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The Unusual World Sound of Moken Nunga: Chapters of My Life

Ralph A. Miriello | Posted 05.31.2016 | Arts
Ralph A. Miriello

What a strange and, in musical terms, a somewhat beautiful journey the Cameroonian Moken Nunga has made. From his coastal hometown Victoria, now called Limbe, in Africa's Cameroon to Detroit, Michigan and now onto his first musical offering.

New Practices Reinvent Traditions in Bow Music

The Conversation Africa | Posted 03.14.2017 | World
The Conversation Africa

Cara Stacey, University of Cape Town It is largely a story of cultural demise and death. Yet the current tale of musical bow instruments is only part...

With New Album and Book, Kidjo Gives Voice to Women of Africa

Marty Lipp | Posted 12.24.2014 | Arts
Marty Lipp

A new album, a new book, a special performance at Carnegie Hall. After 40 years in the public eye, the whirlwind that is singer Angelique Kidjo seems to have found a cruising speed that suits her.

What Music Do Animals Like?

Trevor Cox | Posted 08.27.2014 | Science
Trevor Cox

Research published today by the American Psychological Association has shown that chimpanzees prefer listening to West African akan and North Indian raga over listening to silence. What does this say about the evolutionary purpose of music?

Fantastic Man: First Ever Documentary on Nigerian Artist William Onyeabor

Eddie Cota | Posted 05.04.2014 | Arts
Eddie Cota

Nigerian artist William Onyeabor self-released eight albums that took a heavy synthesized futuristic approach to African funk and soul music. Three decades later, the first-ever documentary, Fantastic Man, explores Onyeabor's uniqueness and lasting impact through interviews and rare footage.

Music that Round Trips Between Africa, Cuba and Spanish Harlem

Marty Lipp | Posted 03.24.2014 | Arts
Marty Lipp

The band responsible for "Yay Boy," the first salsa hit sung in the west African language of Wolof, was called Africando.

Speaking With South Africa's Best New Band -- John Wizards

Salvatore Bono | Posted 03.23.2014 | New York
Salvatore Bono

Now, as the music and story of John Wizards gets passed around the music world, this South African band will take their sound global.

You've Never Heard Cell Phone Music Like This Before

The Huffington Post | Betsy Isaacson | Posted 12.16.2013 | Technology

Africa has been called the first mobile-only continent. Mobile phones double as payment devices, flashlights and music players. Songs from far-flung l...

Why Is the Blues Called the 'Blues'?

Debra Devi | Posted 03.06.2013 | Arts
Debra Devi

The blues invigorated American popular music with African musical techniques and values -- and rock and roll and jazz were born.

Global Beat Fusion: Reimagining Africa

Derek Beres | Posted 12.22.2012 | Entertainment
Derek Beres

It is incredible how a similar tale resonates throughout the world in cultures that have very little contact with one another.

Smuin-fuls of Fun at the Joyce

Christopher Atamian | Posted 10.21.2012 | Arts
Christopher Atamian

The dancers from the Smuin ballet are all talented and energetic and they telegraph their enthusiasm to an equally excited audience. They are a wonderful regional company -- just not quite up to snuff.

How to Worship

Erin Bernhardt | Posted 09.22.2012 | Good News
Erin Bernhardt

He went from playing music in bar bands to leading a worship team in church. And now David Mander travels the developing world helping bring cultural music back to evolving churches.

Sabar: African Hip-Hop

Sasha Brookner | Posted 04.07.2012 | Home
Sasha Brookner

There is much about the rich, earthy genre of dance from the African Diaspora that is worthy of intellectual exploration; it's a connection between worlds. African dance is celestial; transcending beyond just artistic expression, it contains movements of spirit possession.

Fela! A Musical Legend Occupies the Stage -- and Our Ears

Steve Heilig | Posted 02.13.2012 | Home
Steve Heilig

Any stage show that attempts to conjure the spirit and spectacle of Fela Anikilapo Kuti had better be good, and the award-winning play Fela! certainly lives up to the legend.

Dance Will Save the World

Jeffrey Page | Posted 10.24.2011 | Home
Jeffrey Page

What if we could dance with the rebels in the mountains of Libya, or with al Qaeda in the deserts of Afghanistan, or with soldiers on the borders of Israel and Syria?

Bards of West Africa: the Griot Summit (Video)

Michal Shapiro | Posted 09.12.2011 | Arts
Michal Shapiro

The Summer Solstice brought a plethora of free performances in and around NYC, and the one I opted for was the Griot Summit at the Wave Hill Gardens overlooking the Hudson, in the Bronx.

Looking for Bob Marley and Fela Kuti

Alemayehu G. Mariam | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Alemayehu G. Mariam

Music as a Weapon of Protest It is said that "music is a universal language." Using a few notes and inspiring lyrics, musicians and song writers have...

Angelique Kidjo and "The Sound of the Drum"

Holly Cara Price | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Holly Cara Price

Beninoise singer Angelique Kidjo has had a spectacular year. In April she released her newest album, OYO, where she revisited the music that inspired ...

Love and Death, the New Album from Ghanaian Legend Ebo Taylor

Modiba | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Recorded with Berlin-based collective Afrobeat Academy, Love and Death is a conscious effort on the part of Taylor to advance the afrobeat movement.

Global Beat Fusion: Two Malians and a Brazilian

Derek Beres | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Derek Beres

Malian guitarist/vocalist Vieux Farka Touré had his father's name to rely on when first entering the global stage in 2007, but he has far surpassed d...

Afro-Brazilian History, Beats and Culture

Lauri Lyons | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
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Lauri Lyons

While Africa and America are often recognized as the book ends of the African Diaspora, there is an additional link in the Middle Passage that is less publicized, but no less important.

FELA! Pumps New Life Into the Legacy of Fela Anikulapo Kuti

Modiba | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

This is HuffPost World's regular feature that highlights interesting musicians and musical trends around the world. Know of a great musician doing gro...

Global Beat Fusion: Talking Drums & Juju - King Sunny Adé in Brooklyn and More Africa

Derek Beres | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Derek Beres

There is something to the idea that African music has an ancient soul. You don't need to travel back in time to hear it; you can find it now within these artists.

Pacifico Colombiano: Hot Sounds from Colombia's Violence-Plagued Pacific Coast

Modiba | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

This is HuffPost World's regular feature that highlights interesting musicians and musical trends around the world. Know of a great musician doing gro...