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The Money Show

Every day, money changes hands in Ghanaian cedi, South African rand and Brazilian reals as music is created, traded, performed, purchased and pirated. In this episode we look at the business side of African music, through a series of vignettes … Read more »

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interview Shamon Cassette: “Stick ‘Em” Video Premiere and Interview
feature African Music That Made Money (For U.S. Record Companies)
Blog Four Dancehall Riddims That Rocked
review Pasichigare: Mystic Music of Zimbabwe
video The Lion(s) Sleep Tonight
interview The Economics of Champeta with Michael Birnbaum Quintero

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    Pasichigare: Mystic Music of Zimbabwe

    Chartwell Dutiro is a Zimbabwean mbira artist and singer/songwriter now living in Devon, U.K. He may be best known for his membership in Thomas Mapfumo’s pioneering band, the Blacks Unlimited, in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s. But since he … Read more »

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    Magnetica

    Producer, DJ, musician and crate-digging madman, Will “Quantic” Holland has devoted much of his attention to the music of Colombia– his adopted home of the past seven years– with projects like Combo Bárbaro and Ondatrópica. His new record, Magnetica (out … Read more »

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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 »

Pasichigare: Mystic Music of Zimbabwe

Chartwell Dutiro is a Zimbabwean mbira artist and singer/songwriter now living in Devon, U.K. He may be best known for his membership in Thomas Mapfumo’s pioneering band, the Blacks Unlimited, in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s. But since he … Read more »

NYC Events »

  • 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.

  • Fri Apr 25

    Location: SOB's, Varick Street, New York, NY, United States (Google Maps)

    Time: 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm

    5:00 doors / 8:00PM & 10:00PM show

    Formed in New York by a number of musicians from Ray Barretto‘s band, the Cuban charanga and salsa band, Tipica 73, enjoyed great success in the 1970s and 1980s. (The term típica refers to the “typical” configuration of a Cuban charanga with violin, and 73 to the year of founding the group).

    The legendary band is notable for for its experimental style and being the first US-based salsa orchestra to record in Cuba– the result of which was the album “Típica 73 En Cuba Intercambio Cultural.” At the time, Tipica 73 featured several salsa musicians who would go on to become famous as solo artists, including vocalist José “El Canario” Alberto and violinist Alfredo de la Fé.

    In the nascent and thriving New York Latin jazz and salsa scene in the early 1970s, the group began with Johnny “Dandy” Rodriguez Jr and four of Ray Barretto‘s original band including Adalberto Santiago (who all left Barretto simultaneously to start Tipica 73 in 1972), and, after combining the conjunto percussive style (congas, timbales, and bongos) with a horn section the band became one of the biggest stars of the salsa movement in the US.

    However, the band’s lineup ended up with an almost different cast by the start of the following decade, with several of the original members having left after differences in the late 1970s, and Santiago and three others leaving to form Los Kimbos. Rodriguez Jr was the only constant in the band, and he and remaining members would split in 1982, but not without a tribute to the charanga style, the 1980 release “Charangueando con la Tipica 73“, which included standout versions of Tito Puentes’ ”A Donde Vas” and Cachao’s “Chanchullo,” In 1995, Tipica 73 reunited for a successful concert in Puerto Rico, which led to a series of shows four years later.

    The band continues to play in New York and around the country, and celebrates its 40th anniversary this year!

  • Fri Apr 25

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

    Time: 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm

    "On his sharp new album, Nuevo Mundo, trumpeter Gabriel Alegría teases out affinities between modern jazz and the African-influenced coastal music of his native Peru." --The New York Times

  • Fri Apr 25

    Location: Terraza 7, Gleane Street, NY, United States (Google Maps)

    Time: 9:00 pm to 11:00 pm

    GNAWA BOUSSOU is a New York based Gnawa ensemble which performs traditional music from the Gnawa brotherhood of Morocco. Gnawa music is a rich repertoire of ancient African Islamic spiritual religious songs and rhythms. Its well preserved heritage combines ritual poetry with traditional music and dancing. The music is performed at ‘Lila’s', entire communal nights of celebration, dedicated to prayer and healing, guided by the Gnawa Maalem and his group of musicians and dancers.

    Though many of the influences that formed this music can be traced to sub-Saharan West-Africa, its traditional practice is concentrated in Morocco and the Béchar Province in South-western Algeria.

  • Fri Apr 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!