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  • Fri Apr 18

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

    Time: 9:00 pm to 1:00 am

    Sets at 9:00, 10:30 and Midnight

    Every Friday night is African Jazz Night. Experience some of the greatest artists of this captivating genre! Tonight we bring you KOFO THE WONDERMAN (Master Drummer, Composer, Lead Singer and Bandleader) blends traditional African singing and drumming with Afro-funk flavour. His Exceptionally diverse CD ‘PROOF,’ issued and distributed by Sunmak Music Inc., supercedes expectation. The Wonderman’s infectious beat, led by the voice of the talking drum, as well as his own vocals, has been igniting dance floors and inspiring audiences in the New York club scene since he formed his band; ‘The Daylight Stars’.

  • Sat Apr 19

    Location: Best Buy Theater, Broadway, New York, NY, United States (Google Maps)

    Time: 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm

    Showtime: 8:00 PM
    Doors open: 7:00 PM
    Stephen Marley has been busy in the studio working on his album, Revelation PT.2 “The Fruit of Life” - The follow up to the Grammy award winning “ The Root of Life “ Stephen had planned to release the album this Fall and go on tour to promote the record. Unfortunately, the tour dates were announced before the album was complete. The release date of the album is now scheduled for February 2014 and Stephen will be touring after.

  • Sat Apr 19

    Location: Shrine, Adam Clayton Powell Junior Boulevard, New York, NY, United States, North America (Google Maps)

    Time: 10:00 pm to 12:00 am

    Join The Brand New Life for a night of Afro-infused dance music at The Shrine. The Brand New Life features drums, bass, horns, guitar, and keys that interlock in hard hitting grooves and soaring melodies through an afro prism. Sharing the stage with diverse acts such as afrobeat royalty Seun Kuti and Egypt 80 and Black Flag punk legend Greg Ginn, The Brand New Life has something for all lovers of live music. Grooves you cannot help but move to, compositions that bend jazz and rock, impressive musicianship, TBNL's got it. There is no better host for the band than The Shrine!

  • Sat Apr 19

    Location: Terraza 7, Gleane Street, NY, United States (Google Maps)

    Time: 10:30 pm to 12:30 am

    With some of the finest Colombian musicians in the United States, Ronald Polo (vocalist/composer/gaitero) and Morris Cañate (master folkloric percussionist) join their talents to lead and ensemble rich of musical traditions of their ancestors; the afro-descendants of Colombia’s Caribbean coast. With the strong mesmerizing beats, this music goes into your system like a dose of pure, sincere and contagious energy! Terraza literally catches in flames when Rebolú is on stage. Join us this Saturday for a fantastic time!

  • Sat Apr 19

    Location: Joe's Pub, Lafayette Street, New York, NY, United States (Google Maps)

    Time: 11:00 pm to 12:00 am

    Somalian hip-hop artist and philanthropist K'naan is embarking on a month long residency at Joe's Pub in April. You know him from his collaborations with music greats Nas, Bono, Mos Def and will.I.am from his 2012 LP release Country, God Or The Girl.
    The grandson of Haji Mohamed, one of Somalia’s most famous poets, and nephew of famed Somali singer Magool, the emcee is creating his own musical path through reggae, funk, pop, soul and, above all, hip-hop.

  • Sun Apr 20

    Location: DROM, Avenue A, New York, NY, United States (Google Maps)

    Time: 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm

    5:30pm and 8pm

    Celebrate great music with gorgeous Latin Jazz by Jorge Luis Pacheco, hailed by Wynton Marsalis who said "This young musician has a very bright future." Discover Cuba's hottest up and coming young Jazz piano player. He was the only pianist to be invited to perform with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra on their closing night at Havana's Teatro Mella. His current CD is being produced by multi grammy winner Chucho Valdes and they are also co-recording one of the tracks. His touring credits include tours with many major artists throughout Europe, Mexico, South America, and the Caribbean. This will be his US debut! Catch a rare glimpse of Cuba's cutting edge talent with some beautiful Cuban Music.

  • Sun Apr 20

    Location: DROM, Avenue A, New York, NY, United States (Google Maps)

    Time: 10:00 pm to 12:00 am

  • Mon Apr 21

    Location: Barbès (Google Maps)

    Time: 9:30 pm to 11:30 pm

  • Wed Apr 23

    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.

  • Thu Apr 24

    Location: Bar Thalia at Symphony Space, Broadway at 95th Street (Google Maps)

    Time: 9:00 pm to 11:00 pm

    Kevin Nathaniel on mbira, Renold Joseph on steel pan, Bill Dotts on bass
    free admission

    Spirit Trio is the melodic center of the legendary Spirit Ensemble with mbira, steel pan, and bass. The combination of the three is musical magic!

  • Thu Apr 24

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

    Time: 9:00 pm to 11:30 pm

    Colombian percussionist and composer Samuel Torres, called “at once intelligent, sophisticated, and explosive” by Jazz Times, performs Forced Displacement, which explores his country’s indigenous and Afro-Colombian musical roots and gives voice to the dynamic musical range of the conga drums supported by a Latin jazz ensemble. Thru the rhythmic, melodic, coloristic and harmonic developments of traditional Colombian music, Forced Displacement also explores the different factors of human displacement due to the armed-conflict in Colombia.

  • Thu Apr 24

    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 Apr 25

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

    Time: 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm

    5:00 doors / 8:00PM & 10:00PM show

    Formed in New York by a number of musicians from Ray Barretto‘s band, the Cuban charanga and salsa band, Tipica 73, enjoyed great success in the 1970s and 1980s. (The term típica refers to the “typical” configuration of a Cuban charanga with violin, and 73 to the year of founding the group).

    The legendary band is notable for for its experimental style and being the first US-based salsa orchestra to record in Cuba– the result of which was the album “Típica 73 En Cuba Intercambio Cultural.” At the time, Tipica 73 featured several salsa musicians who would go on to become famous as solo artists, including vocalist José “El Canario” Alberto and violinist Alfredo de la Fé.

    In the nascent and thriving New York Latin jazz and salsa scene in the early 1970s, the group began with Johnny “Dandy” Rodriguez Jr and four of Ray Barretto‘s original band including Adalberto Santiago (who all left Barretto simultaneously to start Tipica 73 in 1972), and, after combining the conjunto percussive style (congas, timbales, and bongos) with a horn section the band became one of the biggest stars of the salsa movement in the US.

    However, the band’s lineup ended up with an almost different cast by the start of the following decade, with several of the original members having left after differences in the late 1970s, and Santiago and three others leaving to form Los Kimbos. Rodriguez Jr was the only constant in the band, and he and remaining members would split in 1982, but not without a tribute to the charanga style, the 1980 release “Charangueando con la Tipica 73“, which included standout versions of Tito Puentes’ ”A Donde Vas” and Cachao’s “Chanchullo,” In 1995, Tipica 73 reunited for a successful concert in Puerto Rico, which led to a series of shows four years later.

    The band continues to play in New York and around the country, and celebrates its 40th anniversary this year!

  • Fri Apr 25

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

    Time: 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm

    "On his sharp new album, Nuevo Mundo, trumpeter Gabriel Alegría teases out affinities between modern jazz and the African-influenced coastal music of his native Peru." --The New York Times

  • Fri Apr 25

    Location: Terraza 7, Gleane Street, NY, United States (Google Maps)

    Time: 9:00 pm to 11:00 pm

    GNAWA BOUSSOU is a New York based Gnawa ensemble which performs traditional music from the Gnawa brotherhood of Morocco. Gnawa music is a rich repertoire of ancient African Islamic spiritual religious songs and rhythms. Its well preserved heritage combines ritual poetry with traditional music and dancing. The music is performed at ‘Lila’s', entire communal nights of celebration, dedicated to prayer and healing, guided by the Gnawa Maalem and his group of musicians and dancers.

    Though many of the influences that formed this music can be traced to sub-Saharan West-Africa, its traditional practice is concentrated in Morocco and the Béchar Province in South-western Algeria.

  • Fri Apr 25

    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 Apr 25

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

    Time: 11:00 pm to 3:00 am

    11:00PM doors / 12:00 PM & 2AM show

  • Sat Apr 26

    Location: DROM, Avenue A, New York, NY, United States (Google Maps)

    Time: 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm

    On April 26th, Samba New York! will be hosting its second "Samba Party," the only regular event in NYC where the general public can dance to a live samba school Bateria (Drum Section). As opposed to a show, the "Samba Party" is more of a communal gathering, where Brazilian music enthusiasts share their love of samba drumming, dance, and culture—a kind of NYC take on the mega samba school rehearsals that precede Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro. Brazilian dance master Danielle Lima will provide a lesson before leading the crowd in a series of fun and exciting samba routines, set to the powerful rhythms of Samba New York's live Bateria, under the leadership of Director, Philip Galinsky. DJ 2Melo sets the mood with his unique collection of Brazilian roots and contemporary dance tracks. At this edition of the Party, Samba New York! will be holding its first ever pagode, a typical samba get-together featuring a circle of musicians playing informally around a table, accompanied by singing, dancing, socializing, and plenty of food and drink.

    Praised by Brazil's Estado de São Paulo newspaper as "the most famous and active 'school of samba' in New York City," Samba New York! has brought the exhilaration and richness of Rio's samba traditions to some of the most prestigious venues, events, and media platforms in NYC and beyond—including Central Park SummerStage, the WITNESS Gala hosted by Peter Gabriel, the Best Buy Theater in Times Square, Brooklyn Museum, Joe's Pub, SOB's, TV Globo's O Jornal Nacional, the Dr. Oz Show, and the CBS Early Show. Having grown up immersed in Rio's samba world, Danielle Lima is one of NYC's foremost Brazilian dancers and founder of the Brasileirando Dance Group. Myk 2Melo is a global bass DJ and founder of Cumba Mela.

  • Sat Apr 26

    Location: Shrine, Adam Clayton Powell Junior Boulevard, New York, NY, United States (Google Maps)

    Time: 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm

    Singer and songwriter Andre Veloz is an interesting hybrid resulted from the cross between a bird and a fish. She has the nice habit of putting her body and soul into every song she sings.

  • Sat Apr 26

    Location: Shrine, Adam Clayton Powell Junior Boulevard, New York, NY, United States (Google Maps)

    Time: 9:00 pm to 10:00 pm

    Sarah Tshila, a.k.a. Tshila is a world-fusion musician from Uganda who first got onto the music scene in 2005 as a member of the pioneering Ugandan hip-hop group, Bataka Squad. She started out as the female MC in the group then later began to explore a solo career as an Afro-Fusion artist.

  • Sat Apr 26

    Location: Joe's Pub, Lafayette Street, New York, NY, United States (Google Maps)

    Time: 9:30 pm to 12:00 am

    South African Band Sharon Katz & The Peace Train will perform at Joe's Pub, 425 Lafayette St, NY 10003 on Saturday April 26th. Showtime is 9.30pm. Sharon and her band perform with special guests SAHAVO (South Africa Harlem Voices) and the show will be opened by singer songwriter, Kierstin Gray. Tickets are available by clicking on the following link or you can phone Joe's Pub at 212-539-8778

    Buy TIckets

    In 1992, shortly after Nelson Mandela's release from prison, Sharon Katz mounted a 500 voice multicultural children's choir in Durban, South Africa, in 1992. The following year in the midst of a civil war, she traveled by train with the choir, her ten piece band and Ladysmith Black Mambazo, around the whole of South Africa performing concerts at every stop to promote a peaceful transition to the New South Africa. The band has carried the name and the message of THE PEACE TRAIN ever since and returns to Joe's Pub for a celebratory concert on April 26th. Don't miss this phenomenal experience. A documentary is being made about The Peace Train and the trailer for the documentary will be shown before the concert begins. For more information http://www.sharonkatz.com

  • Sat Apr 26

    Location: Shrine, Adam Clayton Powell Junior Boulevard, New York, NY, United States (Google Maps)

    Time: 10:00 pm to 12:00 am

    Born in Kinshasa, the capital city of the Democratic Republic of Congo where he spent one half of his life before moving to New York City in 1996, music became Isaac’s path to navigate the world. With a family of traditional healers, and faith varying from Christianity to Islam, music is Isaac’s corner stone which holds fragments of his identity together. Artistically, he discovered one tool after the other. He started with the Mbonda or Ngoma (drum) and movements (dance) at a very early stage, a fascination that led to the modern drum set, to songs, to musicals, to plays and to the guitar etc…

  • Sat Apr 26

    Location: Joe's Pub, Lafayette Street, New York, NY, United States (Google Maps)

    Time: 11:00 pm to 12:00 am

    Somalian hip-hop artist and philanthropist K'naan is embarking on a month long residency at Joe's Pub in April. You know him from his collaborations with music greats Nas, Bono, Mos Def and will.I.am from his 2012 LP release Country, God Or The Girl.
    The grandson of Haji Mohamed, one of Somalia’s most famous poets, and nephew of famed Somali singer Magool, the emcee is creating his own musical path through reggae, funk, pop, soul and, above all, hip-hop.

  • Mon Apr 28

    Location: Barbès (Google Maps)

    Time: 9:30 pm to 11:30 pm

  • Tue Apr 29

    Location: Goddard Riverside Community Center, Columbus Avenue, New York, NY, United States (Google Maps)

    Time: 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm

    7:30 pm Kevin Nathaniel�mbira call for peace
    8 pm MbiraNYC

    Shona mbira music from Zimbabwe is one of the most soulful sounds on the African continent. Originally used in spirit possession ceremonies, the iron-pronged mbira produces music beautiful enough to attract spirits and rhythmically energized enough to keep people dancing through all-night ceremonies. MbiraNYC plays the traditional songs that have been handed down through scores of generations as given to us by the master mbira players of Zimbabwe.

    $5 suggested donation
    Goddard Riverside: The Bernie Wohl Center
    647 Columbus Ave. (91st/92nd St.), NYC: 212.799.9400

    Welcome to the Afro Roots series at Goddard Riverside! A great variety of artists from Africa, its diaspora and extended family, will be featured every other Tuesday night. Afro Roots night promises to be lively, musical, diverse, very groovy, and yes, funky.

  • Wed Apr 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.

  • Thu May 1

    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 May 2

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

    Time: 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm

    5:00 doors / 8:00PM & 10:00PM show

  • Fri May 2

    Location: Shrine, Adam Clayton Powell Junior Boulevard, New York, NY, United States (Google Maps)

    Time: 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm

  • Fri May 2

    Location: BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, United States (Google Maps)

    Time: 8:00 pm to 12:00 am

    Two-night-only (May 2 & 3) event features a supergroup of musicians including David Byrne, Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip), and Kele Okereke (Bloc Party)

    ATOMIC BOMB! The Music of William Onyeabor
    David Byrne
    Sinkane
    Money Mark (Beastie Boys)
    Pat Mahoney (LCD Soundsystem)
    Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip)
    Kele Okereke (Bloc Party)
    Luke Jenner (The Rapture)
    The Lijadu Sisters
    Joshua Redman
    More to be announced

    BAM Howard Gilman Opera House (30 Lafayette Ave)
    May 2 & 3 at 8pm
    Tickets: $35, 45, 55, 65
    (on sale Mar 17 for Friends of BAM and Mar 24 to the general public)

    Brooklyn, NY/Mar 6, 2014—Mysterious synth-funk pioneer William Onyeabor self-released eight nearly impossible-to-find albums between 1978 and 1985 in south-eastern Nigeria before disappearing from the music scene. Last year, after a five year odyssey to track down Onyeabor and secure his permission to release his music, the Luaka Bop label released World Psychedelic Classics 5: Who is William Onyeabor? The album introduced Onyeabor’s music to a wider audience and was named one of Time magazine’s top 10 albums of the year and Pitchfork’s Best Reissue of the Year 2013. This spring, Alldayeveryday, in association with Luaka Bop, premiered the Onyeabor documentary Fantastic Man, directed by Jake Sumner.

    As evidenced by the diverse lineup of tremendously talented musicians set to celebrate Onyeabor on the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House stage May 2 & 3—under the musical direction of Ahmed Gallab (Sinkane) and Money Mark (Beastie Boys)—the elusive artist continues to exert a remarkable and wide-ranging influence. ATOMIC BOMB! The Music of William Onyeabor marks the first chance to hear this legendary artist’s music catalog performed live in the United States, and is a highlight of a month-long, citywide music festival from Red Bull Music Academy. Following the BAM engagement, ATOMIC BOMB! (featuring the same lineup, with the exception of Luke Jenner) will travel to The Warfield in San Francisco (May 6) and The Greek Theatre in Los Angeles (May 8).

    For press information, including press tickets, regarding the BAM engagement, please contact Adriana Leshko at aleshko@BAM.org or 718.724.8021

    For Luaka Bop press information, please contact Blake Zidell (Blake Zidell & Associates) at blake@blakezidell.com or 718.643.9052.

  • Fri May 2

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

    Time: 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm

    “The Afro-Peruvian Sextet is writing a new chapter in the history of Latin Jazz” --Rifftides
    “Trumpeter Gabriel Alegria stands poised to introduce Afro-Peruvian Jazz to the world.” –All About Jazz
    “deeply funky 12/8 rhythm!” –Hartford Advocate

  • Fri May 2

    Location: Silvana, West 116th Street, New York, NY, United States (Google Maps)

    Time: 9:00 pm to 11:00 pm

    Jomion & The Uklos -Voodoo Jazz From Benin

    At the crossroads of Benin’s traditional village rhythms, Caribbean styles and jazz, Jomion & The Uklos make festive, colorful music. These four blood-brothers from the coastal West African city of Cotonou amaze audiences at home and abroad with their furious rhythms and sweet, mystical harmonies. These excellent musicians joyfully flirt with reggae, salsa and jazz, building a vibrant, relaxed dance music. Their voices blend in melodious harmony, delivering messages of hope, faith and traditional wisdom. Their music is simultaneously complex, profound and simple. Their songs connect to the depths of human experience, while lightening the heart with joy.

    Their mastery of Western music harmony and traditional African rhythms comes from their church training: At their family church in Cotonou, their father is the pastor and the eldest brother Samuel “Jomion” Gnonlonfoun is choirmaster. Hallelujah!

    History

    Samuel “Jomion” Gnonlonfoun is a multi-instrumentalist with a long history in traditional/jazz fusion music in Benin. He plays trumpet, drum-set, keyboards and percussion and composes and arrangers for The Uklos. Born in Cotonou, he started his career as an instrumentalist at age 17. He worked and collaborated with many Beninese groups, including Feeling Jazz, Gnonnas Pedro, Black Santiago, Sagbohan Danialou and Angelique Kidjo. In 1992, with his brothers and friends, Jomion founded the world-renowned Gangbé Brass Band. This group combined horns and percussion to rework the traditional rhythms of Benin with a unique jazz touch that moved audiences all over the world. The group toured incessantly, performing in prestigious concert halls and festivals such as WOMAD in London, Carnegie Hall in New York, and Couleur Café in Brussels, Belgium. In 2007, Samuel Gnonlonfoun took on a new artistic name, “Jomion” and founded a new group with his brothers Mathieu, Jean and Jean-Eudes. Jomion & The Uklos integrate traditional instruments and songs from Benin’s vodoun religion into a jazz-oriented music with catchy melodies that are easily accessible to a mass audience. They call their unique and multi-faceted fusion ‘Whêdo’ which is ‘rainbow’ in the Fôn language.
    In March, 2008, Jomion and his brothers participated in the Festival Afrika Fête in Benin. On May 23rd, 2008 they performed for the first time internationally, at the Saga Africa Festival of Hannut in Belgium. In 2009, the group did their first European tour, which included performances at the Alafia Festival in Hamburg; Polé-Polé in Gent; the prestigious Dranouter Festival, and the Afro-Latino Festival.

  • Fri May 2

    Location: DROM, Avenue A, New York, NY, United States (Google Maps)

    Time: 9:00 pm to 11:30 am

    Doors 9PM
    Show 9:30PM

    With their densely danceable percussive grooves, punctuated with brass accents, festive horn lines, indigenous flute overtones, and gritty guitar rifs, La Cumbiamba eNeYé Invites listeners to join their celebration of Colombian culture. Capturing the inclusive spirit of the outdoor parties that take place in Colombia known as "Cumbiambas", this ensemble evokes Latin American celebratory traditions with a contemporary outlook.

  • Fri May 2

    Location: Shrine, Adam Clayton Powell Junior Boulevard, New York, NY, United States (Google Maps)

    Time: 9:00 pm to 10:00 pm

    Laolu Senbanjo is the creator of ‘Afromysterics’ style of Art. This brain child of his was created in 2007 and it transcends Art mediums and is also the expression of the thoughts and mysteries into music, vocals, and sounds.