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  • Wed Oct 1

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

    Time: 9:30 pm to 10:30 pm

    9:30PM doors / 10:00PM show
    $15 in advance - $20 day of show

  • 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: 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: 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: 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!

  • Mon Oct 6

    Location: Barbès (Google Maps)

    Time: 9:30 pm to 11:30 pm

  • 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

  • Wed Oct 8

    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 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!

  • Thu Oct 23

    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 24

    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 24

    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 25

    Location: Hostos Community College, 500 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY, United States (Google Maps)

    Time: 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

    Celebrating his 75th birthday and the 50th anniversary of Fania Records, the legendary producer / composer/ pianist and driving force of more than 200 Fania albums returns to Hostos to lead his 15-piece salsa band, featuring former Fania legends Alfredo de la Fe and Nicky Marrero as well as such renowned Latin jazz artists as Pete Nater and Bobby Sanabria. Don’t miss this special performance of “El Judio Maravilloso” y su orquesta.

    http://www.hostos.cuny.edu/culturearts/events/FY13-14/October/larry/Larry.shtml

  • Mon Oct 27

    Location: Rockwood Music Hall, 196 Allen St, New York, NY, United States (Google Maps)

    Time: 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm

    Stage 2.
    Afrobeat band from Austin TX

  • Thu Oct 30

    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 31

    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 31

    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!

  • Thu Nov 6

    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 Nov 7

    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 Nov 7

    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!

  • Thu Nov 13

    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 Nov 14

    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 Nov 14

    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!

  • Thu Nov 20

    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 Nov 21

    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 Nov 21

    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!