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The Amazon River basin has long been a mystery to Brazil. Located far from the centers of business and power in the nation’s southeast, the jungle provinces of the Brazilian north have long been ignored by the nation at large. … 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 »

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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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  • Fri Aug 1

    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 Aug 2

    Location: DROM, Avenue A, New York, NY, United States (Google Maps)

    Time: 7:15 pm to 9:15 pm

    Doors 6:30PM
    Show 7:15PM
    Advance Price $10
    Door Price $15

    Led by the irresistible energy of master rhythm guitarist and drummer Mamadou Diop, the MAMADOU band presents a world-class cultural experience. The sound is a guitar and drum led West-African pop that includes the rhythms of high-life, juju, rumba, samba, salsa, and reggae blended into authentic Senegalese ethnic rhythms. Though MAMADOU's songs are primarily sung in many languages including his native Wolof, the language of music is universal and every audience they perform for instantly understands and reacts with joyous dance.

    Mamadou Diop has over 40 years of experience performing African music throughout Africa, Europe, and North America. Born and raised in Senegal, he now resides in the United States bringing his culture to new worlds. His music culminates centuries of traditional rhythms, mixed with modern electric instrumentation, performed live by his band MAMADOU. If you have never experienced a live MAMADOU show, then you are in for a real treat!

  • Sat Aug 2

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

    Time: 10:00 pm to 12:00 am

    I am all about music and virtue. When I teach percussions I teach you to listen to and feel the beats. I will teach you a multitude of rythyms that will create your musical heart, developing your ability to play skillfully and beautifully. When I play my drums in concert, my wish is for you to experience the joy I am feeling when I play for you. I want you to feel the communication between the drum and the other musicians.

  • Sun Aug 3

    Location: Joe's Pub, 425 Lafayette St, New York, NY, United States (Google Maps)

    Time: 11:30 am to 2:00 pm

    New Orleans musicians laid the cornerstone for a large swath of American music, and Allen Toussaint is among the city’s most gifted players. As a composer, arranger, producer, pianist and singer, Allen has created an enduring body of work that includes local hits by Irma Thomas and Lee Dorsey; songs covered by Glen Campbell, the Rolling Stones and Robert Plant & Alison Krauss; national hits by Ernie K-Doe and LaBelle; and collaborations with Paul McCartney and Elvis Costello, all in addition to his own recording career. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998, and was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Obama in July, 2013.
    Ticket Price: $30.00
    Doors at 11:30 AM
    Show at 12:00 NOON

    General Info: 212.539.8500
    Taub Box Office: 212.967.7555 (10am - 7pm daily)

  • Sun Aug 3

    Location: Damrosch Park Bandshell, New York, NY (Google Maps)

    Time: 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm

    Featuring The Cita Rodriguez Orchestra and Pete Rodriguez with Tito Allen, Herman Olivera, Karen Joseph, Willie Torres, Eddie Montalvo, Ray Martinez, and the Alma Moyo Drummers with special guest star Johnny Pacheco

    El Conde’s legacy is one of an outstanding sonero and percussionist who embraced the lyrics of his music with passion and love for his Afro-Puerto Rican roots. We honor his regal stature—reflected both in his voice and selection of songs—that helped define the Fania sound that traveled the world. His bandleader daughter Cita and jazzman son Pete Rodriguez collaborate in this tribute to El Conde’s rich contributions, with special appearances by Fania co-founder and elder musician Johnny Pacheco and an all-star line-up of artists.