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In 1985, after wearing out a cassette of the Boyoyo Boys’ song “Gumboots,” Jewish singer/songwriter Paul Simon flew to South Africa to record “Graceland.” Nowadays, magnetic tape may seem antiquated, but 25 years later, American Jewish artists are still drawing heavily on African popular music. Afropop, encompassing genres as varied as the Afrobeat pioneered in Nigeria by Fela Kuti and the Mbaqanga of South Africa, which moved Paul Simon, inspires an array of American Jewish music composed of a multitude of different genres and styles.

On January 17, the indie Afropop band Vampire Weekend’s sophomore album, “Contra,” debuted at the No. 1 spot on the Billboard album charts.

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"Contra" is a terrific album. I highly recommend that and Vampire Weekend's debut...

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