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World Music Corner

Blitz the Ambassador at WOMEX:"Akwaaba" Means Welcome

Michal Shapiro | Posted 02.26.2012 | Arts
Michal Shapiro

The multi-level Koncerthuset was the setting for four nights of world music of every possible shade, from ethnographic to eclectic. Blitz the Ambassador is surely one of the latter, and one of those hard to categorize artists.

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.

African Disneyland? A Response to the New York Times Review of "Fela!" on Broadway

Modiba | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Modiba

I took a special interest in Charles Isherwood's critical review of "Fela!" in light of my incredible and unforgettable experience of traveling to Lagos, Nigeria with my band.

Sister Fa Steals The Show At Star-Studded Concert Honoring U.N. Peacekeepers

Modiba | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Modiba

Her May 2009 German release, Saraba - Tales From the Flipside of Paradise, is, at once, a nod to old-school rap and also a blazing new direction for West African Hip-hop.

Kill Your Radio: Blitz The Ambassador Defies Stereotypical Hip Hop

Modiba | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Modiba

If you went strolling through NYC's Union Square in 2006, you probably crossed paths with a young black man clutching a stack of CD's, asking, "Do you like good hip hop?"

Balkan Beat Box Speaks The Universal Language

Modiba | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Modiba

Balkan Beat Box's energy, seamless fusion of heterogeneous elements, attitude and sensibility all combine to make them one of the most dynamic live shows on the planet.

Max Pollak's RumbaTap: A Polyrhythmic Explosion Of Afro-Cuban Sounds (VIDEO)

Modiba | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Modiba

As a dancer and percussionist, Max Pollak blurs the distinction between dance and music by creating solid, percussive sounds and patterns with man's given instrument: the body.

From Spain's Storied South, Diverging Voices

Modiba | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Modiba

For a country with a history of xenophobia towards its Roma population (a.k.a gypsies; or, in Spanish, gitanos), Spain is becoming increasingly fond of traditional gypsy music.

K'naan: Somali Hip Hop Star Raps About War Stories, Crisis At Home

Timothy Cooper | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Timothy Cooper

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

Emmanuel Jal, Child Soldier Turned Activist Rapper, Uses Music To Fight

Modiba | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Modiba

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

Asa: The Next Generation's Voice Of African Protest

Modiba | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Modiba

What do you get when you take a bit of Bob Marley, a chunk of Fela Anikulapo Kuti, add some India Arie pre-mixed with Miriam Makeba and Angélique Kidjo and finish it off with Yoruba classics?

Kuduro: "Hard Ass" Beats From Angola

Modiba | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Modiba

Forget Baile Funk. Make way for Angola's pulse-pounding Kuduro music. Spurring a new ghetto-born movement, Kuduro, or "hard-ass" in Portuguese, is set to take over nightclubs across the globe.

GlobalFEST 2009: A Polyrhythmic, Multi-Linguistic, Hip-Shattering Party In New York

Modiba | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Modiba

This Sunday's GlobalFEST will provide a space for promising artists to show their stuff to world music industry types, and in the mean time, throw a polyrhythmic, multi-linguistic, hip-shattering party.

BLK JKS: International Music-Makers On The Rise (VIDEO)

Modiba | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Modiba

Buzz-worthy afro-rock band, BLK JKS, are too big for one continent to hold. With an uber-hip look that seems just as essential as the music, the Johannesburg-based band is making waves worldwide.

Top 10 Global Artists to Check Out in 2009

Gabriel Beltrone | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Gabriel Beltrone

In addition to the artists featured over the past month, here are 10 figures from around the globe who graced us with good sounds in 2008, and who are worth watching in the new year.

Zaki Ibrahim's Global Soul

Modiba | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Modiba

The seamless combination of Zaki's soulful music and socially conscious lyrics transcends cultural boundaries.

Yas: Iran's Hip-Hop Sensation

Modiba | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Modiba

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

Small Music Company Changing How Americans View World Music

Gabriel Beltrone | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Gabriel Beltrone

In an office nestled among garment, jewelry and perfume wholesalers a few blocks south of Herald Square in NYC, a small music production and publishing company is making waves as far away as Tehran, Iran and Freetown, Sierra Leone.