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May  2016
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  • Location: B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, 237 W 42nd St, New York, NY 10036, United States (Google Maps) Time: 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm The Reigning King of Reggae, BUNNY WAILER's first NYC show in over 25 Years!!!
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  • Location: Brooklyn Bowl, 61 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249, United States (Google Maps) Time: 12:00 am to 1:00 am
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  • Location: Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Malcolm X Blvd, New York, NY 10037, United States (Google Maps) Time: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm Malian singer-songwriter Fatoumata Diawara combines traditional Wassoulou music and dance from her ancestral home in Mali with elements of pop, jazz, and funk. Also a celebrated actress, Diawara has collaborated with such luminaries as Herbie Hancock, Damon Albarn, and Cheikh Lô, and has impressed audiences around the world with her radiant voice, infectious Afro-pop sound, and original songs that range in theme from politics to empowerment and love.
  • 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: Zinc Bar, 82 W 3rd St, New York, NY 10012, United States (Google Maps) Time: 12:00 am to 1:00 am 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: The Auditorium, Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall 66 West 12th Street, New York, NY (Google Maps) Time: 7:00 am to 8:00 am Please join us for KONBIT! Some of New York's finest Haitian dancers, singers, and drummers team up with students in the Spring 2016 Global Voices course (Haitian Rara in New York) at The New School's Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts to present traditional Haitian music and rara dance, with choreographer/dance educator/dancer Peniel Guerrier (director of Tamboula d'Haiti and the annual Kriye Bode NYC Haitian Dance Symposium), the Asòtò band featuring Haitian Vodou singer Sirene Dantor, and KONGO Haitian Roots Music directed by Oneza Lafontant. Rara is a traditional form of processional music and dance, rooted in Vodou, and associated with the Lenten season in Haiti, as well as with collective work ("konbit"), activism, and protest. Admission is free!
  • Location: BRIC, 647 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11217, United States (Google Maps) Time: 8:00 am to 9:00 am
  • Location: B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, 237 W 42nd St, New York, NY 10036, United States (Google Maps) Time: 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm THE AFRO-CUBAN ALL-STARS (ACAS) is a unique orchestra; devoted to promoting the complete story of Cuban music. With each show the orchestra exposes Cuba’s rich musical history interpreting all of its musical genres. Since their inception, many of the Afro Cuban All Stars’ musicians have become international super stars, including the brilliant performers Ruben Gonzalez, Guillermo Rubalcava, and Manuel "The Guajiro" Mirabal.
  • Location: BRIC, 647 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11217, United States (Google Maps) Time: 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm LAKOU MIZIK, a collective of Haitian musicians who are bringing new life to Haitian roots music with legends like master drummer Sanba Zao, and young stars like Steeve Valcourt and Jonas Attis. A thrilling, genre blending musical experience that is as hard to define as it is easy to love - African, French, Caribbean and American influences collide with stirring rhythms of Haitian vodou drumming, the french café lilt of the accordion and the joyful percussive punctuation of the Rara horns.
  • 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: 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.
  • Location: Queens Library at Flushing, 41-17 Main St, Flushing, NY 11355, United States (Google Maps) Time: 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm The Golden voice of Mali.
  • Location: (Le) Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10012, United States (Google Maps) Time: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm The band’s debut album is intent on dismantling the ideas western listeners have about popularized Tuareg music. This new wave of Tuareg musicians sound very different to the desert distortion that accompanies groups like Mdou Moctar or Group Inerane. Instead, it finds a calm and passionate soul, provides sumptuous slow burners, and a complexity of composition that hasn’t been demonstrated by previous music exported from the Saharan people’s musical repertoire.
  • Location: Rockwood Music Hall Stage 3, 185 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002, United States (Google Maps) Time: 10:00 pm to 11:00 pm Osei Korankye is one of the very last remaining seperewa musicians in Ghana. The seperewa is an Akan harp, a forgotten cousin of the Sahel's kora or ngoni. For centuries it was the melodic backbone to Ashanti and more generally Akan music, one of the key ingredients of highlife, but in the 20th century it was practically wiped out of Ghana by guitars coming from the coast. For this rare event, Osei will be joined by Colter Harper (guitar, percussion), Jeff Berman (percussion, dulcimer), and Lucas Ashby (percussion, cello) for a set of West African music.
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  • Location: (Google Maps) Time: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm GHANA SEPEREWA.
    Ghanaian master musician Osei John is one of the very last remaining seperewa musicians in Ghana. The seperewa is an Akan harp, a forgotten cousin of the Sahel's kora or ngoni. For centuries it was the melodic backbone to Ashanti and more generally Akan music, one of the key ingredients of highlife, but in the 20th century it was practically wiped out of Ghana by guitars coming from the coast. Osei will be joined by Colter Harper (guitar, percussion), Jeff Berman (percussion, dulcimer), and Lucas Ashby (percussion, cello) for a set of West African music This event is in support of the record recently released by Akwaaba Music.
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  • Location: Webster Hall, 10038,, 125 E 11th St, New York, NY 10003, United States (Google Maps) Time: 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm
  • 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: Zinc Bar, 82 W 3rd St, New York, NY 10012, United States (Google Maps) Time: 12:00 am to 1:00 am 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: 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: 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: Brooklyn Bowl, 61 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249, United States (Google Maps) Time: 12:00 am to 1:00 am
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  • Location: Brooklyn Bowl, 61 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249, United States (Google Maps) Time: 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm
  • 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: Zinc Bar, 82 W 3rd St, New York, NY 10012, United States (Google Maps) Time: 12:00 am to 1:00 am 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: C'mon Everybody, 325 Franklin Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238, United States (Google Maps) Time: 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm So much more than just another hip-hop outfit, Bajah + the Dry Eye Crew have been likened to another band renowned internationally for speaking out against political and social injustices: U2. In Sierra Leone, now emerging from the throes of a brutal 10-year civil war, Bajah + the Dry Eye Crew are hailed as "the voice of the voiceless," speaking truths on behalf of those people who have no political power, spreading messages of peace and reconciliation, outing corrupt politicians, and inspiring the disenfranchised youth to pursue their dreams. "We always speak about real stuff, like the suffering, what is going on," says the group's frontman, Bajah. "So most of the youth, the fans, are going crazy over it, because they think it's the reality— that's how it is. So they show mad love at times."
  • Location: BAM Peter Jay Sharp Building, 30 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217, United States (Google Maps) Time: 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm The Dakar-born singer and composer returns to BAM for two evenings with his longtime band, the Super Étoile, and a tribute to Senegalese drummer Doudou N'Diaye Rose, who passed away last year.
  • 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: 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.
  • Location: BAM Peter Jay Sharp Building, 30 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217, United States (Google Maps) Time: 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm The Dakar-born singer and composer returns to BAM for two evenings with his longtime band, the Super Étoile, and a tribute to Senegalese drummer Doudou N'Diaye Rose, who passed away last year.
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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: Zinc Bar, 82 W 3rd St, New York, NY 10012, United States (Google Maps) Time: 12:00 am to 1:00 am 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: BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, 30 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217, United States (Google Maps) Time: 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm The nation’s largest festival dedicated to African dance returns for its 39th year, bringing together performance, art, film, and an array of community events for an exhilarating celebration of culture from Africa and its diaspora.
  • 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."
  • 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: 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."
  • 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.
  • Location: C'mon Everybody, 325 Franklin Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238, United States (Google Maps) Time: 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm Celebrating Black and Brown People in Dance and Electronic Music.
  • Location: BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, 30 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217, United States (Google Maps) Time: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm The nation’s largest festival dedicated to African dance returns for its 39th year, bringing together performance, art, film, and an array of community events for an exhilarating celebration of culture from Africa and its diaspora.
  • Location: BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, 30 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217, United States (Google Maps) Time: 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm The nation’s largest festival dedicated to African dance returns for its 39th year, bringing together performance, art, film, and an array of community events for an exhilarating celebration of culture from Africa and its diaspora.
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  • Location: BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, 30 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217, United States (Google Maps) Time: 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm The nation’s largest festival dedicated to African dance returns for its 39th year, bringing together performance, art, film, and an array of community events for an exhilarating celebration of culture from Africa and its diaspora.
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  • Location: BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, 30 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217, United States (Google Maps) Time: 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm The nation’s largest festival dedicated to African dance returns for its 39th year, bringing together performance, art, film, and an array of community events for an exhilarating celebration of culture from Africa and its diaspora.
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