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This summer, Afropop launched a new and improved podcast, making your favorite world-spanning radio show available in a whole new way. To celebrate, we’ve put together a show featuring some of our favorite moments from the podcast. Previously available only … Read more »

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    Salvadora Robot

    In their latest adventure, Salvadora Robot, the Meridian Brothers’ signature skewed sound has evolved into a complex futuristic cosmos. Galaxies collide and merge in this overwhelming burst of rhythm and electronic-infused cumbia. Not that we would expect anything less. Masterminded by … Read more »

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    Siriá

    Slavery was legal in Brazil for almost 400 years. From the early 1500s until the practice was abolished there in 1888, some 4.5 million African men and women were shipped across the Atlantic to Portuguese settlements in the Amazon, where … 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 »

Salvadora Robot

In their latest adventure, Salvadora Robot, the Meridian Brothers’ signature skewed sound has evolved into a complex futuristic cosmos. Galaxies collide and merge in this overwhelming burst of rhythm and electronic-infused cumbia. Not that we would expect anything less. Masterminded by … Read more »

NYC Events »

  • Thu Aug 28

    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 29

    Location: SOB's, 204 Varick St, New York, NY, United States (Google Maps)

    Time: 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm

    Ladies FREE before 7PM
    Gentlemen $10 before 7PM
    Dinner Reservations FREE before 7PM

  • Fri Aug 29

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

    Time: 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm

    “The Afro-Peruvian Sextet is writing a new chapter in the history of Latin Jazz” --Rifftides
    “Trumpeter Gabriel Alegria stands poised to introduce Afro-Peruvian Jazz to the world.” –All About Jazz
    “deeply funky 12/8 rhythm!” –Hartford Advocate

  • Fri Aug 29

    Location: Terraza 7, 40-19 Gleane St, Elmhurst, NY, United States (Google Maps)

    Time: 9:30 pm to 10:30 pm

    Terraza Forro Project, produced by Terraza 7 and led by virtuoso accordionist and composer Victor Prieto, brings the intoxicating and infinitely rich music from the Northeast of Brazil to our stage to be performed by four master jazzmen from Brazil and Spain. Forró, traditionally an all-inclusive genre that encompasses the Xote and Baiao dances, and is performed in a variety of settings and styles (from the original Forró pé da serra, originated by Luiz Gonzaga, to the more sophisticated Forró universitário and Forró estilizado), receives a fresh and adventurous approach under the musical tutelage of Víctor Prieto, whose musical career features collaborations with Yo-Yo Ma, Billy Hart and Paquito D’Rivera, just to name a few. Terraza is proud to present this project as proof of the immense possibilities of cross-fertilization that can take place in this great city! A must see for lovers of Brazilian music and jazz, but be forewarned–you will struggle to keep yourself from dancing.

    Performing:
    Gustavo Amarante / Bass
    Liliana Araújo / Voice
    Pablo Silva / Drums
    Victor Prieto / Accordion and music direction

    $7 Cover charge for Mezzanine

  • Fri Aug 29

    Location: B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, 237 W 42 St, New York, NY, United States (Google Maps)

    Time: 11:00 pm to 12:00 am

    Tickets $40