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What do you get when you combine Congolese rapper Baloji, Lebanese pop star Yasmine Hamdan, Jamaican guitarist Brushy One-String, and Mauritanian vocal powerhouse Noura Mint Seymali? This year’s jaw-dropping Globalfest. What do you get when you combine live recordings of … 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 »

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    Caetano Veloso – Abraçaço

    It is always refreshing to witness a well-respected artist of an older generation maintain  relevancy. Too often, we are presented with a barrage of reissues and throwbacks to former glory, the audience forced to rely on the memory of greatness, … Read more »

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 »

NYC Events »

  • Wed Apr 16

    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 17

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

    Time: 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm

    6 pm & 8:30 pm

    Celebrate great music with gorgeous Latin Jazz by Jorge Luis Pacheco, hailed by Wynton Marsalis who said "This young musician has a very bright future." Discover Cuba's hottest up and coming young Jazz piano player. He was the only pianist to be invited to perform with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra on their closing night at Havana's Teatro Mella. His current CD is being produced by multi grammy winner Chucho Valdes and they are also co-recording one of the tracks. His touring credits include tours with many major artists throughout Europe, Mexico, South America, and the Caribbean. This will be his US debut! Catch a rare glimpse of Cuba's cutting edge talent with some beautiful Cuban Music.

  • Thu Apr 17

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

    Time: 6:30 pm to 10:00 pm

    Nacional Records is proud to announce the August 20th release of ‘Ruiseñora,’ the new solo album from Andrea Echeverri, the iconic front woman of the Latin Grammy winning
    band Aterciopelados.

  • Thu Apr 17

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

    Time: 7:00 pm to 3:00 am

    DJ Alex Carioca spinning Brazilian music (Samba, Pagode, Forro, Sertanejo, Axe) and Dance music starting @ 7pm

    Samba & Forro dance lessons by Cookie @ 8pm

  • Thu Apr 17

    Location: The Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts, Spruce Street, New York, NY, United States (Google Maps)

    Time: 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm

    Futuristic Africa: Congolese Rumba, Hip-Hop and Funk
    Curated by LiveSounds.org
    at The Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts
    Doors at 6:30pm, Show at 7:30pm
    Tickets: $35

    "Baloji deserves a bigger audience for his energetic, engaging, and highly original jumble of Congolese music and hip hop"
    - The Guardian

    The-Belgian-by-way-of-the-Congo singer/ songwriter/ rapper Baloji returns to New York, following a The New York Times lauded performance in January's annual globalFEST, to share an electrifying live set featuring songs from his most recent album, Kinshasa Succursale.


    Baloji, whose nom de guerre means "sorcerer" in Swahili, performs an infectious mix of rap influenced by vintage Congolese soukous, rumba and 60s American and African soul music. He is part of the new vanguard of African performers who have elevated beyond the labels of "global" or "multi-genre" and the constraints of traditional forms to achieve legitimate international stardom on their own terms.



    Tonight, Baloji will be joined by his elegant and powerful band
    L'Orchestra de la Katuba, featuring expert musicians on guitar, bass, keyboards, percussion and a horn section.