Today, Freedom Day in South Africa, is a good time to bring back this piece—first written in 2002—on the power of song to fuel political struggle.
An interview with Berlin-based Sierra Leonean electronic musician Lamin Fofana on Europe's longtime fascination with African culture.
Harlem rapper Sheck Wes's star rises in the shadow of Dapper Dan and Cheikh Amadou Bamba.
Manu Dibango has been here for centuries, and he ain't goin' away any time soon.
Free Jazz drummer Louis Moholo-Moholo comes home to Langa township in Cape Town, carrying the spirit of his generation.
A group of Nigerian thinkers debate rapper Falz's take on Childish Gambino's viral "This Is America."
Why has Childish Gambino's "This is America" video resonated with so many people around the world?
Chief Boima and Francesca Harding on race and cultural difference in Latin America through the lens of trap music.
More than a decade after his first hit, Wanlov the Kubolor remains a fiercely creative, independent and critical deconstructor of all things commercial.
Francesca Harding joins Chief Boima for the fourth episode recorded in Los Angeles, California. Our guest is Angolan activist Mel Gamboa.
Eritrean-American rapper Nipsey Hussle mix of immigrant and street hustle.
The plot of Drake's music video for "God's Plan" is him giving him out money to the poor. What was he trying to say?
Lesedi Tshane's grandfather played with Hugh Masekela. He would later study with Masekela and replace Masekela on a bill with Abdullah Ibrahim.
A deep dive into the African-influenced music scene of the Colombian Caribbean coast.
Masekela wanted to craft a sound that avoided “world music” caricature while not simply mimicking the American Bebop he was so enamored of.
A deeper look at the contemporary Cuban hip hop scene.
Nigerien band Anewal eschews explicit politics and sings mostly of harmony and brotherhood.
Robert Mugabe has conservative music tastes. He preferred—according to his old comrade Edgar Tekere—Cliff Richard over Bob Marley (Mugabe later referred to Rastafari as “… drunkards who are
He rode on Tito Puente’s float during the Puerto Rican Day Parade of 1969, when the mambo king was given a key to the city
This weekend's music break is dedicated to the isla del encancto.