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Dancefloor Dynamite: Future Grooves Today

Sometimes it’s hard to sit still in the Afropop office. The funkiest, most leg-shakingly infectious music blasts from our speakers on a regular basis. Impromptu dance demonstrations have been known to take place. It’s our mission to share this wealth … Read more »

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    Danger Zone

    It’s been five years since the Lion of Zimbabwe—still in exile in Oregon—has released an album of new songs. During most of his four-decade-plus career there was at least one new album every year. The slower pace is hardly a … Read more »

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    The Brazilian Boogie Connection: From Rio to São Paulo (1976-1983)

    The disco takeover of worldwide pop culture was massive–so massive that it was once perfectly acceptable to wear bell bottoms and platform shoes in public. Today, the genre is rarely given its due for cultural importance and lasting influence. Disco … Read more »

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    Angélique Kidjo Sings ,

    The merger of African and Western classical music has a history. The Kronos Quartet dove in bravely collaborating with African composers on the 1992 release Pieces of Africa. The results were fascinating, though mixed, the combination of bowed strings and … Read more »

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    Quema Quema Quema

    Remember four or five years ago, when American indie pop was all warm and shimmery and earnest? Remember the high, yearning vocals and pretty, delicate guitars? Since then, many (like me) may have grown cold, cynical and grumpy. Yet, if … Read more »

Danger Zone

It’s been five years since the Lion of Zimbabwe—still in exile in Oregon—has released an album of new songs. During most of his four-decade-plus career there was at least one new album every year. The slower pace is hardly a … Read more »

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  • Location: TRANCE FESTIVAL: HASSAN HAKMOUN – Gnawa Soul of Morocco (Google Maps) Time: 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm Hassan Hakmoun is the premier exponent of Moroccan Gnawa trance music in America and a commanding figure in world music circles. While punching out a groove on the sintir, a bass lute, his ecstatic vocals invoke the spirits of healing through chants of praise to the Prophet Mohammad and the saints. His ensemble provides backup vocals in a call-and-response style and accompanies him on drums and qaraqeb(metal castanets). The music is a spellbinding blend of North African and Arab melodies with West African rhythms. Accompanists to be announced “Mr. Hakmoun had the charisma of a rock star…rapturous…enthralling” — New York Times
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  • Location: Brookfield Place, 200 Vesey Street, New York, NY 10281, United States (Google Maps) Time: 8:00 pm to 10:30 pm GLOBAL BEAT FESTIVAL explores music from around the world befitting the stunning acoustics of the magnificent glass-vaulted Winter Garden. Each night pairs two groups from different traditions for an unforgettable 3-day experience. The various blend of sounds and instruments truly captures the variety and uniqueness of each culture.

    MAY 7
    The Libyans give new life to the fascinating, sacred music of the Jews of Libya. Based in Israel, the six-member ensemble’s sound gains influence from Arabic, African and Turkish culture. Accompanied by guest dancers, The Feedel Band performs music inspired by the golden age of Ethiopia merged with 1960s jazz and R&B.

    MAY 8
    Day 2 of the festival features two female-driven vocal powerhouses. Niyaz seamlessly blends medieval Sufi poetry and folk songs from their native Iran along with a guest whirling Dervish dancer. Emel Mathlouthi‘s gorgeous, intricate sound moves between rock, trip-hop, and electronica, giving light to her reputation as one of the great divas of the Arab World.

    MAY 9
    The final night of the festival features Flavia Coelho, who has electrifying stage presence and unique Brazilian sound, followed by Guayo Cedeño + Coco Bar, serving Latin surf guitar melodies from Honduras. Cedeño will also be joined by the renowned Garifuna singer/songwriter Aurelio Martinez on guitar and vocals and Garifuna drums.
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  • Location: Brookfield Place, 200 Vesey Street, New York, NY 10281, United States (Google Maps) Time: 8:00 pm to 10:30 pm GLOBAL BEAT FESTIVAL explores music from around the world befitting the stunning acoustics of the magnificent glass-vaulted Winter Garden. Each night pairs two groups from different traditions for an unforgettable 3-day experience. The various blend of sounds and instruments truly captures the variety and uniqueness of each culture.

    MAY 7
    The Libyans give new life to the fascinating, sacred music of the Jews of Libya. Based in Israel, the six-member ensemble’s sound gains influence from Arabic, African and Turkish culture. Accompanied by guest dancers, The Feedel Band performs music inspired by the golden age of Ethiopia merged with 1960s jazz and R&B.

    MAY 8
    Day 2 of the festival features two female-driven vocal powerhouses. Niyaz seamlessly blends medieval Sufi poetry and folk songs from their native Iran along with a guest whirling Dervish dancer. Emel Mathlouthi‘s gorgeous, intricate sound moves between rock, trip-hop, and electronica, giving light to her reputation as one of the great divas of the Arab World.

    MAY 9
    The final night of the festival features Flavia Coelho, who has electrifying stage presence and unique Brazilian sound, followed by Guayo Cedeño + Coco Bar, serving Latin surf guitar melodies from Honduras. Cedeño will also be joined by the renowned Garifuna singer/songwriter Aurelio Martinez on guitar and vocals and Garifuna drums.
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  • Location: Brookfield Place, 200 Vesey Street, New York, NY 10281, United States (Google Maps) Time: 8:00 pm to 10:30 pm GLOBAL BEAT FESTIVAL explores music from around the world befitting the stunning acoustics of the magnificent glass-vaulted Winter Garden. Each night pairs two groups from different traditions for an unforgettable 3-day experience. The various blend of sounds and instruments truly captures the variety and uniqueness of each culture.

    MAY 7
    The Libyans give new life to the fascinating, sacred music of the Jews of Libya. Based in Israel, the six-member ensemble’s sound gains influence from Arabic, African and Turkish culture. Accompanied by guest dancers, The Feedel Band performs music inspired by the golden age of Ethiopia merged with 1960s jazz and R&B.

    MAY 8
    Day 2 of the festival features two female-driven vocal powerhouses. Niyaz seamlessly blends medieval Sufi poetry and folk songs from their native Iran along with a guest whirling Dervish dancer. Emel Mathlouthi‘s gorgeous, intricate sound moves between rock, trip-hop, and electronica, giving light to her reputation as one of the great divas of the Arab World.

    MAY 9
    The final night of the festival features Flavia Coelho, who has electrifying stage presence and unique Brazilian sound, followed by Guayo Cedeño + Coco Bar, serving Latin surf guitar melodies from Honduras. Cedeño will also be joined by the renowned Garifuna singer/songwriter Aurelio Martinez on guitar and vocals and Garifuna drums.
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  • Location: Zinc Bar, 82 West 3rd Street, New York, NY 10012, United States (Google Maps) Time: 9:30 pm to 1:30 am Ismael Kouyaté hails from a family of renowned griot artists and praise singers from Guinea, West Africa. Currently residing in New York City, he teaches dance and tours with his band, Ismael Kouyaté & the Waraba Band. He starred as "ISMAEL" in the Broadway and touring productions of "FELA." And collaborated with renowned music producer "Timbaland" on his featured solo in "Beyonce's" hit single "Grown Woman." He recently completed a successful Off-Broadway run in the Soho Rep. production "Generations."
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  • Location: Meridian 23, 161 West 23rd Street, New York, NY 10011, United States (Google Maps) Time: 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm Drums of the Diaspora is a groundbreaking collaboration tracing the roots of the drum across the Atlantic and the Caribbean featuring master percussionists Dendê, Joaquin Pozo and Bonga. From the booming bass drums of Brazil and the melodic congas of Cuba to the mystic tanbous of Haiti, percussion plays an undeniable role as the singular, connective force for musical traditions found all over the world. Drums of the Diaspora is a celebration of this vital instrument and the artists who use the drum as their primary voice. A collaboration between master percussionists, Drums of the Diaspora explores the commonalities among these separate yet undeniably connected traditions.
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  • Location: Midtown Live, 251 West 30th Street, New York, NY 10001, United States (Google Maps) Time: 8:00 am to 9:00 am Markus James, the eclectic singer-songwriter-guitarist who has done deep work in northern Mali and north Mississippi plays Midtown in NYC. Featured guest artist is Idrissa Kone, talking drum master from Mali. Friday, May 29, 8 pm. http://midtownlive.com/events/ Markus' latest album, "Head for the Hills" is getting rave reviews. http://midtownlive.com/events/
  • Location: Midtown Live, 251 West 30th Street, New York, NY 10001, United States (Google Maps) Time: 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm RAISED IN THE AREA AROUND WASHINGTON, DC, JAMES PLAYED GUITAR IN SOFT ROCK BANDS, LATER ENCOMPASSING TRADITIONAL BLUES. AN ABIDING INTEREST IN THE MUSIC OF AFRICA DREW HIM TO DEVELOP A STYLE THAT ARTFULLY COMBINES ELEMENTS OF BLUES WITH CONTEMPORARY AFRICAN MUSIC. FROM HIS CALIFORNIA BASE, HE HAS WORKED THROUGHOUT THE USA AND SINCE 1994 HAS MADE NUMEROUS VISITS TO AFRICA, ESPECIALLY MALI, ACTING AS PERFORMER AND RECORD PRODUCER. HE WORKS OFTEN WITH TRADITIONAL WASSOULOU AND SONRAI MUSICIANS.
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