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September  2015
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  • Location: Goddard Riverside Community Center, 593 Columbus Avenue, New York, NY 10024, United States (Google Maps) Time: 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm $10 suggested donation
  • Location: SOB's, 204 Varick Street, New York, NY 10014, United States (Google Maps) Time: 9:00 pm to 10:30 pm 7:30PM doors / 9PM show $12.00 in advance - $15.00 day of show (age 21+)

    with special guest Frank O’Brian

    The Leader ,The Head of Household And The Peacemaker Spiritually Grounded ,he is a motivator and a “GOGETTA”. He is the 2nd of five children born in the US Virgin Islands ( St. Thomas) he relocated to the mainland to pursue higher dreams. ASHAMBI worked in the criminal justice system for many of years as a corrections officer his last stint was New York City Correction /Rikers Island at one time it was his dream job. After finding his calling as a self made businessman with various multi level marketing companies and other investments ,he found Real Estate quit his city job and never looked back.

    During all those ventures he followed his passion for music and started a band with his brethren called, IROOTS in 1989. The band was based in New Brunswick New Jersey until he relocated to NYC at that time until now the band is based in Brooklyn.. The essence of ASHAMBI & The IROOTS Band is, roots and culture (Roots Rock Reggae).
  • Location: Silvana, 300 West 116th Street, New York, NY 10026, United States (Google Maps) Time: 10:00 pm to 12:00 am Laolu Senbanjo is the creator of ‘Afromysterics’ style of Art. This brain child of his was created in 2007 and it transcends Art mediums and is also the expression of the thoughts and mysteries into music, vocals, and sounds. Also, Tosinger is a Nigerian born Atlanta based Afrosoul musician.
  • Location: Shrine, 2271 Adam Clayton Powell Junior Boulevard, New York, NY 10030, United States (Google Maps) Time: 11:00 pm to 12:00 am RasTakura, was nominated for the International Reggae and World Music (IRAWMA) award in 2011 - Dub Poet of The Year. Founder of the Royal African Soldiers Movement As the tides change in the Reggae landscape that maintain the Rootical vibration from the days of the founding fathers to the Today era of the Reggae Revival, Dub Poetry as always been playing a great role in the brand of Jamaican Reggae . RasTakura is one such Poet who carry on in the tradition of people like Oku Onora, Linton Kwesi Jonson and Mutabaruka who is like a Mentor and a Father Figure and has been featured on the 'Food War' album in the track titled 'The Science of Agriculture' He has performed on some of Jamaica's major shows including Reggae Sumfest, St. Mary Mi Come From, Capleton & Frenz, Fiwi Sinting, Rebel Salute , Heineken Startime, plus numerous appearances in schools, Colleges and Universities across the Island. He has also Toured and performed across the Caribbean. He is the founder of the annual Dis Poem Wordz & Agro Festival, an all day Poetry festival and expo of Agricultural Products, which was started on the campus of the College of Agriculture Science and Education in Portland Jamaica in 2011.
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  • Location: DROM, 85 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009, United States (Google Maps) Time: 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm Doors 6:30PM
    Show 8PM
    Advance Price $25
    Door Price $30

    HCX invites you to our final Mizik Ayiti! for the year at DROM NYC featuring electrifying performances by Earthman Experience and Boukman Eksperyans!

    Opening the night is Haitian-born vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Richard “Earthman” Laurent, who leads this world music and funk ensemble inspired by Fela Kuti. The creations are a blend of Afro-house and are infused with pulsating beats by DJ Hard Hittin Harry. The Earthman Experience consists of Earthman on lead vocals, congas, and guitar, DJ Hard Hittin Harry on turntables & backing vocals, Senfu Stoney on percussion, Rakiem Walker on saxophone, Sydney Driver on drums, Gil DeFay on trumpet, Shayshahn Macperson on violin, Entrfied on keyboards, Gloria Ryann & Soleil Laurent on backing vocals.

    Joining us for the second time is Grammy-nominated, Boukman Eksperyans! With high energy sound fusing traditional Haitian and Caribbean rhythms with rock and reggae, Boukman is known for their revolutionary and critically acclaimed music that have mesmerized audiences worldwide. Be part of the “Eksperyans” and join us for a pre-labor day jam!
  • Location: Subrosa, 63 Gansevoort Street, New York, NY 10014, United States (Google Maps) Time: 8:00 pm to 11:30 pm From a young age the musical influences and hardcore sound of salsa resonated with the two. “Tommy” followed in the footsteps of his uncle Ray Alcantara who played timbales for the 70′s group form the Lower East Side “SAOCO” among many other bands. After studying percussion at Boy Harbor in El Barrio under famed timbalero Jimmy Delgado, “Tommy” continued to play with many other groups in and around New York City.

    LowerEastSalsa released two singles titled “Pideme” and “Baldito Caneca”. Those tunes had the likes of Tito Allen and Aris Martinez on chorus, Dr. Chris Washburne on Trombone, Winton Marsalis’ musical director Carlos Henriquez on bass and Papo Pepin and Tommy Fernandez and Jose “Papo el Tuko” DeLeon on percussion. The latter of the two was written by Fernandez. The strength of the group lies in it’s LIVE performances where they get thing HOT!!! Having shared the stage with such luminaries such as Gilberto Santa Rosa, Victor Manuelle and many more… This Group holds their own.

    Doors @ 7pm & 9:30pm
    $15
  • Location: Barbès, 376 9th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11215, United States (Google Maps) Time: 10:00 pm to 11:30 pm In the 1960's and 1970's, the government of Guinea engaged in a campaign known as Authenticité. It was a drive to create a new musical movement that would be specifically Guinean, but would include the modern wonders that were the electric guitar, the electric bass and the drumset. Musicians were given instruments and orchestras were formed. Surprisingly, the results proved mesmerizing and a myriad new bands were born. Many of them would go on to have a profound and lasting impact on African music. Mamady Kouyate was one of those pioneers. He played in various bands - his own band, Les Ambassadeurs du Mandingue, being one of them - but is probably best known as the guitarist in the classic Bembeya Jazz National. Kouyate, who now lives in NY, has reformed the Mandingo Ambassadors, updating the sound of his youth, but keeping it very close to the standard of Authenticité. The new All-Star band includes Mamady "Djelike" Kouyate, guitar, leader; Bebe Camara, vocal; Eudy Fernandez, trumpet; Oran Etkin, tenor sax, clarinet; Sylvain Leroux, flute, Fula flute, alto sax; Sam Dickey, guitar; Nick Cudahy, bass; Andy Algire, drums; Foluso Mimy, percussion. “dazzling vocal and guitar patterns over a rhythm section that is like a perfect system” Ben Ratliff, NY Times.
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  • Location: Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY 11238, United States (Google Maps) Time: 7:00 pm to 1:00 am Doors Open: 6:00pm; Showtime: 7:00pm – 1:00am
    Join us as we kick off our Caribbean Carnival festivities with popular artists from the Caribbean. This years’ line-up includes KES the Band and RemBunction, Scorpion and a host of new talent. Complete with traditional costume competitions, Caribbean Freedom Festival celebrates the essence of freedom through revelry and pageantry while paying homage to traditional Caribbean folklore. Hosted by Riggo Suave (Pantrinvibes), Barrie Hype, Herbert Holler & the Freedom Party NYC © (www.freedomparty.com), Milo Miles (Queens), Biggie and One Plus! Tickets: Limited early bird tickets $20; Gen. Admission $25 and more at the door.
  • Location: Subrosa, 63 Gansevoort Street, New York, NY 10014, United States (Google Maps) Time: 8:00 pm to 10:30 pm Sets at 8PM and 9:30PM
    Price
    $20.00

    Celebrated Cuban percussionist Pedrito Martínez and his group (The Pedrito Martínez Group) hosts a new monthly residency at Subrosa, with performances multiple nights each month. The Pedrito Martinez Group [PMG] came together in 2005 at a Cuban restaurant in Manhattan’s Hell’s Kitchen, called Guantanamera. A scene has developed since then around the group that has attracted musicians from all over the world, including, Eric Clapton, Derek Trucks, Ruben Blades, John Scofield, Steve Gadd, Steve Winwood and Taj Mahal, to name a few.
  • Location: Barbès, 376 9th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11215, United States (Google Maps) Time: 10:00 pm to 11:30 pm Mambo King and timbalero extraordinaire Tito Puente was also an accomplished vibraphone player. The instrument was prominently featured on his early mambo recordings. Felipe Fournier is a percussionist and vibes player from Costa Rica who plays with classic Salsa outfit Our Latin Thing and Ruben Blades. His tribute to Tito Puente emphasizes the King of the Timbales’ Mambo years and vibes performance.
  • Location: Zinc Bar, 82 West 3rd Street, New York, NY 10012, United States (Google Maps) Time: 11:59 pm to 1:30 am $15 cover

    The essence of AfroCuban music is expressed in the Rumba: intoxicating polyrhythmic percussion, played on multiple drums, accompanied by call and response singing. Master percussionist Roman Diaz, the leader of the Abakuá society brought to Cuba from Calabar, West Africa, is regarded as a “living repository” of Cuba's folkoric music. As a member of the seminal Cuban rumba ensemble Yoruba Andabo, he continued the work of the legendary percussionist Pancho Quinto in creating a new definition of traditional Cuban rumba.
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  • Location: Governors Island, New York, NY, USA (Google Maps) Time: 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm HOT 97 kicks off summer with the biggest Hip Hop concert in the world, Summer Jam. It’s only right that we close out the season with the hottest reggae party there is: On Da Reggae & Soca Tip 2015! Get ready to head to the island, Governors Island that is, for the premier dancehall event of the summer. Take in the iconic New York skyline while seeing performances by Machel Montano, Barrington Levy, Gyptian, Assassin, Kranium, Konshens, Collie Buddz and more. Catch the sunset with HOT 97 as we jumpstart Labor Day weekend in style!
  • Location: Joe's Pub, 425 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10003, United States (Google Maps) Time: 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm Ticket Price: $25.00
    Door Price: $30.00

    Doors at 6PM & 9PM
    Shows at 7:30PM & 9:30PM

    In late 2011, acclaimed East African vocalist & songwriter Somi decided to move from New York City to Lagos, Nigeria for 18 months in search of new inspiration. The result: a new album she calls The Lagos Music Salon released in August 2014 as her major label debut on Sony Music/Okeh - landing at #1 on US Jazz charts. The album, which features special guests Angelique Kidjo, Common and Ambrose Akinmusire, draws it material from the tropical city's boastful cosmopolitanism, urgent inspiration, and giant spirit - straddling the worlds of African jazz, soul, and pop with a newfound ease and a voice that Vogue Magazine simply calls “Superb!”
  • Location: Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY 11238, United States (Google Maps) Time: 8:00 pm to 3:00 am Doors Open: 7:00pm; Showtime: 8:00pm – 3:00am
    Hosted by DJ Redman (107.9FM) and MC Wassy, the signature Brass Fest concert/party features Ricardo Drue (2015 Antigua Soca Monarch), Lyrikal (Trinidad), Skinny Fabulous (2015 St. Vincent Groovy & Power Soca Monarch), Pressure Busspipe, Preedy, Hypasounds (Barbados), Ravi B & Karma and headliners Bunji Garlin, Fay-Ann Lyons & the Asylum Vikings band in one huge outdoor party ! Music by DJ Sounds 4 Life, DJ Back 2 Basics, Foreign Bass, DJ Spice, DJ Renee, Boodoosingh Tassa Drummers and Kutters Rhythm Section.
    Tickets: Limited early bird tickets $45; Gen. Admission $55 and more at the door.
  • Location: Subrosa, 63 Gansevoort Street, New York, NY 10014, United States (Google Maps) Time: 8:00 pm to 10:30 pm Sets at 8PM and 9:30PM
    Price
    $20.00

    Celebrated Cuban percussionist Pedrito Martínez and his group (The Pedrito Martínez Group) hosts a new monthly residency at Subrosa, with performances multiple nights each month. The Pedrito Martinez Group [PMG] came together in 2005 at a Cuban restaurant in Manhattan’s Hell’s Kitchen, called Guantanamera. A scene has developed since then around the group that has attracted musicians from all over the world, including, Eric Clapton, Derek Trucks, Ruben Blades, John Scofield, Steve Gadd, Steve Winwood and Taj Mahal, to name a few.
  • Location: The Wick Brooklyn, 260 Meserole Street, Brooklyn, NY 11206, United States (Google Maps) Time: 9:00 pm to 12:00 am doors: 9:00 pm / show: 9:00 pm
    $12.00 - $15.00
    this event is 21 and over

    Get ready to party! DJ Monk-One will be throwing down dance grooves before sets from Underground System & El CaribeFunk! Dance party to follow!

    El Caribefunk
    It is a loud pop that tastes like the Caribbean Sea and a natural glow that reflects hybridization between these elements of funk and Caribbean music as the Haitian music, rocksteady, calypso, zouk, bullerengue, the cumbiamba, etc. .. It is a way of expressing happiness, disagreements, arguments that harmonize feelings and our reality check that this exceeds fiction.

    Underground System
    Underground System came bubbling up out of BKNY in early 2010. Originally steeped in influence and inspiration credited to Fela Kuti and the West African pioneered Afrobeat aesthetic, they have since carved out a niche that stands uniquely alone as their own. With a successful 12" vinyl release behind them (garnering attention and sales from radio, blogs, and distributors as far off as Europe, Africa, and Asia) and a noteworthy touring schedule to back it up (featured appearances at Burlington Jazz Fest, Bear Creak Music & Arts, Brooklyn Museum, Museum of Natural History), this huge, uncompromising, and diverse group has laid all the groundwork and is ready to aim the big guns- they're pointed directly at a dancefloor and sound system near you.

    DJ Monk-One
    DJ Monk-One, aka Andrew Mason, has DJ-ed in New York City for fifteen years and is a founder and Contributing Editor of Wax Poetics Magazine. He has released numerous best-selling mix CDs and records of his own compositions through his independent label, Names You Can Trust as well as holding residencies at WBAI-FM and many of the finest, funkiest parties in New York City. As one half of the renowned production squad Greenwood Rhythm Coalition Monk has done remix and original work for labels in the US, Japan and Europe and has DJ-ed across the globe.
  • Location: Zinc Bar, 82 West 3rd Street, New York, NY 10012, United States (Google Maps) Time: 9:00 pm to 12:00 am Sets at 9PM & 11PM NO ONLINE RESERVATIONS.(Cover $20)
    The first Friday each month, this 16-piece big band brings together musicians from different countries around the world that, under Gregorio Uribe’s leadership and vision, create a masterpiece of Latin rhythms. With a remarkable compliance of trumpets, trombones and saxes soaring over an amazing percussion section and the leader of the group dancing to the beat while playing the accordion, this band brings new and modern flavor to Latin music that, simply, cannot go unnoticed.
  • Location: Resorts World Casino New York City, 110-00 Rockaway Boulevard, Jamaica, NY 11420, United States (Google Maps) Time: 9:00 pm to 2:00 am MR. VEGAS
    PATRICE ROBERTS
    OLATUNJI
    AND MORE...

    $24.99
  • Location: Silvana, 300 West 116th Street, New York, NY 10026, United States (Google Maps) Time: 10:00 pm to 12:00 am Brooklyn Afro-Funk collective influenced by the West African Funk and Psychedelic sounds of Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal, Benin, Mali and more.
  • Location: Shrine, 2271 Adam Clayton Powell Junior Boulevard, New York, NY 10030, United States (Google Maps) Time: 10:00 pm to 12:00 am Pablo Djembe from Cote d'Ivoire is a master of the banjo, guitar, and West African drums the djembe and the doundoun. He has been performing for over 25 years around the globe at world renowned venues including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the National Theater, BAM, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Library of Congress, the United Nations, and many more alongside several esteemed musicians such as Salif Keita, Oumou Sangare, Toumani Diabate, Mamady Keita, and Soungalo Coulibaly. Since arriving in New York 16 years ago with L' Ensemble Koteba d' Abidjan, this legendary musician has found joy in sharing his West African culture with music lovers everywhere.
  • Location: Meridian 23, 161 West 23rd Street, New York, NY 10011, United States (Google Maps) Time: 10:00 pm to 4:00 am $10

    DJ ASHO PLAYING THE BEST OF SON, TIMBA Y CUBATHON
    LIVE TIMBA BY THE SALSONDRIA BAND

    Ariel “DJ Asho” Fernandez-Diaz is a Cuban cultural ambassador who has held notable performing and curatorial residencies at institutions such as the Bronx Museum of the Arts and at numerous hip clubs up and down the Eastern seaboard and New York City. A dream came true when he was invited to offer his DJ distinctive repertoire at a very special Central Park Summer Stage event a few years back.
  • Location: Shrine, 2271 Adam Clayton Powell Junior Boulevard, New York, NY 10030, United States (Google Maps) Time: 10:00 pm to 12:00 am Born in Kinshasa, the capital city of the Democratic Republic of Congo where he spent one half of his life before moving to New York City in 1996, music became Isaac’s path to navigate the world. With a family of traditional healers, and faith varying from Christianity to Islam, music is Isaac’s corner stone which holds fragments of his identity together. Artistically, he discovered one tool after the other. He started with the Mbonda or Ngoma (drum) and movements (dance) at a very early stage, a fascination that led to the modern drum set, to songs, to musicals, to plays and to the guitar etc…
  • Location: Brooklyn Bowl, 61 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11249, United States (Google Maps) Time: 11:59 pm to 1:30 am NYC's colorful DJ Crew, No Wahala DJs are DJ Chibuikem & DJ Quesquecest? whose monthly #UNWIND dancefloor sessions are one of the hottest parties in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, a marathon of soul, funk, reggae, afrobeat, classics, jazz, breaks, 90's hiphop & deep house.

    $5.00
    DOORS: 11:30 PM / SHOW: 11:59 PM
  • Location: Shrine, 2271 Adam Clayton Powell Junior Boulevard, New York, NY 10030, United States (Google Maps) Time: 11:59 pm to 3:45 am One of NYC's finest African DJ, the best coupé decallé, hiphop & RnB, dancehall, soca, Zouk, Naija, and salsa in the city.
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  • Location: Barbès, 376 9th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11215, United States (Google Maps) Time: 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm Rick Brown and Che Chen play an idiosyncratic take on Mauritania's music, using homemade percussion and electric guitar. Their music doesn't strive to any sort of authenticity, yet conjures up the best of African desert music. It is both beautiful and hypnotic and is equally relevant performed in concert form, in a bar, or in an art gallery. Press has been very generous in its praise of the band, but our favorite is still the Paper of Records' remark that "Rick Brown's "equipment looked as if it cost no more than a pretty good sandwich." NY Times.
  • Location: Irving Plaza, 17 Irving Place, New York, NY 10003, United States (Google Maps) Time: 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm Following their overwhelming success at SXSW earlier this year with Sounds from Africa and Sounds from the Caribbean, W&R Projects in partnership with Big Moose Ent brings Soul Culture to NYC. On September 5th, two music giants, Nigeria's Dbanj and Soca King Machel Montano will treat fans to their biggest hits for a one night only performance. Grab your tickets now!

    $60-$95
  • Location: DROM, 85 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009, United States (Google Maps) Time: 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm Doors 6:30PM
    Show 7:30PM
    Advance Price $10
    Door Price $10

    As opposed to a show, the "Samba Party" is a communal gathering where Brazilian music enthusiasts share their love of samba drumming, dance, and culture—a kind of NYC take on the mega samba school rehearsals that precede Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro. We'll be pulling out all the stops for the Brazil Independence Day edition—our last Samba Party of the year! Don't miss this opportunity to learn to samba with Brazilian dance master Danielle Lima and then rock out to the live powerhouse drumming of Samba New York! under the leadership of Director, Philip Galinsky, a.k.a. Dr. Samba. DJ sensation Anderson Trindade rounds out the festivities with a heavy dose of Brazilian groove.
  • Location: Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY 11238, United States (Google Maps) Time: 8:00 pm to 3:00 am Doors Open: 6:00pm; Showtime: 8:00pm – 3:00am
    Enjoy the rhythms of sweet steelband music as 11 of NYC’s finest steel orchestras vie to win the 2015 Panorama Championship crown. Registered bands include Pan Sonatas, CASYM, Pantonic, Utopia Soul, Unique Sounds, Steel Explosion, ADLIB, METRO, "D" Radoes, Crossfire, Harmony with guest appearance by Pan Stars Steel Orchestra. Steelband line-up is subject to change. MC’s are Godfrey Jack, Jemma Jordan, and DJ One Plus.
    Tickets: $45 in advance and more at the door.
  • Location: Madison Square Garden, 4 Pennsylvania Plaza, New York, NY 10001, United States (Google Maps) Time: 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm Price Range: $44.00 - $164.00

    Ricardo Arjona, who has sold more than 20 million albums and is one of the most successful and respected Latin-American singer songwriters of all time, will launch his acclaimed VIAJE TOUR stateside. U.S. fans have not seen the legendary singer/songwriter perform on a tour of this scale ever.
  • Location: Subrosa, 63 Gansevoort Street, New York, NY 10014, United States (Google Maps) Time: 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm Sets at 8pm & 10pm
    $15

    Gritty, witty and streetwise, the Havana-born Gerardo Contino, “El Abogado de la Salsa,” is a Cuban singer and songwriter. This former lead singer of the Cuban mega-group NG La Banda is a party onstage: he loves to improvise, to pull the audience into call & response, and to provoke fans into hip-shaking abandon.
  • Location: Joe's Pub, 425 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10003, United States (Google Maps) Time: 9:30 pm to 11:00 pm Ticket Price: $16.00
    Doors at 9PM
    Show at 9:30PM

    The official New York City CD release party performance of "Éxitos Acústicos" from 2x GRAMMY nominated singer/songwriter- FULANO (Elsten Torres)

    "Éxitos Acústicos" - is a musical journey of some of my best-known hit songs recorded by international Latin recording artists. Our approach was to recreate these songs in an organic, acoustic way giving them the original sentimentality and feel of when they were first written”.
  • Location: Resorts World Casino New York City, 110-00 Rockaway Boulevard, Jamaica, NY 11420, United States (Google Maps) Time: 10:00 pm to 3:00 am MACHEL MONTANO
    KERWIN DUBOIS
    LYRIKAL * EDWIN YEARWOOD!
    AND MORE...

    $59.99
  • Location: Shrine, 2271 Adam Clayton Powell Junior Boulevard, New York, NY 10030, United States (Google Maps) Time: 10:00 pm to 12:00 am Bil Aka Kora's sound draws upon traditional music from the language, instruments, rhythm and themes of the south of Burkina Faso.
  • Location: Silvana, 300 West 116th Street, New York, NY 10026, United States (Google Maps) Time: 10:00 pm to 12:00 am The balafon (xylophone) has electrified popular music in West Africa since the court of Emperor Sundiata Keita back in 1235. With his band Kakande, Famoro Dioubate updates this tradition with an explosive new groove. Lush vocals, sinewy koras, flutes, and cellos meet the virtuosic balafon of this master griot from Guinea.
  • Location: Littlefield, 622 Degraw Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217, United States (Google Maps) Time: 11:00 pm to 12:30 am $10-$20

    This once a month event has become a staple on the NYC reggae scene. Since it's early roots at the dawn of the new millennium circa Jan 2002, Reggae Retro has become the most anticipated underground reggae event each month. In fact, many are calling Reggae Retro "the dance party that is in the forefront of the keeping roots & culture music in the dancehalls."

    Music is provided by Point Break Sound featuring DJ Jase and DJ Silence plus Hypeman Guidance. Plus special guest DJs and performers each month.
  • Location: Shrine, 2271 Adam Clayton Powell Junior Boulevard, New York, NY 10030, United States (Google Maps) Time: 11:59 pm to 3:45 am DJ JP BIAMBY Presents Classic Afro-Beat, Coupe Decale, Hip Life, Najia, N'dombolo, Soukous, Reggae, Soca, Reggaeton sprinkled with a little bit of current Hip Hop & R&B.
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  • Location: Roy Wilkins Southern Queens Park, 17701 Baisley Boulevard, Jamaica, NY 11434, United States (Google Maps) Time: 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm $25

    Gully Bop, Assassin, Kymani Marley, Dexta Daps, Christopher Martin, Tifa, Bugle, Chi Ching Ching, Kranium, Edwin Yearwood, Ding Dong
  • Location: Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY 11238, United States (Google Maps) Time: 7:00 pm to 1:00 am Doors Open: 6:00pm; Showtime: 7:00pm – 1:00am
    Join WIADCA for the final concert, Dimanche Gras! This concert features the Kings and Queens of the Bands costume competition, winners from previous nights, and performances by Caribbean legends The Mighty Sparrow, King David Rudder, Swallow (Antigua), Edwin Yearwood, Something Positive Inc. and the Sunshine Band! Hosted by MC Wassy, Jemma Jordan and Godfrey Jack. Music by DJ One Plus.
    Tickets: Limited early bird tickets $30, Gen. Admission $35 and more at the door.
  • Location: Subrosa, 63 Gansevoort Street, New York, NY 10014, United States (Google Maps) Time: 8:00 pm to 9:30 pm $10

    Mambo King and timbalero extraordinaire Tito Puente was also an accomplished vibraphone player. The instrument was prominently featured on his early mambo recordings. Felipe Fournier is a percussionist and vibes player from Costa Rica who plays with classic Salsa outfit Our Latin Thing and Ruben Blades. His tribute to Tito Puente emphasizes the King of the Timbales’ Mambo years and vibes performance. Felipe was nominated for a Latin Grammy with Charlie Sepulveda & The Turnaround, and then again in 2009 for a Grammy and a Latin Grammy together with Nestor Torre for their production “Nouveau Latino”.
  • Location: Silvana, 300 West 116th Street, New York, NY 10026, United States (Google Maps) Time: 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm "Manny's Boogaloo Crew" is a LATIN FUNK Band Lead by Eusebio 'MANNY' Montanez. Manny is al Rumbero, born in west Harlem & raised in the Bronx. Growing up a few blocks from the Apollo Theater, then later cutting his teeth on the (Rumba) jam sessions in the Bronx, just around the corner from the Hunt's Point Palace. Manny's experiences reflect the music that captivated New York during the 60's & 70's. The Band lays down cool Afro-cuban Rumba, laced with Funky R&B sounds, pushed by the Latin mellow of the Boogaloo groove.
  • Location: Silvana, 300 West 116th Street, New York, NY 10026, United States (Google Maps) Time: 10:00 pm to 12:00 am Roots, Reggae, Dancehall and Traditional West African Rythms... SEKOU speaks and sings in English, French and Spanish and his mothertongue, Mandingo, and he also expresses himself in other dialects like Malink, Bambara and Dioula. After his experience with the Bolomba roots in Gambia (from 1986 to 1993), his youthful spirit became a richer soul and full of hope and he began to explore all musical horizons.
  • Location: Stage 48, 605 West 48th Street, New York, NY 10036, United States (Google Maps) Time: 10:00 pm to 4:00 am Performing Live
    The Gully God
    Mavado
    2014 Soca Monarch Winner
    Kerwin Du Bois
    Haitian Kompa Superstar
    Alan Cave (from Zin)
    Trini Soca Star Lyrikal
    Reggae Star /Dancer
    Ding Dong
    King Bubba FM * Angela Hunte * Kreesha
    & many more surprises to be announced.

    Music by the Best in the Business
    DJ Young Chow | Steelie Bashment | Tony Cross | DJ Stakz
    DJ Big Reef | Banky Hype | Kevin Crown | DJ Madout | DJ Polilsh
    Hosted by The Funniest Caribbean Alive
    MAJAH HYPE (aka Grandpa James)

    General Admission Advanced Tickets $50
    Limited $100 Balcony VIP Tickets Available
    to Meet & Greet with the Artists
    **$65 Door Price for entry the day of the Show **
    19+ ID Required. DressCode: Ready to Party
  • Location: Subrosa, 63 Gansevoort Street, New York, NY 10014, United States (Google Maps) Time: 10:30 pm to 12:00 am Price
    $10.00

    Delsonido is a band born in Barranquilla, northern Colombia, but developing and growing in New York City. With a diverse lineup of musicians, the band melds cumbia, vallenato and Latin sounds with elements of electronic music, fortified with influences of funk and reggae for good measure. The band’s unique “Progressive Afro-Caribbean ” style perfectly captures the zeitgeist of multicultural Brooklyn of today. Their live performances are something to witness — truly unique experiences that start by building from a laidback, anchored energy into dance parties navigating different dance styles seamlessly.
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  • Location: Eastern Pkwy, Brooklyn, NY, USA (Google Maps) Time: 11:00 am to 6:00 pm Come out to the largest Caribbean Carnival in North America!

    Enjoy the many flavors of the Caribbean right here in Brooklyn, Great vendors selling in the best in Caribbean foods, arts and craft and much more.

    Eastern Parkway and SCHENECTADY AVE. to Flatbush Ave. Ext.
    Costume Bands, Masqueraders, Moko Jumbies, Floats & much more!

    NO ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES ALLOWED!

    Parade Route:
    Eastern Parkway and SCHENECTADY AVE,
    ENDING AT Flatbush Ave. Ext.
  • Location: Subrosa, 63 Gansevoort Street, New York, NY 10014, United States (Google Maps) Time: 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm Sets at 8pm & 10pm
    $20

    Celebrated Cuban percussionist Pedrito Martínez and his group (The Pedrito Martínez Group) hosts a new monthly residency at Subrosa, with performances multiple nights each month. The Pedrito Martinez Group [PMG] came together in 2005 at a Cuban restaurant in Manhattan’s Hell’s Kitchen, called Guantanamera. A scene has developed since then around the group that has attracted musicians from all over the world, including, Eric Clapton, Derek Trucks, Ruben Blades, John Scofield, Steve Gadd, Steve Winwood and Taj Mahal, to name a few.
  • Location: Silvana, 300 West 116th Street, New York, NY 10026, United States (Google Maps) Time: 9:00 pm to 11:00 pm Born into a Griot family in Segou, Mali, West Africa, Makane Kouyate has been playing the drums since he was five years old. As a young man, Makane worked for several years with Ballet National of Mali, and at 14 began traveling and performing throughout West Africa as lead drummer with the group Super Biton. He has performed with artists such as Selif Keita, singer and guitarist, Habib Koite’and Sadjo Kouyate,’ Mamadou Diabate ensemble, Manding Jata, Sidiki Conde’dance company, and with his brother, the renown balafone player Balla Kouyate. Makane currently resides in New York and performs across the country at numerous clubs and festivals.
  • Location: Joe's Pub, 425 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10003, United States (Google Maps) Time: 9:30 pm to 11:00 pm Ticket Price: $22.00
    Doors at 9PM
    Show at 9:30PM

    Alone was born out of a need to maintain sanity in times of broken dreams and lies. It might be their most rock oriented album to date but at the same time it is their most poetic. Five years ago with their album “Aratan N Azawad” and even the follow up “Kel Tamasheq”, Terakaft was still full of hope, things had started to change. Today the soil that was supposed to blossom is burnt by selfishness and rivalry.
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  • Location: Subrosa, 63 Gansevoort Street, New York, NY 10014, United States (Google Maps) Time: 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm Sets at 8pm & 10pm
    $20

    Celebrated Cuban percussionist Pedrito Martínez and his group (The Pedrito Martínez Group) hosts a new monthly residency at Subrosa, with performances multiple nights each month. The Pedrito Martinez Group [PMG] came together in 2005 at a Cuban restaurant in Manhattan’s Hell’s Kitchen, called Guantanamera. A scene has developed since then around the group that has attracted musicians from all over the world, including, Eric Clapton, Derek Trucks, Ruben Blades, John Scofield, Steve Gadd, Steve Winwood and Taj Mahal, to name a few.
  • Location: DROM, 85 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009, United States (Google Maps) Time: 8:00 pm to 9:30 pm Doors 7PM
    Show 8PM
    Advance Price $17
    Door Price $20

    Born in different states from Mexico, the six musicians in Troker have diverse musical backgrounds, which add richness to their music; jazz, rock, funk, psycodelic, hip hop, even cumbia has shown in their vibrant compositions.
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  • Location: Barbès, 376 9th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11215, United States (Google Maps) Time: 10:00 pm to 11:30 pm In the 1960's and 1970's, the government of Guinea engaged in a campaign known as Authenticité. It was a drive to create a new musical movement that would be specifically Guinean, but would include the modern wonders that were the electric guitar, the electric bass and the drumset. Musicians were given instruments and orchestras were formed. Surprisingly, the results proved mesmerizing and a myriad new bands were born. Many of them would go on to have a profound and lasting impact on African music. Mamady Kouyate was one of those pioneers. He played in various bands - his own band, Les Ambassadeurs du Mandingue, being one of them - but is probably best known as the guitarist in the classic Bembeya Jazz National. Kouyate, who now lives in NY, has reformed the Mandingo Ambassadors, updating the sound of his youth, but keeping it very close to the standard of Authenticité. The new All-Star band includes Mamady "Djelike" Kouyate, guitar, leader; Bebe Camara, vocal; Eudy Fernandez, trumpet; Oran Etkin, tenor sax, clarinet; Sylvain Leroux, flute, Fula flute, alto sax; Sam Dickey, guitar; Nick Cudahy, bass; Andy Algire, drums; Foluso Mimy, percussion. “dazzling vocal and guitar patterns over a rhythm section that is like a perfect system” Ben Ratliff, NY Times.
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  • Location: BRIC Arts, 647 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217, United States (Google Maps) Time: 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm Join Brooklyn Independent Media for an exclusive, live in-studio performance and interview with Underground System.

    The fiercely female-fronted Underground System came bubbling up out of BKNY in early 2010. Originally steeped in influence and inspiration credited to Fela Kuti and the West African pioneered Afrobeat aesthetic, they have since carved out a niche that stands uniquely alone as their own.

    FREE
    Doors open at 7:30PM. Guests who would like to be part of this intimate, in-studio experience are encouraged to arrive early. Show starts around 7:50PM and it's first come, first served.
  • Location: Subrosa, 63 Gansevoort Street, New York, NY 10014, United States (Google Maps) Time: 8:00 pm to 10:30 pm Sets at 8PM and 9:30PM
    Price
    $20.00

    Celebrated Cuban percussionist Pedrito Martínez and his group (The Pedrito Martínez Group) hosts a new monthly residency at Subrosa, with performances multiple nights each month. The Pedrito Martinez Group [PMG] came together in 2005 at a Cuban restaurant in Manhattan’s Hell’s Kitchen, called Guantanamera. A scene has developed since then around the group that has attracted musicians from all over the world, including, Eric Clapton, Derek Trucks, Ruben Blades, John Scofield, Steve Gadd, Steve Winwood and Taj Mahal, to name a few.
  • Location: Brooklyn Bowl, 61 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11249, United States (Google Maps) Time: 9:00 pm to 11:00 pm Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm
    $12 advance / $15 day of show

    Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars
    Africa's most inspirational band celebrates ten years together with a tour to support its finest album to date. LIbation's "around-the-campfire" intimacy, honest soulfulness, and technical prowess reveal how far the group has come while remaining true to its roots. Recorded in Charlotte, Vermont for the local record label Cumbancha, Libation embodies the contagious joy, optimism in the face of struggle and love for their fellow man that has earned the All Stars a devoted following across the globe. As it happens, the state of Vermont has become something of a second home for Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars. The film and debut album that introduced the All Stars to the world were the work of a trio of filmmakers and musicians who met while students at Middlebury College in Vermont. The group's record label, Cumbancha, is based in the small town of Charlotte, Vermont. Over the years, Vermont has often served as a home base between tour dates, and the band has performed in the state more times then any other, sometimes a dozen or more shows over the course of a summer. So it was fitting for their latest album to be recorded amidst the rolling Green Mountains, whose summertime landscape reminds the band of the lush hills of their homeland.

    Debo Band
    Debo Band is a 11-member group led by Ethiopian-American saxophonist Danny Mekonnen and fronted by charismatic vocalist Bruck Tesfaye. Since their inception in 2006, the band has won raves for their groundbreaking take on Ethiopian pop music (think Ethiopiques), which incorporates traditional scales and vocal styles, alongside American soul and funk rhythms, and instrumentation reminiscent of Eastern European brass bands. Debo have toured Ethiopia twice, appearing at both the Ethiopian Music Festival in Addis Ababa and Sauti Za Busara in Zanzibar, the largest music festival in East Africa. In North America, they’ve shared stages with Gogol Bordello, Amadou & Mariam, Antibalas, The Family Stone, and Ethiopian great Tilahun Gessesse. Recent and upcoming performances include the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, Bumbershoot, Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors, The Kennedy Center, Montreal Jazz Festival, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, South by Southwest, globalFEST 2012, Joe’s Pub, International Festival of Arts & Ideas, and Montana Folk Festival. Their self-titled debut for Sub Pop / Next Ambiance was produced by Thomas “Tommy T” Gobena of Gogol Bordello and features album art by critically-renowned painter Julie Mehretu. It was recorded at Machines with Magnets (Battles, Deer Tick) and mastered by Grammy-nominated engineer Joe LaPorta at The Lodge.
  • Location: Zinc Bar, 82 West 3rd Street, New York, NY 10012, United States (Google Maps) Time: 11:59 pm to 1:30 am $15 cover

    The essence of AfroCuban music is expressed in the Rumba: intoxicating polyrhythmic percussion, played on multiple drums, accompanied by call and response singing. Master percussionist Roman Diaz, the leader of the Abakuá society brought to Cuba from Calabar, West Africa, is regarded as a “living repository” of Cuba's folkoric music. As a member of the seminal Cuban rumba ensemble Yoruba Andabo, he continued the work of the legendary percussionist Pancho Quinto in creating a new definition of traditional Cuban rumba.
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  • Location: Subrosa, 63 Gansevoort Street, New York, NY 10014, United States (Google Maps) Time: 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm $20
    Sets at 8 & 10

    Celebrated Cuban percussionist Pedrito Martínez and his group (The Pedrito Martínez Group) hosts a new monthly residency at Subrosa, with performances multiple nights each month.
  • Location: Zinc Bar, 82 West 3rd Street, New York, NY 10012, United States (Google Maps) Time: 8:00 pm to 9:30 pm Rare Pisco Tasting at 7 PM. Set at 8:00PM
    Tickets: $20 in Advance | $30 at the door

    "On his sharp new album, Nuevo Mundo, trumpeter Gabriel Alegría teases out affinities between modern jazz and the African-influenced coastal music of his native Peru." –The New York Times
  • Location: SOB's, 204 Varick Street, New York, NY 10014, United States (Google Maps) Time: 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm 5PM doors / 8PM and 10PM show $10.00 in advance - $15.00 day of show (age 21+)
  • Location: Joe's Pub, 425 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10003, United States (Google Maps) Time: 9:30 pm to 11:00 pm Ticket Price: $20.00
    Doors at 9PM
    Show at 9:30PM

    With a few plucks of the guembri, surrounded by a squadron of musicians both talented and inspired, Moroccan Aziz Sahmaoui gets everyone going. His second album is a work of maturity that brings together his musical passions, gnawa, rock and fusion – affirming himself as a writer, composer and musical interpreter who must be reckoned with

    Everything started in 2010 at the French Kawa bar in Paris. In charge of this 20th arrondissement café is the ex-manager of the Orchestre National de Barbès. The back of the venue houses a tiny stage that he likes to offer to his musician friends; Aziz Sahmaoui, one of the founders of the ONB and faithful acolyte of Joe Zawinul, being one of them. With his accomplice from the Zawinul Syndicate, Alioune Wade, he quickly settles in and tries out melodies that have been buzzing round his head for some time. Rumour soon reaches the ears of other musicians… Among them, Hervé Samb and Cheikh Diallo, Adhil Mirghani. The rumour gets bigger, audience numbers start to grow, people are keen to get sweaty to this new style of music. Soon the common denominator between the Moroccan and the Senegalese is established: the gnawa rhythms and their rustic groove act as a groundwork for some crazy musical experiments by these high-flying instrumentalists. The University of Gnawa is born. It quickly produces its first recording of the same name which is unanimously welcomed by the critics.
  • Location: Meridian 23, 161 West 23rd Street, New York, NY 10011, United States (Google Maps) Time: 11:00 pm to 2:00 am Afrobeat fans rejoice. Amayo of the legendary group, Antibalas has curated a unique experience to celebrate Afrobeat. Amayo’s Fu-Arkist-Ra is an avant-garde Afrobeat group led by Amayo, the lead singer for Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra. Founded in 2000, its compositions blend rhythms, themes and harmonies of the Chinese Lion dance of Kung-Fu within a framework of traditional Nigerian Afro-beat.

    $15 DOOR $10 ADV.
    10pm doors/11pm showtime
  • Location: SOB's, 204 Varick Street, New York, NY 10014, United States (Google Maps) Time: 11:00 pm to 4:00 am Fresh from a long Summer Tour in Europe, Meta and his Cornerstones are ready to give their hometown a well deserved "we are happy to be back" concert !!

    DJ Gringo of Stateside Revolution will spin some wicked into the early morning.

    Doors open: 11pm
    Show time: MIDNIGHT

    Presale: $15
    Tickets at the door: $18
  • Location: Shrine, 2271 Adam Clayton Powell Junior Boulevard, New York, NY 10030, United States (Google Maps) Time: 11:59 pm to 3:45 am One of NYC's finest African DJ, the best coupé decallé, hiphop & RnB, dancehall, soca, Zouk, Naija, and salsa in the city.
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  • Location: Queens Library, 4020 Broadway, Long Island City, NY 11103, United States (Google Maps) Time: 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm Quarteto Moderno is a contemporary Brazilian jazz ensemble featuring guitarist, vocalist and composer Richard Boukas. Performing primary Brazilian genres, including samba, choro, baião, frevo, maracatu, marcha and guarânia, the group's repertoire ranges from Boukas’s original compositions to interpretations of legendary Brazilian composers. Boukas is joined by the heralded young saxophonist Lucas Pino and Brazilian all-stars Gustavo Amarante on bass and Maurício Zottarelli on drums.
  • Location: Barbès, 376 9th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11215, United States (Google Maps) Time: 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm Rick Brown and Che Chen play an idiosyncratic take on Mauritania's music, using homemade percussion and electric guitar. Their music doesn't strive to any sort of authenticity, yet conjures up the best of African desert music. It is both beautiful and hypnotic and is equally relevant performed in concert form, in a bar, or in an art gallery. Press has been very generous in its praise of the band, but our favorite is still the Paper of Records' remark that "Rick Brown's "equipment looked as if it cost no more than a pretty good sandwich." NY Times.
  • Location: Lehman Center for the Performing Arts, 250 Bedford Park Boulevard West, Bronx, NY 10468, United States (Google Maps) Time: 8:00 pm to 9:30 pm TICKETS: $30, $45, $50, $65

    One of the first truly bilingual musicians, equally virtuosic with the language of jazz and the Afro-Latin tradition, Carlos Henriquez – the Bronx-born, Nuyorican veteran bassist of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra – is a force to be reckoned with. By age 14, Henriquez was performing at People’s Park, across the street from his high school, with Latin jazz greats Tito Puente, Eddie Palmieri, and Celia Cruz, and as a member of the first ever top-placing Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Festival and Competition jazz band, Henriquez’ roots with Jazz at Lincoln Center run deep.
    To kick off Jazz at Lincoln Center’s 2015-16 concert season, the Bronx native brings Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis back to the Bronx with a one-night-only performance at Lehman College, where his compositions and most notable arrangements will be front and center. Joined by special guest percussionists, Henriquez presents music that shows the breadth of his technical and stylistic dexterity. A musical director for countless performances, including the 2014 Jazz at Lincoln Center debut concert of salsa giant Rubén Blades; a well-loved educator with our Jazz For Young People series; and notably, the music director for our historic trip to Cuba in 2010, Henriquez is truly homegrown talent, both of the Bronx, and of Jazz at Lincoln Center, who has become a cornerstone of a shared story.
  • Location: Rough Trade NYC, 64 North 9th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11249, United States (Google Maps) Time: 9:00 pm to 1:00 am Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm
    $12

    Yonatan Gat
    “Echoes of funk from Benin; Cuban son from Senegal; Chicano rock from Los Angeles; Afro-Brazilian soul from Rio de Janeiro; and the pentatonic and Arabic scales that connect much of the world - but there’s always a lilt and an invitation in it. He leaves a space for you to get in. They were playing for themselves and they were playing for you, but they weren’t playing for any static definition of a concert.” - NY Times

    Innove Gnawa Band
    Innove Gnawa Band is made of musicians from different parts of Morocco all the way to NYC gathering to innovate Gnawa Music.

    Honduras
    Friends since childhood, Patrick Phillips (vocals/guitar) and Tyson Moore (lead guitar) found each other again in a Bushwick basement where they began writing much of what would become Honduras' early material. Inspired by late 70’s punk, but mixing in aspects of garage and indie that followed, Honduras played Brooklyn’s DIY venue scene tirelessly and garnered a reputation for amazing live performances, with comparisons to bands like Sex Pistols and Buzzcocks. After bringing in Josh Wehle to play drums they added a new bass player in Paul Lizarraga (the Denzels) to round out the band’s signature polished edge. Their more recent writing has included elements of krautrock and psych to their already energetic tracks for an intellectually developed and interesting sound. While picking up additional attention from serious tastemakers like Rolling Stone, NME, Noisey, Impose, and Nylon along the way, the group has shared stages like Bowery Ballroom and Music Hall of Williamsburg with notable acts like Blur, Metz, Fidlar, Twin Peaks, Drowners and the Kaiser Chiefs. The first single from their upcoming debut LP, Paralyzed, is currently in regular rotation on Sirius Radio XMU and the band was just featured in NME's On The Radar section. On stage the formula continues, where four good friends exhibit a savvy devil-may-care tightness. Their engaging stage presence is both apropos to their influences and forever exciting to witness in a young and surging project. Their upcoming debut LP is called Rituals, and will be released in Early 2016.

    Alan Licht
    Born in 1968 and raised in New Jersey, I took guitar lessons at the age of ten and went on to play in typical high school cover bands and to study jazz guitar privately with Buck Brown. In my late teens, as my interests expanded to the avant-garde, I attended a seminar on improvisation given by noted west coast guitarist Henry Kaiser. Enrolling at Vassar College, I studied electronic music with Linda Fisher and composition with Annea Lockwood and Richard Wilson. By the time I graduated in 1990, I had already published articles on Minimalist composers La Monte Young, Tony Conrad, Rhys Chatham, and Charlemagne Palestine, and had recorded with former John Coltrane drummer Rashied Ali (on Rudolph Grey's Mask of Light LP).
  • Location: Terraza 7, 40-19 Gleane Street, Queens, NY 11373, United States (Google Maps) Time: 10:30 pm to 12:00 am Diego Obregon and his sounds of the Pacific Coast of Colombia are back to Terraza 7. Hear the Afro-Colombian traditions by the great Marimba the Chonta player, singer, composer/arranger, percussionist and instrument maker Diego Obregón with his mystical and majestic music.

    $7 cover charge for mezzanine
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  • Location: Queens Library at Flushing, 41-17 Main Street, Flushing, NY 11355, United States (Google Maps) Time: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm Quintet of the Americas will perform music combining Western music with that of China, Latin America and Africa. The flute, oboe, clarinet, French horn and bassoon quintet will be joined by electronics, harp, mbira (African thumb piano) and Latin American folk rattles and flutes. Zimbabwean master mbira player Chartwell Dutiro is the featured guest artist.
  • Location: Pioneer Works, 159 Pioneer Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231, United States (Google Maps) Time: 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm $10 suggested donation

    SECOND SUNDAYS is a monthly series of open studios, live music, and site-specific interventions presented by Pioneer Works the second Sunday of every month. The series showcases artists in residence along with musical performances and DJs, curated by Olivier Conan.

    75 DOLLAR BILL
    Rick Brown and Che Chen play an idiosyncratic take on Mauritania’ music, using homemade percussion and electric guitar. Their music doesn’t strive to any sort of authenticity, yet conjures up the best of African desert music. It is both beautiful and hypnotic and is equally relevant performed in concert form, in a bar, or in an art gallery. Press has been very generous in its praise of the band, but our favorite is still the Paper of Records’ remark that “Rick Brown’s “equipment looked as if it cost no more than a pretty good sandwich.” NY Times.

    Brian Carpenter's Ghost Train Orchestra, Durham, April 5, 2014.Brian Carpenter’s GHOST TRAIN ORCHESTRA
    The Ghost Train Orchestra was founded in 2006 by composer/arranger Brian Carpenter when he was hired as the musical director for an event marking the 90th anniversary of the historic Regent Theater in Boston. Carpenter began transcribing old 78s of recordings by Fletcher Henderson, Don Redman, Tiny Parham, Fess Williams, and Charlie Johnson and arranged the music for a 9-piece ensemble. The ensuing album achieved much critical acclaim and reached the top 10 of the Billboard Jazz charts and saw Carpenter’s interviewed on NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross. The Orchestra’s latest album, Hot Town which featured saxophonist Colin Stetson was released in in May 2015. With Brian Carpenter (trumpet, harmonica), Andy Laster (alto saxophone), Michael McGinnis (clarinet), Petr Cancura (clarinet, tenor saxophone), Curtis Hasselbring (trombone), Ron Caswell (tuba), Cyntia Sayer (banjo), Karen Waltuch (violin) and Rob Garcia (drums).
  • Location: Shrine, 2271 Adam Clayton Powell Junior Boulevard, New York, NY 10030, United States (Google Maps) Time: 10:00 pm to 12:00 am An exclusive Roots & Culture Dance hosted by Tiqur Ambassa. 100% vinyls selection from roots rockers reggae to fresh dubs rendered on an artisanal control tower with Brother Iko on the mic following the tradition of sound systems that flourished in the UK since the 70's. All tribes welcomed so put on your dancing shoes and run come rally! In the 90's, Ras Kush re-entered the Sound System world, playing vintage reggae, roots & dubwise selections at NYC venues. Later, the "Black Redemption Sound" featuring Ras Kush & Ras Takashi toured Japan as Wackies official Sound from September 1998 until March 1999 establishing The Wackies (Lloyd Barnes' foundation US label) Far East Chapter.
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  • Location: Dizzy's Club Coca Cola, 10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019, United States (Google Maps) Time: 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm With drummer Nasar Abadey, pianist Allyn Johnson, bassist James King, and alto saxophonist Joe Ford
    Drummer Nasar Abadey is a versatile, yet distinctive musician who has performed with Pharoah Sanders, Dizzy Gillespie, Hank Jones, Ella Fitzgerald, Sun Ra, and many more. His SUPERNOVA group, featuring stars of the D.C. jazz scene, was recently selected by the U.S. State Department and Jazz at Lincoln Center as an Ambassador for the American Music Abroad Rhythm Road program. From one piece to the next, the group writes and improvises through “traditional African rhythms, bebop, fusion, Afro-Cuban, Afro-Brazilian, modal, and free form” styles. Beyond the group’s stylistic flexibility, what really stands out is their masterful pacing, through which they thoroughly explore ideas, grooves, and moods with an entrancing sense of direction and organic evolution.

    $35
  • Location: Brooklyn Bowl, 61 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11249, United States (Google Maps) Time: 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm As Lolas, Free entry before 7pm!
    $8.00
    DOORS: 6:00 PM / SHOW: 8:00 PM This event is 21 and over

    EL IMPERIO
    Brothers and compatriots, the members of El Imperio banded together following two years of performing together with the smash hit Tony Award-winning show Fela!, about the life and times of African music icon and activist Fela Kuti. Bringing a mix of styles from Afrobeat to Bachata, from Soul to Salsa, the band has created an intoxicating style all their own.

    DELSONIDO
    Delsonido is a dynamic and multicultural NYC-based band that brings a fully saturated sound to the global music scene.
    With a diverse lineup of young musicians, producer/composer Elkin Pautt from Barranquilla, Colombia, first developed the project by meshing vallenato, cumbia and Latin sounds with elements of electronic music. He took the sound a step further by underlining it with influences of funk and reggae. Bottom line? It's impossible not to dance when Delsonido takes the stage.
  • Location: Subrosa, 63 Gansevoort Street, New York, NY 10014, United States (Google Maps) Time: 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm Sets at 8pm & 10pm
    $12

    Yuri Juárez is a Peruvian guitarist, arranger and composer who began his career in 1996 as guitarist for various groups of Afro-Peruvian music, folk, and fusion.

    He has shared the stage and recorded with musicians like Eva Ayllón, Arturo O’Farrill, Ron Carter, Susana Baca, Claudia Acuña, Pamela Rodriguez, and iconic Peruvian composers such as Kiri Escobar and Javier Lazo, and trail blazing bands including the Gabriel Alegría Afro-Peruvian Sextet and Novalima, among others.
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  • Location: (Le) Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, New York, NY 10012, United States (Google Maps) Time: 8:00 pm to 9:30 pm Tickets $30 in advance / $35 at the door

    Os Mutantes are the pioneers of Brazilian avant-garde, and this show at LPR marks their World Music Institute debut. WMI Artistic Director Par Neiburger compares them to "the earlier, experimental Pink Floyd."
  • Location: Subrosa, 63 Gansevoort Street, New York, NY 10014, United States (Google Maps) Time: 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm Sets at 8pm & 10pm
    $20

    Celebrated Cuban percussionist Pedrito Martínez and his group (The Pedrito Martínez Group) hosts a new monthly residency at Subrosa, with performances multiple nights each month. The Pedrito Martinez Group [PMG] came together in 2005 at a Cuban restaurant in Manhattan’s Hell’s Kitchen, called Guantanamera. A scene has developed since then around the group that has attracted musicians from all over the world, including, Eric Clapton, Derek Trucks, Ruben Blades, John Scofield, Steve Gadd, Steve Winwood and Taj Mahal, to name a few.
  • Location: Shrine, 2271 Adam Clayton Powell Junior Boulevard, New York, NY 10030, United States (Google Maps) Time: 10:00 pm to 12:00 am Born in Kinshasa, the capital city of the Democratic Republic of Congo where he spent one half of his life before moving to New York City in 1996, music became Isaac’s path to navigate the world. With a family of traditional healers, and faith varying from Christianity to Islam, music is Isaac’s corner stone which holds fragments of his identity together. Artistically, he discovered one tool after the other. He started with the Mbonda or Ngoma (drum) and movements (dance) at a very early stage, a fascination that led to the modern drum set, to songs, to musicals, to plays and to the guitar etc…
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  • Location: DROM, 85 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009, United States (Google Maps) Time: 8:00 pm to 9:30 pm Tickets $25 in advance / $30 at the door

    A truly exquisite Fado singer, the elusive and esoteric Lula Pena—one of the greatest singers born in Portugal—makes her WMI debut. Her works draws on international influences to add new textures to Portugal’s ancient musical genre, as she blends traditional fado with Portuguese folk, French chanson, Cape Verdean morna, and Brazilian bossa nova. With a commanding yet sensitive voice, Pena performs solo guitar and sings of passion and pain, mirroring her personal journey as both musician and poet.
  • Location: Subrosa, 63 Gansevoort Street, New York, NY 10014, United States (Google Maps) Time: 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm $12
    Sets at 8pm & 10pm

    Tres del Solar is a contemporary Salsa band based out of New York City. Tres del Solar was formed in 2010 by Nelson Rodriguez and has been active in the Salsa music scene throughout New York. Members of Tres de Solar have an extensive music trajectory. Nelson Rodriguez, Vocalist and Guitarist, Arrived from Cuba 8 years ago with a desire to share his culture and music with the world. Nelson has played with many trios and big bands in Cuba. Victor Ruiz-Bassist, who is a seasoned musician and has played with many bands in Puerto Rico and New York. Marco (Ito) Arguinzoni- Currently the musical director of Our Latin Thing, Ito is a sought out percussionist who also works with Gilberto Santarosa, Johnny Rivera, and Frankie Negron.
  • Location: Joe's Pub, 425 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10003, United States (Google Maps) Time: 9:30 pm to 11:00 pm Ticket Price: $15.00
    Doors at 9PM
    Show at 9:30PM

    Weaving musical bridges that connect traditional and modern Cuban dance music with, salsa, funk, and world beat rhythms, Ola Fresca, behind the creative energy of Jose Conde, through 10 years and 2 acclaimed, award winning albums have evolved a swinging, fearless tropical sound directly from Brooklyn. Their new album “Elixir” is their lyrical and rhythmic antidote to factional bickering everywhere in the world!
  • Location: Barbès, 376 9th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11215, United States (Google Maps) Time: 10:00 pm to 11:30 pm In the 1960's and 1970's, the government of Guinea engaged in a campaign known as Authenticité. It was a drive to create a new musical movement that would be specifically Guinean, but would include the modern wonders that were the electric guitar, the electric bass and the drumset. Musicians were given instruments and orchestras were formed. Surprisingly, the results proved mesmerizing and a myriad new bands were born. Many of them would go on to have a profound and lasting impact on African music. Mamady Kouyate was one of those pioneers. He played in various bands - his own band, Les Ambassadeurs du Mandingue, being one of them - but is probably best known as the guitarist in the classic Bembeya Jazz National. Kouyate, who now lives in NY, has reformed the Mandingo Ambassadors, updating the sound of his youth, but keeping it very close to the standard of Authenticité. The new All-Star band includes Mamady "Djelike" Kouyate, guitar, leader; Bebe Camara, vocal; Eudy Fernandez, trumpet; Oran Etkin, tenor sax, clarinet; Sylvain Leroux, flute, Fula flute, alto sax; Sam Dickey, guitar; Nick Cudahy, bass; Andy Algire, drums; Foluso Mimy, percussion. “dazzling vocal and guitar patterns over a rhythm section that is like a perfect system” Ben Ratliff, NY Times.
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  • Location: Joe's Pub, 425 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10003, United States (Google Maps) Time: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm Ticket Price: $20.00
    Doors at 6PM
    Show at 7PM

    By Popular Demand - South Africa's Sharon Katz & The Peace Train bring their Grammy-nominated, Afro-Pop-Jazz-Roots fusion back to Joe's Pub for a concert and dance party celebrating the DVD release of their award-winning film, "When Voices Meet." Get ready for exhilarating rhythms played by world-class musicians, exotic harmonies and authentic Zulu dance combined with a message that goes straight to the heart. Touring worldwide as Nelson Mandela's cultural ambassadors, their credits include performances and CDs with Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Sting, Tina Turner, Madonna, Dolly Rathebe and Miriam Makeba. US performance highlights include New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, The Getty in Los Angeles, and Carnegie's Hall's World Music Concert Series.
  • Location: Dizzy's Club Coca Cola, 10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019, United States (Google Maps) Time: 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm In this one-night-only event, the generations of Latin jazz come together at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola. A native of the South Bronx, Ray Vega is a veteran of the bands of Tito Puente, Ray Barretto, Mongo Santamaria, Mario Bauza, Luis “Perico” Ortiz, Hector LaVoe, Johnny Pacheco, Larry Harlow, Pete “El Conde” Rodriguez, and Louis Ramirez, to name a few. Luques and Zaccai Curtis–two Jazz at Lincoln Center favorites known together as the Curtis Brothers–have made their mark in Latin jazz by recognizing and exploring core elements such as blues harmonies and the swing rhythms of the Africa-Caribbean-New Orleans lineage that, as a cultural and musical melting pot, make for a distinct and irresistible fusion.

    $35
    Performances at 7:30pm & 9:30pm
  • Location: The Town Hall, 123 West 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036, United States (Google Maps) Time: 8:00 pm to 9:30 pm Tickets $75, $70, $65, $55

    Ana Carolina's musical talent brought her immediate success: she began performing in local venues in 1998, and her first album earned her a Latin Grammy only a year later. Today, she is one of the most important and popular voices in Brazil. World Music Institute is thrilled to present her for the first time. A skilled songwriter, Carolina draws on the wide range of music that she loves, from Chico Buarque, Maria Bethânia, and João Bosco to Björk and Nina Simone. Carolina is a talented multi-instrumentalist, performing on both guitar and percussion and especially lauded for her skillful playing of the pandeiro, a Brazilian tambourine-like instrument.
  • Location: Silvana, 300 West 116th Street, New York, NY 10026, United States (Google Maps) Time: 10:00 pm to 11:00 pm Ricardo Gallo: analog synth and keys Sebastián Cruz: guitar Andrés Jimenez: drums Amanda Ruzza: bass
  • Location: Joe's Pub, 425 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10003, United States (Google Maps) Time: 11:59 pm to 1:30 am Ticket Price: $15.00
    Doors at 11:30PM
    Show at Midnight

    Dream Team do Passinho is the new pop-funk Brazil phenomenon. With videos with tens of millions of views and partnerships with artists such as Ricky Martin, Sony Music released their first CD "Aperte o Play" in April 2015, and they has just been nominated for "Musical Revelation" award Nickelodeon .

    Diogo Breguete, Hiltinho, Lellêzinha, Pablinho and Rafael Mike are the Dream Team do Passinho. The group, which composes, sings and dance, is the whirlwind of art, style, daring and irreverence of the favela of Rio de Janeiro that installs as a manifestation of the passinho and funk in Brazilian pop. Only girl in the group, Lellêzinha is also an actress (in the air in soap operas in Globo TV) and has been named L'OréalGarnier Fructis newestspokesperson.
  • Location: Zinc Bar, 82 West 3rd Street, New York, NY 10012, United States (Google Maps) Time: 11:59 pm to 1:30 am $15 cover

    The essence of AfroCuban music is expressed in the Rumba: intoxicating polyrhythmic percussion, played on multiple drums, accompanied by call and response singing. Master percussionist Roman Diaz, the leader of the Abakuá society brought to Cuba from Calabar, West Africa, is regarded as a “living repository” of Cuba's folkoric music. As a member of the seminal Cuban rumba ensemble Yoruba Andabo, he continued the work of the legendary percussionist Pancho Quinto in creating a new definition of traditional Cuban rumba.
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  • Location: Pioneer Works, 159 Pioneer Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231, United States (Google Maps) Time: 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm Celebrating the release of the Banda's First Album
    And Mexican Independence Day.

    Tickets: http://banda.brownpapertickets.com/

    For the past twenty years, Brooklyn residents Oscar Noriega and Jacob Garchik have kept busy in the jazz and classical world – but a few years back, both Oscar and Jacob came to be obsessed with the brass band music of Sinaloa – the Mexican state now better known for El Chapo than its musical output. Oscar, the son of Mexican immigrants, felt a nostalgic connection to the music of his parents. Jacob, who had no prior knowledge of the music, first heard it on a Mexican jukebox and was isntantely fascinated by the intricate arrangements, the dexterity of the brass players and the astounding virtuosity of its sousaphone players.

    Banda de Los Muertos’ debut album is a tribute to the early years of the genre, but also a re-interpretation of the Banda tradition. The band stresses the intricacies of the original music over the more hook-driven new hits that hold favor on contemporary Mexican radio stations. Jacob and Oscar’s original arrangements have a big band flavor that relies on the precise ensemble playing – but without ever giving in to the temptation of esoteric jazz improvisation. Banda de Los Muertos plays popular music – the kind of music you’re supposed to get married and break up to.
  • Location: Zinc Bar, 82 West 3rd Street, New York, NY 10012, United States (Google Maps) Time: 8:00 pm to 9:30 pm Rare Pisco Tasting at 7 PM. Set at 8:00PM
    Tickets: $20 in Advance | $30 at the door

    "On his sharp new album, Nuevo Mundo, trumpeter Gabriel Alegría teases out affinities between modern jazz and the African-influenced coastal music of his native Peru." –The New York Times
  • Location: Madison Square Garden, 4 Pennsylvania Plaza, New York, NY 10001, United States (Google Maps) Time: 9:00 pm to 10:30 pm Price Range: $71.50 - $201.50

    In his native Dominican Republic, merengue superstar Juan Luis Guerra is considered a poet and musician of the people. He and his band 440 are much loved throughout the Latino world and he has become one of the new wave of artists responsible for revitalizing the tropical music that had been languishing during the late '80s from overplay and lack of innovation.
  • Location: Terraza 7, 40-19 Gleane Street, Queens, NY 11373, United States (Google Maps) Time: 10:00 pm to 11:30 pm CHOTA MADRE is a New York based band that brings energy through the fusion of traditional Ecuadorian Bomba from El Valle del Chota and contemporary rhythms. CHOTA MADRE keeps us aware of the cultural heritage of Ecuadorian music.

    $10 cover charge for mezzanine.
  • Location: Shrine, 2271 Adam Clayton Powell Junior Boulevard, New York, NY 10030, United States (Google Maps) Time: 10:00 pm to 12:00 am Aqua Ife is a 12-piece band led by bassist Michael Veal, playing instrumental Afrobeat-jazz inspired by Fela Anikulapo-Kuti and other greats of African music, jazz and funk.
  • Location: Silvana, 300 West 116th Street, New York, NY 10026, United States (Google Maps) Time: 10:00 pm to 12:00 am Pablo Djembe from Cote d'Ivoire is a master of the banjo, guitar, and West African drums the djembe and the doundoun. He has been performing for over 25 years around the globe at world renowned venues including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the National Theater, BAM, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Library of Congress, the United Nations, and many more alongside several esteemed musicians such as Salif Keita, Oumou Sangare, Toumani Diabate, Mamady Keita, and Soungalo Coulibaly. Since arriving in New York 16 years ago with L' Ensemble Koteba d' Abidjan, this legendary musician has found joy in sharing his West African culture with music lovers everywhere.
  • Location: DROM, 85 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009, United States (Google Maps) Time: 10:00 pm to 12:00 am Tickets $30

    Raised in The Democratic Republic of the Congo (known as Zaire at the time) with Angolan family roots, Ricardo Lemvo moved to the U.S. at age 15 to continue his education. He graduated from UCLA with a degree in political science. In 1990 he formed the band Makina Loca. The group's “seamless, organic and infectious” (Los Angeles Times) blend of Cuban and African rumba and soukous, Angolan kizomba and samba, and Cuban son and salsa has garnered them critical acclaim in the decades since. “Ricardo Lemvo blends Cuba, Congo into one soulful package,” wrote The Chicago Tribune, calling him “one of the few artists in tropical music today who is moving the genre forward."

    Isabel Novella, a stunning new Afropolitan voice from Mozambique, will open the program. Unique in style and performance, Novella has carved her own niche as an artist who straddles soul-bossa jazz, marrabenta-bossa, and up beat Afro-soul to create a sound that Novella calls “pop-world soul.”
  • Location: Shrine, 2271 Adam Clayton Powell Junior Boulevard, New York, NY 10030, United States (Google Maps) Time: 11:59 pm to 3:45 am One of NYC's finest African DJ, the best coupé decallé, hiphop & RnB, dancehall, soca, Zouk, Naija, and salsa in the city.
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  • Location: Barbès, 376 9th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11215, United States (Google Maps) Time: 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm Rick Brown and Che Chen play an idiosyncratic take on Mauritania's music, using homemade percussion and electric guitar. Their music doesn't strive to any sort of authenticity, yet conjures up the best of African desert music. It is both beautiful and hypnotic and is equally relevant performed in concert form, in a bar, or in an art gallery. Press has been very generous in its praise of the band, but our favorite is still the Paper of Records' remark that "Rick Brown's "equipment looked as if it cost no more than a pretty good sandwich." NY Times.
  • Location: Madison Square Garden, 4 Pennsylvania Plaza, New York, NY 10001, United States (Google Maps) Time: 8:00 pm to 1:00 am Price Range: $44.00 - $174.00

    Puerto Rican singer-songwriter Daddy Yankee, née Raymond Ayala, is credited with introducing reggaeton to US audiences with the international success of his 2004 album Barrio Fino. Originally popularized in Puerto Rico in the ‘90s, reggaeton combines elements of Jamaican dancehall, salsa, and rap, the resulting combination being encapsulated perfectly on Ayala’s Latin Grammy-nominated 2004 hit “Gasolina.” In 2013, Ayala released his 7th studio album King Daddy as a digital only-album, reaching the No. 1 position on iTunes on the release’s first day. Preceding King Daddy was 2011’s phenomenally successful Prestige, which peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard Latin Albums chart and earned him another Latin Grammy nomination for single “Lovumba.” Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Ayala aspired to a career in professional baseball, trying out for the Seattle Mariners before a stray bullet wound forced a lengthy recovery period that allowed him to refocus on music. On the 2013 Prestige World Tour, Daddy Yankee has been keeping ticket buyers moving with his infectious reggaeton beats and high-energy live concerts.
  • Location: Subrosa, 63 Gansevoort Street, New York, NY 10014, United States (Google Maps) Time: 8:00 pm to 9:30 pm $10

    SPANGLISH FLY is New York City’s only band dedicated to reviving and renewing the music known as Latin bugalú or boogaloo, the sound that sprang from the street corners, the transistor radios, the pool halls and the clubs of 1960s Spanish Harlem. Featuring 11 members with origins in Puerto Rico, Cuba, Mexico, the UK., Canada, “Loisaida” and Upper Manhattan, Spanglish Fly comes together to play the mixture of soul, r & b, and Latin rhythms that was born in El Barrio. The band’s live shows are explosive Latin Soul parties with packed dance floors.
  • Location: Lehman Center for the Performing Arts, 250 Bedford Park Boulevard West, Bronx, NY 10468, United States (Google Maps) Time: 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm $60, $55, $45

    Hits from the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s era.
    Featuring Machito Orchestra and the Mambo Legends
    Special guest artisit include:
    Giovanni Hidalgo – Master Percussionist
    Emilio Morales – Cuban Piano Virtuoso
    Nelson Gonzalez – Master of the Cuban Tres (Guitar)
  • Location: Amazura Night Club, NYC Arena, Queens, NY, United States (Google Maps) Time: 9:00 pm to 4:00 am General $30.00

    Woooooiiiiieeeee!!! Ragabash!! Ragashanti Birthday Bash!!
    Massive roll out fi mi birthday party. A Souls and 90s Music affair. Wid some a di best selectors.... DJ Roy, Dub Master Chris, DJ Cris Cross, Supa Fridge, DJ Elly, Glamour Wayne and Noah Powa. Straight Tun Up Sitin!!
  • Location: The Wick Brooklyn, 260 Meserole Street, Brooklyn, NY 11206, United States (Google Maps) Time: 11:00 pm to 4:00 am The NYC tropical dance party Que Bajo?! has been influential in changing the sound of NYC nightlife. Now in its 5th year, Que Bajo was one of the original homes for what is now known as Global Bass, mixing the folkloric music of Latin America and Africa with modern electronica.

    UPROOT ANDY is a Brooklyn based DJ and Producer of bass heavy and melodic dance music derived from the diverse global rhythms of immigrant New York. The sound is sharp, exciting and emotional rooted in tradition and the brand new. In 2008 Andy made a name for himself with the mixtape Guacharaca Migration, mixing the folkloric music of Latin America and Africa with modern electronic music. It was a pioneering example of what is now being called Global Bass and was named 'one of the best mixtapes of 2008' by New York Magazine. Andy's production 'Abrazame' for Los Rakas was a hit in the Latin underground 2010 and he has continued to produce remixes for Thievery Corporation, Radioclit, The Very Best, Poirier, Forro in the Dark amongst others. As a DJ, Andy has shared the stage with such artists as Major Lazer, Dave Nada, Toy Selectah, Balkan Beat Box, Bomba Estereo, Chocquibtown, Douster, Schlachthofbronx, and Radioclit. He has toured extensively in Europe and the Americas, including sets at the 2011 Carnaval de Barranquilla in Colombia and Central Park Summerstage in New York City. Andy is co-founder of the New York global bass party 'Que Bajo' which was nominated for the 2010 Paper Magazine Nightlife Award for Best Party. He is also a resident at the world famous balkan music club Mehanata Bulgarian Bar on New York's lower east side.

    GEKO JONES is a Brooklyn-based Puerto-lombian DJ/Producer and vibe springer. He is a founding member of both the New York Tropical and Que Bajo?! party franchises. He is also a partner and co-owner of the Dutty Artz record label with producer Matt Shadetek and DJ /Rupture. His mixes span the tropical hemispheres and collage together globally sonic hours of dancefloor mayhem. Renowned by top DJ's and producers of the digital cumbia scene in Latin America and European bass-pundits alike, Jones is one of the select few DJ's pushing forward the latin agenda in a world-wide tropical bass scene.

    MPeach (a.k.a. Mariana Martín Capriles) is a multidisciplinary artist born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela. Her experimental music is strongly influenced by a combination of Changa Tuki (Venezuela’s native ghetto-dance music), Afro-Caribbean beats and melodies rooted in traditional Venezuelan folk culture. She draws from a wide variety of musical inspirations, including "dembow, soukous, heavy bass, spanish reggae, hip hop, 4x4, grime, dancehall and kuduro,” making for a dynamic sound that stands all on its own.

    ZUZUKA PODEROSA is the queen warrior of her own special brand of Baile Funk: CARIOCA BASS

    DJ Comrade (Chris) was born on the East Coast, NJ, and has been spinning records since 1996. Early roots are in grounded in percussion/drum playing with local Funk bands throughout high school, until eventually the transition was made to 2 Technique 1200's and a mixer. This is when Selector I-Self for the Dancehall/Reggae soundsystem Genesis Hi-Fi born. After selecting/ mixing for Genesis Hi-Fi for roughly 10 years, he began spinning for Liberation Sound System in NYC, expanding his quest for Global Booty shakin' music, Comrade discovered Baile Funk (Funk Carioca) and has been addicted to the Brazilian Tambor swing ever since! then... XÃO PRODUCTIONS was born in July 2007, (thanks to the efforts of Kokos Kypros, Chaach, Comrade and Mc Gringo) to create a bridge straight from the Morros (hills) of Brazils Favelas, to New York and beyond. for more info, updates, etc. visit http://www.xaoproductions.com/ http://www.myspace.com/xaoproductions Tamo Juntos!

    Who Am I
    Keepin' it unreal!!!

    Dj Reaganomics began music selecting in the early eighties by making mix-tapes, using recorded songs off of Detroit radio programs. Using the pause button, a song could be stopped on the beat in mid recording and then resumed on the beat of a new song, sometimes over the course of days, and spanning many radio programs. These "pause-tapes" covered the territory between pop electronica and rap: Prince, Zapp, Cybertron, Egyptian Lover, Rockmaster Scott & the Dynamic Three. The technique was perfected and the tapes were given to friends.

    DIRTYFINGER
    ..Low End Theorist ... Ass Motivator General..

    Ushka is a Sri Lankan-born, Brooklyn-based deejay. She is one half of iBomba, one of NYC’s premiere parties for global bass music. She is also a part of the music label, Dutty Artz, a collective of deejays and producers creating sonic cultural production and events in NYC and beyond.

    DJ Beto is known across NYC and beyond for his signature blend of Future Dancehall with Dembow in-between Trini-Soca, Kuduro, Baile Funk, Merengue Cumbia and more. Beto never relies on throwbacks or classics to move bodies, instead seeking out fresh sounds and remixes, mashups & edits, creating a style all his own and destroying dancefloors with unexpected rhythms.
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  • Location: Joe's Pub, 425 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10003, United States (Google Maps) Time: 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm Ticket Price: $25.00
    Doors at 6PM
    Show at 7:30PM

    Fernanda Abreu is a Brazilian singer-songwriter. She started her career in the 80s with the successful pop-rock band Blitz. In 1990, she launched a solo career and became internationally known for translating the city of Rio de Janeiro in her songs. Fernanda does the perfect link between the city and the “favelas”, mixing disco, dance, samba, pop and funk, creating a unique beat.
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  • Location: Gramercy Theatre, 127 East 23rd Street, New York, NY 10010, United States (Google Maps) Time: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm $25-$80
  • Location: Subrosa, 63 Gansevoort Street, New York, NY 10014, United States (Google Maps) Time: 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm $12
    Sets at 8pm & 10pm

    Bronx native, Mitch Frohman, is one of the top saxophonist/flutists in the music scene. After graduating from Columbus H.S.(Bronx,N.Y. class of 1971), he went on to get his Bachelor of Music Education degree from The University of Miami(class of 1975).His versatility in different styles of music has led him to many opportunities of playing with the greatest musicians in the world (including 6 Grammy Award winning records and numerous Grammy, Latin Grammy & Billboard nominations).

    For 25 years he was the sax and flute soloist with The TITO PUENTE ORCHESTRA & LATIN-JAZZ ENSEMBLE & also was a steady member of the MONGO SANTAMARIA band for many years. Continuing that tradition, Mitch is the sax/flute soloist and co-leader of The MAMBO LEGENDS ORCHESTRA( the former all-stars of The Tito Puente Orchestra). Some of the great salsa/latin-jazz artists he has played and or recorded with are MACHITO, CELIA CRUZ, La LUPE, EDDIE & CHARLIE PALMIERI, PAQUITO D’RIVERA, CHICO O’FARRILL ORCH., MILLY/JOCELYN & LOS VECINOS(merengue), CHEO FELICIANO, JOE CUBA, AVENTURA (bachata) and many more. He has also played and or recorded with CYNDI LAUPER, PAUL SIMON, DAVID BYRNE & THE TALKING HEADS, and BLOOD,SWEAT and TEARS.
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  • Location: Subrosa, 63 Gansevoort Street, New York, NY 10014, United States (Google Maps) Time: 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm Sets at 8pm & 10pm
    $15

    David Aguilar is a celebrated songwriter from the independent music scene in Mexico. His music is largely influenced by Mexican folklore, Latin and Brazilian traditions, as well as a collage of American rock, pop and folk from the 60’s to the 90’s. David’s poetic lyrics and exquisite harmonic sensibility have earned the admiration of Jorge Drexler and Kevin Johansen, and in 2010, he won the SACM Maria Grever Award, a international honor that and fellowship for Latin American songwriters at the top of their field. In 2014, Aguilar released his album “El David Aguilar,” touring more than 30 cities in Mexico. He is now embarking on his first East Coast tour in the USA, collaborating with a band of award winning New York based musicians to present El David Aguilar for the first time in New York City.
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  • Location: Subrosa, 63 Gansevoort Street, New York, NY 10014, United States (Google Maps) Time: 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm Sets at 8pm & 10pm
    $12

    Regarded as one of New York City most sought after bass player, Yunior Terry is recognized for his big sound, versatility and contagious rhythm. As the youngest son of one of Cuba’s most gifted musical families “Los Terry’s”, Yunior followed the tradition and began his musical training at age seven, graduating in 1994 from the prestigious National School of Art (ENA) in Havana with a double major in violin and bass. Soon after graduation he joined the National Philharmonic Orchestra, performing works of Europeans and Cubans composers at the Havana’s National Theater. In 1998 Mr. Terry moved to California to attend The California Institute of Arts where he received his B.A. with honors in 2002. It was at CalArts where he continued to expand his musical horizon under Charlie Haden, Derek Oles (Poland), Rajeev Taranath (India) and Alfred Ladzekpo (Ghana) by exposing him to a wide variety of music and traditions from around the world. In 2009, Yunior Terry won the Van Lier Fellowships, awarded each year by Meet The Composer to active professionals, supporting the creation of new musical work and engagement in the community. Yunior Terry has performed with Steve Coleman, Jerry Gonzales and Fort Apache, Lila Downs, Jeff Tain Watts, Eddie Palmieri, The late Hilton Ruiz, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Steve Turre, Jane Bunnett and his borther Yosvany Terry among many others. In addition to his occupied schedule as a sidemen, Terry leads his own band “Son de Altura”, created to innovate as well as to preserver the legacy of Cuban music; releasing his first album as a leader “Mi Bajo Danzón ” published by Palo Santo Music.
  • Location: Brooklyn Bowl, 61 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11249, United States (Google Maps) Time: 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm $15.00
    DOORS: 6:00 PM / SHOW: 8:00 PM This event is 21 and over

    Derrick “Duckie” Simpson the “Gong Gong Gullie” is the founder and leader for reggae’s BLACK UHURU. Although going through numerous lead singers and musicians they have remained to be one of the most recognized and prolific reggae band for over 50 years.
  • Location: DROM, 85 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009, United States (Google Maps) Time: 9:00 pm to 10:30 pm Doors 8:30PM
    Show 9PM
    Advance Price $20
    Door Price $25

    Fanfarai offers a truely human, musical and cultural experience. These eleven musicians of various cultural backgrounds revisit, in their own ways, the tradition of festive wanderings. This original band born in 2005 and based in France, plays North African music by blending skillfully traditional percussions, brass, Arab-Berber, Afro-Cuban, Latin and Jazz sounds. From the street to the stage there is just one step for this colorful orchestra which offers a very festive and generous show. Fanfarai plunges us into a rousing and emotional musical ambience. 

Fanfarai emerged in 2005 under the direction of Samir Inal. After creating Ziyara a traditional Algerian street band in 2000 he met with musicians coming from jazz and salsa bands and decided to reconfigure with them the traditional and popular repertoire of a brass band.

    FANFARAI goes along the same line as the tradition of these street orchestras, called "Idbalen" or "Zernadjia" that animated rituals and feasts in Algeria from the beginning of the century till the 1970's. Idbalen was common in the Berber region, Algiers and its surroundings. These bands used to perform in public squares, streets and mausoleums during the feast of local saints. Inseparable from festive events, these street musicians used Tbel (drums), Ghaita (flute) and Tbilette (small drum or tambourine), Derbouka, Guellal and Kerkabou according to their region. Fanfarai combined the saxophones, congas, trumpets, trombone, drums and the tuba to these traditional instruments, readapted the repertoire for all these instruments and introduced Afro-Cuban, Salsa, Latin and jazz influences. The North African music was never played this way (with a brass band) and this is what makes Fanfarai so original and the project so successful. 


  • Location: Barbès, 376 9th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11215, United States (Google Maps) Time: 10:00 pm to 11:30 pm In the 1960's and 1970's, the government of Guinea engaged in a campaign known as Authenticité. It was a drive to create a new musical movement that would be specifically Guinean, but would include the modern wonders that were the electric guitar, the electric bass and the drumset. Musicians were given instruments and orchestras were formed. Surprisingly, the results proved mesmerizing and a myriad new bands were born. Many of them would go on to have a profound and lasting impact on African music. Mamady Kouyate was one of those pioneers. He played in various bands - his own band, Les Ambassadeurs du Mandingue, being one of them - but is probably best known as the guitarist in the classic Bembeya Jazz National. Kouyate, who now lives in NY, has reformed the Mandingo Ambassadors, updating the sound of his youth, but keeping it very close to the standard of Authenticité. The new All-Star band includes Mamady "Djelike" Kouyate, guitar, leader; Bebe Camara, vocal; Eudy Fernandez, trumpet; Oran Etkin, tenor sax, clarinet; Sylvain Leroux, flute, Fula flute, alto sax; Sam Dickey, guitar; Nick Cudahy, bass; Andy Algire, drums; Foluso Mimy, percussion. “dazzling vocal and guitar patterns over a rhythm section that is like a perfect system” Ben Ratliff, NY Times.
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  • Location: David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, 61 West 62nd Street, New York, NY 10023, United States (Google Maps) Time: 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm Roted in tradition and soaked with attitude, this London-based acoustic trio uses krar (Ethiopian lyre), kebrero drums, and vocals to serve up a colorful feast of mind-blowing Ethiopian grooves.

    Free
  • Location: (Le) Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, New York, NY 10012, United States (Google Maps) Time: 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm Doors Open:
    6:30 PM
    Show Time:
    7:30 PM

    La Santa Cecilia exemplifies the modern-day creative hybrid of Latin culture, rock, and world music. The group draws inspiration from all over the world, utilizing Pan-American rhythms like cumbia, bossa nova, rumba, bolero, tango, jazz, rock and klezmer music. Their unique sound and the experience of their colorful, passionate performance leaves fans and new listeners mesmerized. They are proud to be from the City of Angels.
  • Location: Highline Ballroom, 431 West 16th Street, New York, NY 10011, United States (Google Maps) Time: 8:00 pm to 9:30 pm Showtime @ 8:00 PM
    Doors open @ 6:00 PM
    Tickets $35 - $50

    Pavel Elías Núñez Ramírez, conocido como Pavel Núñez nace en la ciudad de Santo Domingo un dos de marzo. Dio sus primeros pasos en la música en varias agrupaciones dominicanas. Un año después de esta etapa Pavel se descubre como compositor de diversas canciones que los grupos hicieron suyas.

    - See more at: http://highlineballroom.com/show/2015/09/24/pavel-nunez/#sthash.x7q6bC8Q.dpuf
  • Location: Subrosa, 63 Gansevoort Street, New York, NY 10014, United States (Google Maps) Time: 8:00 pm to 10:30 pm Sets at 8PM and 9:30PM
    Price
    $20.00

    Celebrated Cuban percussionist Pedrito Martínez and his group (The Pedrito Martínez Group) hosts a new monthly residency at Subrosa, with performances multiple nights each month. The Pedrito Martinez Group [PMG] came together in 2005 at a Cuban restaurant in Manhattan’s Hell’s Kitchen, called Guantanamera. A scene has developed since then around the group that has attracted musicians from all over the world, including, Eric Clapton, Derek Trucks, Ruben Blades, John Scofield, Steve Gadd, Steve Winwood and Taj Mahal, to name a few.
  • Location: Meridian 23, 161 West 23rd Street, New York, NY 10011, United States (Google Maps) Time: 10:00 pm to 12:00 am Featuring DJ Cuba & DJ Dres
    Bobbito Garcia AKA Kool Bob Love

    Genre: Latin House Music
    “Is a Party that was created to feed the soul”
    Founded by DJs: Cuba, and Dres this amazing duo of talented brothers have created a one-of-a-kind party where the DJs not only spin but also play percussion. This party is reminiscent of the house parties of the 1970s where friends and family would gather spin records, dance and play instruments. They keep an open mind to allow all types of artists to display their creativity. Their selection forms a melodic mosaic of culture and roots.

    $10
  • Location: Zinc Bar, 82 West 3rd Street, New York, NY 10012, United States (Google Maps) Time: 11:59 pm to 1:30 am $15 cover

    The essence of AfroCuban music is expressed in the Rumba: intoxicating polyrhythmic percussion, played on multiple drums, accompanied by call and response singing. Master percussionist Roman Diaz, the leader of the Abakuá society brought to Cuba from Calabar, West Africa, is regarded as a “living repository” of Cuba's folkoric music. As a member of the seminal Cuban rumba ensemble Yoruba Andabo, he continued the work of the legendary percussionist Pancho Quinto in creating a new definition of traditional Cuban rumba.
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  • Location: (Le) Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, New York, NY 10012, United States (Google Maps) Time: 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm Tickets $20 in advance /$25 at the door

    “Before Fela Anikulapo Kuti, the edgiest,
    funkiest man in Nigerian pop music was Orlando Julius”
    — Afropop WorldWide

    Making his World Music Institute debut, Nigerian music legend Orlando Julius plays classic Afrobeat with a psychedelic twist, constantly pushing musical boundaries. Julius is one of the original Afrobeat pioneers, predating even Fela Kuti. Starting in the '60s, he brought together traditional African sounds and rhythms with American pop, soul, and R&B. He spent many years in the United States collaborating with Lamont Dozier, the Crusaders, and Hugh Masekela, and his voice has been an essential part of the invention, development, and popularization of Afro-pop. Julius recently released a widely praised album Jaiyede Afro, which The Guardian called a “rousing new set” and which WMI's Par Neiburger calls "One of the best Afrobeat albums I've ever heard." This year also marks the 50th anniversary of his 1966 release, Super Afro Soul, which made him a national celebrity in Nigeria. The record's dramatic, highly melodic incorporation of soul, pop, and funk was ahead of its time, and arguably shaped the funk movement that swept over the United States in subsequent years.

    The evening's opening act is Brooklyn-based Underground System (Global/Local artist). The culturally eclectic 11-member band, led by founder Peter Matson and Venezuelan-born front-woman Domenica Fossati, puts a New York spin on classic West African pop sound, inspired by Fela Kuti and a raw, uninhibited energy.
  • Location: Iridium, 1650 Broadway, New York, NY 10019, United States (Google Maps) Time: 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm $35
    Sets at 8PM and 10PM

    When Vieux Farka Touré (Niafunke, Mali) and Julia Easterlin (Augusta, USA)met for the first time for an impromptu studio session as Vieux passed through New York in the summer of 2014, something divine happened, transcending what each was capable of on their own. Thus their collaboration was born and an entire album project entitled TOURISTES conceived; to examine their respective musical roots and passions together and transform what they find into something entirely new and unique. Both inspired performers on their own, together Vieux and Julia prove themselves kindred spirits in moments of pure beauty, joy, melancholy and magic. They create music equal parts modern and ancient, haunting and playful, subtle and visceral.

    - See more at: http://theiridium.com/events/4800/vieux-farka-tour%c3%a9-julia-easterlin-present-touristes-30-general-admission-45-preferred-seating/#sthash.tlqmvqhj.dpuf
  • Location: Subrosa, 63 Gansevoort Street, New York, NY 10014, United States (Google Maps) Time: 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm $20
    Sets at 8 & 10

    Celebrated Cuban percussionist Pedrito Martínez and his group (The Pedrito Martínez Group) hosts a new monthly residency at Subrosa, with performances multiple nights each month.
  • Location: Zinc Bar, 82 West 3rd Street, New York, NY 10012, United States (Google Maps) Time: 8:30 pm to 11:30 pm Sets at 8:30 PM and 10:30 PM
    Tickets: $20 in Advance (online only) | $30 at the door

    Explosive festejos and introspective landós are the cornerstones of the Afro-Peruvian Jazz Orchestra (APJO). New York is a city that simmers with Big Bands and in this environment the APJO contributes a noticeably new sound dedicated to exploring the music of Coastal Perú in a jazz context. The orchestra’s founder is saxophonist Laura Andrea Leguía.
  • Location: Shrine, 2271 Adam Clayton Powell Junior Boulevard, New York, NY 10030, United States (Google Maps) Time: 11:59 pm to 3:45 am One of NYC's finest African DJ, the best coupé decallé, hiphop & RnB, dancehall, soca, Zouk, Naija, and salsa in the city.
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  • Location: Barbès, 376 9th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11215, United States (Google Maps) Time: 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm Rick Brown and Che Chen play an idiosyncratic take on Mauritania's music, using homemade percussion and electric guitar. Their music doesn't strive to any sort of authenticity, yet conjures up the best of African desert music. It is both beautiful and hypnotic and is equally relevant performed in concert form, in a bar, or in an art gallery. Press has been very generous in its praise of the band, but our favorite is still the Paper of Records' remark that "Rick Brown's "equipment looked as if it cost no more than a pretty good sandwich." NY Times.
  • Location: Silvana, 300 West 116th Street, New York, NY 10026, United States (Google Maps) Time: 10:00 pm to 12:00 am Born into a Griot family in Segou, Mali, West Africa, Makane Kouyate has been playing the drums since he was five years old. As a young man, Makane worked for several years with Ballet National of Mali, and at 14 began traveling and performing throughout West Africa as lead drummer with the group Super Biton. He has performed with artists such as Selif Keita, singer and guitarist, Habib Koite’and Sadjo Kouyate,’ Mamadou Diabate ensemble, Manding Jata, Sidiki Conde’dance company, and with his brother, the renown balafone player Balla Kouyate. Makane currently resides in New York and performs across the country at numerous clubs and festivals.
  • Location: Terraza 7, 40-19 Gleane Street, Queens, NY 11373, United States (Google Maps) Time: 10:30 pm to 12:00 am With some of the finest Colombian musicians in the United States, Ronald Polo(vocalist/composer/gaitero) and Morris Cañate (master folkloric percussionist) join their talents to lead and ensemble rich of musical traditions of their ancestors; the afro-descendants of Colombia’s Caribbean coast. With the strong mesmerizing beats, this music goes into your system like a dose of pure, sincere and contagious energy! Terraza literally catches in flames when Rebolú is on stage. Join us this Saturday for a fantastic time!

    $7 cover charge for mezzanine
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  • Location: Silvana, 300 West 116th Street, New York, NY 10026, United States (Google Maps) Time: 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm Assanhoun Brass Band brings together brass band traditions from New Orleans and West Africa, creating a funky concoction that shifts and broils as musical cultures merge, divide, dispute, and reunite. Led by trombonist Sarah Politz, a Boston native, Assanhoun is a fraternity of second-line inclined individuals who use their music for the purposes of cross-cultural communication. Politz grew up with New Orleans second-line music, learning old R&B and brass band repertoire from her father, a pianist born in Southwest Louisiana. After studying jazz at Oberlin Conservatory, she began researching West African music in Benin, and where she conducted several years of doctoral fieldwork in ethnomusicology before relocating to New York City. “Assanhoun” is a Fon word which refers to the groove-keeping instruments in Benin's traditional percussion music.
  • 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: Subrosa, 63 Gansevoort Street, New York, NY 10014, United States (Google Maps) Time: 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm Grammy Nominee Ariacne Trujillo was born in Havana, Cuba. She began her career as a child prodigy concert pianist. Blessed with perfect pitch, she was able to graduate with honors from Cuba’s hyper-competitive ISA conservatory while working as a singer and dancer at the legendary Cabaret Tropicana. Since arriving in New York City in 2002, Ariacne has performed or recorded with Paul Simon, Paquito D’ Rivera, Wynton Marsalis, Danny Rivera, Jonny Pacheco, John Scofield, Brian Lynch, Esperanza Spalding and Savion Glover. The most recent and significant collaboration of her career is her contribution to the Pedrito Martinez Group.

    Sets at 8pm & 10pm
    $12
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  • Location: Dizzy's Club Coca Cola, 10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019, United States (Google Maps) Time: 9:30 pm to 11:00 pm A regular favorite at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, drummer and percussionist Joe Saylor is a member of Jon Batiste’s groundbreaking Stay Human Band, and he has worked with top artists ranging from Wynton Marsalis to Questlove. Saylor also regularly plays with many of the most gifted and promising young jazz musicians, and for Generations in Jazz he’s bringing eight of those musicians back for a second performance of his smash hit Crescent City Samba. This unique musical experience celebrates the intersections of New Orleans music and the music of Brazil, blending Samba, Choro, and other Brazilian rhythms with the music that America birthed in the early 20th century. This upbeat music and vibrant group of musicians never fails to get audiences grooving with them.

    $35
  • Location: Barbès, 376 9th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11215, United States (Google Maps) Time: 10:00 pm to 11:30 pm In the 1960's and 1970's, the government of Guinea engaged in a campaign known as Authenticité. It was a drive to create a new musical movement that would be specifically Guinean, but would include the modern wonders that were the electric guitar, the electric bass and the drumset. Musicians were given instruments and orchestras were formed. Surprisingly, the results proved mesmerizing and a myriad new bands were born. Many of them would go on to have a profound and lasting impact on African music. Mamady Kouyate was one of those pioneers. He played in various bands - his own band, Les Ambassadeurs du Mandingue, being one of them - but is probably best known as the guitarist in the classic Bembeya Jazz National. Kouyate, who now lives in NY, has reformed the Mandingo Ambassadors, updating the sound of his youth, but keeping it very close to the standard of Authenticité. The new All-Star band includes Mamady "Djelike" Kouyate, guitar, leader; Bebe Camara, vocal; Eudy Fernandez, trumpet; Oran Etkin, tenor sax, clarinet; Sylvain Leroux, flute, Fula flute, alto sax; Sam Dickey, guitar; Nick Cudahy, bass; Andy Algire, drums; Foluso Mimy, percussion. “dazzling vocal and guitar patterns over a rhythm section that is like a perfect system” Ben Ratliff, NY Times.