This week's episode is inspired by Jamaica's dancehall music from the '90s and early 2000s. Zimbabwean dancehall music (Zimdancehall) started out as an underground subculture in the townships, ghettos of Zimbabwe and is now the country's most popular genre. In this episode we'll trace the subgenre's rocky rise to the top and meet some of its founding pioneers. Produced by Christina "DJ Kix" Mwaturura
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Season Seven of the Afropop Closeup podcasts continues with The Cavemen: Highlife in the Age of Afrobeats. In the age of slick, international Afrobeats music, and especially its epicenter, Lagos, Nigeria, one would not expect to find a group of 20-somethings composing and performing classic highlife music. But that is exactly what the two brothers known as The Cavemen do. And they're finding success with the formula as well. Produced and narrated by Fay Fay.
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Events Around New York
Thurs., Aug.11 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. (Doors open 5:00 p.m.) CEELO GREEN AS..."SOUL BROTHA #100" (A JAMES BROWN TRIBUTE) KARL DENSON'S TINY UNIVERSE / DJ SET BY JONATHAN TOUBIN Central Park, Rumsey Playfield, Manhattan 10021 Tickets and Information
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
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