Remembering Tony Allen

Wow.. one of the greats has gone on….. Tony Allen, longtime drummer for Fela Kuti passed away on Aoril 2020. Pioneering Nigerian drummer Tony Allen, a co-founder of the afrobeat musical genre, died in Paris at aged 79. Eric Trosset told NPR radio that he had died of a heart attack and that his death […]

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Jarabi: The most popular Kora song

The Kora is a fascinating instrument. Its melodic sound is the centerpiece to music coming from the West African regions of Mali, Senegal, Gambia and others. But what most don’t know is that the Kora players are also griots – storytellers. The craft of playing the Kora is passed down from generation to generation, as […]

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Kobe Bryant and Africa

It was Sunday. Grammy Sunday. A highly anticipated day in the music industry. The world was in Los Angeles for the Grammy Awards. This year was special. Because the President of the Grammy Awards had been embroiled in a dispute that included accusations of dishonesty in the voting process (Something we all suspected anyway), rape […]

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Umoja: In search of Unity

Starting on December 26, a lot of black Americans are now contemplating the message of Kwanzaa, the pan-Africanist holiday created in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga. The observance is a 7 day commemoration of principles designed to celebrate black culture and acknowledge folkways that would enhance the beauty contained therein. The first day remains one […]

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