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.

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  • Thursday, October 23, 2014 12:56pm
    On this Hip Deep edition, we visit nightclubs, cultural centers, radio stations, and the homes of prominent musicians to take the pulse of Madagascar’s lively highland capital, Antananarivo (Tana). Long the seat of power on the island, Tana is now home to spectacular artists from all the country’s ethnic regions. We’ll hear from rappers, traditional musicians, guitar innovators, veterans like Sammy, Hanitra, and Rossy, and lots of newcomers--also a dance band playing the latest club craze—a footloose dance style known as kilalaky. The program is rich with live recordings and acoustic performances created especially for Afropop Worldwide. With insights from Johns Hopkins historian Pier Larson and Duke University anthropologist Margaret Lou Brown, we also reflect on Madagascar’s complex history, politics and troubled governance in recent years.
  • Friday, October 17, 2014 3:29pm
    [Podcast] - Beko (pronounced BEH-koo) is a ceremonial vocal style performed by various ethnic groups in southwest Madagascar. It has also been an inspiration to successful popular musicians, both for it's blues-like emotional qualities, and its social message. In this "Hip Deep in Madagascar" podcast, we hear from Monika and Lala Njava, singer/songwriter Mikea, and the great Antandroy musician Remanindry.
  • Wednesday, October 15, 2014 4:29pm
    New York City is home to the earth-shaking Latin dance music known as ‘salsa.’ From the mid 1960s through the 1980s, Fania Records released many of the most important albums in the history of the music, creating a salsa ‘boom’ that provided an outlet for many important musicians to share their contributions with the world. In 2014, Fania celebrated 50 years in the business; and to celebrate, we dug into the label’s history. We’ll hear from some of the principal players, including Aurora Flores, Nicky Marrero, and, El Judeo Maravilloso, Larry Harlow, and tell a few Afro-pop centric stories along the way.
  • Friday, October 10, 2014 4:21pm
    DJ Spoko, the South African producer behind some of the country's (and maybe the continent's) wildest electronic sounds, has long been something of a mystery. Aside from a few scattered production credits, a handful of Youtube videos, and one solitary EP, it was pretty much impossible to HEAR the guy. That's why we jumped at the chance to interview Spoko about his new album, "War God," which features a full 20 tracks of "pure disease- and pure love." Spoko told us his story, everything from taxi-driving gangsters and clubs filled with Bacardi to the presence of the divine via Fruity Loops 1.1. We'll hear that, plus some MASSIVE cuts from his discography.
  • Wednesday, October 8, 2014 5:37pm
    Afropop Exclusive Mix! Tiger's Milk Records is one of our favorite labels, dishing out a helping of Peruvian tunes as delicious as the ceviche they cook in their award winning restaurants. This mix is compiled to celebrate the release of "Peru Bravo," the label's latest compilation. Connecting the dots between the funk, psych, and rock'n'roll featured on the album with more modern strains of Peruvian music (and a few equally tasty geographic outliers.)It's a terrific journey from start to finish. So dig in! Read our interview with Tiger's Milk Founder Martin Morales ==> Tracklisting 1. Tres Lunas – La Noche Boca Arriba (Self Released) 2. Pirana Sound System – Naranja Limones (Tiger’s Milk) 3. Tribilin Sound – Un Hasta Luego (Self Released) 4. Dengue Dengue Dengue – R2 (Auxiliar) 5. Bareto – Bombo Baile (Unreleased) 6. Compadres Del Ande – La Mecedora (Tiger’s Milk) 7. Los Belking’s – Sabata (Tiger’s Milk) 8. Los Destellos – Onsta La Yerbita (Tiger’s Milk) 9. Débruit & Alsarah – Hawya (Soundway Records) 10. Menelik Wesnatchew – Tezeta (Ethiopiques) 11. Lucia de la Cruz – Toro Mata (Tiger’s Milk) 12. Brian Eno & David Byrne – Qu’ran (Polydor)