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AFROPOP goes Latinopop.

Starting in January, National Public Radio's popular AFROPOP program will become AFROPOP WORLDWIDE and will present 52 weeks of get-up-and-dance music from Africa, the Caribbean and South America. The series of weekly, one-hour programs will be hosted by Georges Collinet, the African-born, French-educated host of AFROPOP, now a resident of Washington, D.C.

Using 24-track live recordings of some of the world's top musicians, host Collinet will take his listeners on a tour of the musical scene in Paris, London and New York, to carnival festivities in Trinidad and Brazil and on a journey to the musical cultures of Burkina Faso and Niger in the African Sahel.

Kicking off his Latin American musical treats on January 13, Collinet presented "Gilberto Gil, Live in London," featuring the Brazilian musician leading his band through sets of sambas, reggae, funk and acoustic music. On January 25, "Reggae Gone Global" will feature Ziggy Marley, Maxidilick from Senegal, Alpha Blondy of the Ivory Cost, South Africa's Lucky Dube and Aswad from London, all playing to a reggae beat.

On February 15, "The Cuban Connection" will spotlight some of Cuba's hottest groups -- Ritmo Oriental, Los Van Van and Elio Reve, among others, as well as African musicians who have adapted Cuban styles. And on March 15, "Jose Arroyo Live" will feature the Colombian singer and bandleader in a London performance, as well as salsa and cumbia artists from the contemporary Colombia musical scene.

On March 29, "Carnival in Trinidad 1990" will take listeners to the streets of Port-of-Spain for Calypso music, steel bands from the pan yards and interviews with top artists.
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Title Annotation:National Public Radio program
Author:Goethals, Henry
Publication:Americas (English Edition)
Date:Jan 1, 1990
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