Synopsis

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 Georges Collinet from Cameroon, the radio series is distributed by Public Radio International to 110 stations in the U.S., via XM satellite radio, in Africa via and Europe via Radio Multikulti.

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Jun 1, 2023

Journeys With The Kora

The 21-string harp, the kora, is a signature instrument of West Africa. Complex and beguiling, kora music was long the exclusive domain of griots, mus…
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May 25, 2023

Taking the Pulse in Dar Es Salaam 2023

Dar Es Salaam, a deep water port on Tanzania’s Indian Ocean Coast, is a musical powerhouse. This on-the-ground report delves into the city's top mus…
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May 18, 2023

Oromo Music: Historical Memory and Competing Visions in Ethiopia

The Oromo are the largest ethnic group in the Horn of Africa, but were relatively little known outside of the region until recently. This episode “O…
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May 11, 2023

Remembering Johnny Clegg

Johnny Clegg holds a unique place in South Africa’s musical pantheon. From his childhood immersion in Zulu culture, his mastery of Zulu language, da…
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May 4, 2023

Soul to Soul at 50 - A Look Back at Ghana’s Legendary Music Festival

On March 6, 1971, a group of some of the top musicians from the United States – Ike & Tina Turner, Wilson Pickett, The Staples Singers, Santana,…
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Apr 27, 2023

Sam Mangwana - Le Pigeon Voyageur

They call Sam Mangwana "Le Pigeon Voyageur" - a roaming pigeon. He could also be called a rolling stone because wherever he lays his microphone is his…
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Apr 20, 2023

873 Pura Vida Costa Rica - Musical Hybrids in Central America -24 LUFS

873 Pura Vida Costa Rica - Musical Hybrids in Central America -24 LUFS by Afropop Worldwide…
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Apr 13, 2023

Remembering Papa Wemba

Papa Wemba, one of the greatest singers of the past African century, died on stage at age 66 in 2016. But his body of work, both in advancing Congoles…
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Apr 6, 2023

From Nashville to Nairobi: The History of Country Music in Kenya

In this episode, we trace the history of country music in Kenya, dating back to the 1920s and 30s when local populations first heard Jimmie Rodgers on…
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Mar 30, 2023

Sauti Za Busara, Sounds of Wisdom 2023

Sauti Za Busara means “sounds of wisdom.” That gives a clue to the music heard at the annual Sauti Za Busara festival in Stonetown, Zanzibar. It…
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