Occur Goes Global - The Music of the Ivory Coast

Monday, October 2, 2017 at 2:39 AM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music A former French colony with one of the fastest-growing economies in the world thanks to its cocoa supply, the Ivory Coast (Cote d’Ivoire) also has a rich arts culture. From ancient sounds of the djembe drum to the global groove of reggae, here are five acts putting the Ivory Coast on the musical map. Magic System Celebrated purveyors of the zouglou genre (heavy on scraping percussion and feverish rhythms), Magic System have been entertaining the... READ MORE

Occur Goes Global - The Music of Gabon

Monday, February 6, 2017 at 1:28 AM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music The central African nation of Gabon is considered one of the more stable economies and governments of the continent — where even its First Families get involved with the arts and mercantilism. Here are five artists from Gabon you should know, covering spine-tingling R&B to classic emphatic fanfare.   Patience Dabany A former First Lady with a calming androgynous voice, Dabany has stretched her creative career well into her 70s. She started out as a dancer and wed... READ MORE

Occur Goes Global - The Music of Dominica

Sunday, August 7, 2016 at 2:15 PM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music Don’t get it confused with the Dominican Republic (that nation is featured next week). Dominica is a Caribbean island nation alive with the Creole spirit and the soul of calypso. Let’s meet five bands and artists meshing pulsating tunes with passionate political sermons. WCK Windward Caribbean Kulture are the creators of bouyon, a “gumbo soup” of music that mixes Creole, Carib, calypso, African and reggae influences. Since 1988, the high-energy innovators have put to infectious rhythms lyrics... READ MORE

Occur Goes Global - The Music of Comoros

Sunday, April 17, 2016 at 10:00 PM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music A collection of islands off the east coast of Africa, Comoros combines Arabic, Malaysian, indigenous African and French cultures. Its history is a harried one, with a former coup leader recently elected to president and a slew of economic problems. Yet its natural beauty, full of aromatic flora and unique animals such as the coelacanth, gives life to many a song. Here are five artists from the Comoros you need to hear.   Imany Welcoming freedom fighters and... READ MORE