They call Sam Mangwana "Le Pigeon Voyageur" - a roaming pigeon. He could also be called a rolling stone because wherever he lays his microphone is his home. In this episode, we behold the amazing return of rumba's living legend - Sam Mangwana. Old Friends meet up for a very special show produced by Georges Collinet.
Whether or not you've had a chance to listen to Afropop Worldwide's program "Remembering Papa Wemba," a soup to nuts tour of this amazing Congolese artist's career, we know you will love the visual version, available on YouTube. Enjoy and spread the word! Listen to the episode here.
The legendary Congolese rumba singer, dancer and composer Koffi Olomide, with several gold albums to his credit, launches his first U.S. tour in 20 years with a New York City show at Webster Hall on Nov. 5. He'll continue his tour with dates in Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, LA, Seattle, and Montreal. See below for details. You can win a pair of free tickets to Koffi's NYC concert by emailing email@example.com by this Monday morning.
Once again Afropop Worldwidewas there with a keen focus on the African and African diaspora acts. Banning Eyre and regular Afropop feature writer Ron Deutsch, who currently lives in Valencia, Spain, were on site covering the action throughout.
Songlines Presents… The Music of Latin America, a new 100-page publication featuring country-by-country guides to the music and traditions of Latin America.
Their team of crack contributors have gone in-depth on the region's big fish – Brazil, Mexico, Cuba, Argentina, etc – as well as those countries that deserve further attention – El Salvador, Paraguay, Martinique, the Guyanas, and many more. The articles put the contributions of major stars like Susana Baca, Calypso Rose, Bob Marley, Víctor Jara, Gilberto Gil and Lila Downs into context, and provide insight into the many musical styles and cultural influences that have defined this part of the world.