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Big Night in Little Haiti, Miami Style

Big Night in Little Haiti is a lively monthly party showcasing top Haitian musical talent in the courtyard of the Little Haiti Cultural Center in Miami. BNLH and our local affiliate WDNA-FM invited Georges Collinet and the Afropop crew down … Read more »

Blog »

Blog RIP Cheo Feliciano: Six Songs You Should Know
Blog Sharon Katz and the Peace Train Celebrate 20 Years at Joe’s Pub, April 26
Blog Afropop Worldwide Mix from DJ Reaganomics
Blog Los Rakas – Sueño Americano
Blog Blitz the Ambassador featuring Nneka: Love on the Run
Blog A Look at What’s New in Raï

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 »

  • Mon Apr 21

    Location: Barbès (Google Maps)

    Time: 9:30 pm to 11:30 pm

  • Wed Apr 23

    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 Apr 24

    Location: Bar Thalia at Symphony Space, Broadway at 95th Street (Google Maps)

    Time: 9:00 pm to 11:00 pm

    Kevin Nathaniel on mbira, Renold Joseph on steel pan, Bill Dotts on bass
    free admission

    Spirit Trio is the melodic center of the legendary Spirit Ensemble with mbira, steel pan, and bass. The combination of the three is musical magic!

  • Thu Apr 24

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

    Time: 9:00 pm to 11:30 pm

    Colombian percussionist and composer Samuel Torres, called “at once intelligent, sophisticated, and explosive” by Jazz Times, performs Forced Displacement, which explores his country’s indigenous and Afro-Colombian musical roots and gives voice to the dynamic musical range of the conga drums supported by a Latin jazz ensemble. Thru the rhythmic, melodic, coloristic and harmonic developments of traditional Colombian music, Forced Displacement also explores the different factors of human displacement due to the armed-conflict in Colombia.

  • Thu Apr 24

    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.