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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 »

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  • Thu Jul 31

    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 1

    Location: Shrine, Adam Clayton Powell Junior Boulevard, New York, NY, United States (Google Maps)

    Time: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

    Yacouba Diabate is an incredibly versatile musician, adept at several traditional African instruments including the kora and the Gonie. His musical ability is one that is described as exceptional. Yacouba was born in 1975, Tougan Buskina Faso, West Africa. He came from a long line of Diabates (or griots), who play a historic note in maintaining the rich traditions of the Mandigo group of West Africa. Yacouba was taught by the legendary Toumani Diabate, and was his best student. He has been performing throughout the United States since 2009. These performances have been breathtaking.

  • Fri Aug 1

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

    Time: 7:00 pm to 10:30 pm

    Showtimes @ 7pm & 9:30pm
    Doors Open @ 5pm & 9pm
    Tickets $15 in advance, $18 day of show

    Andres Laprida is a guitarist/composer from Argentina, who lives in New York, and has achieved a remarkable exposure through a wide range of assignments. His prolific work as a performer, composer, and producer keeps earning a highly enthusiastic response --from musicians, audience and critics-- ever since the great Brazilian music masters Antonio Carlos Jobim, Vinicius de Moraes, and Toquinho introduced him to the public at a very early age. With a very personal sound and technique, Mr. Laprida has taken his music around the world in a variety of contexts --concert halls, jazz festivals, theatre, music seminars, ballet, film, television, radio, and the recording industry. - See more at: http://www.bbkingblues.com/bio.php?id=4301#sthash.kzOuNH4H.dpuf

  • Fri Aug 1

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

    Time: 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm

    FREE
    Doors open at 6:30pm.
    Get there early for a salsa lesson at intermission.

    A Latin dance party of epic proportions comes to the Bandshell with JIMMY BOSCH, “El Trombon Criollo,” leading an all-star ensemble that includes Herman Olivera, Willito Otero, Yoko La Japonesa Salsera, Edwin Sanchez, Karen Joseph, Bobby Allende, Jorge Gonzalez, Orlanda Vega, Jose Tabares, Mitch Frohman, Pete Nader, Jeff Lederer, and the Yamulee Dancers. Bosch was born in Jersey City and has become something of a local salsa institution unto himself; he has released numerous albums as a leader and has toured the world with the likes of Ruben Blades, Eddie Palmieri, and the Fania All Stars.

    Bosch and this powerhouse collection of local stars share the bill with the irresistible Cuban percussionist PEDRITO MARTINEZ, whose red-hot band has its roots planted firmly in the Afro-Cuban Rumba tradition and in the bata rhythms and vocal chants of the music of Yoruba and Santeria—a sound Ben Ratliff writing in the NY Times described as “complex, blenderized Africa-to-the-New-World funk.” Martinez’s group is augmented here by the exceptional vocalist ARIACNE TRUJILLO.

  • Fri Aug 1

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

    Time: 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm

    Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm
    $12.00

    Mucca Pazza is the marching band that thinks it’s a rock ‘n roll band. The group is a collection of shameless band nerds wielding instruments of incongruous traditions, sometimes in competition, often in cooperation. Many of them played in traditional marching bands in high school. Others wanted to but couldn’t because they played violin or accordion, and no one had yet come up with the amplified helmet. With speakers strapped firmly to heads, their rambunctious live show has brought them to such acclaimed venues as the Late Show with Conan O’Brien, Lollapalooza, and a fleet of canoes floating down the Chicago River.

    Their music skips from genre to unnameable genre, never settling in one place for long, but held together by the band’s unmistakable sound and irresistible energy. To their credit, they only have one march in their original repertoire, their other music includes zombie-mambo, snake-charmer-metal, gypsy-reggaeton, punk-classical, and some demented arrangements of Dmitri Shostakovich, Bela Bartok, and famed Egyptian composer Kemal El Tawil.

    Comprised of 8 members, hailing mostly from Colombia, M.A.K.U. SoundSystem makes big music that begins in traditional Afro-Colombian rhythms and ends somewhere in the punk-jazz stratosphere. Clarinet, trombone, sax, guitarra, and Latin percussion supplement a rambunctious, driving rock core, creating a sound familiar enough to be danceable but always surprising.