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Afropop Worldwide on KRVS
Sunday 8:00-9:00 pm
Host: George Collinet
Afropop Worldwide is the U.S.A.'s first and longest-lived weekly program on the music of Africa and the African Diaspora.
Friday, December 6, 2013 11:00pmThe extraordinary wisdom and forgiveness of Nelson Mandela as he led South Africa out of the hated apartheid system to a non-racial, democratic society is a deep inspiration that will long outlive him. Along the long journey to freedom, South African musicians offered vivid reflections of the emotions of the moment. We will hear conversations with some of the veterans of SA music including Ray Phiri, Lucky Dube, Dorothy Masuka, and others. They share their recollections of key events: the June 16, 1976 Soweto Student Uprising; the Feb. 11, 1990 release from jail of Nelson Mandela; first democratic elections April 27, 1994 for the New South Africa. Plus younger stars of kwaito music including Kabelo and Thandiswa Mazwai speak for the youth generation. We'll hear classic tracks, "Black President" by Brenda Fassie, "We Miss You Manelow" by Chicco and "Bring Him Back Home" by Hugh Masekela.
Friday, November 22, 2013 11:00pmTechnology is one of the great drivers of musical change, and often one of it's least understood. In this episode, we will explore the synthesizer, looking closely at the history of this ubiquitous (and often debated) piece of musical technology, and investigating how and why it was first used in a variety African musics. Enabled by groundbreaking reissues of synth pioneers like William Onyeabor (Nigeria) and Hailu Mergia (Ethiopia), disco stars like Kris Okotie, and South African bubblegum superstars like Brenda Fassie, we will take you back to the 70's and 80's, listening to the birth of a distinctly African electronic sound.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 11:00pmOne of the beautiful things about musical life in Latin America is that the classic dance music sounds never die. Even as youth-oriented genres like reggaeton and tribal get into the mix, people of all generations continue to get down to salsa, merengue and cumbia. All over Latin America, new bands are constantly popping up, innovating with those classic sounds and pushing them in fresh directions. Today, we hear the best new dance tracks Latin America has to offer in 2013, including local radio hits, new roots releases and sounds from the progressive indie-tropical scenes flourishing in the region today. As we trace our way from New York through the Caribbean and down the Andes, we listen to everything from the latest Cuban timba and Dominican típico hits to Colombian salsa choke, a new salsa/hip-hop hybrid coming out of the country's Pacific region. And, some great conversations: a chat with Will Holland (aka Quantic) and Mario Galeano of Ondatrópica, a fascinating new collective putting together the old and new-guards of Afro-Colombian music. Plus, a visit from New York City global bass DJ Uproot Andy, who schools us in the latest electronic dance music coming out of Latin America. (Featured image from Afrocolombia blog)
Sunday, November 17, 2013 11:00pmIt's been more than two years since Afropop last surveyed the African sounds making waves in America. This program plays catch-up by putting the spotlight on a few of the standouts. From electronic dance and pop to old-school roots grooves and Afropop revival bands, spiced with remixes, collaborations, and off-the-wall connections-music drawn from across the African continent is thriving in US towns and cities. Including afrobeat from the Souljazz Orchestra, Cheick Hamala Diabate's experimental traditionalism, Alec Lomami's Congolese-American Dancepop, and with a special focus on Bombino's collaboration with Black Keys guitarist Dan Auerbach on his 'Nomad' album.
Wednesday, November 6, 2013 11:00pmThis is the special additional feature that accompanies the Afropop Worldwide Hip Deep program "Lebanon 3: Beirut Today."