Afropop Worldwide is a Peabody award-winning, weekly, world music radio program and online magazine dedicated to music from Africa and the African diaspora.
Hosted by one of Africa’s best-loved broadcast personalities, Georges Collinet, and produced by Sean Barlow, the radio show is currently distributed by PRX to over 100 stations in the U.S., as well as stations in Europe and Africa.
In 1988, Afropop was launched by NPR as a weekly series. It was the first of its kind and, almost 30 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.
World Music Productions
Feed schedule via Exchange
Files delivered every Thursday by 1600 ET
Number of programs
Available to PRX affiliate stations. Stations may carry the series, as fed or delayed, twice within three months of the feed. Simulcast streaming rights are available for this series. Prior to carrying this series, stations must contact their PRX Station Services Contact.
Program Web site: afropop.org
Georges Collinet, born in Cameroon, is one of the best-known and best-loved broadcasters on the African continent. Known to his fans as “Maxi Voom Voom,” Georges’ French and English language music programs on the Voice of Americahave attracted millions of listeners. Georges also hosts a television show connecting leading public policy and cultural figures around the continent.
Throughout his career, Georges has played a key role in connecting the U.S., Europe and Africa. Georges worked with African musicians in Paris during the ’70s and early 80s, supporting their efforts to retain African roots in their music and to develop a distinctive, professional sound. Since 1988, he has hosted Afropop and Afropop Worldwide, the award-winning series heard on public radio throughout the U.S., Europe and Africa. Georges most recently hosted the Kora All Africa Music Awards in Johannesburg, South Africa, televised to millions of viewers all across Africa, Europe and Asia.
Georges is currently hosting and directing a television series filmed around the continent focusing on conflict resolution in Africa. He is also developing an television newsmagazine of news and features from Africa. Georges is a warm, relaxed music enthusiast who brings charisma, energy and excitement wherever he goes.
Sean Barlow is the creator and producer of public radio’s Afropop Worldwide, the first nationally syndicated series in the US media devoted to contemporary African and African Diaspora music. The series was launched in 1988 by National Public Radio and has aired continuously since then. Barlow has held the position of Executive Producer since 1987.