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Afropop worldwide is your source for music and stories from the African planet. We explore the the world through sound, from the ancient past to the cutting edge present, combining music, history, and culture. Distributed by PRI.

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Afropop worldwide is your source for music and stories from the African planet. We explore the the world through sound, from the ancient past to the cutting edge present, combining music, history, and culture. Distributed by PRI.

    A Tango with Robert Farris Thompson

    A Tango with Robert Farris Thompson

    One of the spiritual fathers of Afropop Worldwide has joined the ancestors. After an extraordinarily rich and full life, Dr. Robert Farris Thompson -- or, as he preferred to be called, "T" -- passed on November 29, 2021, at the age of 88. Through his books, lectures and mentorship, T revolutionized the study of African art and culture beginning in the 1950s, and he inspired generations of students and scholars.

    While his academic discipline was art hisotry, music was central to his conception. This program was produced as an Afropop Worldwide Hip Deep episode in 2005 to celebrate his book Tango: The Art History of Love. In it, T talks to Ned Sublette about the erotic Afro-Argentine dance whose Kikongo-derived name he renders as "moving in time to a beat." With musical examples galore. We present it in loving memory.

    APWW #479
    Produced by Ned Sublette

    • 59 min
    Afropop Wildcards 2021 Edition

    Afropop Wildcards 2021 Edition

    Georges Collinet and Banning Eyre close out 2021 with a wide ranging tour through music that touched them in 2021, and a look ahead at 2022. No top ten lists or “best of the year” lists, but rather a taste of things overlooked, and a few surprises. Featured is Georges’s and Banning’s interview with American music icon Herb Alpert, and a sneak preview of Georges’s upcoming salute to a giant of Congolese music, Sam Mangwana. Expect a few laughs, and plenty of fantastic music to savor as 2021 winds to a close. Produced by Banning Eyre and Georges Collinet.

    APWW #847

    • 59 min
    Afropop Jam

    Afropop Jam

    On today’s edition, “Afropop Jam,” we’ll groove on cool new releases by artists from Congo, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Martinique, Cuba and more.

    APWW #835

    • 59 min
    WOMEX Rises in 2021

    WOMEX Rises in 2021

    After the pandemic forced it to go virtual for a year, the WOMEX world music expo was back in 2021 for its 27th edition in Porto, Portugal. In this program we hear live performances and interviews from key showcase artists, including Gnawa innovations from Bab l’Bluz, Uganda’s Nakibembe Xylophone Troupe, brassy Ghanaian gospel from Algote Oho & His Sounds of Joy, Afro-funk bass virtuoso Manou Gallo, Egypt’s Mazahar, and Sudan’s Ebo Krdum, plus the world’s hottest fusion of Afro-Cuban music and funk from the one and only Cimafunk. Produced by Banning Eyre and Sean Barlow.

    APWW #846

    • 59 min
    Remembering Oliver Mtukudzi

    Remembering Oliver Mtukudzi

    Zimbabwe’s Oliver Mtukudzi, one of the most beloved singer/composer/bandleaders out of Africa in the last century, died in Harare on Jan. 23 2019 after a long battle with diabetes. Tuku, as his fans knew him, composed countless songs that cut to the heart of life in Zimbabwe, from its struggle for freedom in the 1970s through the rocky road of independence ever since. In this program, we look back at our conversations with Tuku going back to our first visit to Zimbabwe in 1988, and hear his wonderful music at various points in his epic career. We also speak with his biographer, ethnomusicologist Jennifer Kyker, and take a deep dive into what made Tuku's music so special and the stories behind some of his most important songs. Produced by Banning Eyre.

    APWW #807

    • 59 min
    Jamaica - Big A Yard, Big Abroad!

    Jamaica - Big A Yard, Big Abroad!

    Since the 1960s in Jamaica, iconic figures such as Bob Marley have gathered in backyards to write reggae anthems that conquered world charts. The yard remains a cornerstone in Jamaican culture. Musicians withdraw from the violence of the city to create and play songs in their yards. In Jamaican patois, “mi yard” means “my home,” and many songs, proverbs and colloquialisms hinge on the word “yard.” More even than the music itself, the yard evokes a state of mind and a physical space wherein artists create amid the warmth of acoustic sound, raw emotion of voices and a collective energy. In this program, we move yard to yard in Jamaica, listening to acoustic music being written and recorded, smelling trees and flowers, and meeting legendary artists like Ken Boothe, Winston McAnuff, Cedric Myton of the Congos, Kiddus I, Robbie Lyn, Viceroys, or Nambo Robinson, as well as a number of young and emerging reggae artists like JAH9, Var, and Derajah, who grew up and found their artistic voices in ghetto yards. You've never heard Jamaica sound like this before!

    Produced by Elodie Maillot and Banning Eyre.
    APWW #753

    • 59 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
241 Ratings

241 Ratings

mlb623 ,

Love this series...the music and it's history.

So glad I found this podcast. Great site. Thank you.

Matt O'Conga ,

AMAZING WORK!!

I've been listening for years. Fantastic shows!! You all need to encourage listeners to drop 5 star reviews here, help spread the good word!

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What a great Education!!

I have learned sooooo much by my Afropop teachers- and fallen in love with so much music along the way. Thank You George!!! You are the best teacher ever!!

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