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Afropop Worldwide

Aboubacar "Badian" Diabate: Malian Guitar Master

Michal Shapiro | Posted 12.09.2011 | Arts
Michal Shapiro

Banning was globetrotting with countless Afropop Worldwide projects and trips, and working with his own band, Timbila. But after he returned from a music collecting trip to Egypt, he was back with a vengeance, wanting to get the project up and out.

They Don't Call Him Papa Wemba For Nothing!

Michal Shapiro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Michal Shapiro

Associated with soukous and Congolese rhumba, Papa Wemba is a major force in his own right, cranking out hit after hit. His band turned in a stellar set, pulsing with irresistible beats, infectious riffs and fluid guitar lines.

A Diva From Timbuktu

Michal Shapiro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Michal Shapiro

When I first experience Khaira Arby, I immediately recognized a formidable voice: piercing, flexible and joyous.