Best Outlet for Afropop Junkies (2008)


The storefront of a continent, STERN'S hangs out a shingle for the respected world-music label and vast catalogue house. No fake baobab trees or kente-inspired murals, just a tidy cubicle stuffed with every hard-to-find domestic release you've ever heard of and every rarity you're not sure exists but know you can't live without. Africa and its emigrations are the focus—with plenty diasporic dance-pop amongst your traditional griot and Pygmy fixes—plus a good smattering of the rest of the world. And unlike Africa's own booming bootleg cassette trade, here you can go broke in good conscience.


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