"Afropop Worldwide" is America's first and longest-lived weekly program on the music of Africa and the African Diaspora.
Hosted by Georges Collinet from Cameroon and produced by Sean Barlow for World Music Productions, "Afropop Worldwide" draws on an unprecedented array of reporters, artists and cultural guides to present an hour that is authoritative, comprehensive and hugely entertaining.
Thursday, May 28, 2015 6:29pmIn 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 recently added two musicians playing the metal-pronged, Shona mbira, enriching the band’s ... Read more »
Wednesday, May 27, 2015 6:08pmIt’s been awhile since we’ve heard anything from the Owiny Sigoma band. Beside a brief (and absolutely killer) boiler-room performance, the band has been silent since 2013’s Power Punch. If you don’t remember that album (or never heard it in ... Read more »
Wednesday, May 27, 2015 12:24pmAfter traveling down musical pathways in New Orleans and India on his last two albums, French director, pianist and composer Christophe Chassol has turned to his family’s homeland in Martinique for his new album Big Sun, along with an accompanying documentary. We reached out to Chassol ... Read more »
Tuesday, May 26, 2015 2:13pmIt’s been five years since the Lion of Zimbabwe—still in exile in Oregon—has released an album of new songs. During most of his four-decade-plus career there was at least one new album every year. The slower pace is hardly a ... Read more »
Friday, May 22, 2015 4:30pmThe disco takeover of worldwide pop culture was massive–so massive that it was once perfectly acceptable to wear bell bottoms and platform shoes in public. Today, the genre is rarely given its due for cultural importance and lasting influence. Disco ... Read more »