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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, February 28, 2014 11:00pmWinter blues got you down? Cabin fever setting in? Well, we have just the thing for you. Our winter dance party will get you moving to salsa, soukous, cumbia, timba, mbalax, kuduro, funk carioca and lots more.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 11:00pmCulturally complex and multi-racial, with a highly charged history stretching back centuries, South Africa is one of the continent's largest- and most productive- music industries. In this episode, Afropop will take you on a journey through the South Africa of today, guided by the established luminaries and hot new artists we met at the South African Arts Festival, in Los Angeles, California. Together, we explore the diverse contemporary scene of adventurous rappers, soulful singers, house music producers, and hip electro-pop bands.
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 11:00pmJamaican music journeyed to England in the '60s when immigrants from the island flocked to the UK in search of jobs and a better life. But as racism, unemployment and poor living conditions developed in the 70s, a new generation of UK-based reggae and dancehall artists transformed the music into a major platform for voicing the concerns, struggles and hard, daily reality of life in the UK for black immigrants. Through interviews with David Hinds of Steel Pulse, Dennis Bovell, Papa Levi and many more, we unravel the complex history of how Jamaican music in the United Kingdom became a major component in navigating the cultural and racial landscape for many blacks in a post-empire Britain while pushing the genre into new, musical soundscapes.
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 11:00pmThis program tells the story of generations of creative musicians from Benin who translate traditional, largely Vodun occult music into popular and experimental music. We hear traditional music styles including tchinkoumandeacute;, agbadja, and kakagbo, and explore how, starting in the 1970s, Sagbohan Danialou (a singer, drummer, guitarist and composer known as "l'homme orchestre," the one-man-band) and Tohon Stanislas transformed these styles into popular music. We hear from Samuel "Jomion" Gnonlonfoun, one of the founders of the experimental super-group Gangbandeacute; Brass Band, who took the traditional approach further into jazz in the 1990s and 2000s, including new music from Jomion and The Uklos, Gnonlonfoun's current band. Finally, we bring the story to the present with an interview from superstar Angelique Kidjo, and brand new music from her latest album"Eve."
Tuesday, January 21, 2014 11:00pmAfropop recently traveled to the exotic location of Cardiff, Wales for the latest edition of WOMEX, the annual world music showcase, trade fair, and seminar that attracts some 2,000 delegates from 80 countries around the world. 800 artists apply to perform. 45 are chosen. We'll hear live recordings (with amazing audio thanks to the BBC 3 team)of some of our favorites including Debademba, a group fluent in Afro blues and Mande classical repertoires that is led by Malian singer Mohamed Diaby and guitarist Abdoulaye Traore; Les Tambours de Brazza, a 15 piece percussion ensemble/soukous band from Brazzaville, Congo; The Cumbia All-Stars; and South Indian violin virtuosos Ganesh and Kumaresh. The finale of WOMEX is always the prestigious WOMEX prize. The winners this year? Juan Formell and Los Van Van. Afropop's own Ned Sublette has the honor of introducing Cuba's most beloved dance band. And earlier we'll hear Ned's in-depth interview with Van Van founder, Juan Formell. Along the way we dig into the suitcase full of CDs (remember them?) we brought from Wales. Produced by Sean Barlow.