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Rio 1: Samba at the Dawn of Modern Brazil

In part one of our 2012 Hip Deep Brazil series, we travel back in time to Rio de Janeiro in the early 20th century to explore the birth of Brazil’s most iconic sound: samba. Beginning with the arrival of poor … Read more »

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Blog New Music Video: Burna Boy’s “Don Gorgon”
Blog Norient’s 2014 Uganda Selection
Blog Five Essential Funk Tracks From Sly and the Family Stone
Blog Afropop Exclusive: “Faya” Dub Remix
Blog Film of Life: New Album by Tony Allen
interview The Shape of Funk to Come: Renato M2 Interviewed

Reviews »

  • CongoX3
    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 »

  • Frikstailers - Crop Circles EP Cover Art (Still)
    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 »

  • no discount
    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 »

  • octopizzo
    Kenyan Rap: Octopizzo’s Chocolate City

    For those unfamiliar with Kenyan rap, the release of Chocolate City, the debut album from Octopizzo, will serve as a great introduction to one of Kenya’s strongest forms of popular music. For those more familiar with Kenyan rap, Octopizzo is … Read more »

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 »

NYC Events »

  • Fri Jul 11

    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!

  • Fri Jul 11

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

    Time: 11:00 pm to 1:30 am

    11:00PM doors / 12:00pm show
    $30.00 in advance - $35.00 day of show (age 21+)

  • Sat Jul 12

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

    Time: 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm

    With determination, talent and intelligence, Babasónicos has became one of the most successful and recognizable groups to come from the “sonic” underground rock movement in Argentina in the 1990’s. With 11 official albums and more than 22 years of constant touring with great success throughout Latin America, they've experimented with various diverse styles throughout their career, and continue to fill stadiums with screaming fans. Although they've never sought to conform to the typical Argentinean rock sound, this alternative band has established itself as a mainstream marketable group around the world.

    Born in Argentina, Juana Molina grew up in a musical environment, learning guitar at the age of five. After a wildly successful career as a comedian and actress, Molina turned her focus back to her first love, music. She released her first album in 1996, and after the release of her second and third albums, she quickly became the darling of the international indie/electronic/folk scene, and praise began pouring in from admirers in all corners. Her music features a highly unique and personal mix of elements ranging from folk to ambient and electronica. Her live performances combine live loops, effects created on-the-fly and her deft acoustic guitar playing, creating a lush sounding and visually compelling experience. On her latest album, ‘Wed 21,’ she remarkably expanded her palette of instruments, incorporating electric guitars, bass, drums and inventive electronics, giving the album a richer, broader sonic spectrum, guided as always by her trademark spirit of experimentation and her deep melodic sense.

    Los Angeles band, La Santa Cecilia consists of accordionist and requintero Jose “Pepe” Carlos, bassist Alex Bendana, percussionist Miguel Ramirez, and lead vocalist La Marisoul, whose captivating voice sings about love, loss and heartbreak. Their influences range from Miles Davis to The Beatles, Zeppelin to Janis Joplin and Mercedes Sosa to Ramon Ayala. Their common love of music and openness to all genres led them to the concept of La Santa Cecilia in 2007 – named after the patron saint of musicians. Their songs have been featured on a number of shows, including the Emmy award-winning series Weeds, and they've enjoyed great critical acclaim in the Wall Street Journal, NPR (named to numerous ‘Best of 2013’ lists), and Ad Age Magazine, who named the band a must for any Ad Agencies looking to launch a Hispanic campaign. In 2013, the band released their debut ‘Treinta Dias,’ which features a collaboration with fan Elvis Costello on “Losing Game.” The band also celebrated 2014 with a GRAMMY win (Best Latin Rock, Urban, or Alternative Album).

  • Sat Jul 12

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

    Time: 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm

    Lucia is a Colombian singer with one of the richest voices on the international scene today. She has mined the musical traditions of her native Colombia and other Latin American countries in an ongoing search for a distinct, style. The New York Times says that, "Ms.Pulido holds on to the rawness of the original melodies while giving them a sophisticated new context." She will be joine by Sebastian Cruz - guitar and Stomu Takeishi: bass.

  • Sat Jul 12

    Location: Brooklyn Bowl, Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, United States (Google Maps)

    Time: 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm

    Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm
    $12.00

    The Stooges Brass Band has earned their rank as one of the elite brass bands in New Orleans. The band consistently provides a welcome blast of true New Orleans spirit engaging audiences with their innovative blend of traditional New Orleans brass sounds, contemporary jazz and hip-hop beats.
    Emerging onto the scene in 1996, the Stooges Brass Band has gained notoriety as a full-blown musical party immersing the crowd in a cut-loose vibe that is contemporary yet deeply rooted in the culturally rich musical legacy of New Orleans. The band has shared the stage with: Ozomatli, Black Star (Mos Def & Talib Kweli), Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, Shemekia Copeland, Pedrito Martinez Group, Galactic, Brownout, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Ave, Big Sam's Funky Nation, The Funky Meters, and Jessica Simpson, among others.

    Brass-A-Holics have introduced the genre of "Go-Go Brass Funk" to the time honored traditions, culture and music that have come out of the great city of New Orleans, Louisiana.

    Bandleader and renowned Trombonist, Winston Turner, an alumni of the traditional Pinstripes Brass Band, and the contemporary Soul Rebels Brass Band, conceived the "Go-Go Brass Funk" genre with the goal of merging the unrivaled New Orleans brass sound with Washington DC's Go-Go groove and topping off his instrumental gumbo with keys and strings. Although there are differences in culture, style, and swagger within this band, the members of the Brass-A-Holics collectively bring to you a unified and unique sound that is unparalleled to anything you have ever heard. Where else can you hear Chuck Brown, Miles Davis, Nirvana, John Coltrane, Wham, Cyndi Lauper, Kanye West, and Louis Armstrong all in one set? Be warned that this sound is a powerful substance; both addictive and intoxicating.