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Baaba Maal Acoustic: Live in NYC

Sensational Senegalese singer Baaba Maal has toured the world for nearly 30 years backed by his electric group, Daande Lenol. At times he has performed as an acoustic duo with his longtime musical partner, Mansour Seck, on guitars and vocals. … Read more »

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    Salvadora Robot

    In their latest adventure, Salvadora Robot, The Meridian Brothers’ signature skewed sound has evolved into a complex futuristic cosmos. Galaxies collide and merge in this overwhelming burst of rhythm and electronic infused cumbia. Not that we would expect anything less. Masterminded … Read more »

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    Siriá

    Slavery was legal in Brazil for almost 400 years. From the early 1500s until the practice was abolished there in 1888, some 4.5 million African men and women were shipped across the Atlantic to Portuguese settlements in the Amazon, where … Read more »

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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 »

Salvadora Robot

In their latest adventure, Salvadora Robot, The Meridian Brothers’ signature skewed sound has evolved into a complex futuristic cosmos. Galaxies collide and merge in this overwhelming burst of rhythm and electronic infused cumbia. Not that we would expect anything less. Masterminded … Read more »

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  • Wed Aug 27

    Location: SOB's, 204 Varick St, New York, NY, United States (Google Maps)

    Time: 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm

    $20 General Admission (age 21+)

    THE BEST PERFORMERS OF GUADELOUPE
    CARNIVAL WITH MAS KA KLE GROUP
    PLUS ” ZOUK AND THE GANG ”
    BE READY FOR THE PARTY OF THE YEAR

    Mas Ka Klé

    Founded in 1999, Le Mas Ka Kle Group is committed from its inception to the defense, development, conservation of heritage and culture through Guadeloupéenne: learning and musical production based on the operation of a traditional family, development of “Lakou” historic Site witnessed a complex and contrasting story where once refuge runaway slaves and where the music was born Saint-Jean.

    Music Mas Ka Kle Group based on the traditional percussion of Guadeloupe. It includes the Gwo Ka cornerstone of the Guadeloupean culture and music Mokafa, better known under the name of St. John, who tumbled down the pace of “Mas” during the carnival period. To develop sound Mas Ka Kle, these rhythms were spicy other musical flavors such as reggae and merengue.

    While maintaining their authenticity, musical approach provides openness to other perspectives with input from other sounds and other conventional instruments.

    Zouk & The Gang

    Gathered around an ambitious joint project Artists Group ” Zouk & the Gang” have decided to revisit the highest standards of music ” ZOUK ” , giving them a new life and to experience contemporary music without complex and the same energies .

    Forts of many individual experiences, these artists mature their art, also make contributions to the repertoire of Caribbean music unpublished . Their benefits ” live” by both the finesse and passion that the eclecticism of their individual musical experience , which give this particular emotion that conveys or gives love.

    Love of communion , Love of trade, Love sharing , Love of music, The Love of Art.

    These energies are natural components of common essence : The Zouk .

    Resulting human and musical history of each , the new page is an invitation to travel in ” Class ” Zouk , open to the world and to conquer the world.

  • Wed Aug 27

    Location: Barbes (Google Maps)

    Time: 10:00 pm to 11:00 pm

    THE MANDINGO AMBASSADORS. Every Wednesday
    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 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 includ es Ismael Kouyate - vocals; Mamady Kourouma - guitar; Oran Etkin - tenor sax & clarinets; Sylvain Leroux - flute, tambin and alto sax; Andy Algire - drums; Nick Cudahy - bass and Mamady Kouyate - guitar. “dazzling vocal and guitar patterns over a rhythm section that is like a perfect system” Ben Ratliff, NY Times.

  • Thu Aug 28

    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 Aug 29

    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

  • Fri Aug 29

    Location: SOB's, 204 Varick St, New York, NY, United States (Google Maps)

    Time: 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm

    Ladies FREE before 7PM
    Gentlemen $10 before 7PM
    Dinner Reservations FREE before 7PM