Papa Wemba

When Afropop Worldwide launched back in 1988, a key goal was to capture the live energy of incredible artists emerging from Africa, the Caribbean and beyond. Most of those recordings were preserved on reel-to-reel tapes. The coronavirus lockdown has given us a chance to start revisiting and preserving. And we have been amazed to rediscover the energy of that thrilling era. On this music-rich program, we hear live music from Congo’s Papa Wemba, South African township heroes Mahlathini and the Mahotella Queens, a queen of Algerian rai music Chaba Fadela, Martinique zouk stars Marce and Tumpac and more. It’s a riveting blast from the past!   

Afropop Worldwide can be heard Sunday nights at 9:00 pm on KRCB-FM Radio 91 / streaming @ / Listen on the go - download the FREE KRCB mobile app from the App Store & Google Play!


(Photo: Papa Wemba - Radio Okapi / CC BY 2.0)


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