of Madagascar is a land of fishermen, mining prospectors and cattle ranchers—not exactly a homogenous region in terms of lifestyle or ethnicity. But one thing …

Sounds Like Brooklyn

July 16th, 2015

59:00
At Afropop, we have gone far and wide, from Brazil to England to Madagascar to Egypt, tracking down incredible music to bring back home to our headquarters in Brooklyn. For our newest program, "Sounds Like Brooklyn," we …

Fania At 50

July 9th, 2015

59:00
[APWW PGM #696] [Originally aired in 2014] New York City is home to the earthshaking Latin dance music known as salsa. From the mid-1960s through the 1980s, Fania Records released many of the landmark albums in the …

Afropop Exclusive Mix: DJ Mundi's CHAMPETA MIXX

July 2nd, 2015

54:18
Here's another great edition to the Afropop exclusive mix series! This one comes courtesy of DJ Mundi, who put together a fantastic collection of …

Hip Deep Portrait Of King Sunny Ade

July 2nd, 2015

59:00
[APWW PGM #468] [Originally aired in 2005] King Sunny Adé was, in many ways, the inspiration for what would become Afropop Worldwide. And he was by …

Grand Master Franco

June 30th, 2015

59:00
[APWW PGM #316] [Originally aired in 1999] Celebrating Grand Master Franco

Mama Africa - Miriam Makeba

June 30th, 2015

58:21
[APWW PGM #331] [Originally aired in 2000] Mama Africa, Miriam Makeba

Franco And Tabu Ley

June 30th, 2015

58:22
[APWW PGM #14] [Originally aired in 1989] Franco and Tabu Ley: A celebration of the lives and work of the late giants of Congolese music--Franco and …

On The Red Carpet At The Peabodys

June 26th, 2015

59:00
Afropop Worldwide recently won a highly prestigious Peabody Institutional Award honoring the entire 27-year body of our work. And the Peabody Awards threw a big party at Cipriani Wall Street hosted by Saturday Night …

Hip Deep Madagascar in 21st Century Antananarivo

June 18th, 2015

59:00
[APWW PGM #697] [Originally aired in 2014] Antananarivo, known as Tana to the locals is the highland capital of Madagascar. Afropop's Senior …

Afropop Exclusive Mix: Cultures Of Soul's Worldwide Disco Fever

June 18th, 2015

32:06
Cultures of Soul has been the source of some of our favorite international disco compilations recently, providing much-needed focus on incredible …

An Atlantic Journey: From Cape Town to Cape Verde

June 11th, 2015

59:00
Join us on a freewheeling musical excursion. We start in Cape Town listening to jazz, rock, and even classical music inspired by the city’s signature sound: goema. Veteran rocker and now composer Mac McKenzie is our …

Two Tenors of Arabic Music Play Las Vegas

June 6th, 2015

59:00
[APWW PGM #332] [Originally aired in 2000] In Las Vegas in the year 2000, two legends of Arabic art music performed an historic concert. Wadi’ Al-Safi was called “the pure voice of Lebanon" because for decades he had …

Thomas Mapfumo Live At SOBs

May 28th, 2015

59:00
[APWW PGM #55] [Originally aired in 1992] In 1991, Thomas Mapfumo and the Blacks Unlimited made their second tour of the United States. It was a fascinating transitional moment in the band’s history. Mapfumo had …

Dancefloor Dynamite: Future Grooves Today

May 22nd, 2015

59:00
Sometimes it's hard to sit still in the Afropop office. The funkiest, most leg-shakingly infectious music blasts from our speakers on a regular …

The Music Of Black Peru: Cultural Identity in the Pacific

May 15th, 2015

59:00
[APWW PGM #558] [Originally aired in 2008] The “Black Pacific” is a term coined by our guide, ethnomusicologist Heidi Carolyn Feldman. She describes …

Thomas Mapfumo: The War Years

May 14th, 2015

59:00
[APWW PGM #477] [Originally aired in 2013] This Hip Deep edition explores the legendary early career of Thomas Mapfumo, a singer, composer and bandleader whose 1970s music set the stage for the birth of a new nation, …

Cuts From The Crypt

May 1st, 2015

59:00
In early 2015, Afropop relocated its archives from a variety of storage units and apartments, and brought it all together in one place. The goal? Sorting, organizing, and preservation. But along the way, we also found …

Music In A Changing Cuba

April 24th, 2015

59:00
What's up in Havana besides tourism? Ned Sublette, who recently traveled to Cuba for Billboard magazine, talks with Sean Barlow about the present moment in the fast-changing music capital. Timba from Havana D'Primera, …

Afropop Exclusive Mix: Roots-Pop in Benin

April 22nd, 2015

23:05
In Benin, a small francophone country in West Africa, traditional style roots music is extremely popular: artists sell thousands of CDs and DVDs of …

Benin Roots Alive!

April 16th, 2015

59:00
In this program, we follow producer Morgan Greenstreet on a musical tour of Benin’s roots-pop music and Afro-jazz, while exploring the deep cultural …

Sahel Sounds: New Music From Mali

April 10th, 2015

59:00
[APWW PGM #666] [Originally aired in 2013] Working closely with Chris Kirkley, the writer and recordist behind the Sahel Sounds Blog and label, we will meet the newest generation of musicians from Mali. With their …

Afropop Exclusive Mix: Sahel Sounds

April 9th, 2015

40:07
Encore Mix! In conjunction with our current episode on Christopher Kirkley and his website and label, Sahel Sounds, Afropop offers this exclusive mix from Mr. Kirkley himself. It features some of the most interesting …

Bachata Takeover: From The Bronx To The World

April 6th, 2015

59:00
[APWW PGM #694] [Originally aired in 2014] While bachata may have originated in the Dominican Republic, its growth in popularity over the past 10 …

After The Money: Salsa for Love in NYC

April 1st, 2015

17:49
Salsa, the dance, is more popular than ever in New York City, its birthplace. Yet salsa musicians are having a harder time than ever making a living …

Africa in America: Ladies Edition

March 26th, 2015

59:00
Afropop's occasional series on African music made in America continues with a focus on three remarkable women. Marie Daulne, founder of the genre …

Afropop Exclusive Mix: Dj Chibuikem- Muster Point Mix 2015

March 26th, 2015

1:02:46
Take note: Soca's not just for Carnival anymore. Though this mix from New York-based DJ Chibuikem weaves together the highlights of this year's Carnival in Trinidad, it's fit for any kind of festive occasion. Soca's a …

Dread Inna Inglan: How the UK took to reggae

March 20th, 2015

59:00
[APWW PGM #681] [Originally aired in 2014] Jamaican music journeyed to England in the ‘60s when immigrants from the island flocked to the UK in search of jobs and a better life. But as racism, unemployment and poor …

Afropop Exclusive Mixtape- Palenque Records

March 18th, 2015

1:01:24
Lucas Silva, the man behind the always amazing Palenque Records, dropped this dynamite mix of Colombian favorites new, old, and in-between. Dig in! …

Bonus Podcast: Zaki Nassif and Sabah

March 12th, 2015

14:57
This special feature is a supplement to the Afropop Worldwide program, “Lebanon 1: Fairuz, A Woman for All Seasons.” The feature introduces two important contemporaries of Fairuz and the Rahbani brothers, namely …

Crabs With Brains: The Mangue Revolution & New Sounds of Recife

March 11th, 2015

59:14
In the early 1990s, mangueboys and manguegirls stimulated fertility in the veins of Recife, Brazil. They were interested in hip-hop, the collapse of …

Hip Deep Lebanon 1: Fairuz, A Woman for All Seasons

March 10th, 2015

59:00
[APWW PGM #671] [Originally aired in 2013] Fairuz is the most popular living singer throughout the Arabic-speaking world and an artist with no real …

Accounting for Taste: Dire Straits, Jim Reeves, and Death Metal in Africa

February 25th, 2015

59:00
When we talk about the influence of American performers on African music, we usually think about a few obvious examples, legends like Michael Jackson, Jimi Hendrix or James Brown. In this episode, we go beyond these …

Sierra Leone: Celebration, War, And Healing

February 16th, 2015

59:00
[APWW PGM #552] [Originally aired in 2008] While Sierra Leone is currently in the news for the horrific outbreak of Ebola that has devastated the …

Escaping The Delta

February 13th, 2015

59:00
[APWW PGM #452] [Originally aired in 2005] Escaping the Delta is the title of a provocative book by award-winning author Elijah Wald that explores …
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