Tuesday, August 27, 2013

La Bamba: The Afro-Mexican Story. (AfroPop)


Hello Imani is my Foundation,

On air this week is our encore of the popular La Bamba: The Afro-Mexican Story.”Much has been made of Mexico’s rich Spanish and indigenous heritage, but until recently, there’s been little talk of Mexico’s so-called “Third Root”:  Africa. 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. Produced by Marlon Bishop.

On the Blog- A festival report from La Reunion. Saxon Baird gives us an exploration into the origins of dancehall's "Fast Chat" toasting style. We interview rising star Bombino

We’re ramping up to Afropop’s 25th Anniversary Gala  Concert on September 19th at the City Winery in New York. The featured artist is Bassekou Kouyate. Guesting with him will be Sudanese singing star Omer Ehsas. We’re very excited that longtime accompanist to and protege of Ali Farka Toure, singer/songwriter/guitarist Mamadou Kelly will perform. He is one of the most powerful young voices out of northern Mali today. His acoustic guitar playing is superb, he sings like an angel, and his songs address the multi-cultural realities of his troubled region. Backed by other veterans of Ali Farka’s legendary ensemble, Mamadou Kelly leads an ensemble with the nuance and precision of a string quartet, and the visceral rhythmic pull of a grade-A dance band.

This gala benefits Afropop’s mission and work. If you cannot make it on the 19th, we encourage you to make whatever contribution you can. Journalists can get more information here. We will record the program for both radio and television specials.

-Sean and the Afropop Team

La Bamba: The Afro-Mexican Story

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Respect! Orchestre Kiam

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La Reunion Report

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