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December  2016
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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 Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 5th Ave, New York, NY 10028, USA (Google Maps) Time: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
  • Location: Joe's Pub, 425 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10003, USA (Google Maps) Time: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm A modern jazz opera based on the extraordinary life of South African singer and political activist Miriam Makeba.
  • Location: Shrine, 2271 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd, New York, NY 10030, USA (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: 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: Bronx Library Center | 310 East Kingsbridge Road (at Briggs Avenue) | Bronx (Google Maps) Time: 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm The acoustic duo of Uganda-born Kinobe and Democratic Republic of the Congo native Jaja makes music that celebrates community and family. With heartfelt vocals and a unique collection of African instruments, Kinobe and Jaja draw on the traditions of their homelands, and offer musical meditations on peace, justice, the environment, family, and friendship.
  • Location: Joe's Pub, 425 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10003, USA (Google Maps) Time: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm A modern jazz opera based on the extraordinary life of South African singer and political activist Miriam Makeba.
  • Location: Silvana, 300 W 116th St, New York, NY 10026, USA (Google Maps) Time: 10:00 pm to 12:00 am Kitoko Groove's member have developed a strong connection both as friends and musicians that is conveyed in their music.. and it's contagious !! Come experience the best music, direct from Kinshasa!
  • Location: Blue Note, 131 W 3rd St, New York, NY 10012, USA (Google Maps) Time: 11:59 pm to 12:59 am Phony Ppl either crash-landed from the past or the future: critics and fans can't decide. Since throwing warehouse shows around New York in 2011, the five Brooklyn natives have tossed together vintage astral funk, soulful complex R&B, and dusted-out hip-hop which evokes a newfound genre-less form of music originating in the basement of a Bedford-Stuyvesant home studio where the band begin making music together in high school. Co-founded by lead vocalist Elbee Thrie and keyboardist Aja Grant, whose brother Bari is the bassist, the band self-released hits like "Why iii Love the Moon" which is featured in EA Sports' NBA Live 16 and "End of the Night," and was praised by none other than Tyler the Creator as one of his favorite songs of 2016.

    The dynamic quintet also features Elijah Rawk on guitar and drummer Matthew Byas. Together they have been direct support on tours with like-minded experimental performers Theophilus London, Erykah Badu and The Roots. Their most recent effort, 2015's "Yesterday's Tomorrow" gained rotation on BBC1 and Odd Future Radio, and the L.A. Times applauded it's "meteoric rise" via social media, with the album peaking at #6 on the iTunes R&B chart. The band is releasing a new, and as of now untitled, follow up LP in 2017
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  • Location: Blue Note, 131 W 3rd St, New York, NY 10012, USA (Google Maps) Time: 11:59 pm to 12:59 am Phony Ppl either crash-landed from the past or the future: critics and fans can't decide. Since throwing warehouse shows around New York in 2011, the five Brooklyn natives have tossed together vintage astral funk, soulful complex R&B, and dusted-out hip-hop which evokes a newfound genre-less form of music originating in the basement of a Bedford-Stuyvesant home studio where the band begin making music together in high school. Co-founded by lead vocalist Elbee Thrie and keyboardist Aja Grant, whose brother Bari is the bassist, the band self-released hits like "Why iii Love the Moon" which is featured in EA Sports' NBA Live 16 and "End of the Night," and was praised by none other than Tyler the Creator as one of his favorite songs of 2016.

    The dynamic quintet also features Elijah Rawk on guitar and drummer Matthew Byas. Together they have been direct support on tours with like-minded experimental performers Theophilus London, Erykah Badu and The Roots. Their most recent effort, 2015's "Yesterday's Tomorrow" gained rotation on BBC1 and Odd Future Radio, and the L.A. Times applauded it's "meteoric rise" via social media, with the album peaking at #6 on the iTunes R&B chart. The band is releasing a new, and as of now untitled, follow up LP in 2017
  • Location: Joe's Pub, 425 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10003, USA (Google Maps) Time: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm A modern jazz opera based on the extraordinary life of South African singer and political activist Miriam Makeba.
  • Location: Shrine, 2271 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd, New York, NY 10030, USA (Google Maps) Time: 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm The Shrine Big Band is a 15-piece big band, with three trumpets, three trombones, four saxes, flute, piano, guitar, bass, and drums. Come and experience the experimental and hard-swinging sounds every first Sunday of the month from 8pm-11pm!
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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: 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: 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.
  • Location: Shrine, 2271 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd, New York, NY 10030, USA (Google Maps) Time: 10:00 pm to 12:00 am The Yam Session is New York's Afro-Collective jam session led by a house band composed of members of NYC's top African bands. Drawing on traditional roots music, reviving old-school jams and reworking contemporary hits as a bed for musical interaction and improvisation, the Yam Session makes space for NYC's African music community to come together, create, and shine. Each session also features a special invited guest performing original music, and an open Afro-style jam.
    This is an open jam session, all musicians, dancers, singers, and other artists are invited.
  • Location: Shrine, 2271 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd, New York, NY 10030, USA (Google Maps) Time: 10:00 pm to 12:00 am Yam Session is a new Afro Jam, led by the musicians from the top African bands in NYC, jamming on roots, old-school classics and contemporary hits in an Afro style! Every third thursday at Shrine. Everyone is invited! Special guests each session.
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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: 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: 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: 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: 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.