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Baaba Maal Acoustic: Live in NYC

Sensational Senegalese singer Baaba Maal has toured the world for nearly 30 years backed by his electric group, Daande Lenol. At times he has performed as an acoustic duo with his longtime musical partner, Mansour Seck, on guitars and vocals. … Read more »

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    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 »

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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 »


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 »

NYC Events »

  • Fri Aug 22

    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. Tonight we bring you Isaac Katalay.

    Isaac Katalay is an artist and orator whose main objective is to promote the beauty of connections in humanity. Born in Kinshasa, the capital city of the Democratic Republic of Congo, and now living in New York City, His music represents the blending of two worlds. For the past two decades, the artist has worked as an ensemble musician, choreographer, dancer, and speaker. In doing music and community leadership, Isaac hopes to train leaders and establish both social and professional networking in extended communities.

  • Sun Aug 24

    Location: Central Park SummerStage, New York, NY, United States (Google Maps)

    Time: 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

    This is a paid, ticketed event with proceeds from this concert help make possible over 100 free SummerStage programs. Ticketing information coming soon.
    Right from start, Fania Records exceeded everybody’s expectations. The Label became so rapidly popular in the national and international levels that by 1968, only 4 years after its creation, founders Jerry Masucci and Johnny Pacheco decided to broaden its talent giving birth to the wildly successful Fania All Stars. Their first concert, “Live at the Red Garter,” was a promotional experiment, which proved the amazing success of bringing all the label’s talent together. The band revolutionized salsa as a genre and have performed before countless fans during their wildly popular concerts which were filmed and recorded live, including the famed 1973 appearance at the Yankee Stadium in New York. The Fania All Stars band transcended language barriers and united cultures all over the world. Their music was heard from the streets of El Barrio in New York, to the Caribbean, Latin America, Europe and Africa. Today, the living legends of the all-stars band continue to honor the legacy, each artist as leaders of their own bands and with their most recent Fania All Stars Concert in Puerto Rico. They will be a cornerstone of this year’s recognition of the 50th Anniversary label that introduced them to the world – Fania Records.

  • Sun Aug 24

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

    Time: 10:30 pm to 1:30 am

    10:00PM doors / 10:30PM show
    $12.00 General Admission (age 21+)

  • Mon Aug 25

    Location: Barbès (Google Maps)

    Time: 9:30 pm to 11:30 pm

  • Tue Aug 26

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

    Time: 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm

    Showtime @ 8pm
    Doors Open @ 6pm
    Tickets $20 in advance, $25 day of show

    King Yellowman has an incredible history in Reggae music. His upbringing at the Maxfield Home orphanage in Kingston and being albino in Jamaica were two obstacles the he overcame and went on to be (at one time) the biggest reggae artist since Bob Marley.

    After winning a talent contest at Tastee Patties in Kingston, Yellow went on to excite reggae crowds all over Jamaica and the rest of the world with his boastful and sometimes bodacious lyrics. His ability to ride rhythm and excite a crowd made Yellow an instant hit in Jamaica. He also began to work with the Ace Sound System in St. Thomas and drew big crowds at his dancehall performances. Later in his career, Yellow began to spread out and work for a number of different producers, sometimes releasing as many as five albums per year. This led to a recording contract with CBS Records. Yellowman recorded one album with them before he was diagnosed with jaw cancer and was given six months to live. This was in 1986. After surgery an extended leave of absence from the record industry, Yellowman began his comeback with the song "Blueberry Hill", and his career was re-launched. His first album for RAS came from producer Phillip 'Fatis' Burrell and was called "Yellow Like Cheese". Coincidentally this was the start of a long and fruitful relationship with RAS and Yellowman and also RAS and 'Fatis' and his exterminator production. Yellowman has always been very professional to work with and always a respectful and reliable human being. He has managed to outlive his predicted fate of death and his performances are incredibly lively as he seems to have an unlimited amount of stage energy. We can only hope for the best for Yellowman. He has continued his hard work and his devotion to his family is to be complimented.

    The rudest Dancehall toaster of the 1980s, Jamaica's albino son Yellowman made as many enemies as fans with his controversial, often overtly sexist (if tongue in cheek) lyrics. Now back on the Ragga scene, singing at a slightly slower pace, Yellowman's witticisms are as cheeky, spirited and intelligent as ever, and delivered with his customary sharp, melodic style.
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