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  • blog November 2, 2016

    Photo Essay: Sauti Sol, Jojo Abot and Vanessa Mdee in Concert

    East and West Africa met at the Highline Ballroom on Oct. 30 for a vibrant set from singers Vanessa Mdee and Jojo Abot–from Tanzania and Ghana, respectively–and Kenyan superstars Sauti Sol. The house was overflowing with ecstatic fans and positive energy that … Read more »

  • blog December 7, 2015

    Je Suis Soul! A Tribute to African Soul and Jazz

    “Je Suis Soul! A Tribute to African Soul and Jazz” presented a celebration of unity by highlighting the crosscurrents of African, French and American soul at the music’s New York home, the Apollo Theater. The Dec. 5 concert, featuring Manu … Read more »

  • botb December 4, 2015

    Best of The Beat on Afropop: Manu Dibango

    It’s not easy to encapsulate Manu Dibango’s massive career in a few lines. This extravagantly gifted Cameroon-born musician’s musician encompasses jazz, funk, soul, and African styles from all over the map, not to mention a dalliance with “Reggae Makossa,” recorded … Read more »

  • blog October 7, 2015

    In Conversation With Orlando Julius

    Nigerian Afrobeat legend Orlando Julius, a.k.a. O.J. Ekemode, had a U.S. tour last month, making a stop in New York at Le Poisson Rouge on Sept. 25, which we covered here. Prior to the show and just after soundcheck, Afropop … Read more »

  • blog September 29, 2015

    Orlando Julius Live at Le Poisson Rouge

    Friday, Sept. 25 was a jubilant evening at Le Poisson Rouge in NYC. Nigeria’s Afrobeat legend Orlando Julius, AKA O.J. Ekemode, was in town and he came with his band, the Afro Soundz, in tow. They hadn’t played together in … Read more »

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