Afropop Worldwide now broadcast six nights a week
Monday through Saturday 11 PM on Radio New York 91.5 FM!
Great news! The producers and staff and Board of Afropop Worldwide are thrilled to announce that starting tonight, you can hear Afropop Worldwide hosted by the one and only Georges Collinet six nights a week Monday through Saturdays at 11 pm on Radio New York 91.5 FM! Whenever you want, you can hear the music and stories of Africa, the Caribbean, the Middle East and of course New York City. The program features visits to the world’s great musical cities, artist interviews, album premieres, concert highlights, and historically based Hip Deep profiles.
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Upcoming programs:July 7……....“Afropop Vignettes: Guitar Heroes”
The World Music News Wire reports on Kakande's Dununya:
Not many musicians can claim an 800-year musical legacy as balafon master Famoro Dioubate can. From one of the most prestigious families of griots (musician/storytellers) in Guinea, Dioubate is a guardian of traditions dating back to the 13th century in the ancient Mandé Empire. Named for his small ancestral village, Dioubate’s ensemble Kakande is an extension of the musical lineage that he knew back home. Kakande’s new album Dununya, on Jumbie Records bridges this near millennial tradition to modern audiences.
As legend holds, the balafon (xylophone) appeared magically in the forest almost a thousand years ago where it was discovered and guarded jealously by mighty sorcerer-king Sumanguru Kante. Eventually it was re-conquered by the founder of the Mandé Empire, Sundiata Keita, who bequeathed it to his griot, Bala Fasseke Kouyate to play and protect.
For more, click here.
Hungarians take over New Brunswick, NJ on the first Saturday of every June. This year brought yet another new crop of young dancers and musicians... it brought outrageously hot weather... and hot weather will do nothing to slow down Hungarian dance fanatics.
Here's a peek at the festivities by some of our great friends:
The newest cimbalom master in New Jersey
Here are some videos:
Our intrepid kontra player Aron Székely has posted new videos of Metró Hungarian folk. This is from our recording session in Brooklyn at Pete Fand's new studio:
For more, click here
Our new and newly renamed Hungarian folk band Metro Folk is not used to playing on Saturday morning. But the timing wasn't the only thing out of the ordinary for when we played at the Four Seasons restaurant in Midtown Manhattan. We played at the request of my old friend Spencer Tunick who was doing an art installation that consisted of photographing a hundred or so naked volunteers.
The photo above has been taken from Eater.com, and you can see the original context at
Four Seasons Gone Wild: Spencer Tunick Stops in for Lunch. Please don't watch this if you are offended by the naked body.
I've been dying to hear about the Saakumu Dance Troupe tour. This is the first time Bernard Woma's Ghana-based group has visited the United States- congrats!
A blogger named Deier has written this about Bernard:
The leader of this group is my dear friend, professor, and peer, Bernard Woma who is my Ghana-father. Without him my experience possibly could've been as memorable but not quite as much enjoyable. He makes things happen. Upon returning to my school, I visited the International Education Chairperson and with her help, and the help of Bernard, I organized my next trip to Ghana however this time I wouldn't be traveling solo. Following an academic year of not only schooling, but budgeting, financing, advertising, trip planning, leading, and following, I led a group of 13 students and one 70 yr old woman to Ghana in 2007 for 26 days. My intentions were not only to return to a place that I had grown to love so much that previous year, but to share with others the wonderful things I had experienced. Most importantly, this included my love for the people.
For more, click here.
Also, UticaOD.com has posted videos and photos of the recent Saakumu show. For more, click "Students get into beat of African culture." Here's some screen grabs from their video:
The ...Na Hungarian folk group has been all around town these days, and here are some videos that capture the funky Hungarian vibe.
Vox Pop with Kata singing:
And if that isn't enough to satisfy your Hungarian folk music video needs, you can go here: