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Afropop Live 2013 Highlights

Over the course of 2013, Afropop’s producers recorded more great live music than we’ve managed to place in shows–until now. This program features ear candy from Ghana—Gyedu Blay Ambolley live in Accra, and palm wine guitar innovator Kyekyeku; live tracks … Read more »

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feature Three Great Nights at Montreal’s Nuits d’Afrique
Blog Chronixx Makes U.S. TV Debut on The Tonight Show
Blog globalFEST Out of Doors Highlights
feature Photo Essay: Chasing Bubu Music in Sierra Leone
Blog Lincoln Center Out of Doors: An Interview With Bill Bragin
interview Mystic in It: Janka Nabay and the Bubu Life

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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 »

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    No Discount

    Drummer and California native Charles Ferguson founded Zongo Junction in 2009, inspired by the West African rhythms he had been exposed to during a six-month stay in Ghana the previous year. Upon returning to Brooklyn, he rallied his musical peers, … Read more »

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 »

NYC Events »

  • Mon Jul 28

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

    Time: 9:30 pm to 11:30 pm

    Moneco plays its own take on Chicha and Cumbia fusing elements of Rock and Andean folklore. With Guitarist Eric Kurimski (Eva Ayllon), drummer Yayo Serka (Lila Downs). Ecuadorian singer Jorge Olmedo (who also plays charango, zampoña, quena, guitar and multiple percussion) and bassist Dan Martinez.

  • Wed Jul 30

    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.

  • Wed Jul 30

    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+)

  • Thu Jul 31

    Location: Clove Lakes Park, Clove Road, Staten Island, NY, United States (Google Maps)

    Time: 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

    Joe Bataan, the “King of Latin Soul,” helped coin the phrase "Salsoul" in 1974 lending the name to his first album. Bataan was influenced by two musical styles: the Latin boogaloo and African American doo-wop. Bataan recorded three albums and several singles for Salsoul Records and the Latin subdivision of Salsoul Records, Salsoul Leyendas. Titles include SalSoul, Rap-O-Clap-O, Joe Bataan II, Afrofilipino and a new compilation of his greatest hits titled Tropical Classics: Joe Bataan, which features the early 1979 hip-hop hit "Rap-O-Clap-O” and additional classic titles he performed for the Salsoul Leyendas label.
    Website: http://www.boogalooassassins.com/
    For the 11-piece Boogaloo Assassins the mission is simple: bring la gente a funky good time, Latin-soul style. Formed in Los Angeles in 2007, Boogaloo Assassins are the West Coast’s answer to New York City’s Latin music explosion of the late 1960s. Heavily indebted to the classic sounds of Spanish Harlem, Los Asesinos serve up their own late 1960’s-style salsa and “Latin Boogaloo”, best described as a raucous fusion of American R&B with Afro-Cuban rhythms, sung in both English and Spanish. Known throughout the West for their high-energy live shows, Boogaloo Assassins' debut recording "Old Love Dies Hard" features their hit single "No No No", a salsa version of the blues/reggae classic, featured on Gilles Peterson's BBC-1, Los Angeles's leading public radio station KCRW, and many others. As of Spring 2014, Boogaloo Assassins have hit both the road and the recording studio with new rock'n'roll phenom Nick Waterhouse.
    After 18 years career in Spain and main European Cities, Barcelona native Dj Turmix packed up his vinyl and hit the NYC scene in late 2008. In only one year he built great relationships with some of the best local DJ's and has played a diverse array of clubs, concerts, festivals and private events. He is a specialist in Latin Boogaloo Sounds, from 50's to present day, and in January 2011 he launched LET’S BOOGALOO, a new monthly DJ/live music party at Nublu sponsored by Fania Records. Dj Turmix and FANIA are working with the same objective, to provide high quality music. Dj Turmix also spins sets for the dance floor that take fans on a journey through Jazz, Soul, Latin and Funk mixed up with a groovy touch of electronic rhythms and breaks.

  • Thu Jul 31

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

    Time: 9:00 pm to 11:00 pm

    7:30PM doors / 9:00PM show
    $RSVP in advance - $0.00 day of show (age 21+)