From Paris to New Orleans and Boston, Haitian musicians are shaking up the music scene. The island's powerful Africa-rooted culture—from celebratory rara and sensuous kompa to the deep well of vodun songs—has become a global force. In this program, we spend time with racine music veteran Lolo Beaubrun of Boukman Eksperyans, and his rising star son, Paul Beaubrun, both on a swing through New England. We also meet Paris-based Moonlight Benjamin, and hear recent New Orleans-tinged music from Lakou Mizik and RAM. Finally, we meet Tjovi Ginen, a pan-African band featuring the provocative and humorous spoken words of Boston-based Haitian educator and animator Daniel Laurent. Listen to this week's romping update on all things Haitian. Produced by Banning Eyre. Originally produced in 2019
CINE AFRICA: Nanny and Black Girl
At the Cine Africa festival in New York, dj henri reviews Ousman Sembene's Black Girl and Nikyatu Jusu's, Nanny juxtaposing these two films together for their unique story lines. Sembene had been a dockworker in Marseille, and he studied film at the Moscow Film School and worked at Gorky Studios. Born of Sierra Leonian parents, director of Nanny, Nikyatu Jusu was born in Atlanta, Georgia and has an MFA from NYU Film School, where she was awarded a Spike Lee Fellowship. Nanny won the Grand Jury Prize at last year's Sundance Film Festival. Read d.j.henri's review of both films here.
January 7, Afropop Worldwide returns to the eleven stations of Vermont Public Radio
We are thrilled to announce that as of January 7, Afropop Worldwide returns to the eleven stations of Vermont Public Radio. Vermont is home to a growing number of immigrants from Africa and the diaspora, including the Burlington-based band A2VT. We look forward to bringing our music and stories to the Northeast Kingdom, and to hearing from listeners there!
Events Around New York
Wed., Jan. 11 at 7:30 p.m. Habibi Festival Presents Yacine Boulare's Night in Tunisia David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center FREE
Sat., Jan. 14 at 8 p.m. The Afro-Latin Jazz Alliance and The Town Hall Present Dizzy, Chano and Chico Tickets and Information
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