About Us

The Afropop Blog is the official blog of Afropop Worldwide. So what's Afropop Worldwide? Read on, friends!

What is Afropop Worldwide?

Afropop Worldwide is a radio program, a web site, a searchable database, an international musical archive, and a team of dedicated researchers. “Afropop” is also now used as a general term to describe popular African music.

In 1988, Afropop was launched by NPR as a weekly series. It was the first of its kind and, 20 years later, the program has expanded its vision to include the music and cultures that encompass the entire African Diaspora. The program is still the standard for both the curious and the connoisseur, and takes listeners to dynamic music capitals such as Dakar, Senegal; Johannesburg, South Africa; Cairo, Egypt; Havana, Cuba; Salvador de Bahia, Brazil; New York and Paris. Listeners meet the leading stars as well as emerging artists. Live concert recordings of world-class artists such as Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Cesaria Evora, Gilberto Gil, Baaba Maal, Kanda Bongo Man and others are featured on the program.

Hosted by one of Africa 's best-loved broadcast personalities, Georges Collinet, and produced by Sean Barlow, Afropop Worldwide is currently distributed by PRI Public Radio International to over 115 stations in the U.S. The series is also heard in Europe and Africa.

Our vision is to increase the profile of African and African Diaspora music worldwide, and to see that benefits from this increased profile go back to artists, music industry professionals, and the countries that produce the music. The Afropop database of interviews, features, photos, CD Reviews and artist profiles is central to our strategy, as it harnesses the power of what we have done, and allows us to integrate past work with new research to support new projects. We are also working in partnership with Calabash Music to help musicians from Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America leapfrog over the barriers of the conventional music business and take advantage of the emerging digital marketplace for global music.

Afropop Worldwide and afropop.org are produced by World Music Productions, a Brooklyn based, non-profit multi-media organization founded by Sean Barlow in 1986. Financial contributions to support our work are gladly accepted and are tax-deductible !

Who runs this organization? 

Afropop Worldwide Board of Directors:

Sean Barlow
World Music Productions

Timothy J. Bork
Skye, LLC

Djibril Diallo

Fiona Dunne Tourism Ireland

David Greeley
Academy for Educational Development

Mitchell A. Harwood
Mitchell A. Harwood Partners, Inc.

Steve Hendel
Producer, FELA!
Knitting Factory

Angelique Kidjo

William Kornreich
Wealth Preservation Associates

Josh Mailman
Founder, Social Venture Network

Youssou N'Dour

Magatte Wade
Founder, CEO, The Tiossano Tribe, Inc.

Randy Weston