To answer your question, Jay, yes. Just because scene kids marvel at the novelty of an Ivy League band doesn't mean the rest of the world isn't interested in World music. The fact that their basic beat and Afro-pop sound pay homage to Congolese musicians speaks to this.
Sometimes, it takes an artist from the West to make listeners aware of the other music out there. Case in point: Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Hugh Masekela, and Miriam Makeba were relatively unknown before Paul Simon's 1987 Graceland concert.
And by the way, your own generalizations of African music demonstrate a slight case of ignorance.
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