Posts By: Ben Oldfield

Back to Africa: The Spread of Music Across the Atlantic


It was yet another business week of meetings in the Cape Verdean capital of Praia. It started with a celebration of traditional hip-shaking (to put it mildly), which you can witness in our most recent viral African Dance hit video by Maahlox Le Vibeur. The Orquestra Nacional de Cabo Verde followed by getting all Funana and playing the highest… Read more »

Being Ben in Benin: The Orchard Awards African Artist John Arcadius


Over the course of the last few decades, one of the main threads sewn into my life’s rich tapestry has been propagating the spread of music from the African continent to the rest of the world. I’ve spent countless years selling works by artists like Cesaria Evora and Manu Dibango in “musical containers,” transferring them… Read more »

Live Shows Turn Virtual Fans Into Real Ones


Going to concerts is both a privilege and a fun part of my job. Recently, I was able to attend a Kina Grannis show in Paris with my youngest child, 13-year-old Penelope. I found myself taking in the crowd around me, turning my head and watching as the audience reacted, and witnessing casual fans turn into… Read more »