Africa Mix

Thursday, 9-11pm

Musical gems from Africa and the African diaspora that will revive your weary soul. Vintage and contemporary sounds from Abidjan to Zimbabwe, the Caribbean, Latin America, and beyond.

Hear the latest broadcast via our Local Music Player page.

Visit the Africa Mix website for playlists and more information.

The Fes Festival of World Sacred Music in Morocco explores the vast repertoire of music and rhythms created across the globe since the dawn of time. 

Host Emmanuel Nado visits with singer/songwriter, performer, social activist, and panafricanist Angelique Kidjo, one of the most recognizable and influential names in Africa and the world, and shares cuts from her new CD, “Eve”– dedicated to the Women of Africa to their resilience and their beauty.  Africa Mix ~ Thursday 6/19/14 ~ 9-11pm.

This week, NPR's Heavy Rotation series features Emmanuel Nado, co-host of Africa Mix, heard Thursday nights from 9-11pm on KALW.

Emmanuel highlighted the song "L.A." by Habib Koite.  Hear the Morning Edition feature with Emmanuel here

Africamix celebrates the life of Nelson Mandela and pays tribute to the man who captured the world imagination and became the symbol of endurance, dedicating his life to the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities.   Join hosts Emmanuel Nado and Edwin Okongo on Thursday evening from 9-11.

Raquel Bitton, French songstress, producer and renowned interpreter of songs by Edith Piaf has released a new CD Rhythm of the Heart.  On her latest production, Bitton sings the classic songs of Tino Rossi, the romantic tenor singer of the French Cabaret era of the 1930s accompanied by an incredible cast of Latin musicians in the Bay Area.  And she'll be Emmanuel Nado's guest on Africa Mix.  Thursday at 9pm.

Host Emannuel Nado invited several music pioneers to the KALW studios to perform live and speak about African music: Baba Ken of West African Highlife band (Nigeria), ethnomusicologist Dr. Yancine Badian Kouyate (Mali), and Fely Tchaco (Cote d'Ivoire, pictured).

Emmanuel Nado welcomed Tunisian artist Emel Mathlouthi "The Voice of the Arab Spring" to Africa Mix this week, for her live West Coast radio debut!   Emel is a songwriter, composer, guitarist, and singer who is bringing an amazing brand new sound to Tunisian music.  Endowed with an outstanding voice, she evokes Joan Baez, Sister Marie Keyrouz and the Lebanese diva Fairouz, her captivating style is lyrical, with powerful rock, oriental and trip hop influence.  Listen anytime this week via KALW's Local Music Player.

 Tune in this Thursday to Africa Mix, when Emmanuel Nado's guest will be Ethiopian-born, San Francisco-based singer songwriter Meklit Hadero.

Meklit erupted to national notice with the 2010 release of her CD "On a Day Like This" bringing her music to a whole new audience.  She performs next Friday, March 23rd at the Herbst Theater for SFJazz.  Hear her on KALW this Thursday at 9pm.