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Proving the Bubu Myth: Janka Nabay, War and Witchcraft in Sierra Leone

Every year on Sierra Leone’s Independence Day in late April, musicians and revelers descend upon Freetown from throughout the country. Parades and celebrations traverse the city, joining diverse neighborhoods with processional music, including one particular local style called bubu, a … Read more »

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Blog Lincoln Center Out of Doors: An Interview With Bill Bragin
interview Mystic in It: Janka Nabay and the Bubu Life
Blog (Re)-Introducing the Afropop Podcast
Blog Field Report: Montreal Jazz Festival 2014
contest Mahmoud Ahmed Ticket Giveaway!

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    New Music From Mande America: “Benyoro” and “The Great Peace” ,

    The U.S. continues to produce bands composed of West Africans and Americans performing electric music at ever mounting levels of proficiency and musicality. Two particularly impressive examples—Benyoro out of New York City, and Diali Cissokho and Kaira Ba out of … Read more »

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    Three From the Congo! ,,

    Three new CD releases attest to the ongoing vitality and diversity of contemporary music connected with the Democratic Republic of Congo.  These releases—one by expatriates in Paris, one by a U.S.-based singer/bandleader skilled in fusing Congolese and Latin music, and … Read more »

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    Frikstailers: Crop Circles

    Frikstailers, the Argentine DJ duo Rafa Caivano and Lisandro Sona, have once again proven their title as the “indisputable galactic emperors of tropical futurism.”  Their new EP Crop Circles demonstrates the ways in which cumbia has transformed itself to meet … Read more »

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    No Discount

    Drummer and California native Charles Ferguson founded Zongo Junction in 2009, inspired by the West African rhythms he had been exposed to during a six-month stay in Ghana the previous year. Upon returning to Brooklyn, he rallied his musical peers, … Read more »

New Music From Mande America: “Benyoro” and “The Great Peace” ,

The U.S. continues to produce bands composed of West Africans and Americans performing electric music at ever mounting levels of proficiency and musicality. Two particularly impressive examples—Benyoro out of New York City, and Diali Cissokho and Kaira Ba out of … Read more »

NYC Events »

  • Thu Jul 24

    Location: Zinc Bar, West 3rd Street, New York, NY, 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.

    The orchestra’s repertoire centers on Leguía’s compositions and arrangements. The orchestra is conducted by Dr. Gabriel Alegría and features master percussionist Freddy “Huevito” Lobatón and Afro-Peruvian guitarist Yuri Juárez. The fusion of Afro-Peruvian folklore and modern orchestration gives audiences a new sound: one that is at once African, Andean and American.

  • Thu Jul 24

    Location: DROM, Avenue A, New York, NY, United States (Google Maps)

    Time: 10:30 pm to 1:30 am

    Doors 10PM
    Show 10:30PM
    Advance Price $10/ $20 VIP seating and a free download
    Door Price $15

    Chiwoniso Maraire was arguably one of Zimbabwe’s most influential female musicians, an internationally acclaimed vocalist and exponent of the mbira, Zimbabwe’s traditional thumb-piano. Chiwoniso was a role model to many young female Zimbabwean artists, who were inspired by her strength in a male dominated music culture. Chiwoniso used her voice to speak out against the injustices of politics and society, and had the ability to captivate an audience with her powerful voice. On July 24, 2013, at the age of 37, she passed away after a short illness. In addition to leaving a legacy of music in her wake, Chiwoniso was the loving mother of two daughters and a loving personality that touched many who had the fortune to cross her path.

    Max Wild (also known by his moniker MOA), performed extensively with Chiwoniso from 2010-2012, with tours throughout Europe, Africa, and North America. Chiwoniso appeared on Wild’s 2010 release ‘Tamba’ and in December 2011 the two collaborated on what was to become their last recording together, the single entitled ‘Dance Tonight’, to be released in August 2014.

    Tonight marks the one-year anniversary of Chiwoniso’s passing. Performing at Drom, where Chiwoniso and Wild performed a sold-out show in 2010, MOA and some of the musicians that accompanied Chiwoniso on her musical journey come together to celebrate her spirit and legacy. The earnings of tonight’s performance will go towards a fund for Chiwoniso’s two daughters Chengeto and Chiedza. Any additional donations will be accepted with gratitude.

  • Thu Jul 24

    Location: Zinc Bar, West 3rd Street, New York, NY, United States (Google Maps)

    Time: 11:59 pm to 2:00 am

    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.

    Román Díaz left Cuba in 1999 to come to New York City. Since then he has been featured alongside Orlando “Puntilla” Rios in the critically acclaimed documentary Calle 54, and in ‘Dame La Mano’ the film that documents the life and times of Union City’s Esquina Habanera, the Grammy-nominated rumba ensemble Raíces Habanera and their followers.

    His mastery of the batá drum is present on countless recordings along with his rock solid groove on congas. He has always been sought after for his artistic sensibility, charisma and signature sound. As a producer, he has brought together some of the finest interpreters of Rumba from the island as documented on the CD, Wemilere. In the U.S., Diaz has collaborated with many musicians including the New Orleans jazz great Donald Harrison, Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez, Paquito D’Rivera, Juan-Carlos Formell, Oriando “Puntilla” Rios and AfroHORN.

  • Fri Jul 25

    Location: Prospect Park Bandshell, West Drive, Brooklyn, NY, United States (Google Maps)

    Time: 10:00 am to 11:00 am

    FREE
    Doors open at 6:30pm.
    Music & Movies

    20 years ago, South Africa’s apartheid regime fell. To mark the occasion, Celebrate Brooklyn! presents a rare screening of AMANDLA: A REVOLUTION IN FOUR-PART HARMONY (2002), an extraordinary documentary featuring Miriam Makeba, Abdullah Ibrahim, Hugh Masekela, and many others that examines the role music played in the forging of the modern nation. The film takes its name from the Zulu and Xhosa word for “power.” Lee Hirsch, who directed and co-produced Amandla!, also produced the soundtrack, a collection of South African “freedom songs.” The album was executive produced by Dave Matthews and released on his label ATO Records.

    The composer NEO MUYANGA has created an eclectic body of work and a carved out a unique career as one of South Africa’s most original musicians. Born in Soweto, he studied the madrigal tradition in Trieste, Italy, before forming the acoustic pop duo BLK Sonshine with Masauko Chipembere in the 1990s. He went on to write musical theater, chorus songs, and works for chamber and large ensemble—including the operetta The Flower of Shembe, which premiered in 2012. His set here will include his score to South African artist WILLIAM KENTRIDGE’s short film Second-hand Reading (2013), performed live with projection.

  • Fri Jul 25

    Location: Zinc Bar, West 3rd Street, New York, NY, United States (Google Maps)

    Time: 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm

    “The Afro-Peruvian Sextet is writing a new chapter in the history of Latin Jazz” --Rifftides
    “Trumpeter Gabriel Alegria stands poised to introduce Afro-Peruvian Jazz to the world.” –All About Jazz
    “deeply funky 12/8 rhythm!” –Hartford Advocate