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This summer, Afropop launched a new and improved podcast, making your favorite world-spanning radio show available in a whole new way. To celebrate, we’ve put together a show featuring some of our favorite moments from the podcast. Previously available only … Read more »

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    Wired For Sound: Mozambique

    We don’t hear a lot of music from Mozambique. There have been some fine releases of classic marrabenta dance music, and a few roots-pop bands like Ghorwane, Eyuphuro and Mabulu all produced memorable CDs in their times. There’s a Rough … 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 by … Read more »

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    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 »

Wired For Sound: Mozambique

We don’t hear a lot of music from Mozambique. There have been some fine releases of classic marrabenta dance music, and a few roots-pop bands like Ghorwane, Eyuphuro and Mabulu all produced memorable CDs in their times. There’s a Rough … Read more »

NYC Events »

  • Wed Sep 3

    Location: Brooklyn Bowl, 61 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY, United States (Google Maps)

    Time: 8:00 pm to 12:00 am

  • Wed Sep 3

    Location: Barbes (Google Maps)

    Time: 10:00 pm to 11:00 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 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 Sep 4

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

    Time: 9:00 pm to 11:30 pm

    Sets at 9:00 and 10:30PM

    The first Thursday each month, this 16-piece big band brings together musicians from different countries around the world that, under Gregorio Uribe’s leadership and vision, create a masterpiece of Latin rhythms. With a remarkable compliance of trumpets, trombones and saxes soaring over an amazing percussion section and the leader of the group dancing to the beat while playing the accordion, this band brings new and modern flavor to Latin music that, simply, cannot go unnoticed.

    The band has performed at renown venues on the East Coast such as Iridium, Highline Ballroom, Fat Cat, Theater For The New City, Regattabar and the Rhode Island State House.

    Uribe brought to life his vision to create a show that blends different genres such as funk and jazz with the intriguing folkloric rhythms of his native Colombia. This energetic and intelligent approach to the music of his country has led him to share the stage with such renowned artists as the six-time Grammy-winner Rubén Blades and Latin Grammy Award-winners Aterciopelados

  • Thu Sep 4

    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 Sep 5

    Location: Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker St, New York, NY, United States (Google Maps)

    Time: 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

    Saul Williams
    Who I am and what I do seems to vary by mod, mood, and mode of expression. I write. I act. I perform. Most of the labels that are projected onto me are seldom how I would choose to refer to myself. Yet, regardless of how much I might dodge classification, the one label that I tote freely is that of being an artist. And it is the art of self expression that has heightened my experience on this planet and fueled my understanding of love, compassion, and humanity.
    I write poetry because it is the clearest and most direct expression of how I think. I take pride in being called a poet mostly because it feels like an ordination. I did not grow up thinking of myself as a poet, so it is an honor to be considered one. So far, I’ve written four books that fall under the category of poetry. For me, they chronicle my growth as an artist, friend, lover, father, son, and individual. My goal has never truly been to become an amazing poet, rather I have worked at becoming more expressive, thoughtful, and harmoniously balanced, and courageous enough to live my life as a poem. My writings simply chronicle my journey and vision. They are the residue of the work that I’m doing on myself.

    Osekre and The Lucky Bastards
    Where They’re From: Brooklyn, New York (by way of Accra, Ghana)
    When They Started: 2010
    For Fans of: K’naan, Keziah Jones, Jupiter & Okwess International, Throes + The Shine
    Genre: Afropop meets ska/punk
    Sounds Like: Making something out of nothing and getting hyped off of life

    “I always believed that my days were numbered, so I was in a big rush to get things done. My early encounter with death triggered something. An appreciation for life, the subject that became the main theme of my early work, up until now.”
    Skipping from the school bench to the world stage, Patrice released his first EP and before graduation, walked across the stage to open for Lauryn Hill’s Miseducation Tour. He brought soul on tours with the original Black Eyed Peas, and once his album dropped, his career soared. His portfolio of music weaves aching blues, stirring soul, rebel punk and righteous reggae, leaving no room for labels.

    Koku Gonza
    Koku Gonza, the daughter of a native Tanzanian folk singer, has shared the stage with soulful heavy weight artists. Artist ranging from the living Jazz-Funk Fusion legend Roy Ayers, the Millennium Bluesman Anthony David the elegant Soulful-Siren Yahzarah, Songstress Maimouna Youssef and soul savvy songwriter Eric Roberson. Her mother from South Carolina, is also a musician. Her parents noticed her talents at an early age and immersed her in piano, vocal and dance activities.