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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  • Wednesday, June 25, 2014 2:16pm
    [APWW PGM #689} World Cup mania continues in Brazil. The games are a source of great national pride, as well as bitter dissent due to the fact that billions were spent on stadiums, rather than schools, hospitals and public transport. What does the music community think? We check in with the latest baile funk from Rio’s favelas. Label owner Renato M2 introduces us to a new style–the slowed down Afro-Brazilian tinged rasterhina. In São Paulo, the cosmopolitan city of 20 million where musical innovation is always happening, we hear Ba-Boom–afoxé mixed with dancehall. From Bahia, we hear the latest from tropicália legend Caetano Veloso and introduce Russo Passapusso, who is reviving the 1970’s MPB sound. Long neglected in Brazil, female MC’s are finally getting their due–we check out Karol Conka and Pearls Negras. Up the coast in Recife, we catch up with Siba and Zé Brown, veterans of the mangue bit movement, who are ably mixing local roots music with international sounds. We’re introduced to the active Brazilian avant garde by Chico Dub. Our last stop is Belém on the Amazon River, where we hear innovative brega artist Felipe Cordeiro. Produced by Jesse Brent.
  • Thursday, June 19, 2014 6:32pm
    The legendary Cuban pianist / bandleader / composer Ramón "Bebo" Valdés used to say, el día que me muera, no quiero lloradera. Que toquen una rumba, que tomen ron y coman chocolate, y que toquen mi música más bailable. The day I die, I don’t want weeping. Have a rumba, drink rum and eat chocolate, and play my most danceable music. Bebo passed on March 22, 2013 at the age of 94, and to honor his memory in high spirits, Afropop Worldwide producer Ned Sublette travels to the Voll-Damm Barcelona International Jazz Festival for an exclusive presentation: highlights from the historic Rumba Para Bebo – part concert, part memorial, part Cuban jazz jam, part rumba, and part Kongo ceremony. The show features Bebo's son and former pupil, the reigning grandmaster Cuban pianist / bandleader / composer Jesús "Chucho" Valdés and the Afro Cuban Messengers, and with special guests Jerry González, Omar Sosa and Malongo, Mayra Caridad Valdés, Lázara Cachao, Javier Massó “Caramelo,” Javier Colina, Mauricio Vallina, Paloma Manfugás, Eladio Reinón, David Pastor, and more!
  • Monday, June 16, 2014 5:19pm
    While other forms of music have switched to digital production, gospel remains as the arena for live music, and as the most popular form of live performance in the city of Accra. In this web exclusive podcast, we explore Ghanaian gospel's popularity in a city with thousands upon thousands of churches.
  • Wednesday, June 4, 2014 4:03pm
    Summer is always the most active season for African and Diaspora touring artists. We'll clue you into what we think are the best. So wherever you are, enjoy the fun fun fun free open air concerts at Central Park SummerStage, Celebrate Brooklyn, Nuits D'Afrique in Montreal, Concert of Colors in Detroit, Grand Performances in L.A. and more.
  • Monday, June 2, 2014 4:16pm
    Cabo Verde (also known as Cape Verde) is undeniably a music powerhouse. Despite its small size (population 500,000), the West African archipelago is the third-largest country in music sales in the “World” market by some estimations. That’s why the islands have become home to the Atlantic Music Expo: a trans-oceanic music fair featuring conferences and concerts that attract musicians and industry professionals from across the globe. In this episode, Afropop drops in on the Expo to check out the latest in Cape Verdean music. We hear from talented singer-composers Neuza and Bino Barros, check out high-energy funaná from Ferro Gaita and Ze Espanhol, and sample other tasty musical fruits from the land that created Cesaria Evora.