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About Afropop Worldwide

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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Apr 17, 2014 - Big Night in Little Haiti is a lively monthly party showcasing top Haitian musical talent in the courtyard of the Little Haiti Cultural Center in Miami. BNLH and our local affiliate WDNA-FM invited Georges Collinet and the Afropop crew down to celebrate our 25th anniversary on public radio. You'll hear highlights from the classic compas Magnum Band featuring Dadou Pasquet on guitar and vocals. Fortified by a punchy three-piece horn section, the band pleased the diverse crowd with standards from their 37 years of music making. Opening up for Magnum Band was Papy Joe le Twoubadou, leading a trio that brought to life the troubadour tradition in Haitian music with a folksy set of ballads and gently swinging songs. And for the finale the boisterous local Rara Lakay paraded through the neighborhood sounding the signature tin horns and percussion section—metal pipes, snare and hand drums. Join us!
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Apr 10, 2014 - In our program "Afropop Live! NYC Musical Metropolis" we featured an excerpt from our interview with Brushy One String, the soulful Jamaican singer/guitarist and Youtube star. In this podcast, we go further, discussing Brushy's past, his goals, and the development of his unique musical style. Along the way, we try to explain how just how one string can make so much great music.
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Apr 04, 2014 - 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 to those fat sounds beneath the music and the funky men who make them. Our tour of the global low-end will being with an exploration of virtuosic bass wizardry in Cameroon. Then, we'll go to Cuba to find out how bassist Israel "Cachao" Lopez invented mambo with the well-placed pluck of a finger. After that, we'll stop by Detroit and hear how the innovations of funk bass playing got the whole world dancing. Special guests included Cameroon-native Richard Bona, thought by some to be the best bassist alive today, and Bakithi Kumalo, one of Africa's premier bassists and the man behind the groove on Paul Simon's Graceland.
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Apr 01, 2014 - Banning Eyre presents songs and stories from Somalia's fertile independence era, and up to the present. This podcast is a supplement to Afropop's Hip Deep program "Reconstructiong Somalia, Love Songs at the Birth of a Nation." Somali scholar and former broadcaster Ahmed Ismail Samatar introduces Somali oud virtuoso Hodeidi. Historian Lidwien Kapteijns continues her brilliant and amiable commentary on the love songs in which gender debates played out in the '60s and '70s, and brings the story right up to the present with fascinating reflections on the early career of the rapper/songwriter K'Naan.
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Mar 20, 2014 - For this exclusive Afropop Worldwide Hip Deep report, producer Ned Sublette travels to Port-au-Prince, where he checks in with bandleader Richard Morse of RAM, and with Lolo and Manzandeacute; Beaubrun of Boukman Eksperyans, both of whom produced hotly controversial carnival songs that year. In a country where the president, Michel Martelly, was formerly the #1 dance-music singer, the complexities of politics are felt in music. We'll look at how vodou and carnival interact to provide a vocabulary for political expression in the tense post-quake atmosphere. We'll meet 95-year-old Emerante de Pradines Morse, who was the first singer to perform the songs of vodou as entertainment in Port-au-Prince; we'll hear from historian Laurent Dubois, author of Haiti: The Aftershocks of History; and we'll go crowd-surfing in the crush of carnival at Jakmel, the southern Haitian port city that was once a colonial cousin to New Orleans.
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Mar 01, 2014 - Winter blues got you down? Cabin fever setting in? Well, we have just the thing for you. Our winter dance party will get you moving to salsa, soukous, cumbia, timba, mbalax, kuduro, funk carioca and lots more.
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Feb 27, 2014 - Culturally complex and multi-racial, with a highly charged history stretching back centuries, South Africa is one of the continent's largest- and most productive- music industries. In this episode, Afropop will take you on a journey through the South Africa of today, guided by the established luminaries and hot new artists we met at the South African Arts Festival, in Los Angeles, California. Together, we explore the diverse contemporary scene of adventurous rappers, soulful singers, house music producers, and hip electro-pop bands.
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Feb 13, 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 living conditions developed in the 70s, a new generation of UK-based reggae and dancehall artists transformed the music into a major platform for voicing the concerns, struggles and hard, daily reality of life in the UK for black immigrants. Through interviews with David Hinds of Steel Pulse, Dennis Bovell, Papa Levi and many more, we unravel the complex history of how Jamaican music in the United Kingdom became a major component in navigating the cultural and racial landscape for many blacks in a post-empire Britain while pushing the genre into new, musical soundscapes.
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Jan 30, 2014 - This program tells the story of generations of creative musicians from Benin who translate traditional, largely Vodun occult music into popular and experimental music. We hear traditional music styles including tchinkoumandeacute;, agbadja, and kakagbo, and explore how, starting in the 1970s, Sagbohan Danialou (a singer, drummer, guitarist and composer known as "l'homme orchestre," the one-man-band) and Tohon Stanislas transformed these styles into popular music. We hear from Samuel "Jomion" Gnonlonfoun, one of the founders of the experimental super-group Gangbandeacute; Brass Band, who took the traditional approach further into jazz in the 1990s and 2000s, including new music from Jomion and The Uklos, Gnonlonfoun's current band. Finally, we bring the story to the present with an interview from superstar Angelique Kidjo, and brand new music from her latest album"Eve."
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