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  • Wed Sep 24

    Location: BAM Peter Jay Sharp Building, 30 Lafayette Ave, New York, NY, United States (Google Maps)

    Time: 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm

    TICKETS START AT $25

    Part of 2014 Next Wave Festival and Nonesuch Records at BAM

    Rokia Traoré, singer and multi-instrumentalist
    Toumani Diabaté and Sidiki Diabaté, kora

    Both singer and multi-instrumentalist Rokia Traoré and master kora player Toumani Diabaté with his son Sidiki Diabaté ignite the stage with the sounds of Mali during two separate sets.

    Rokia Traoré has been named “one of Mali’s most revered voices” by NPR. Traoré recently released her second, critically acclaimed Nonesuch recording, Beautiful Africa, produced by John Parish (PJ Harvey, Eels, Sparklehorse), a follow-up to 2009’s Tchamantché. Traoré’s music draws on her homeland’s traditions as well as the European and American rock and pop she has listened to throughout her life. She collaborated with Nobel Prize-winning novelist Toni Morrison and acclaimed director Peter Sellars on the theater piece Desdemona, which was staged at Lincoln Center and the Barbican. In 2012, Traoré joined Damon Albarn’s UK tour, “Africa Express,” featuring John Paul Jones, Amadou Bagayoko, Baaba Maal, and Paul McCartney.

    One of Africa’s leading musicians, Toumani Diabaté is responsible for introducing audiences worldwide to the kora, a 21-string harp unique to West Africa and an instrument he plays with exceptional virtuosity. Born into a family of griots—custodians of the ancient oral traditions of West Africa’s Mandé people—Diabaté counts 71 generations in his family line. His musical development in the 60s and 70s was influenced by American soul music and British rock bands. While recording Kaira, his first album in the UK in the mid-80s, he was introduced to Indian classical music, from which he incorporated the jugalbandi method of musical dialogue between two instruments. Diabaté formed the Symmetric Orchestra to explore the balance between tradition and modernity among musicians from numerous African countries; he views musical experimentation as part of the griot’s role in enabling communication between peoples. He has released four albums for Nonesuch—including Ali & Toumani, a Grammy Award-winning recording with guitar virtuoso Ali Farka Touré—as part of the label’s longstanding relationship with the UK-based World Circuit Records.

    Sidiki Diabaté, Toumani’s 23-year-old son, is deeply versed in Mandé culture and kora technique. He runs his own recording and programming studio and, with rapper Iba One, is Mali’s premier hip-hop duo—which sells out the 20,000-seat Modibo Keita stadium. Toumani and Sidiki Diabaté have recorded an album of kora duets, featuring almost-forgotten kora pieces and a new look at some Mandé classics from Mali.

  • Wed Sep 24

    Location: Brooklyn Bowl, 61 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY, United States (Google Maps)

    Time: 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm

    Opening: SUBATOMIC SOUND SYSTEM, And special guests!
    Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm
    $20.00

    I’m an artist, a musician, a magician, a writer, a singer; I’m everything. My name is Lee from the African jungle, originally from West Africa. I’m a man from somewhere else, but my origin is from Africa, straight to Jamaica through reincarnation; reborn in Jamaica..." .. .. Lee "Scratch" Perry (born Rainford Hugh Perry, on March 20, 1936, in Kendal, Jamaica) is a Grammy award-winning reggae and dub artist, who has been highly influential in the development and acceptance of reggae and dub music in Jamaica and overseas. He employs numerous pseudonyms, such as "Pipecock Jaxxon" and "The Upsetter". Arguably the first creatively driven, "artist-producer" in modern recorded music, Lee "Scratch" Perry occupies the highest level of music making - standing comfortably next to pioneers like George Martin, Phil Spector, and Brian Wilson.

    NYC’s Subatomic Sound System is a tightrope between the reggae roots of dub and the future of bass music. Subatomic Sound System performs as either a DJ, live electronic act, or complete band and is spearheaded by Emch, founder of Dub Champions Festival and the Subatomic Sound label, producer, DJ, musician, Brooklyn Radio host, label manager for Kingston-based People’s Records JA, Dubspot music instructor, and promoter. After collaborating with Dubblestandart in 2008 to produce Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry’s first dubstep tracks, numerous projects followed and Subatomic Sound System, with a unique blend of live instruments and electronics, has become Scratch’s go-to band for reinventing the Black Ark vibes on recent tours, including his 2013 Coachella & RBMA appearances.

  • Wed Sep 24

    Location: Shrine, 2271 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd, New York, NY, United States (Google Maps)

    Time: 9:00 pm to 10:00 pm

    Mente Clara was born out of a love for the music of Hermeto Pascoal and other Brazilian masters. They combine soaring melody with sophisticated harmony and the danceable rhythms of Northeastern Brazil. The band has developed a reputation for exciting live shows and brings that same energy to their debut record, Wanderlust. This is music for both the mind and the soul. The band first came together for a session on a Sunday afternoon, after saxophonist/pianist Owen Summers and bassist Daniel Durham met and decided that there was no reason not to play Hermeto’s music. Drummer Aaron Parks and saxophonist Brian Donohoe were also there for that first session, as the band began to explore Hermeto’s music. As the group developed, they began to play more original compositions and were joined by saxophonist Jonathan McNutt and percussionist Bruno Vinezof. As Hermeto says “Tudo é som”

  • Wed Sep 24

    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 Sep 24

    Location: Shrine, 2271 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd, New York, NY, United States (Google Maps)

    Time: 10:00 pm to 11:00 pm

    Coelho & Ridnell is a unique collaboration of two musicians – one Brazilian and one American. Fellow guitar players, singers and composers Chico Coelho and Dave Ridnell met at a gig at the Tunnel Top bar in San Francisco in October 2010. They quickly hit it off, united instantly by a mutual love of the music of the great Brazilian composer Joao Donato.

  • Thu Sep 25

    Location: Shrine, 2271 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd, New York, NY, United States (Google Maps)

    Time: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

    The latin jazz music of Rodrigo Bonelli combines driving rhythmic patterns from Afro-Cuban and Brazilian styles along with highly inspired melodies to convey the group's message. Whether they play intensely or at a more relaxed tempo, the compositions all share rich melodies and the musicians strong interplay always shines through. They will be joined by amazing and versatile singer Erin Blatti.

  • Thu Sep 25

    Location: Barbès, 376 9th St, New York, NY, United States (Google Maps)

    Time: 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm

    The Brazilian guitarist is an expert in Choro and Samba and all the shadings of what is Musica Carioca. He plays both 6 and 7 string guitar and is a composer and arranger(Ivan Lins, Ney Mattogrosso etc..) His recent CDs include " Homenagem a Carlinhos Leite", "tributo a Baden Powell" and "Rogerio Souza".
    Featuring Rogerio Souza 7 string guitar; Billy Newman - 6 string; Vitor Gonsalves - accordion and Sergio Krakowski - Pandeiro.

  • Thu Sep 25

    Location: BAM Peter Jay Sharp Building, 30 Lafayette Ave, New York, NY, United States (Google Maps)

    Time: 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm

    TICKETS START AT $30

    Part of 2014 Next Wave Festival and Nonesuch Records at BAM

    Veloso and trio will perform original songs from his most recent album, the Latin Grammy Award–winning Abraçaço, which Nonesuch released in the US earlier this year. Abraçaço is the final installment of a musical trilogy (including 2007’s Cê and 2009’s zii e zie) with Banda Cê, a trio of young Brazilian indie rock musicians.

    Grammy Award-winning singer/composer/guitarist/writer/political activist Caetano Veloso is among the most influential and beloved artists to emerge from Brazil, where he began his musical career in the 1960s. He has over 50 recordings to his credit, including 14 on Nonesuch. Absorbing musical and aesthetic ideas from sources as diverse as The Beatles, concrete poetry, the French Dadaists, and the Brazilian modernist poets of the 1920s, Veloso—together with Gilberto Gil, Gal Costa, Tom Zé, his sister Maria Bethânia, and a number of other poets and intellectuals—founded the Tropicália movement and permanently altered the course of his country’s popular music.

  • Thu Sep 25

    Location: Joe's Pub, 425 Lafayette St, New York, NY, United States (Google Maps)

    Time: 9:30 pm to 10:30 pm

    Ticket Price: $20.00
    Doors at 9PM
    Show at 9:30PM

    El Colectivo Sur, an artist collective fostering collaborations between South American musicians based in NYC and abroad, presents an evening of cutting edge Venezuelan music featuring NYC based singer songwriter Juancho Herrera, and world acclaimed folkloric string ensemble C4 Trio. They will be joined by special guests Argentinean vocalists Sofia Tosello and Sofia Rei.

    Guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter Juancho Herrera has carved a name for himself in the NYC Latin and world music scene. Drawing from his South American roots and the influence of jazz and blues Juancho has achieved a catalogue of original songs, and unique renditions of Latin American music. Herrera’s versatility and virtuosity as a guitarist have taken him around the world to perform with a diverse array of jazz and world music all-stars including Claudia Acuña, Marta Gomez, Lila Downs, Alejandro Sanz, Branford Marsalis, Mercedes Sosa, Ryuichi Sakamoto, and The Chieftains.

    C4 Trio is a unique ensemble with focus centered on the Venezuelan cuatro. Their third album was nominated for a Latin Grammy in 2013. The group's origins stem directly from the International Competition “Siembra del Cuatro”, produced by master Cheo Hurtado. Jorge Glem, Edward Ramirez and Hector Molina have become the new shining stars of the Venezuelan Cuatro, selling out concerts all over Venezuela and beyond (Europe and the Americas). Joined by bassist Rodner Padilla, the ensemble has established itself as one of the new musical references of Venezuelan instrumental music. With four albums under their name, C4 Trio has managed to infuse new perspectives and energy to the Cuatro repertoire through collaborations with some of the greatests artists of their country such as Gualberto Ibarreto and el Pollo Brito. They have also shared the stage with artists such as Jorge Drexler, Oscar D'Leon, Gilberto Santa Rosa and Anat Cohen.

  • Thu Sep 25

    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 Sep 26

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

    Time: 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm

    http://sobs.com/2014/4071/latin-grooves-presents-avenida-b

    Doors at 5, shows at 8 and 10

    Ladies FREE before 7PM
    Gentlemen $10 before 7PM
    Dinner Reservations FREE before 7PM
    HAPPY HOUR 5PM-7PM
    Drinks Specials:

    $5 | Mojitos | Sangria | Rum

    $20 | Beer Bucket (5)
    Free | Tostones

  • Fri Sep 26

    Location: BAM Peter Jay Sharp Building, 30 Lafayette Ave, New York, NY, United States (Google Maps)

    Time: 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm

    TICKETS START AT $30

    Part of 2014 Next Wave Festival and Nonesuch Records at BAM

    Veloso and trio will perform original songs from his most recent album, the Latin Grammy Award–winning Abraçaço, which Nonesuch released in the US earlier this year. Abraçaço is the final installment of a musical trilogy (including 2007’s Cê and 2009’s zii e zie) with Banda Cê, a trio of young Brazilian indie rock musicians.

    Grammy Award-winning singer/composer/guitarist/writer/political activist Caetano Veloso is among the most influential and beloved artists to emerge from Brazil, where he began his musical career in the 1960s. He has over 50 recordings to his credit, including 14 on Nonesuch. Absorbing musical and aesthetic ideas from sources as diverse as The Beatles, concrete poetry, the French Dadaists, and the Brazilian modernist poets of the 1920s, Veloso—together with Gilberto Gil, Gal Costa, Tom Zé, his sister Maria Bethânia, and a number of other poets and intellectuals—founded the Tropicália movement and permanently altered the course of his country’s popular music.

  • Fri Sep 26

    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 Sep 26

    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 Sep 26

    Location: Barbès, 376 9th St, New York, NY, United States (Google Maps)

    Time: 10:00 pm to 11:00 pm

    Beto Jamaica is one of Colombia's preeminent Vallenato accordionist. He was the winner of the 2006 vallenato festival in Valledupar which crowned him Vallenato King. Since then, Beto has travelled around the world brinking Vallenato and cumbia all around Latin America. He is backed by a five piece band. $10

  • Sat Sep 27

    Location: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 5th Ave, New York, NY, United States (Google Maps)

    Time: 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

    Connect and celebrate during our annual Museum-wide festival! Come with family and friends to explore art, enjoy performances and stories, create, and much more! Check out the full schedule of events.

    ¡Vengan con sus familias y amigos a celebrar juntos durante este festival! Descrubran conexiones inesperadas explorando el arte y conociendo a artistas, participen en talleres creativos, disfruten de música, baile y cuentos, y mucho más. Aquí pueden ver el horario de eventos.

    All events are FREE with Museum admission. Kids under 12 are always free when accompanied by an adult. For more details, visit metmuseum.org/events or email familyprograms@metmuseum.org.

    Todos los eventos son GRATIS con la entrada al Museo. Niños menores de 12 años, acompañados de un adulto, entran gratis. Para más detalles, visiten metmuseum.org/events o escriba a familyprograms@metmuseum.org.

  • Sat Sep 27

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

    Time: 8:30 pm to 12:00 am

    6:30PM doors / 8:30PM & 10:00PM show
    $10 General Admission (age 21+)

    Dubbed the West Coast’s hottest Brazilian band by promoters, journalists and fans, SambaDá musically unites the Americas. Based in the rich musical traditions of Brazil, SambaDá also references salsa and cumbia, and blends them playfully with funk and reggae beats. Brazilian natives Papiba Godinho and Dandha da Hora bring profound knowledge and respect for Brazilian music, and together with the entire band, they present a unique musical sound with a universal appeal.

  • Mon Sep 29

    Location: Barbès, 376 9th St, New York, NY, United States (Google Maps)

    Time: 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm

    Lyrical melodies, contrapuntal harmonies, and a swinging rhythm section: choro is Brazil's answer to early American jazz. TheRegional de NY performs classic and original arrangements of Brazil's oldest popular music with deep groove and a love for improvisation. Personnel: Hadar Noiberg - flute; Vitor Gonçalves - accordion; Kahil Nayton - cavquinho; Cesar Garabini - 7 string guitar and Ranjan Ramchandani - pandeiro.

  • Mon Sep 29

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

    Time: 9:00 pm to 10:00 pm

    Produced by Hernandez himself, Spanish Harlem Orchestra features a stellar collection of nine newly written original arrangements and three cover compositions. Special guest pianist Chick Corea and saxophonist Joe Lovano close out the album with the orchestra’s singular Latin jazz reinterpretation of the Great American Songbook standard, “You And The Night And The Music.” Spanish Harlem Orchestra showcases the real sound of authentic, New York salsa at its best. Full force instrumental precision is beautifully met with inimitable vocal prowess by singers Ray De La Paz, Marco Bermudez and Carlos Cascante. All pieces are first or second takes recorded with no click track; it’s simply the genre’s foremost players churning out powerhouse salsa tracks. So, turn up the volume, open the windows, and put on your dancin’ shoes ’cause the Spanish Harlem Orchestra is back with a slew of mesmerizing new tunes!

    Sep 29 2014 7:00PM doors / 9:00PM show $20.00 General ADMISSION (age 21+)

  • Mon Sep 29

    Location: Barbès (Google Maps)

    Time: 9:30 pm to 11:30 pm

  • Wed Oct 1

    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 Oct 2

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

    Time: 9:00 pm to 11:30 pm

    Sets at 9:00 and 10:30PM

    The first Thursday each month, this 16-piece big band brings together musicians from different countries around the world that, under Gregorio Uribe’s leadership and vision, create a masterpiece of Latin rhythms. With a remarkable compliance of trumpets, trombones and saxes soaring over an amazing percussion section and the leader of the group dancing to the beat while playing the accordion, this band brings new and modern flavor to Latin music that, simply, cannot go unnoticed.

    The band has performed at renown venues on the East Coast such as Iridium, Highline Ballroom, Fat Cat, Theater For The New City, Regattabar and the Rhode Island State House.

    Uribe brought to life his vision to create a show that blends different genres such as funk and jazz with the intriguing folkloric rhythms of his native Colombia. This energetic and intelligent approach to the music of his country has led him to share the stage with such renowned artists as the six-time Grammy-winner Rubén Blades and Latin Grammy Award-winners Aterciopelados

  • Thu Oct 2

    Location: DROM, 85 Avenue A, New York, NY, United States (Google Maps)

    Time: 9:00 pm to 10:30 pm

    Doors at 9pm, Show at 9:30pm
    $12 adv, $17 at door
    Rooted in Son Jarocho, Las Cafeteras seamlessly fuse traditional Afro-Caribbean music from Veracruz, Mexico with modern rhythms and lyrically rich storytelling to create a new Urban Folk sound from the streets of East Los Angeles. Las Cafeteras have taken the music scene by storm with their infectious live performances and have crossed-genre and musical borders. We open the 10th NY Gypsy Festival with just the right type of band that symbolizes the spirit of Gypsy Music.

  • Thu Oct 2

    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 Oct 3

    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 Oct 3

    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!

  • Tue Oct 7

    Location: BRIC Arts Media House, 647 Fulton St, New York, NY, United States (Google Maps)

    Time: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

    Brooklyn-based East African retro-pop group, Alsarah & The Nubatones perform a special intimate concert on the BRIC House stoop.

    BRIC's Stoop Series illuminates the arts and life around us in Brooklyn through artistic performances, presentations, participatory activities and dynamic conversations. Explore music, visual art, film, media, storytelling, comedy, and other creative fields. Grab a coffee or a cocktail and engage with some of the most innovative artistic voices in Brooklyn's ever-expanding cultural scene. On the monumental interior stoop of BRIC House – there’s something different every week!





    This event is free.
    Venue Information
    Stoop at BRIC House
    A public cultural gathering space featuring free, drop-in programming, and offering a place to sit, observe, and discuss the atrwork exhihited in the Gallery of BRIC House.
    Location
    647 Fulton Street
    (Enter on Rockwell Place)
    Brooklyn, NY 11217
    Google Map
    Contact Information
    Tel: 718.683.5600
    Directions
    2/3/4/5 to Nevins St | B/Q/R to DeKalb St | G to Fulton St

  • Thu Oct 9

    Location: Apollo Theater, 253 W 125th St, New York, NY, United States (Google Maps)

    Time: 12:00 am to 12:00 am

    AFRICA NOW!
    South Africa

    The packed weekend highlights
    today's South African music scene

    October 9-12, 2014

    Mainstage Concert
    The Soil, Simphiwe Dana, Tumi Molekane
    with emcee Hugh Masekela
    October 11, 2014

    Apollo Uptown Hall:
    The Harlem/South Africa Connection
    Panelists to Include:
    Legendary Social Activist/Actor Harry Belafonte and
    Former New York City Mayor David N. Dinkins
    October 12, 2014

    The four-day festival will also feature a variety of education and community events including special performances, a family workshop,
    an Apollo Live Wire discussion and more

    TICKETS: $25-$55
    http://www.apollotheater.org; 212/531-5305


    Clockwise from Top: Mainstage artists The Soil, Tumi Molekane, Simphiwe Dana
    The Apollo Theater, in partnership with World Music Institute, presents Africa Now! South Africa, the third installment of the their annual Africa Now! Festival. In recognition of the country’s dynamic and diverse culture and in celebration of the 20th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s inauguration, this season’s festival will spotlight today’s contemporary South African music scene and Harlem’s enduring cultural and social relationship with the country. Featuring a suite of artistic programming and an array of unique artists, Africa Now! South Africa will provide a holistic experience for audiences with presentations on the Apollo’s mainstage and soundstage.

    The festival is anchored by a blowout concert featuring a new generation of South African artists: The Soil, an award-winning a cappella group known for their Kasi Soul blend of rhythmic vocal bass lines, beat-boxing and sublime harmonies; Simphiwe Dana, a popular Xhosa singer and songwriter who fuses traditional music with jazz, Afro-soul, R&B and hip hop; and Tumi Molekane, the socially conscious hip hop artist, formerly of Tumi and the Volume, who will make his U.S. debut.

    This year’s Festival will also include an Apollo Uptown Hall: The Harlem/South Africa Connection panel discussion featuring leading social and political voices including the legendary social activist and actor Harry Belafonte and former New York City Mayor David N. Dinkins; a South African themed family workshop with artist and designer Vickie Frémont; a panel discussion with participating artists as part of the Apollo’s educational Live Wire series; and other events.
    "With our partners at the iconic Apollo Theater, we are thrilled to kick off the 2014-15 season with 'Africa Now! South Africa,' part of a city-wide celebration of South African music. Our festival stands out by showcasing the post-Apartheid generation of socially-conscious fresh young artists who are now shaping their country: the Xhosa singer/songwriter Simphiwe Dana; rapper/poet Tumi Molekane in his American debut; and the uplifting a cappella group, The Soil."
    — Karen Sander, World Music Institute Artistic and Executive Director
    “We are excited to present this season’s bold and exciting Africa Now! Festival. This year we will proudly explore South Africa’s vibrant and diverse culture through performance, discussion, film and more. As the birthplace of some of some of the world’s most influential leaders and artists, we wanted to provide an outlet into this artistically rich country.”
    — Mikki Shepard, Apollo Theater Executive Producer
    The four-day music Festival will take place during Carnegie Hall’s UBUNTU: Music and Arts of South Africa, and is part of a citywide celebration of the 20th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s inauguration.

    Tickets are $45, $35, $25; Premium tickets are $55. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased through the Apollo Theater Box Office, (125 St. between 7 and 8 Ave.), (212) 531-5305 and Ticketmaster, (800) 745 3000, http://www.ticketmaster.com.

    Please see below for the full Africa Now schedule and description of events.
    Watch & Listen

    WATCH: Simphiwe Dana, Mayne
    WATCH: Tumi Molekane, Hello Hello Kitty
    WATCH: Tumi presents Afrique
    WATCH: The Soil, Reflections DVD EPK
    WATCH: The Soil, Baninzi
    Festival Schedule
    Music Café – Africa Now! South Africa
    Featuring Toya Delazy
    Friday, October 10, 2014, 10 p.m.
    Apollo Soundstage

    South African singer, pianist, dancer, and performer from KwaZulu-Natal, Toya Delazy, will perform on the Apollo’s intimate soundstage. Delazy has been honored with two South African Music Awards in 2013, taking home the “Newcomer of the Year” and “Best Pop Album” awards.

    Tickets for Apollo Music Café are $20 and $15 in advance for the Apollo’s A-List. Tickets are available at The Apollo Theater Box Office: (212) 531-5305, 253 West 125th Street, and Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000, http://www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets are on sale.


    Africa Now! South Africa - Mainstage Concert
    Featuring the Soil, Simphiwe Dana and Tumi Molekane with emcee Hugh Masekela
    Saturday, October 11, 2014, 8 p.m.
    Apollo Mainstage

    This year's Africa Now! festival centers around a triple-bill blow-out concert on the Apollo’s legendary Mainstage, featuring a new generation of South African superstars who represent and challenge the new South Africa. The three radically different but equally exciting headliners, all in their 20's and 30's, are:

    THE SOIL, a 3-member a cappella group determined to uplift souls around the world with their divine voices and infectious swing. Their Kasi Soul-style of music combines rhythmic vocal bass lines, beat-boxing, and the type of sublime harmonies made famous by groups like Ladysmith Black Mambazo and the Soweto Gospel Choir.

    SIMPHIWE DANA, a sultry Xhosa singer who blends traditional music with jazz, R&B and Afro-Soul for a sound that is at once rootsy and futuristic: think Miriam Makeba-meets-Erykah Badu. Dana’s songs reflect her staunch advocacy for new political discourse, education reform, AIDS awareness, and the betterment of the African people.

    TUMI MOLEKANE, a hip hop artist who delivers potent social commentary on such topics as identity, insurgency, materialism, love and fidelity. The Tanzanian-born South African rapper, who rose to fame with his ground-breaking band, Tumi and the Volume, will debut work from his new solo album, Rob the Church, which was inspired by his travels throughout Africa. This marks his U.S. debut.

    Tickets for Africa Now! South Africa Mainstage Concert are $25 - $55. Groups: $21.25 - $46.75. Apollo Advantage: $17.50 - $39. Tickets are available at The Apollo Theater Box Office: (212) 531-5305, 253 West 125th Street, and Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000, http://www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets are on sale.


    Music Café – Africa Now! South Africa
    Featuring The Muffinz
    Saturday, October 11, 2014, 10 p.m.
    Apollo Soundstage

    “Joburg” is buzzing about its newest favorite Afro-jazz band, The Muffinz. All members of the five-piece band play instruments and sing - blending soulful mastery with a fresh new take that is raw and honest in its appeal, combining many musical genres into one effortless unique sound.

    Tickets for Apollo Music Café are $20 and $15 in advance for the Apollo’s A-List. Tickets are available at The Apollo Theater Box Office: (212) 531-5305, 253 West 125th Street, and Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000, http://www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets are on sale.


    Apollo Uptown Hall: The Harlem/South Africa Connection
    Panelists include Harry Belafonte, David N. Dinkins
    Sunday, October 12, 2014, 3 p.m.
    Apollo Mainstage

    The Apollo’s Uptown Hall series addresses a diverse range of cultural, social, and political issues important to the Harlem community through dialogue and debate. This Africa Now edition of Uptown Hall will focus on Harlem’s enduring social, political, and cultural relationship with South Africa, from the Harlem Renaissance, to Nelson Mandela’s historic visit here in the 1990s, to the opportunities and challenges both places face today. Co-moderated by The Africa Channel’s Dr. Felicia Mabuza-Suttle and NYABJ President Michael J. Feeney participants include publisher Milton Allimadi, legendary social activist and actor Harry Belafonte, former New York City Mayor David N. Dinkins, Professor John Higginson, actor Ron Kunene, National Black Theatre CEO Sade Lythcott, South African Consul General George Monyemangene and producer Voza Rivers. There will al

  • Thu Oct 9

    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 Oct 10

    Location: Apollo Theater, 253 W 125th St, New York, NY, United States (Google Maps)

    Time: 12:00 am to 12:00 am

    AFRICA NOW!
    South Africa

    The packed weekend highlights
    today's South African music scene

    October 9-12, 2014

    Mainstage Concert
    The Soil, Simphiwe Dana, Tumi Molekane
    with emcee Hugh Masekela
    October 11, 2014

    Apollo Uptown Hall:
    The Harlem/South Africa Connection
    Panelists to Include:
    Legendary Social Activist/Actor Harry Belafonte and
    Former New York City Mayor David N. Dinkins
    October 12, 2014

    The four-day festival will also feature a variety of education and community events including special performances, a family workshop,
    an Apollo Live Wire discussion and more

    TICKETS: $25-$55
    http://www.apollotheater.org; 212/531-5305


    Clockwise from Top: Mainstage artists The Soil, Tumi Molekane, Simphiwe Dana
    The Apollo Theater, in partnership with World Music Institute, presents Africa Now! South Africa, the third installment of the their annual Africa Now! Festival. In recognition of the country’s dynamic and diverse culture and in celebration of the 20th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s inauguration, this season’s festival will spotlight today’s contemporary South African music scene and Harlem’s enduring cultural and social relationship with the country. Featuring a suite of artistic programming and an array of unique artists, Africa Now! South Africa will provide a holistic experience for audiences with presentations on the Apollo’s mainstage and soundstage.

    The festival is anchored by a blowout concert featuring a new generation of South African artists: The Soil, an award-winning a cappella group known for their Kasi Soul blend of rhythmic vocal bass lines, beat-boxing and sublime harmonies; Simphiwe Dana, a popular Xhosa singer and songwriter who fuses traditional music with jazz, Afro-soul, R&B and hip hop; and Tumi Molekane, the socially conscious hip hop artist, formerly of Tumi and the Volume, who will make his U.S. debut.

    This year’s Festival will also include an Apollo Uptown Hall: The Harlem/South Africa Connection panel discussion featuring leading social and political voices including the legendary social activist and actor Harry Belafonte and former New York City Mayor David N. Dinkins; a South African themed family workshop with artist and designer Vickie Frémont; a panel discussion with participating artists as part of the Apollo’s educational Live Wire series; and other events.
    "With our partners at the iconic Apollo Theater, we are thrilled to kick off the 2014-15 season with 'Africa Now! South Africa,' part of a city-wide celebration of South African music. Our festival stands out by showcasing the post-Apartheid generation of socially-conscious fresh young artists who are now shaping their country: the Xhosa singer/songwriter Simphiwe Dana; rapper/poet Tumi Molekane in his American debut; and the uplifting a cappella group, The Soil."
    — Karen Sander, World Music Institute Artistic and Executive Director
    “We are excited to present this season’s bold and exciting Africa Now! Festival. This year we will proudly explore South Africa’s vibrant and diverse culture through performance, discussion, film and more. As the birthplace of some of some of the world’s most influential leaders and artists, we wanted to provide an outlet into this artistically rich country.”
    — Mikki Shepard, Apollo Theater Executive Producer
    The four-day music Festival will take place during Carnegie Hall’s UBUNTU: Music and Arts of South Africa, and is part of a citywide celebration of the 20th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s inauguration.

    Tickets are $45, $35, $25; Premium tickets are $55. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased through the Apollo Theater Box Office, (125 St. between 7 and 8 Ave.), (212) 531-5305 and Ticketmaster, (800) 745 3000, http://www.ticketmaster.com.

    Please see below for the full Africa Now schedule and description of events.
    Watch & Listen

    WATCH: Simphiwe Dana, Mayne
    WATCH: Tumi Molekane, Hello Hello Kitty
    WATCH: Tumi presents Afrique
    WATCH: The Soil, Reflections DVD EPK
    WATCH: The Soil, Baninzi
    Festival Schedule
    Music Café – Africa Now! South Africa
    Featuring Toya Delazy
    Friday, October 10, 2014, 10 p.m.
    Apollo Soundstage

    South African singer, pianist, dancer, and performer from KwaZulu-Natal, Toya Delazy, will perform on the Apollo’s intimate soundstage. Delazy has been honored with two South African Music Awards in 2013, taking home the “Newcomer of the Year” and “Best Pop Album” awards.

    Tickets for Apollo Music Café are $20 and $15 in advance for the Apollo’s A-List. Tickets are available at The Apollo Theater Box Office: (212) 531-5305, 253 West 125th Street, and Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000, http://www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets are on sale.


    Africa Now! South Africa - Mainstage Concert
    Featuring the Soil, Simphiwe Dana and Tumi Molekane with emcee Hugh Masekela
    Saturday, October 11, 2014, 8 p.m.
    Apollo Mainstage

    This year's Africa Now! festival centers around a triple-bill blow-out concert on the Apollo’s legendary Mainstage, featuring a new generation of South African superstars who represent and challenge the new South Africa. The three radically different but equally exciting headliners, all in their 20's and 30's, are:

    THE SOIL, a 3-member a cappella group determined to uplift souls around the world with their divine voices and infectious swing. Their Kasi Soul-style of music combines rhythmic vocal bass lines, beat-boxing, and the type of sublime harmonies made famous by groups like Ladysmith Black Mambazo and the Soweto Gospel Choir.

    SIMPHIWE DANA, a sultry Xhosa singer who blends traditional music with jazz, R&B and Afro-Soul for a sound that is at once rootsy and futuristic: think Miriam Makeba-meets-Erykah Badu. Dana’s songs reflect her staunch advocacy for new political discourse, education reform, AIDS awareness, and the betterment of the African people.

    TUMI MOLEKANE, a hip hop artist who delivers potent social commentary on such topics as identity, insurgency, materialism, love and fidelity. The Tanzanian-born South African rapper, who rose to fame with his ground-breaking band, Tumi and the Volume, will debut work from his new solo album, Rob the Church, which was inspired by his travels throughout Africa. This marks his U.S. debut.

    Tickets for Africa Now! South Africa Mainstage Concert are $25 - $55. Groups: $21.25 - $46.75. Apollo Advantage: $17.50 - $39. Tickets are available at The Apollo Theater Box Office: (212) 531-5305, 253 West 125th Street, and Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000, http://www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets are on sale.


    Music Café – Africa Now! South Africa
    Featuring The Muffinz
    Saturday, October 11, 2014, 10 p.m.
    Apollo Soundstage

    “Joburg” is buzzing about its newest favorite Afro-jazz band, The Muffinz. All members of the five-piece band play instruments and sing - blending soulful mastery with a fresh new take that is raw and honest in its appeal, combining many musical genres into one effortless unique sound.

    Tickets for Apollo Music Café are $20 and $15 in advance for the Apollo’s A-List. Tickets are available at The Apollo Theater Box Office: (212) 531-5305, 253 West 125th Street, and Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000, http://www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets are on sale.


    Apollo Uptown Hall: The Harlem/South Africa Connection
    Panelists include Harry Belafonte, David N. Dinkins
    Sunday, October 12, 2014, 3 p.m.
    Apollo Mainstage

    The Apollo’s Uptown Hall series addresses a diverse range of cultural, social, and political issues important to the Harlem community through dialogue and debate. This Africa Now edition of Uptown Hall will focus on Harlem’s enduring social, political, and cultural relationship with South Africa, from the Harlem Renaissance, to Nelson Mandela’s historic visit here in the 1990s, to the opportunities and challenges both places face today. Co-moderated by The Africa Channel’s Dr. Felicia Mabuza-Suttle and NYABJ President Michael J. Feeney participants include publisher Milton Allimadi, legendary social activist and actor Harry Belafonte, former New York City Mayor David N. Dinkins, Professor John Higginson, actor Ron Kunene, National Black Theatre CEO Sade Lythcott, South African Consul General George Monyemangene and producer Voza Rivers. There will al

  • Fri Oct 10

    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 Oct 10

    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!

  • Sat Oct 11

    Location: Apollo Theater, 253 W 125th St, New York, NY, United States (Google Maps)

    Time: 12:00 am to 12:00 am

    AFRICA NOW!
    South Africa

    The packed weekend highlights
    today's South African music scene

    October 9-12, 2014

    Mainstage Concert
    The Soil, Simphiwe Dana, Tumi Molekane
    with emcee Hugh Masekela
    October 11, 2014

    Apollo Uptown Hall:
    The Harlem/South Africa Connection
    Panelists to Include:
    Legendary Social Activist/Actor Harry Belafonte and
    Former New York City Mayor David N. Dinkins
    October 12, 2014

    The four-day festival will also feature a variety of education and community events including special performances, a family workshop,
    an Apollo Live Wire discussion and more

    TICKETS: $25-$55
    http://www.apollotheater.org; 212/531-5305


    Clockwise from Top: Mainstage artists The Soil, Tumi Molekane, Simphiwe Dana
    The Apollo Theater, in partnership with World Music Institute, presents Africa Now! South Africa, the third installment of the their annual Africa Now! Festival. In recognition of the country’s dynamic and diverse culture and in celebration of the 20th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s inauguration, this season’s festival will spotlight today’s contemporary South African music scene and Harlem’s enduring cultural and social relationship with the country. Featuring a suite of artistic programming and an array of unique artists, Africa Now! South Africa will provide a holistic experience for audiences with presentations on the Apollo’s mainstage and soundstage.

    The festival is anchored by a blowout concert featuring a new generation of South African artists: The Soil, an award-winning a cappella group known for their Kasi Soul blend of rhythmic vocal bass lines, beat-boxing and sublime harmonies; Simphiwe Dana, a popular Xhosa singer and songwriter who fuses traditional music with jazz, Afro-soul, R&B and hip hop; and Tumi Molekane, the socially conscious hip hop artist, formerly of Tumi and the Volume, who will make his U.S. debut.

    This year’s Festival will also include an Apollo Uptown Hall: The Harlem/South Africa Connection panel discussion featuring leading social and political voices including the legendary social activist and actor Harry Belafonte and former New York City Mayor David N. Dinkins; a South African themed family workshop with artist and designer Vickie Frémont; a panel discussion with participating artists as part of the Apollo’s educational Live Wire series; and other events.
    "With our partners at the iconic Apollo Theater, we are thrilled to kick off the 2014-15 season with 'Africa Now! South Africa,' part of a city-wide celebration of South African music. Our festival stands out by showcasing the post-Apartheid generation of socially-conscious fresh young artists who are now shaping their country: the Xhosa singer/songwriter Simphiwe Dana; rapper/poet Tumi Molekane in his American debut; and the uplifting a cappella group, The Soil."
    — Karen Sander, World Music Institute Artistic and Executive Director
    “We are excited to present this season’s bold and exciting Africa Now! Festival. This year we will proudly explore South Africa’s vibrant and diverse culture through performance, discussion, film and more. As the birthplace of some of some of the world’s most influential leaders and artists, we wanted to provide an outlet into this artistically rich country.”
    — Mikki Shepard, Apollo Theater Executive Producer
    The four-day music Festival will take place during Carnegie Hall’s UBUNTU: Music and Arts of South Africa, and is part of a citywide celebration of the 20th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s inauguration.

    Tickets are $45, $35, $25; Premium tickets are $55. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased through the Apollo Theater Box Office, (125 St. between 7 and 8 Ave.), (212) 531-5305 and Ticketmaster, (800) 745 3000, http://www.ticketmaster.com.

    Please see below for the full Africa Now schedule and description of events.
    Watch & Listen

    WATCH: Simphiwe Dana, Mayne
    WATCH: Tumi Molekane, Hello Hello Kitty
    WATCH: Tumi presents Afrique
    WATCH: The Soil, Reflections DVD EPK
    WATCH: The Soil, Baninzi
    Festival Schedule
    Music Café – Africa Now! South Africa
    Featuring Toya Delazy
    Friday, October 10, 2014, 10 p.m.
    Apollo Soundstage

    South African singer, pianist, dancer, and performer from KwaZulu-Natal, Toya Delazy, will perform on the Apollo’s intimate soundstage. Delazy has been honored with two South African Music Awards in 2013, taking home the “Newcomer of the Year” and “Best Pop Album” awards.

    Tickets for Apollo Music Café are $20 and $15 in advance for the Apollo’s A-List. Tickets are available at The Apollo Theater Box Office: (212) 531-5305, 253 West 125th Street, and Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000, http://www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets are on sale.


    Africa Now! South Africa - Mainstage Concert
    Featuring the Soil, Simphiwe Dana and Tumi Molekane with emcee Hugh Masekela
    Saturday, October 11, 2014, 8 p.m.
    Apollo Mainstage

    This year's Africa Now! festival centers around a triple-bill blow-out concert on the Apollo’s legendary Mainstage, featuring a new generation of South African superstars who represent and challenge the new South Africa. The three radically different but equally exciting headliners, all in their 20's and 30's, are:

    THE SOIL, a 3-member a cappella group determined to uplift souls around the world with their divine voices and infectious swing. Their Kasi Soul-style of music combines rhythmic vocal bass lines, beat-boxing, and the type of sublime harmonies made famous by groups like Ladysmith Black Mambazo and the Soweto Gospel Choir.

    SIMPHIWE DANA, a sultry Xhosa singer who blends traditional music with jazz, R&B and Afro-Soul for a sound that is at once rootsy and futuristic: think Miriam Makeba-meets-Erykah Badu. Dana’s songs reflect her staunch advocacy for new political discourse, education reform, AIDS awareness, and the betterment of the African people.

    TUMI MOLEKANE, a hip hop artist who delivers potent social commentary on such topics as identity, insurgency, materialism, love and fidelity. The Tanzanian-born South African rapper, who rose to fame with his ground-breaking band, Tumi and the Volume, will debut work from his new solo album, Rob the Church, which was inspired by his travels throughout Africa. This marks his U.S. debut.

    Tickets for Africa Now! South Africa Mainstage Concert are $25 - $55. Groups: $21.25 - $46.75. Apollo Advantage: $17.50 - $39. Tickets are available at The Apollo Theater Box Office: (212) 531-5305, 253 West 125th Street, and Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000, http://www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets are on sale.


    Music Café – Africa Now! South Africa
    Featuring The Muffinz
    Saturday, October 11, 2014, 10 p.m.
    Apollo Soundstage

    “Joburg” is buzzing about its newest favorite Afro-jazz band, The Muffinz. All members of the five-piece band play instruments and sing - blending soulful mastery with a fresh new take that is raw and honest in its appeal, combining many musical genres into one effortless unique sound.

    Tickets for Apollo Music Café are $20 and $15 in advance for the Apollo’s A-List. Tickets are available at The Apollo Theater Box Office: (212) 531-5305, 253 West 125th Street, and Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000, http://www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets are on sale.


    Apollo Uptown Hall: The Harlem/South Africa Connection
    Panelists include Harry Belafonte, David N. Dinkins
    Sunday, October 12, 2014, 3 p.m.
    Apollo Mainstage

    The Apollo’s Uptown Hall series addresses a diverse range of cultural, social, and political issues important to the Harlem community through dialogue and debate. This Africa Now edition of Uptown Hall will focus on Harlem’s enduring social, political, and cultural relationship with South Africa, from the Harlem Renaissance, to Nelson Mandela’s historic visit here in the 1990s, to the opportunities and challenges both places face today. Co-moderated by The Africa Channel’s Dr. Felicia Mabuza-Suttle and NYABJ President Michael J. Feeney participants include publisher Milton Allimadi, legendary social activist and actor Harry Belafonte, former New York City Mayor David N. Dinkins, Professor John Higginson, actor Ron Kunene, National Black Theatre CEO Sade Lythcott, South African Consul General George Monyemangene and producer Voza Rivers. There will al

  • Sun Oct 12

    Location: Apollo Theater, 253 W 125th St, New York, NY, United States (Google Maps)

    Time: 12:00 am to 12:00 am

    AFRICA NOW!
    South Africa

    The packed weekend highlights
    today's South African music scene

    October 9-12, 2014

    Mainstage Concert
    The Soil, Simphiwe Dana, Tumi Molekane
    with emcee Hugh Masekela
    October 11, 2014

    Apollo Uptown Hall:
    The Harlem/South Africa Connection
    Panelists to Include:
    Legendary Social Activist/Actor Harry Belafonte and
    Former New York City Mayor David N. Dinkins
    October 12, 2014

    The four-day festival will also feature a variety of education and community events including special performances, a family workshop,
    an Apollo Live Wire discussion and more

    TICKETS: $25-$55
    http://www.apollotheater.org; 212/531-5305


    Clockwise from Top: Mainstage artists The Soil, Tumi Molekane, Simphiwe Dana
    The Apollo Theater, in partnership with World Music Institute, presents Africa Now! South Africa, the third installment of the their annual Africa Now! Festival. In recognition of the country’s dynamic and diverse culture and in celebration of the 20th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s inauguration, this season’s festival will spotlight today’s contemporary South African music scene and Harlem’s enduring cultural and social relationship with the country. Featuring a suite of artistic programming and an array of unique artists, Africa Now! South Africa will provide a holistic experience for audiences with presentations on the Apollo’s mainstage and soundstage.

    The festival is anchored by a blowout concert featuring a new generation of South African artists: The Soil, an award-winning a cappella group known for their Kasi Soul blend of rhythmic vocal bass lines, beat-boxing and sublime harmonies; Simphiwe Dana, a popular Xhosa singer and songwriter who fuses traditional music with jazz, Afro-soul, R&B and hip hop; and Tumi Molekane, the socially conscious hip hop artist, formerly of Tumi and the Volume, who will make his U.S. debut.

    This year’s Festival will also include an Apollo Uptown Hall: The Harlem/South Africa Connection panel discussion featuring leading social and political voices including the legendary social activist and actor Harry Belafonte and former New York City Mayor David N. Dinkins; a South African themed family workshop with artist and designer Vickie Frémont; a panel discussion with participating artists as part of the Apollo’s educational Live Wire series; and other events.
    "With our partners at the iconic Apollo Theater, we are thrilled to kick off the 2014-15 season with 'Africa Now! South Africa,' part of a city-wide celebration of South African music. Our festival stands out by showcasing the post-Apartheid generation of socially-conscious fresh young artists who are now shaping their country: the Xhosa singer/songwriter Simphiwe Dana; rapper/poet Tumi Molekane in his American debut; and the uplifting a cappella group, The Soil."
    — Karen Sander, World Music Institute Artistic and Executive Director
    “We are excited to present this season’s bold and exciting Africa Now! Festival. This year we will proudly explore South Africa’s vibrant and diverse culture through performance, discussion, film and more. As the birthplace of some of some of the world’s most influential leaders and artists, we wanted to provide an outlet into this artistically rich country.”
    — Mikki Shepard, Apollo Theater Executive Producer
    The four-day music Festival will take place during Carnegie Hall’s UBUNTU: Music and Arts of South Africa, and is part of a citywide celebration of the 20th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s inauguration.

    Tickets are $45, $35, $25; Premium tickets are $55. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased through the Apollo Theater Box Office, (125 St. between 7 and 8 Ave.), (212) 531-5305 and Ticketmaster, (800) 745 3000, http://www.ticketmaster.com.

    Please see below for the full Africa Now schedule and description of events.
    Watch & Listen

    WATCH: Simphiwe Dana, Mayne
    WATCH: Tumi Molekane, Hello Hello Kitty
    WATCH: Tumi presents Afrique
    WATCH: The Soil, Reflections DVD EPK
    WATCH: The Soil, Baninzi
    Festival Schedule
    Music Café – Africa Now! South Africa
    Featuring Toya Delazy
    Friday, October 10, 2014, 10 p.m.
    Apollo Soundstage

    South African singer, pianist, dancer, and performer from KwaZulu-Natal, Toya Delazy, will perform on the Apollo’s intimate soundstage. Delazy has been honored with two South African Music Awards in 2013, taking home the “Newcomer of the Year” and “Best Pop Album” awards.

    Tickets for Apollo Music Café are $20 and $15 in advance for the Apollo’s A-List. Tickets are available at The Apollo Theater Box Office: (212) 531-5305, 253 West 125th Street, and Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000, http://www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets are on sale.


    Africa Now! South Africa - Mainstage Concert
    Featuring the Soil, Simphiwe Dana and Tumi Molekane with emcee Hugh Masekela
    Saturday, October 11, 2014, 8 p.m.
    Apollo Mainstage

    This year's Africa Now! festival centers around a triple-bill blow-out concert on the Apollo’s legendary Mainstage, featuring a new generation of South African superstars who represent and challenge the new South Africa. The three radically different but equally exciting headliners, all in their 20's and 30's, are:

    THE SOIL, a 3-member a cappella group determined to uplift souls around the world with their divine voices and infectious swing. Their Kasi Soul-style of music combines rhythmic vocal bass lines, beat-boxing, and the type of sublime harmonies made famous by groups like Ladysmith Black Mambazo and the Soweto Gospel Choir.

    SIMPHIWE DANA, a sultry Xhosa singer who blends traditional music with jazz, R&B and Afro-Soul for a sound that is at once rootsy and futuristic: think Miriam Makeba-meets-Erykah Badu. Dana’s songs reflect her staunch advocacy for new political discourse, education reform, AIDS awareness, and the betterment of the African people.

    TUMI MOLEKANE, a hip hop artist who delivers potent social commentary on such topics as identity, insurgency, materialism, love and fidelity. The Tanzanian-born South African rapper, who rose to fame with his ground-breaking band, Tumi and the Volume, will debut work from his new solo album, Rob the Church, which was inspired by his travels throughout Africa. This marks his U.S. debut.

    Tickets for Africa Now! South Africa Mainstage Concert are $25 - $55. Groups: $21.25 - $46.75. Apollo Advantage: $17.50 - $39. Tickets are available at The Apollo Theater Box Office: (212) 531-5305, 253 West 125th Street, and Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000, http://www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets are on sale.


    Music Café – Africa Now! South Africa
    Featuring The Muffinz
    Saturday, October 11, 2014, 10 p.m.
    Apollo Soundstage

    “Joburg” is buzzing about its newest favorite Afro-jazz band, The Muffinz. All members of the five-piece band play instruments and sing - blending soulful mastery with a fresh new take that is raw and honest in its appeal, combining many musical genres into one effortless unique sound.

    Tickets for Apollo Music Café are $20 and $15 in advance for the Apollo’s A-List. Tickets are available at The Apollo Theater Box Office: (212) 531-5305, 253 West 125th Street, and Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000, http://www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets are on sale.


    Apollo Uptown Hall: The Harlem/South Africa Connection
    Panelists include Harry Belafonte, David N. Dinkins
    Sunday, October 12, 2014, 3 p.m.
    Apollo Mainstage

    The Apollo’s Uptown Hall series addresses a diverse range of cultural, social, and political issues important to the Harlem community through dialogue and debate. This Africa Now edition of Uptown Hall will focus on Harlem’s enduring social, political, and cultural relationship with South Africa, from the Harlem Renaissance, to Nelson Mandela’s historic visit here in the 1990s, to the opportunities and challenges both places face today. Co-moderated by The Africa Channel’s Dr. Felicia Mabuza-Suttle and NYABJ President Michael J. Feeney participants include publisher Milton Allimadi, legendary social activist and actor Harry Belafonte, former New York City Mayor David N. Dinkins, Professor John Higginson, actor Ron Kunene, National Black Theatre CEO Sade Lythcott, South African Consul General George Monyemangene and producer Voza Rivers. There will al

  • Thu Oct 16

    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 Oct 17

    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 Oct 17

    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!