Changüíis a little understood, loose and lively, community-based music of eastern Cuba. In this program we sample recordings from the 2021 box set Changüí: The Sound of Guantánamo, and hear from Gianluca Tramontana, the man who made the recordings. Rooted in Afro-Haitian music, pan-Caribbean styles, Spanish poetic traditions and more, changüí emerged in the mid-19th century in plantations, not unlike the blues. We also hear from musician and scholar Ben Lapidus, author of the only English language book on changüí, and we update the story with changüí fusions into jazz, salsa and hip-hop. Prepare to dance! Produced by Banning Eyre
Update on the Afropop Worldwide Vision Fund, which is an ongoing resource aimed at allowing our listeners to participate in transforming our organization for the fast-changing cultural and media landscape of the 21st century. We have raised over $12,000 with your generous donations and are busy with organizational change for future programming. We will keep you updated but please keep the funds coming! Thank you from all of us at Afropop Worldwide
Season Seven of the Afropop Closeup podcasts continues with Making Waves: A Congolese Guitarist Tests His Range. When Siama Matazungidi first heard soukous music on the radio in Kinshasa, Congo, it was as if the keys to a technicolor world of sound had landed in his lap. Although Siama's father wanted him to pursue the pious (and stable) life of the priesthood, it was the guitar that became his place of prayer, and the dream of soukous stardom his calling. Of course, the pathway to manifesting a dream is never without detours and diversions. This is the story of Siama reaching beyond himself to create African music in America that connects audiences across time, traditions and generations. Produced and narrated by Abë Levine.
Mádé Kuti, son of Femi, grandson of Fela, is fresh off a U.S. tour with Femi and the Positive Force, and on a roll. Over the rest of 2022, he'll be releasing a series of singles, starting with this one: "No More Wars." Check it out!
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Events Around New York
Fri., Aug. 12 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. URBAN BUSH WOMEN / CHERI L. STOKES Crotona Park 1700 Crotona Ave, The Bronx, 10457 Tickets and Information FREE
Sat., Aug. 13, 6-9 p.m. SHATTA WALE / WIYAALA / DJ FRESHYK Wiyaala is presented in association with National Ghana Parade Council's Ghanafest NY. Crotona Park 1700 Crotona Ave, The Bronx, 10457 Tickets and Information FREE
Sun., Aug. 14, 7:00 p.m. SANTANA and EARTH WIND AND FIRE Miraculous Supernatural Tour, 2022 PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, NJ Tickets and Information
Fri., Aug. 19, 8 p.m. Arturo O'Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra: THE CUBAN KHALEEJI PROJECT Tickets and Information
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