In this episode, we celebrate the music of Toots Hibbert, a titan of Jamaican popular music. With his harmony group the Maytals he indelibly changed the island's music scene in the early 1960s by infusing ska with gospel and went on to captivate overseas audiences by blending blues and funk with reggae, becoming one of Jamaica's best-known performers. "Never Grow Old: A Salute To Toots and The Maytals" is a homage to Toots, whose incredible career only ended when he tragically died of Covid-19 in September 2020, aged 77. On this show, producer David Katz will trace his evolution, using select archive interviews with the man. You can hear the playlist here.
Hope: New album by Soweto Gospel Choir
The Soweto Gospel Choir is bringing back HOPE (Shanachie, 2022), the title of their much anticipated sixth album released Sept. 23 on the eve of a 53-city North American tour. Get ready to be inspired back to your true spiritual self through this uniquely curated album dedicated to recognizing Black lives globally, through songs of struggle from the civil rights movement in the U.S. to the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa and Namibia. Check out the review of the album by Mukwae Wabei Siyolwe.
Burna Boy Releases New Video: "It's Plenty"
Nigerian Afrobeats star Burna Boy is taking the world by storm this year, and not just on YouTube and social media platforms, but live on stage. His new video "It's Plenty," a song from his current album Love Damini, features thrilling imagery from his high-energy, sold-out concerts along the tour trail.
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Afropop Staff: Sean Barlow, Executive Producer Banning Eyre, Senior Editor Michael Jones, Chief Audio Engineer (jonesaudio.com) Mukwae Wabei Siyolwe, Director of New Media and Operations CC Smith, Editor at Large