Afropop Worldwide

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Haaa-loooooooooo! Georges Collinet blends a rich array of the freshest music from Africa, the Caribbean, the Americas and Europe with lively interviews and insightful stories.

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8:21 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

WCBE Presents Habib Koite Live From Studio A Wed. Feb. 12, 2013 @ 2PM!

WCBE present Habib Koite Live From Studio A


Malian musician Habib Koite will be performing a few songs during the Global Village ahead of his show that night at The Lincoln Theatre!

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4:05 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

WCBE Choice Albums of 2013

Credit Jaula DeArdilla

Visit WCBE's Amazon page for sampling of our core playlist for 2013; we encourage you to use this list as a resource to find the quality music heard on WCBE this past year!

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4:09 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

WCBE Presents Terakaft Live From Studio A Fri. Oct. 25, 2013 @ 2PM!

Terekaft will perform Live From Studio A

The malian desert blues group Terakaft will play Live From Studio A during The Global Village ahead of their show that night at The Wexner Center!

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First Listen
7:04 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

First Listen: Rokia Traoré, 'Beautiful Africa'

Rokia Traoré's new album, Beautiful Africa, comes out in the U.S. on Sept. 24.
Mathieu Zazzo Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed October 2, 2013 9:41 am

Singer, songwriter and guitarist Rokia Traoré has always been a sophisticate. She grew up as the daughter of a diplomat who was posted in the U.S., Europe and the Middle East. Her most recent stage project was Desdemona, a critically acclaimed theater piece riffing on Shakespeare's Othello, done in collaboration with novelist Toni Morrison and renowned theater director Peter Sellars and mounted at London's Barbican, in Vienna and at Lincoln Center.

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4:07 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

WCBE Presents Morgan Heritage Live From Studio A Fri. Aug. 23, 2013 @ 2PM!

Morgan Heritage will perform Live From Studio A

The Reggae family outfit Morgan Heritage will play a few songs for us during The Global Village!  They'll perform that night at Woodland's Tavern with Mighty Mystic & The Thunder Band.

Tune in for live music, conversation and a chance to win tickets to the show that night!

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Afropop Worldwide
12:20 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Lebanon 1: Fairuz, Woman For All Seasons, Sunday Sept. 8

Fairuz is the most popular living singer throughout the Arabic- speaking world and an artist with no real counterpart in Europe or the Americas. Since the '50s, she has appealed across boundaries of age, gender, class, religion, nationality, regional dialect, and political persuasion. Creating music as serious  and engaged as it is popular, Fairuz- along with her collaborators from the Rahbani family of composer poets- has achieved near-universal appeal during a time of unprecedented division and social strife.

Afropop Worldwide
12:02 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

The Latin Alternative Music Conference 2013, Sunday Sept. 1

Did you miss this summer's Latin Alternative Music Conference in New York ? Not to Worry. You'll get the highlights here including new pop from artists from Chile and Venezuela like Alex Anwandter, Ulises Hadjis, Viniloversus, the acclaimed Astro and others ! Also newsworthy this year were the ladies who rocked on and off stage. Get ready to meet Irene Diaz. That's coming up on Afropop Worldwide Sunday, September 1 at noon on 90.5 fm.

Afropop Worldwide
11:43 am
Tue August 13, 2013

La Bamba: The Afro-Mexican Story, Sunday Aug. 25

In this Hip Deep episode, we use music to explore that history as we take a road-trip across the country in search of sonic traces of Afro-Mexico. We visit the state of Veracruz to learn the history of the Afro-Mexican son jarocho sound, made famous by Ritchie Valens' 1958 hit cover of La Bamba, a tradtional jarocho tune. Then, we visit the Costa Chica of Guerrero, where Afro- Mexican communities are fighting for government recognition to help preserve faltering musical traditions. That's coming up on Afropop Worldwide Sunday, August 25 at noon on 90.5 fm.

Afropop Worldwide
10:59 am
Tue August 13, 2013

Afropop Worldwide: The Kings And Queens of World Music, Sunday Aug.18th

Our celebration of Afropop's 25 years on public radio continues with these exceptional artists recorded live by Afropop Worldwide- from the gentle swing of Abdel Gadir Salim's goolden age of Khartoum, to flamenco powerhouse singer Miguel Poveda to Wassoulou pop pioneer Oumou Sanagare and more. That's coming up on Afropop Worldwide Sunday, August 18th at noon on 90.5 FM!

Sunday Programming
1:32 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Afropop Worldwide - The Immortal 1970s

The 1970s were an especially rich era for African artists. Bands featured multiple guitars, classy horn sections and of course, powerful singers. Coming up this Sunday on Afropop Worldwide, we'll enjoy the Green Arrows from Zimbabwe, Ernesto Dje Dje from Cote d'Ivoire, Orchestre Poly-Rythmo from Berlin, and much more. That's coming up this Sunday on Afropop Worldwide at noon, here on WCBE, Columbus!

2:03 am
Sat August 3, 2013

Songs Of Africa: Beautiful Music With A Violent History

Fred Onovwerosuoke founded the St. Louis African Chorus 20 years ago.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun August 4, 2013 10:00 am

For the next year, NPR will take a musical journey across America, which is one of the most religiously diverse countries on earth. We want to discover and celebrate the many ways in which people make spiritual music — individually and collectively, inside and outside houses of worship.

The founder of the choral group Sounds of Africa is Fred Onovwerosuoke. He was born in Ghana and brought up in Nigeria, and his choir in the heart of the U.S. — St. Louis, Mo., to be exact — has recorded his arrangements of African sacred music by a composer named Ikoli Harcourt Whyte.

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3:51 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Toubab Krewe Live From Studio A June 21, 2013 @ 2PM!

Toubab Krewe will perform Live From Studio A

Asheville, N.C.'s Toubab Krewe will bring their blend of world, rock, west African grooves to WCBE!

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10:04 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

Grupo Fantasma Live From Studio A April 16, 2013 @ 2PM!

Grupo Fantasma will perform Live From Studio A

Join us for a set of Latin music as Grupo Fantasma will perform a few songs live during the Global Village! 

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First Listen
9:28 am
Tue March 26, 2013

First Listen: Bombino, 'Nomad'

Bombino's new album, Nomad, comes out April 2.
Ron Wyman Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun April 7, 2013 10:39 pm

Audio for this feature is no longer available.

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9:17 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

Watch A Supergroup From Mali Sing For Peace

Fatoumata Diawara and some of her musical collaborators on "Voices United for Mali" at a press conference held in Bamako, Mali on Jan. 17, 2013.
Moustapha Diallo courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Tue January 22, 2013 10:33 am

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5:09 pm
Sat November 3, 2012

Matisyahu Live From Studio A Nov. 7, 2012 @ 2PM!

Matisyahu Live From Studio A
Matisyahu Live From Studio A Matisyahu

Matisyahu will stop by WCBE and play a few songs live during the Global Village!

Touring in support of his latest CD Spark Seeker, you'll have a chance to win a copy of the new release and a pair of tickets for the show that night at The NewportThe Constellations support.

9:02 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

Oumou, Abdel, & Miguek - Live on Afropop Worldwide!

Afropoppers have come to be on a first name basis with many of the superstars we've introduced you to over the years, much like Stevie, Aretha, and Bonnie. We'll enjoy some of Afropop Worldwide's finest live recordings of Oumou Sangare, Abdel Gadir Salim, and Miguel Poveda plus some under-recognized artists we've pulled from our recording archive. 

11:28 pm
Sat September 29, 2012

The Aggrolites Live From Studio A 10/02/12 @ 1PM

The Aggrolites Live From Studio A

Reggae/pop/rock outfit, The Aggrolites, will perform a few songs live from Studio A during The Global Village and that night at Kobo Live!  

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Music News
2:03 am
Sat September 8, 2012

Sauti Sol: Native Sons Sing Straight To Kenya's Youth

Sauti Sol has become the most popular band in Kenya.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat September 8, 2012 9:40 pm

The members of Sauti Sol rehearse in a cramped recording studio above a chapati restaurant off a noisy highway in Nairobi. Bien-Aime Baraza, Delvin Mudigi and Willis Chimano — the founding members, all 25 — have been friends since they sang together as part of a gospel ensemble in high school. When they graduated in 2005, they didn't want to stop singing, so they formed Sauti Sol. Sauti is Swahili for voice, while sol is Spanish for sun. "Voices of light."

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Music Reviews
3:47 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

Debo Band: Ethiopian Funk, Reinvented

The debut album from Boston group Debo Band honors and updates the sound of "swinging Addis."
Shawn Brackbill

Originally published on Mon August 13, 2012 6:09 pm

Boston's Debo Band takes inspiration from a golden era of popular music in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in the late '60s and early '70s. During a brief period of cultural freedom in Ethiopia, funk and soul music fused spectacularly with local traditions. Debo Band's debut album both honors and updates the sound of "swinging Addis."

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