March 14, 2013
One could argue that all pop music is, on some level, Afropop. After all, the African continent is the land where the blues (among many, many other genres) began -- or at least where the foremothers of that forefather of contemporary pop began setting the stage for the dance beats, rock grooves and hip-hop rhythms so beloved around the globe today. But contemporary Afropop -- as in, pop music in Africa -- has its own sounds and scenes -- a whole continent's worth of them, in fact -- and they're all here: Classics like jit, juju, Afrobeat, highlife and soukous sidle up next to modern wassoulou, rehabbed Ethio-groove, joyous South African alt rock, North African desert blues and hip-hop from across the continent. You'll find legends like Angelique Kidjo, Fela Kuti and Miriam Makeba alongside younger stars from Daara J to Freshly Ground, Bombino to Baloji, Nneka to Lura. From the Sahara to the Serengeti, from Timbuktu to Tanzania, this is the music that makes Africa (not to mention Paris and Peru) dance. And we've got it right here on Afropop Radio.