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Cubans Visit their Ancestral Home in Africa

By Emma Christopher (Photos Sergio Leyva Seiglie)

HAVANA TIMES — There are very few good news stories to come out of the transatlantic slave trade, but there was one recently in Sierra Leone.

Around 180 years after their ancestor left aboard a slave ship, four Cubans—Humberto Casanova, Alfredo Duquesne, Elvira Fumero Añí and Yandrys […]

Jende Ri Palenge (People of Palenque): Afro-Columbia [Soul Jazz Records]

by KEVIN on Mrz 3, 2012 • 9:00 am from icrates.org

The Jende Ri Palenge (People of Palenque) compilation on Soul Jazz provides an exhaustive collection of homegrown Afro-Columbian roots sounds and a comprehensive insight into a vibrant musical and cultural legacy fusing Latin and African influences. This ambitious new release is the result of […]

Jazz Legend Randy Weston on His Life and Celebration of “African Rhythms” (Democracy Now!)

In a Black History Month special, Democracy Now! airs an extended interview with the legendary pianist and composer Randy Weston. For the past six decades, Weston has been a pioneering jazz musician incorporating the vast rhythmic heritage of Africa. His most famous compositions include, “Little Niles,” “Blue Moses,” and “Hi-Fly,” and his 1960 album, […]

What You Should Be Watching Instead of the Throne

What You Should Be Watching Instead of the Throne Monday, August 08, 2011 10:17 PM By Jasiri X

This ain’t a Jay Z, Kanye or “Watch the Throne” hate post. I’m listening to the album right now and it’s pretty good. But while we’re caught in the hype of 2 of Hip-Hop’s biggest stars coming […]

McIntosh County Shouters: Gullah-Geechee Ring Shout from Georgia

The McIntosh County Shouters is a ten-member Gullah-Geechee group that began performing professionally in 1980. They have educated and entertained audiences around the United States with the “ring shout,” a compelling fusion of counterclockwise dance-like movement, call-and-response singing, and percussion consisting of hand claps and a stick beating the rhythm on a wooden floor. African […]

Gil Scott Heron: Winters and Revolutions in America

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford Wed, 06/01/2011 – 11:53 — Glen Ford

It is not so much that Gil Scott-Heron’s 1970 predictions on the televisability of “the revolution” were wrong, but that so few people seem to know what they mean by revolution, anymore. “Surely, the Lords of Capital would call their banking innovations […]

Sa-Roc: Journey of the Starseed

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San Basilio de Palenque: African Tradition in Colombia

On the Colombian Caribbean Coast, at a distance of one hour from the city of Cartagena, between mountains and swamps, there is a place where, in spite of the passage of time, its inhabitants live guided by African customs, traditions and rites, just as their ancestors did several centuries ago.

This place, known […]

Fela Kuti and the Re-Shaping of the Pan-African Dream

Tony Okuyeme

LATE music icon and Afrobeat legend, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti literally resurrected last week in Lagos as scholars, culture administrators, activists, music enthusiasts among others, ex-rayed his contributions to Pan-Africanism and the enthronement of democracy and good governance in Nigeria and in Africa.

Fela has been described as a committed proponent of the Pan Africanism […]

Dead Prez – Malcolm, Garvey, Huey (Official Video)