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When Jean-Michel Basquiat went to Africa

Jean-Michel Basquiat, the first American artist of African descent to achieve international stardom, often referenced Africa or the African diaspora in his work. Take, for example, 1983′s “The Nile” (a…..

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‘Very African and Very Modern’

It may be tempting to read Congolese-Belgian rapper Baloji’s music as a relatively straightforward exercise in “indigenizing” or localizing hip-hop, but the story of his transnational musical moorings — especially his ambivalence toward Congolese pop — complicates such an interpretation.

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Music Break / Calle 13

Puerto Rican band Calle 13 got their Peruvian fans talking today when they released the video for ‘Latinoamérica’ (which they partly recorded in Peru). And not just because it has…..