Sunday, July 20, 2008

Music: Afropop Worldwide


My weekly source of world music comes from the dynamic duo of "The Thistle & Shamrock" and "Afropop Worldwide," a couple of radio shows that my local NPR station broadcasts back-to-back every Sunday evening. While "Thistle" is easily the most widely known Celtic music program (and probably one of NPR's more popular shows), I suspect "Afropop Worldwide" is a bit more obscure.

Each week, host Georges Collinet takes listeners on a tour of one aspect of the music of the African diaspora. Africa is a huge continent with a rich musical culture, and the show covers some diverse genres, allowing itself wide latitude in the process (it recently featured Brazilian music, for example, which is more African-influenced than actually African). The Afropop website has links to past shows that you can listen to for free, so give it a whirl.

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