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Riqueza del Barrio: Puerto Rican Music in the United States

Once Puerto Ricans became U.S. citizens in 1917, El Barrio sprang up in New York. By the 1930s, they were the dominant Latin group in the city. Tito Puente, born on 110th St. in 1923, was the first important Latin … Read more »

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    Mean Love

    The music that Ahmed Gallab makes under the moniker Sinkane has always been deceptively pleasant. Hiding layers of complexity beneath its often-gorgeous exteriors, it’s a moving target that escapes definition through its sheer likability. The latest Sinkane album, the brilliant Mean Love … Read more »

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    Les Ambassadeurs du Motel de Bamako

    The central irony of Salif Keita’s early career is how a noble—a descendant of the Mande Empire’s founder Sunjata Keita, yet—could assume the profile of a griot, a musical orator of a distinctly lower social status. When Keita arrived on … Read more »

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    Jaiyede Afro ,

    Jaiyede Afro, the new album from Nigerian Afro-soul legend Orlando Julius and U.K. groove outfit the Heliocentrics, out now on Strut Records, has an intentionally retro sound. From simple, hard-hitting arrangements and musical performances that channel the loose, flowing grooves of OJ’s Afro … Read more »

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    Wired For Sound: Mozambique

    We don’t hear a lot of music from Mozambique. There have been some fine releases of classic marrabenta dance music, and a few roots-pop bands like Ghorwane, Eyuphuro and Mabulu all produced memorable CDs in their times. There’s a Rough … Read more »

Mean Love

The music that Ahmed Gallab makes under the moniker Sinkane has always been deceptively pleasant. Hiding layers of complexity beneath its often-gorgeous exteriors, it’s a moving target that escapes definition through its sheer likability. The latest Sinkane album, the brilliant Mean Love … Read more »

NYC Events »

  • Fri Sep 19

    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 Sep 20

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

    Time: 8:30 pm to 12:00 am

    6:30PM doors / 8:30PM & 10:00PM show
    $10.00 in advance - $15.00 day of show (age 21+)

    Marcos Lessa is a semifinalist of The Voice Brazil 2013. This 22 year old from Ceará had Carlinhos Brown as his coach throughout the season. Marcos began his trajectory in music playing tribute shows in his native Fortaleza. “I started my career honoring the music of Ceará, singing Belchior, Fagner, Ednardo. Now, I want to the representative of Brazilian music everywhere around the globe.” Marcos Lessa’s passion for Brazilian music, especially Samba, is evident in his performances; “Practicing my profession brings me extreme joy. Music is what I love most in my life. I live to sing and I sing for a living.”

    Marcos Lessa performs his debut NYC show at SOB’s on Saturday August 30th 2014. He will be joined on stage by a group of first call New York based Brazilian music session players: Marcos Vigio, Itaiguara Brandão, Eliano Braz and guests. Not to be missed.

  • Sat Sep 20

    Location: Shrine, 2271 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd, New York, NY, United States (Google Maps)

    Time: 9:00 pm to 10:00 pm

    Florencia Gonzalez Jazz and classical saxophone performer, composer and arranger. Born in Montevideo, she started her musical studies at the age of 6. Florencia studied classical saxophone in the “Universidad de la Republica Oriental del Uruguay” and in the “Conservatorio Municipal de Musica” while studying jazz improvisation with the Cuban sax player Nicolas Reinoso and arranging with Orlando Tamargo.

  • Sat Sep 20

    Location: Barbès, 9th Street, Brooklyn, NY, United States` (Google Maps)

    Time: 10:00 pm to 11:00 pm

    Martin Vejarano, leader of La Cumbiamba EneYe, has concocted a new project based on the sounds of traditional Colombian marching bands, but with enough of urban bastardazition and personal idiosyncracies to please a squadron of ethnomusicologists. The music is fun, driven and adventurous. It's very deeply rooted in Colombian music but not quaint, folkloric or exotic in anyway. With Ben Stapp - tuba; Alex Terrier - soprano saxophone; Justin Wood - alto sax and flute; Rafi Malkiel - Bombardino and Martín Vejarano - drums & compositions.

  • Sun Sep 21

    Location: Shrine, 2271 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd, New York, NY, United States (Google Maps)

    Time: 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm

    Musician/Singer from Burkina Faso, West Africa.