Tuesday, August 21

Studio Caroline: The Parisian Laboratory of African Pop


"Paris in the ’80s was arguably one of the largest global hubs for African music, playing host to musicians from across the African diaspora and generating an enormous volume of releases that few other cities could rival at the time. The situation came about early in the decade, through a perfect storm of affordable studio spaces, newly relaxed broadcasting laws that saw a flourishing of commercial and community radio stations and a record-hungry public with the necessary disposal income to fuel the musical output. At the end of the ’70s, producers and musicians from across the diaspora were setting up shop in the city, selling records from across Europe and Africa as well as the lucrative 'DOM/TOM' market – the French territories of Guadeloupe, Martinique, Guyana and Réunion where many African artists would also tour. ..."
Red Bull Music Academy Daily (Video)

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