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Afropop

New Sounds

Make the World Shake (Afropop, New & Old)

Sunday, January 25, 2015

For this New Sounds, listen to Congolese band Staff Benda Bilili, Senegalese singer Ablaye Thiossanea, a reissue from Nigerian Tunji Oyelana, and music from different parts of Africa.

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New Sounds

Still More World Music

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Sample an hour of global music rooted in traditional instruments, and western ones, featuring music by Syrian dabke artist Omar Souleyman and music from Ethio-jazzer Mulatu Astatke .

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Soundcheck

Shimmering Afropop Of The Very Best, Hear Me Now

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

The Very Best combines Malawian and London influences to make methodical Afropop.

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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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New Sounds

Make the World Shake (Afropop, New & Old)

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

For this New Sounds, listen to the Congolese band Staff Benda Bilili, a group of paraplegic street musicians, who were homeless when they first started performing together and used to rehearse in the half-abandoned city zoo.  The band is now the subject of a feature film, and is also making some of the most exuberant and affirming music coming out of almost anywhere.  Hear music from their most recent record, “Bouger Le Monde” – or “make the world shake.”

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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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New Sounds

Still More World Music

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Sample an hour of global music, some rooted in traditional instruments, and some music that brings the west aboard as well.

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New Sounds

Cool Stuff Meant for John Schaefer, But the Staff is Hogging It For Now

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

WNYC

Every now and again, we get overwhelmed with all of the good music that comes our way and impatient that our host, John Schaefer, has not yet heard the tracks.

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Soundcheck

Ted Leo: Live From The World Financial Center

Friday, November 23, 2012

In the first part of the show, Ted Leo -- from the popular post-punk band Ted Leo & The Pharmacists -- interprets the music of South African pioneer Hugh Masekela. Leo explains that he was inspired by the space itself to do the Masekela theme. Listen in to hear Ted explain how.  

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Soundcheck

Ted Leo, Antibalas Live From World Financial Center

Friday, November 23, 2012

For three nights in October, WNYC presented live concerts at the World Financial Center’s Winter Garden atrium, with each one hosted by John Schaefer.

Today on the show, Soundcheck presents the first of the three events, an Afro-centric show. The first set features Ted Leo, from the popular post-punk band Ted Leo & The Pharmacists, interpreting the music of South African pioneer Hugh Masekela. And in the second, Brooklyn's own Afropop big band Antibalas performs original music that carries on the tradition of the late Nigerian saxophonist, singer and bandleader Fela Kuti.

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

Make the World Shake (Afropop, New & Old)

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

For this New Sounds, listen to the Congolese band Staff Benda Bilili, a group of paraplegic street musicians, who were homeless when they first started performing together and used to rehearse in the half-abandoned city zoo.  The band is now the subject of a feature film, and is also making some of the most exuberant and affirming music coming out of almost anywhere.  Hear music from their most recent record, “Bouger Le Monde” – or “make the world shake.” 

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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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Soundcheck

Fela, Eventually

Thursday, July 22, 2010

John Schaefer remembers discovering Fela Kuti's music.

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We Are The World Too

Friday, June 25, 2010

Let's not admit that Ghana's music is great until after Saturday's game.

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Studio 360

360 Staff Pick: The Very Best

Monday, November 16, 2009

Playlist anxiety this party season? It's The Very Best to the rescue. Fronted by a Malawian Esau Mwamwaya, the band made mixtape history last year with its killer remixes of M.I.A's 'Paper Planes' and Vampire Weekend's 'Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa.' Even without those tunes, the album offers dizzying layers of Afropop and sunny vocals in English and Chichewa over techno dance beats. The title track is a party-starter with its happy mix of textures: a deep heartbeat of a bass line, cowbell, choir-style back-up vocals, and toe-tapping guitar riffs. It just might move you to book a flight to Lilongwe, which is appropriate, because it turns out Warm Heart of Africa is Malawi's tourism slogan too.

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