Friday, May 3, 2013

The African Sounds of the Indian Subcontinent ? - AfroPop

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Hello Africa's children,

What comes to mind when you hear "African Sounds of the Indian Subcontinent?" Well, you can find out. Hear the story of the Sidis migrating from East Africa, the swinging jazz scene in Bombay in the 1930's, and the Afro-India-Portuguese pop music in Sri Lanka known as baila (check the link for videos!). Read our interview with scholar Naresh Fernandes on the roots of Indian Jazz and its connection to the Indian cinema. Produced by Marlon Bishop. 
We are very happy to invite you to join us on September 19 in New York City for Afropop's 25th Anniversary Concert Gala, featuring the brilliant Grammy nominee and ngoni virtuoso Bassekou Kouyate. With great pleasure, we will induct Bassekou into the Afropop Hall of Fame. Plus we'll enjoy special guest artists, African cuisine, camaraderie and more. Our galas are always a lot of fun!
By supporting our Concert Gala, you will be supporting Afropop's ongoing stellar research and production to help emerging Afropop and Diaspora artists connect to new fans around the world. The Gala will play a key role in raising the necessary funds to keep advancing our work. We'd love your help! And if you can't make the Gala on Sept. 19th, we still encourage you to make a contribution. Big or small, everything helps.
I'm back from a dense 11 days in Ghana. Fantastic! Thanks so much to everyone who supported the Kickstarter campaign that supported our work there. It was first time for me since 1985. Banning and I worked morning, noon and night, reconnecting with artists we knew and interviewing new artists and recording live scenes. Banning returns next week. Stay tuned for our hip deep Ghana coming up in July. 
See our blog from Ghana focusing on Afrofunk pioneer Ebo Taylor and another Accra Journal report including among others, the outrageous FOKN-Bois. Also on the blog- David Cohen reviews Congolese rapper Didjak Munya. Sam Backer reviews DJ Spoko's Ghost Town. Los Rakas drop a chilling single for May Day, and the Meridian Brothers cover Purple Haze
For New Yorkers: Tunisian classical star Sonia M'Barek performs at the French Institute Alliance Française  and Kakande featuring top West African artists in NYC performs at Webster Hall on Friday, 5.3; and Blitz the Ambassador performs at the Afropolitan Block Party on Saturday, 5.4 Read about those shows- and more- on the blog

Happy Spring, 

Sean and the Afropop Team 

African Sounds of the Indian Subcontinent 

Accra Journal: 

On fire for Afro-Funk in Accra

Review: Didjak Munya 

Malitia Malimob's Somalian Rap 

Meridian Brothers Cover "Purple Haze"

Los Rakas Release May Day Single 

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