Occur Goes Global - The Music of Equatorial Guinea

Sunday, September 25, 2016 at 11:13 PM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music Music has long been a form of escapism for those under the regime of Obiang Nguema, a ruler under global scrutiny for corruption. Though oil flows freely in the nation of about 800,000, only a sparse few enjoy wealth. Here are five artists confronting these inequities through the power of song and rhythm.   Las Hijas del Sol Aunt-and-niece duo Piruchi Apo Botupá and Paloma Loribo Apo traveled from their native land to Spain and forged a formidable... READ MORE

Occur Goes Global - The Music of Democratic Republic of Congo

Monday, April 25, 2016 at 4:00 PM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music The heart of the Congo in Africa has been in turmoil for ages. Ongoing wars between the Hutu and Tutsi peoples, as well as military coups and famine, have rocked the two nations under this banner. We’ll take a look first at the artists of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, formerly known as Zaire.   Mbongwana Star A band where everyone is a Jimmy Page?! The brightness would almost be too much to bear in any... READ MORE