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Afropop Worldwide is America's first and longest-lived weekly program on the music of Africa and the African Diaspora.

Georges CollinetHost Georges Collinet, born in Cameroon, is one of the best-known and best-loved broadcasters on the African continent. Known to his fans as "Maxi Voom Voom," Georges' French and English language music programs have attracted millions of listeners.

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Aug 12, 2014 - [APWW PGM #692] North African music receives very little coverage here in the United States. There are no high-profile mixes of recent Tunisian underground dance music from hip DJs, and no young Algerian musicians with major distribution deals in the US. So, we decided to find out what exactly is going on today in this part of the world. We trace the origins of some of the region’s most interesting current music to the banlieues of Paris, like raï’n’b—a new autotune and synth-heavy offshoot of raï. We also explore the gnawa reggae movement, which finds common ground between Sufi trance and the message of Marley. Returning to familiar traditions, we present a live recording of Kabyle mandole player Hamid Ouchène from Montreal’s Nuits d’Afrique festival, backed by a group of Montreal-based musicians with origins throughout the African continent. We next turn to the North African metal scene that developed during Algeria’s civil conflict to meld Berber folk music with black metal. Finally, we check out the new chaabi revival. Produced by Jesse Brent.
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Jul 28, 2014 - The Mighty Amazon The Amazon has long been a mystery to Brazil. Located far from the centers of business and power in the nation's South-East, the jungle provinces of the Brazilian North have long been ignored by the nation at large. But recently, Brazilians have been discovering that the cities and waterways of the Amazon are home to some of the nation's hottest music. In this Hip Deep episode—a musical history of Pará state, where Afro-Caribbean influences have created a unique local flavor that connects the dots between Brazilian music and the rest of Latin America. We check out the guitar heroes of old-school Amazonian dance bands, investigate the origins of the early '90s lambada dance craze, and explore the bubblegum bass culture of tecnobrega. Featuring interviews with singer Gaby Amarantos, lambada revivalist Felipe Cordeiro and ethnomusicologist Darien Lamen, among others. Lead Producer: Marlon Bishop Assistant Production: Saxon Baird, Joe Dobkin
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Jul 16, 2014 - On Sierra Leone's independence day in late April, musicians descend upon Freetown from rural villages to participate in parades and celebrations throughout the city, traversing and joining diverse neighborhoods together with the sound of processional music including one particular local style called bubu. Bubu is a trance inducing sound played by groups of young men blowing interlocking, hocketed breath patterns into bamboo shoots. Bubu resonates with other African diasporic horn traditions (rara and gaga especially). It has long been a part of the cultural fabric of Sierra Leone, yet its deeper story has so far eluded scholarly examination. This program, supported by original fieldwork begins a serious exposition and investigation of the intriguing mythology and history that surrounds this unique, hypnotic music, through a focus on one Bubu musician Ahmed Janka Nabay, the artist recognized widely in Sierra Leone (and beyond) as "the Bubu King." Written and produced by Wills Glasspiegel and Drew Alt. This program is hosted by Sahr Ngaujah, star of the Broadway musical Fela!.
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Jul 14, 2014 - In part one of our 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 nordestinos in the city after the end of slavery in 1888, we follow the exploits of the early sambistas as they forged the genre that would come to represent the nation. Brazilian scholar Carlos Sandroni shows us how Afro-Brazilian religious music and popular styles like modinha transformed into the syncopated samba beat. Then, media scholar Bryan McCann guides us through the glamor and political intrigue of 1930s Rio as samba explodes as the popular music of choice throughout the country. We speak with samba greats from the old guard to the young bloods, including Dona Yvone Lara, Heitorzinho dos Prazeres, Paulão 7-Cordas and Luciana Rabelo. In closing, we find out how samba, an ambitious radio station and a populist dictatorship worked together to shape Brazilians’ ideas about race, society and the Brazilian nation itself.
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Jun 25, 2014 - [APWW PGM #689} World Cup mania continues in Brazil. The games are a source of great national pride, as well as bitter dissent due to the fact that billions were spent on stadiums, rather than schools, hospitals and public transport. What does the music community think? We check in with the latest baile funk from Rio’s favelas. Label owner Renato M2 introduces us to a new style–the slowed down Afro-Brazilian tinged rasterhina. In São Paulo, the cosmopolitan city of 20 million where musical innovation is always happening, we hear Ba-Boom–afoxé mixed with dancehall. From Bahia, we hear the latest from tropicália legend Caetano Veloso and introduce Russo Passapusso, who is reviving the 1970’s MPB sound. Long neglected in Brazil, female MC’s are finally getting their due–we check out Karol Conka and Pearls Negras. Up the coast in Recife, we catch up with Siba and Zé Brown, veterans of the mangue bit movement, who are ably mixing local roots music with international sounds. We’re introduced to the active Brazilian avant garde by Chico Dub. Our last stop is Belém on the Amazon River, where we hear innovative brega artist Felipe Cordeiro. Produced by Jesse Brent.
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Jun 19, 2014 - The legendary Cuban pianist / bandleader / composer Ramón "Bebo" Valdés used to say, el día que me muera, no quiero lloradera. Que toquen una rumba, que tomen ron y coman chocolate, y que toquen mi música más bailable. The day I die, I don’t want weeping. Have a rumba, drink rum and eat chocolate, and play my most danceable music. Bebo passed on March 22, 2013 at the age of 94, and to honor his memory in high spirits, Afropop Worldwide producer Ned Sublette travels to the Voll-Damm Barcelona International Jazz Festival for an exclusive presentation: highlights from the historic Rumba Para Bebo – part concert, part memorial, part Cuban jazz jam, part rumba, and part Kongo ceremony. The show features Bebo's son and former pupil, the reigning grandmaster Cuban pianist / bandleader / composer Jesús "Chucho" Valdés and the Afro Cuban Messengers, and with special guests Jerry González, Omar Sosa and Malongo, Mayra Caridad Valdés, Lázara Cachao, Javier Massó “Caramelo,” Javier Colina, Mauricio Vallina, Paloma Manfugás, Eladio Reinón, David Pastor, and more!
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Jun 16, 2014 - While other forms of music have switched to digital production, gospel remains as the arena for live music, and as the most popular form of live performance in the city of Accra. In this web exclusive podcast, we explore Ghanaian gospel's popularity in a city with thousands upon thousands of churches.
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Jun 04, 2014 - Summer is always the most active season for African and Diaspora touring artists. We'll clue you into what we think are the best. So wherever you are, enjoy the fun fun fun free open air concerts at Central Park SummerStage, Celebrate Brooklyn, Nuits D'Afrique in Montreal, Concert of Colors in Detroit, Grand Performances in L.A. and more.
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Jun 02, 2014 - Cabo Verde (also known as Cape Verde) is undeniably a music powerhouse. Despite its small size (population 500,000), the West African archipelago is the third-largest country in music sales in the “World” market by some estimations. That’s why the islands have become home to the Atlantic Music Expo: a trans-oceanic music fair featuring conferences and concerts that attract musicians and industry professionals from across the globe. In this episode, Afropop drops in on the Expo to check out the latest in Cape Verdean music. We hear from talented singer-composers Neuza and Bino Barros, check out high-energy funaná from Ferro Gaita and Ze Espanhol, and sample other tasty musical fruits from the land that created Cesaria Evora.
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