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  • blog August 15, 2016

    Photo Essay: Mbongwana Star, Batida, Young Paris

    On a sweltering Sunday, Aug. 14 in Manhattan, another fine lineup of African music acts raised spirits at Central Park SummerStage. This time the focus was Congo and Angola. Young Paris, a young rapper/singer/dancer/bandleader–out of Hudson, NY but with family … Read more »

  • interview July 1, 2016

    SummerStage’s Artistic Director Erika Elliott Previews 2016 Free Concerts

    Afropop’s Sean Barlow sat down recently with Erika Elliott, the artistic director of SummerStage in New York City. She is responsible for curating and presenting artists at SummerStage’s main Central Park stage, as well as several other free outdoor venues … Read more »

  • blog June 17, 2016

    Afropop’s Summer 2016 Concert Guide

    6/24: 6:30 p.m. ¡Cubanismo! / Ricardo Lemvo – BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival 6/28: 6:30 p.m. Septeto Santiaguero – Midsummer Night Swing 7/3: 2 p.m. King Sunny Adé/Orlando Julius – SummerStage 7/15: 7:30 p.m. Hakim/Krar Collective – BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival 7/17: … Read more »

  • blog May 5, 2016

    Central Park Summerstage 2016 Lineup Announced

    Seems like this time every year New Yorkers find themselves yearning for summer to finally come and release us from a spring that’s as cool, wet and gray as a cinderblock wall. It’ll happen, everyone, take heart; soon we’ll all … Read more »

  • review June 2, 2015

    From Kinshasa

    Mbongwana Star’s debut album From Kinshasa (World Circuit) could just as easily be called From Outer Space. The album’s cover is graced by an astronaut, standing among an eerie background of a dark night giving way to a spotlighted dancer and purple-tinted … Read more »

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