Life is hard under this Corona Virus quarantine…. We are reeling under the effects of this pandemic. It is indeed a bizarre time. We join the music world in mourning the loss of African Music icon Manu Dibango who passed away March 24 in Paris after contracting the COVID-19 virus. According to his bio, Dibango […]Read More We remember Manu Dibango 1933 – 2020
We are also affected by the immense global effects of the COVID-19 Virus. We have had to slow down and adapt our production. Bear with us as we try to continue to produce quality shows from our quarantine space. And while you are quarantined, please make sure you attend to all of the recommended precautions. […]Read More AfroPop Radio and the Global Quarantine
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 […]Read More Jarabi: The most popular Kora song
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 […]Read More Kobe Bryant and Africa
I know, this post is late, but hey, we were reeling in shock about the tragic death of Kobe Bryant, who died in a helicopter crash just north of Los Angeles California. The news took the breath out of me as it did many across the diaspora. The news took the wind out of what […]Read More Angelique and Burna: Honor and Dedication
Happy New Year! We hope this is the best year ever for you and your loved ones. We are so happy to continue to connect you with the top contemporary African songs and artists. We are often asked where do we find these artists? Well, we search the globe, we listen to African Radio, we […]Read More Oumou Sangare: Songbird of Wassalou
Happy New Year everyone!!! Here’s hoping your year goes the way you want it and even more!!! As we enter into this new year, I have been contemplating the essence of Kwanzaa and contrasting my meditation against a couple of recent and hurtful events. New Year’s Day is the final day of the Kwanzaa observance. […]Read More Imani: Faith. In our people? yeah. right.
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 […]Read More Umoja: In search of Unity
This is a story that has us intrigued. As you may be aware, one of the biggest and most viewed cinema markets on the continent of Africa comes out of Nigeria. It is so big that it is dubbed “Nollywood”. The stars are massive, The films are massive. It is a HUGE segment on the […]Read More Nollywood gets turned away by the Oscars
We are so happy to share the latest in contemporary African Music on our AfroPop Radio podcast. We explore a wide range of music genres, no doubt. In these days and times it is very exciting to hear and witness the explosion of popularity where it comes to African Music. And in its zeal to […]Read More AfroBeats vs. AfroBeat: what’s the difference?