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What do you get when you combine Congolese rapper Baloji, Lebanese pop star Yasmine Hamdan, Jamaican guitarist Brushy One-String, and Mauritanian vocal powerhouse Noura Mint Seymali? This year’s jaw-dropping Globalfest. What do you get when you combine live recordings of … Read more »

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Contest Win Tickets to See Baloji Live on April 17!

Reviews »

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    Now

    Bibi Tanga’s latest album, Now, will surely come as a pleasant surprise for some who haven’t been clued in to Tanga’s career up to this point, while those who have been paying attention won’t be disappointed one bit. Now is … Read more »

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    Food For Thought

    The Finger Lakes region of upstate New York is not generally known for producing great Afrobeat or roots reggae bands. However, there are several little-known, high-quality examples, and they hang tight together: Reggae band Mosaic Foundation, and their Afrobeat/Afro-reggae side project … Read more »

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    Ya Nass

    Yasmine Hamdan’s music has never been tied down by time or place. Soapkills, the band she led with her then-husband, built from the blueprint of American and British alternative music of the ’90s to create a unique style that was well … Read more »

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    Ibibio Sound Machine

    Ibibio Sound Machine’s debut album sounds like the best parts of about half a dozen different genres from the 70s and 80s,  all combined with an up-to-date electronic production approach, and the warm voice of the seriously stylin’ Eno Williams. … Read more »

Now

Bibi Tanga’s latest album, Now, will surely come as a pleasant surprise for some who haven’t been clued in to Tanga’s career up to this point, while those who have been paying attention won’t be disappointed one bit. Now is … Read more »

NYC Events »

  • Thu Apr 17

    Location: B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, New York, NY, United States (Google Maps)

    Time: 7:00 pm to 3:00 am

    DJ Alex Carioca spinning Brazilian music (Samba, Pagode, Forro, Sertanejo, Axe) and Dance music starting @ 7pm

    Samba & Forro dance lessons by Cookie @ 8pm

  • Thu Apr 17

    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 Apr 18

    Location: Madiba, Dekalb Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, United States (Google Maps)

    Time: 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm

    Mhilgo, a SA hip hop artist and activist is coming to the US for a cultural and professional exchange program. As part of supporting that, we will be hosting him for an exclusive kick off performance in NYC. This is a free event, but we will be helping with the fundraising for him. Support this great talent.

  • Fri Apr 18

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

    Time: 9:00 pm to 1:00 am

    Sets at 9:00, 10:30 and Midnight

    Every Friday night is African Jazz Night. Experience some of the greatest artists of this captivating genre! Tonight we bring you KOFO THE WONDERMAN (Master Drummer, Composer, Lead Singer and Bandleader) blends traditional African singing and drumming with Afro-funk flavour. His Exceptionally diverse CD ‘PROOF,’ issued and distributed by Sunmak Music Inc., supercedes expectation. The Wonderman’s infectious beat, led by the voice of the talking drum, as well as his own vocals, has been igniting dance floors and inspiring audiences in the New York club scene since he formed his band; ‘The Daylight Stars’.

  • Fri Apr 18

    Location: Barbès, 9th Street, Brooklyn, NY, United States (Google Maps)

    Time: 10:00 pm to 12:00 am

    The group is dedicated to reviving and renewing boogaloo, the sound that sprang from the street of 1960s Spanish Harlem. Featuring 11 members with origins in Puerto Rico, Cuba, Mexico, the UK., Canada, “Loisaida” and Upper Manhattan, Spanglish Fly comes together to play the mixture of soul, r & b, and Latin rhythms that was born in El Barrio.