Afropop Worldwide

Sundays, Noon - 1pm
  • Hosted by George Collinet

Haaa-loooooooooo! Georges Collinet blends a rich array of the freshest music from Africa, the Caribbean, the Americas and Europe with lively interviews and insightful stories.

WCBE is looking forward to a Live From Studio A session with Seun Kuti  (the youngest son of legendary Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti) & Egypt 80 on Thursday, December 15th in advance of their show on Friday, December 16th at the Alrosa Villa!

Tune in for some live world music and more chances to win tickets to the show!

Morgan Heritage...the royal family of Reggae will return to WCBE to play a few songs for us during the Global Village

They're out on the road with their brand new release Strictly Roots and currently out on the road with the Catch A Fire Tour with @ Damien Marley, Stephen Marley, Tarrus Riley and others with a stop in Columbus.

Tune in for live music, conversation and a chance to win tickets to the show!

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Local group The Ark Band will bring their blend of Reggae, Soca and Calypso to the Global Village to play a few songs Live From Studio A!

Their CD release show for Fire Dub will be Sat. Aug. 23rd @ Woodland's Backyard with All Star Jammerz!

Tune in for live local music, conversation and a chance to win tickets to the show!

The World/Reggae/Dub outfit out of Tel Aviv, Zvuloon Dub System will play a few songs Live From Studio A during the Global Village!

Israel's leading World-Reggae band, emerges from a multicultural middle-eastern music scene, singing in English and Amharic.

Reggae sensation Ziggy Marley will perform with his band during the Global Village ahead of his show that night at The LC!


Malian musician Habib Koite will be performing a few songs during the Global Village ahead of his show that night at The Lincoln Theatre!

Jaula DeArdilla

Visit WCBE's Amazon page for sampling of our core playlist for 2013; we encourage you to use this list as a resource to find the quality music heard on WCBE this past year!

The malian desert blues group Terakaft will play Live From Studio A during The Global Village ahead of their show that night at The Wexner Center!

Singer, songwriter and guitarist Rokia Traoré has always been a sophisticate. She grew up as the daughter of a diplomat who was posted in the U.S., Europe and the Middle East. Her most recent stage project was Desdemona, a critically acclaimed theater piece riffing on Shakespeare's Othello, done in collaboration with novelist Toni Morrison and renowned theater director Peter Sellars and mounted at London's Barbican, in Vienna and at Lincoln Center.

The Reggae family outfit Morgan Heritage will play a few songs for us during The Global Village!  They'll perform that night at Woodland's Tavern with Mighty Mystic & The Thunder Band.

Tune in for live music, conversation and a chance to win tickets to the show that night!

Fairuz is the most popular living singer throughout the Arabic- speaking world and an artist with no real counterpart in Europe or the Americas. Since the '50s, she has appealed across boundaries of age, gender, class, religion, nationality, regional dialect, and political persuasion. Creating music as serious  and engaged as it is popular, Fairuz- along with her collaborators from the Rahbani family of composer poets- has achieved near-universal appeal during a time of unprecedented division and social strife.

Did you miss this summer's Latin Alternative Music Conference in New York ? Not to Worry. You'll get the highlights here including new pop from artists from Chile and Venezuela like Alex Anwandter, Ulises Hadjis, Viniloversus, the acclaimed Astro and others ! Also newsworthy this year were the ladies who rocked on and off stage. Get ready to meet Irene Diaz. That's coming up on Afropop Worldwide Sunday, September 1 at noon on 90.5 fm.

La Bamba: The Afro-Mexican Story, Sunday Aug. 25

Aug 13, 2013

In this Hip Deep episode, we use music to explore that history as we take a road-trip across the country in search of sonic traces of Afro-Mexico. We visit the state of Veracruz to learn the history of the Afro-Mexican son jarocho sound, made famous by Ritchie Valens' 1958 hit cover of La Bamba, a tradtional jarocho tune. Then, we visit the Costa Chica of Guerrero, where Afro- Mexican communities are fighting for government recognition to help preserve faltering musical traditions. That's coming up on Afropop Worldwide Sunday, August 25 at noon on 90.5 fm.

Our celebration of Afropop's 25 years on public radio continues with these exceptional artists recorded live by Afropop Worldwide- from the gentle swing of Abdel Gadir Salim's goolden age of Khartoum, to flamenco powerhouse singer Miguel Poveda to Wassoulou pop pioneer Oumou Sanagare and more. That's coming up on Afropop Worldwide Sunday, August 18th at noon on 90.5 FM!

Afropop Worldwide - The Immortal 1970s

Aug 9, 2013

The 1970s were an especially rich era for African artists. Bands featured multiple guitars, classy horn sections and of course, powerful singers. Coming up this Sunday on Afropop Worldwide, we'll enjoy the Green Arrows from Zimbabwe, Ernesto Dje Dje from Cote d'Ivoire, Orchestre Poly-Rythmo from Berlin, and much more. That's coming up this Sunday on Afropop Worldwide at noon, here on WCBE, Columbus!

For the next year, NPR will take a musical journey across America, which is one of the most religiously diverse countries on earth. We want to discover and celebrate the many ways in which people make spiritual music — individually and collectively, inside and outside houses of worship.

The founder of the choral group Sounds of Africa is Fred Onovwerosuoke. He was born in Ghana and brought up in Nigeria, and his choir in the heart of the U.S. — St. Louis, Mo., to be exact — has recorded his arrangements of African sacred music by a composer named Ikoli Harcourt Whyte.

Asheville, N.C.'s Toubab Krewe will bring their blend of world, rock, west African grooves to WCBE!

Join us for a set of Latin music as Grupo Fantasma will perform a few songs live during the Global Village! 

First Listen: Bombino, 'Nomad'

Mar 26, 2013

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Watch A Supergroup From Mali Sing For Peace

Jan 18, 2013

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There's a major crisis in Mali right now — and many of its best-known musicians have banded together to respond.

Matisyahu Live From Studio A / Matisyahu

Matisyahu will stop by WCBE and play a few songs live during the Global Village!

Touring in support of his latest CD Spark Seeker, you'll have a chance to win a copy of the new release and a pair of tickets for the show that night at The NewportThe Constellations support.

Oumou, Abdel, & Miguek - Live on Afropop Worldwide!

Oct 4, 2012

Afropoppers have come to be on a first name basis with many of the superstars we've introduced you to over the years, much like Stevie, Aretha, and Bonnie. We'll enjoy some of Afropop Worldwide's finest live recordings of Oumou Sangare, Abdel Gadir Salim, and Miguel Poveda plus some under-recognized artists we've pulled from our recording archive. 

Reggae/pop/rock outfit, The Aggrolites, will perform a few songs live from Studio A during The Global Village and that night at Kobo Live!  

The members of Sauti Sol rehearse in a cramped recording studio above a chapati restaurant off a noisy highway in Nairobi. Bien-Aime Baraza, Delvin Mudigi and Willis Chimano — the founding members, all 25 — have been friends since they sang together as part of a gospel ensemble in high school. When they graduated in 2005, they didn't want to stop singing, so they formed Sauti Sol. Sauti is Swahili for voice, while sol is Spanish for sun. "Voices of light."

Debo Band: Ethiopian Funk, Reinvented

Aug 13, 2012

Boston's Debo Band takes inspiration from a golden era of popular music in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in the late '60s and early '70s. During a brief period of cultural freedom in Ethiopia, funk and soul music fused spectacularly with local traditions. Debo Band's debut album both honors and updates the sound of "swinging Addis."

SMOD will perform on The Global Village in the 2PM hour with your host Maggie Brennan.

Reggae band Rebelution will perform Live From Studio A on Tues. July 24th in the 2PM hour on The  Global Village with Maggie Brennan!

Third World On World Cafe

Jun 27, 2012

Together nearly 30 years, the reggae band Third World is one Jamaica's most popular and decorated musical acts, with listeners around the world and 10 Grammy nominations to its name. Partly responsible for mainstreaming reggae music, the group formed in 1973 and built a solid following playing the Kingston reggae scene, making its debut at Jamaica's Independence Day celebration.