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A Brief History of Funk

Funk is a perennial favorite. In this panoramic history of the grooviest of genres, we hear track after track of absolute boogie-down classics. Everything from Sly and the Family Stone to James Brown, with a few stops to hear legends … Read more »

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Blog Five Essential Funk Tracks From Sly and the Family Stone
Blog Afropop’s Picks: Latin American Music Conference 2014
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
Blog World Cup Brazil Mixtape Roundup

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 »

  • Thu Jul 10

    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
    $Free General Admission (age 21+)

  • Thu Jul 10

    Location: Zinc Bar, West 3rd Street, New York, NY, United States (Google Maps)

    Time: 11:59 pm to 2:00 am

    The essence of AfroCuban music is expressed in the Rumba: intoxicating polyrhythmic percussion, played on multiple drums, accompanied by call and response singing. Master percussionist Roman Diaz, the leader of the Abakuá society brought to Cuba from Calabar, West Africa, is regarded as a “living repository” of Cuba's folkoric music. As a member of the seminal Cuban rumba ensemble Yoruba Andabo, he continued the work of the legendary percussionist Pancho Quinto in creating a new definition of traditional Cuban rumba.

    Román Díaz left Cuba in 1999 to come to New York City. Since then he has been featured alongside Orlando “Puntilla” Rios in the critically acclaimed documentary Calle 54, and in ‘Dame La Mano’ the film that documents the life and times of Union City’s Esquina Habanera, the Grammy-nominated rumba ensemble Raíces Habanera and their followers.

    His mastery of the batá drum is present on countless recordings along with his rock solid groove on congas. He has always been sought after for his artistic sensibility, charisma and signature sound. As a producer, he has brought together some of the finest interpreters of Rumba from the island as documented on the CD, Wemilere. In the U.S., Diaz has collaborated with many musicians including the New Orleans jazz great Donald Harrison, Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez, Paquito D’Rivera, Juan-Carlos Formell, Oriando “Puntilla” Rios and AfroHORN.

  • Fri Jul 11

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

    Time: 6:30 am to 8:30 am

    6:00 pm - 8:30pm
    Performances by Esteman, Ana Tijoux, AJ Davila, Diana Fuentes,
    El Mato a Un Policia Motorizado, Danay Suarez, Caloncho, Sante Les Amis and Babasonicos

  • Fri Jul 11

    Location: The Gramercy Theatre - 127 E. 23rd Street (Google Maps)

    Time: 8:00 am to 1:00 pm

    Performances by Diana Fuentes, Esteman, The Wookies, AJ Davila, Milkman and Los Macuanos. This is a semi-private event open to LAMC registrants with a limited number of tickets to be made available for purchase by the general public.

  • Fri Jul 11

    Location: Club Meridian 23 - 161 West 23rd St NYC 10011 (Google Maps)

    Time: 9:30 am to 10:30 am

    DJONIBAGROOVE.COM
    212-470-5929
    Doors open 9:30PM, Show 11PM
    Admission: $8