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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Oct 14, 2021

The Black History Of The Banjo

We trace the history of this most American of instruments from its ancestors in West Africa through the Caribbean and American South and into the pres…

Oct 7, 2021

Toronto's African Scene

Toronto is Canada’s most cosmopolitan city--“like New York but mellower” in the words of Kofi Akah, son of the Ghanaian highlife legend Jewel Ak…

Oct 6, 2021

Closeup: Franco Speaks (1985)

In 1985, Sean Barlow made his first trip to Africa to check out musical life there. Afropop Worldwide was still a dream at that point, but the experie…

Sep 30, 2021

The Gorgon, The Originator, and The Dub Master

During the last 60 years, Jamaican music has constantly reinvented itself, a handful of innovators pioneering distinct musical genres such as ska, roc…

Sep 23, 2021

Closeup: Kakuma Sounds

Kenya’s Kakuma Refugee Camp is a virtual city of people displaced by three decades of war in East and Central Africa. Kenyan music producer Treynor…

Sep 23, 2021


Changüí is a little understood, loose and lively, community-based music of eastern Cuba. In this program we sample recordings from the 2021 box set…

Sep 16, 2021

The Mighty Orchestra Baobab

Fifty years ago, the president of Senegal’s nephew was putting together a band for his new, upscale Dakar nightclub, and he recruited a handful of m…

Sep 10, 2021

Closeup: Yasmin Williams—Guitar Hero To Guitar Hero

With a style all her own, Yasmin Williams has gone from video game virtuoso to one of the freshest and most original solo acoustic guitarists today. S…

Sep 9, 2021

Nairobi Roars

The Kenyan capital is roaring into the 2020s. On this program singer/songwriter/producer Eric Wainaina introduces us to a rising cadre of artists rock…

Sep 2, 2021

Soul To Soul At 50

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

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