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Psychedelic World Music (Special Podcast)

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

WNYC
Listen to world music that veers into psychedelic territory on this New Sounds, with Native-American inspired percussive drone music and Afrobeat from Brazil in music by Bixiga 70.

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Gig Alert: Kahli Abdu & VHS Safari

Monday, February 23, 2015

Afropop & indie rock meets socially conscious hip-hop from Nigeria tonight at Brooklyn Bowl.

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New Sounds

Afrofunk, Afrojazz & Afropop

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Hear the Ghanaian-rooted Afrofunk band KonKoma, (now based in the U.K.), along with recent releases and/or reissues of music from South, East, and West Africa.

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Soundcheck

The Budos Band: The Staten Island Afro-Soul Group Isn't Afraid To Get Heavy

Friday, October 17, 2014

Hear The Budos Band summon the psychedelic spirit from its new record, Burnt Offering, in the Soundcheck studio.

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New Sounds

Psychedelic World Music

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Listen to world music that veers into psychedelic territory on this New Sounds, with Native-American inspired percussive drone music and Afrobeat from Brazil in music by Bixiga 70.

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Gig Alert: Vieux Farka Toure

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Scion of Malian music royalty plays tonight at Highline Ballroom. Download "Allah Wawi."

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Gig Alert: The Budos Band

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Gritty instrumental funk outfit brings some attitude to Bowery Ballroom. Download 'Unbroken, Unshaven.'

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Gig Alert: Seun Kuti & Egypt 80

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Afrobeat superstar plays Highline Ballroom tonight. Download "IMF."

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'20 Feet From Stardom'; Jewish Folk Meets Afrobeat When Zion80 Plays Live

Friday, January 17, 2014

In this episode: 20 Feet From Stardom shines the spotlight away from the headliners and onto their backup singers. This week, the film was nominated for an Academy Award for Documentary Feature. Today, we listen back to our conversation with the director of the documentary, Morgan Neville and two of the backup singers who star in the film, Darlene Love and Merry Clayton.

At first you may not think that two genres like traditional folk songs and the exuberant sounds of Afrobeat would sit well together. But as played by Zion80 -- a sprawling 15-piece band led by Jon Madof -- they really do. Hear the band perform in the Soundcheck studio.

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New Sounds

Afrofunk, Afrojazz & Afropop

Friday, October 18, 2013

Hear the Ghanaian-rooted Afrofunk band KonKoma, (now based in the U.K.), along with recent releases and/or reissues of music from South, East, and West Africa. Sample selections from Zambian miners and minstrels, music from street musicians in Malawi, and some gorgeous acoustic Afropop from Mali.

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Antibalas: Live From The World Financial Center

Friday, November 23, 2012

For the second part of the concert, we hear from Antibalas, a Brooklyn group inspired by the late Nigerian saxophonist, singer and bandleader Fela Kuti. Fela pioneered the Afrobeat style in the 1960s and '70s, mixing American funk, infectious horn arrangements -- and political messages aimed squarely at the Nigerian government. His life story was the subject of the recent Broadway musical “Fela" -- (to which members of Antibalas contributed). Hear this high energy performance -- and its unexpected encore.

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New Sounds

New Music For Bagpipes

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Oh Danny boy, the pipes, the pipes are calling, from some pretty weird places.  Prepare to be overwhelmed with new music for for one – or more bagpipes on this New Sounds. Listen to strange and unusual mixtures of bagpipes with jew’s harp and balafon or with Brazilian carnival percussion on David Watson's release "Skirl."

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New Sounds

Afrofunk, Afrojazz & Afropop (Special Podcast)

Friday, October 19, 2012

WNYC

Hear the Ghanaian-rooted Afrofunk band KonKoma, (now based in the U.K.), along with recent releases and/or reissues of music from South, East, and West Africa. Sample selections from Zambian miners and minstrels, music from street musicians in Malawi, and some gorgeous acoustic Afropop from Mali.

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New Sounds

Afrofunk, Afrojazz & Afropop

Thursday, July 05, 2012

Hear the Ghanaian-rooted Afrofunk band KonKoma, (now based in the U.K.), along with recent releases and/or reissues of music from South, East, and West Africa. Sample selections from Zambian miners and minstrels, music from street musicians in Malawi, and some gorgeous acoustic Afropop from Mali.

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Gig Alert: Henry Cole

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Jazz drummer Henry Cole and his Afrobeat Collective brings its Afro-Latin fusion to Joe's Pub on Tuesday night. Download new single "Trabajala."

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New Sounds

New Music For Bagpipes

Friday, October 21, 2011

Oh Danny boy, the pipes, the pipes are calling, from some pretty weird places.  Prepare to be overwhelmed with new music for for one – or more bagpipes on this New Sounds.

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Gig Alert: Tony Allen

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Fela Kuti once said "without Tony Allen, there would be no Afrobeat." Catch the genre's second son at Le Poisson Rouge Wednesday night, and download his killer "Secret Agent" here.

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Gig Alert: Ikebe Shakedown

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Afro-funk innovators Ikebe Shakedown and their mighty horns take the stage at Brooklyn Bowl tonight. Download "Hard Steppin'" here.

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Studio 360

"Genius of Love" Gets Its Due

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

The first time I heard the Tom Tom Club's song 'Genius of Love' off their eponymous debut album I thought  'Hey, that’s Mariah Carey's song.' Turns out I was only half-right.  Back in 1995, when I was twelve, Mariah Carey's hit 'Fantasy' was playing on every Top 40 station and I was choreographing dance routines to it with my friends. The rhythms in Tom Tom Club's upbeat 1981 hit made 'Genius' a hip hop sampling favorite too.  Public EnemyTupac Shakur and T.I. have all used snippets of the track. Mariah Carey created 'Fantasy' as a remix and Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five made 'It's Nasty'.

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Features

Patti Labelle Joins Cast of 'Fela!'

Friday, August 13, 2010

Singer Patti LaBelle is joining the cast of the Broadway play Fela!

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