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Afropop Live 2013 Highlights

Over the course of 2013, Afropop’s producers have recorded more great live music than we’ve managed to place in shows….until now. This edition features ear candy from Ghana—Gyedu Blay Ambolley live in Accra, and palm wine guitar innovator Kyekyeku—live tracks … Read more »

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Blog Chronixx Makes U.S. TV Debut on The Tonight Show
Blog globalFEST Out of Doors Highlights
feature Photo Essay: Chasing Bubu Music in Sierra Leone
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

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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 »

  • Fri Jul 25

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

    Time: 9:30 pm to 1:39 am

    Sets at 9:30, 11 and 12:30
    A true son of Africa -originally from the Ivory Coast, Azouhouni is more than a highly accomplished composer, musician and producer; he is indeed a musical force.

    Azouhouni marvels with his ability to present a collection of thoughtfully crafted compositions: a journey through harmonic, vocal and, rhythmic colors in which African genres as diverse as bikutsi, ziglibithy, afrobeat, juju and High-Life meet their Western counterparts of funk, blues and jazz. 

This is a rare opportunity to see and hear him and an unmatched ensemble of respected musicians in a beautiful setting.

  • Fri Jul 25

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

    Time: 9:30 pm to 1:00 am

    Sets at 9:30, 11:00 and Midnight

    Every Friday night is African Jazz Night. Experience some of the greatest artists of this captivating genre! Depending on the weekend, you might find Source with Abdoulaye Diabaté, an interracial New York-based African group, or the African jazz and funk of the African Blue Notes, led by the Cameroonian singer and guitarist Martino Atagana. This is a night not to be missed!

  • Sat Jul 26

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

    Time: 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm

    Showtime @ 9pm
    Doors Open @ 7pm
    Tickets $20 in advance, $25 day of show

    Resultan absolutamente inseparables la biografia artistica de Pupy y la de la orquesta que tiene su nombre "Pupy y los que son son" porque ambos constituyen una identidad del arte musical.

    Su nombre completo es Cesar de las Mercedes Pedroso Fernandez, pero todo el mundo lo llama "Pupy". Es compositor, escritor, arreglista, pianista y director. Nacio el 24 de septiembre 1946 en la barriada del Vedado (La Timba), Ciudad de La Habana. Signo zodiacal Libra, 56 anos de edad, hijo de Olga Fernandez y Cesar Pedroso "Nene".

    Sus primeros estudios los realizo en una escuelita privada con la profesora Margot Rodriguez, posteriormente se traslado a Marianao y alli continuo la ensenanza primaria en otra escuelita privada. Concluyo este nivel de instruccion de 4to. a 6to. Grado por las mananas en la escuela No. 9 del barrio, mientras por las tardes asistia a la Parroquia de Marianao. Realizo la secundaria basica en la escuela "Juan Manuel Marquez" No. 1 hasta el 10mo. Grado. - See more at: http://www.bbkingblues.com/bio.php?id=4137#sthash.Rg00wN1s.dpuf

  • Sat Jul 26

    Location: Central Park SummerStage, New York, NY, United States (Google Maps)

    Time: 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

    Website: http://chronixxmusic.com/
    Chronixx was the ‘stage’ name his friends bestowed on him, replacing the name ‘Little Chronicle’ he was given as the ‘junior’ to his father, the artist Chronicle. He was born October 10, 1992 and was named Jamar Rolando McNaughton. His father, a musician, recognized his talents and nurtured him in an environment in which he could grow into whatever area of music he chose. Always accompanying him to the studio, Jamar grew up around the likes of Burro Banton, Norris Man and the legendary Gregory Isaacs. With a big smile and an engaging personality, he confidently set out to make his mark in music, by writing his first song ‘Rice Grain’ by the age of five and going on to be choir director and worship leader at 11. At 14 years, he started producing and ‘building riddims’ for artistes such as Konshens and Munga Honorable and composing riddims such as the ‘Freezer Riddim’ for Icebox Records and voicing artistes such as, Popcaan for Maverick Records. Today, Chronixx credits his versatility and his professional stage presence to the early lessons he received from his father Chronicle, who always shared his own experiences and encouraged his son to go one step beyond with each performance. Chronixx is not disappointing his father, his family or his friends who know that the ‘sky is the limit’ for this young man who sees ‘music as his mission.’
    A Kingston, Jamaican native, Delroy "Junior" Reid spent his youth in the city's Waterhouse district, notorious for being one of the most dangerous places in Jamaica. It was there in the politically turbulent late '70s, that he recorded his first-ever single "Speak the Truth" at the age 13, taking his first step towards becoming an internationally known reggae and dancehall artist. Reid joined the first ever Grammy Awards Winning Reggae group, Black Uhuru, as lead singer in 1986 where his work on the album Brutal earned him a Grammy-nomination. However, Junior's interest in producing material for himself, and desire to regain his domestic popularity, drove him into the solo arena and into his own studio where in 1989, "One Blood" saw him re-established at the forefront of the reggae scene. Today, Reid is a frequent collaborator and often sampled artist in today's hip-hop scene, including contributing his voice to Grammy Award winner Alicia Keys, as well as working with the Wu-Tang Clan, Guru, The Game, M.I.M.S. and many more.
    New York City’s Rice and Peas is a movement whose high energy party environment is home to a loyal following of creative influencers, artists, musicians, dancers and all around beautiful people. Since its inception in 2007, Rice and Peas has been bringing diverse groups of people together in a uniquely curated environment where dancehall and Caribbean culture meet downtown. A who’s who of reggae’s biggest stars like Wayne Wonder, Gyptian and Shaggy have called on Rice and Peas to do their exclusive release parties. Jamaica’s heavyweights Beenie Man, Mr. Vegas, Chronixx (and too many more to mention) have given impromptu performances— even multi-platinum artists like Sean Paul and Damian Marley party at Rice and Peas. Federation Sound’s own Max Glazer, LargeUp founder DJ Gravy, and the silent killer Orijahnal Vibez handle DJ duties while the ladies’ favorite East Flatbush badman, Micro Don, narrates the experience with raw energy, humorous ad-libs and infinite star power.

  • Sat Jul 26

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

    Time: 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm

    For the past few years, the Colombian pianist has explored ways of translating the Vallenato accordion repertoire to the piano. The result is an exciting journey into Colombian folklore, in the spirit of a true Parranda. Alejandro was born in Bogotá, heir to a long line of celebrated Colombian Vallenato musicians and son of Emiro Zuleta one of the most prolific vallenato songwriters of his generation.