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  • Tue Jul 22

    Location: Zuccotti Park, New York, NY, United States (Google Maps)

    Time: 12:30 pm to 1:45 pm

    FREE

    Four dynamic ensembles will pay tribute to the melodies and rhythms of this year's World Cup hosts in a four-week series of lunchtime concerts in downtown Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park. Emphasizing the lively intersection of Brazilian and American musical styles, the lineup showcases New York-based artists who infuse Brazil’s traditional genres of samba, bossa nova, and forró with American jazz, country, and soul.

    A collaboration between accordionist Rob Curto and Italo-Brazilian guitarist Cesar Garabini

  • Tue Jul 22

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

    Time: 9:00 pm to 12:30 am

    Ticket Price: $30.00

    Doors at 9PM
    Show at 9:30PM

    Singer, songwriter and environmental activist Razia Said spent her childhood in the vanilla-growing region of Madagascar’s northeast coast. After years of living abroad, she returned to discover her country’s landscape ravaged by illegal logging, slash and burn agriculture and the impact of climate change.

    In an effort to raise awareness at the local and international level, Razia organized the Mifohaza Masoala (Wake Up Masoala) music/environmental festival, which took place at the edge of the Masoala Rainforest in October 2011. Before the concert local inhabitants planted a total of 20,000 trees.

    The concert featured some of Madagascar’s most exciting performers, and the festival was a huge success. The participants agreed that the next step was to take the music and the message to the world to create an uplifting celebration of Malagasy music thake makes Madagascar dance with its heart pounding rhythms, rippling guitars, lush vocal harmonies, bouncy accor¬dion and hip-shaking dance moves. This music represents the soul and spirit of the island.

  • Wed Jul 23

    Location: Damrosch Park Bandshell, New York, NY/Michael Stuart (Google Maps)

    Time: 10:00 am to 11:00 am

    Larry Harlow’s HOMMY: A Latin Opera
    Created by Larry Harlow
    Words and Music by Larry Harlow and Jenaro “Heny” Álvarez
    Conducted by Larry Harlow
    Featuring vocalists Emo Luciano, Lisett Morales, Herman Olivera, Ray de la Paz, Adonis Puentes, Luisito Rosario, Michael Stuart, and Frankie Vasquez
    Narrated by Ismael Carlo
    Featuring the Masacote Dance Company
    With special guest star Roberto Roena and a full symphony orchestra and chorus

    At a red-hot peak in the ’70s, this pianist, composer, producer, and driving force of over 200 Fania albums had a vision to expand salsa’s possibilities. He penned a Spanish-language opera about a deaf and blind percussion wizard, inspired by The Who’s Tommy. Premiering at Carnegie Hall, sparking multiple hits, and re-launching the career of salsa queen Celia Cruz, it has taken 40 years for Harlow’s magnum opus to blaze back to the stage, complete with a 60-piece orchestra and choir. Harlow is joined by a line-up of next-generation stars, including Miami’s Lisett Morales, niece of Celia Cruz, as La Gracia Divina.

    Michael Stuart y Su Tremendo

    Kicking off the evening, Puerto Rico’s Michael Stuart and his band play the charismatic salsero and actor’s beloved, Latin Grammy-winning favorites.

  • Wed Jul 23

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

    Time: 9:30 pm to 11:30 pm

    Casuarina, who celebrates their 13th anniversary in 2014, is one of the most respected samba bands of Brazil. Originally from the Rio de Janeiro neighborhood of Lapa, the band plays their repertoire all over the nation and beyond. They’ve brought their ‘samba made in Brazil’ to more than 20 countries including Angola, Cuba, France, Holland, Israel, Italy, Portugal, the United Kingdom and more.

  • Wed Jul 23

    Location: Barbes (Google Maps)

    Time: 10:00 pm to 11:00 pm

    THE MANDINGO AMBASSADORS. Every Wednesday
    In the 1960's and 1970's, the government of Guinea engaged in a campaign known as Authenticité. It was a drive to create a new musical movement that would be specifically Guinean, but would include the modern wonders that were the electric guitar, the electric bass and the drumset. Musicians were given instruments and orchestras were formed. Surprisingly, the results proved mesmerizing and a myriad new bands were born. Many of them would go on to have a profound and lasting impact on African music. Mamady Kouyate was one of those pioneers. He played in various bands - his own band, Les Ambassadeurs du Mandingue, being one of them - but is probably best known as the guitarist in the the classic Bembeya Jazz National. Kouyate, who now lives in NY, has reformed the Mandingo Ambassadors, updating the sound of his youth, but keeping it very close to the standard of Authenticité. The new All-Star band includ es Ismael Kouyate - vocals; Mamady Kourouma - guitar; Oran Etkin - tenor sax & clarinets; Sylvain Leroux - flute, tambin and alto sax; Andy Algire - drums; Nick Cudahy - bass and Mamady Kouyate - guitar. “dazzling vocal and guitar patterns over a rhythm section that is like a perfect system” Ben Ratliff, NY Times.

  • Thu Jul 24

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

    Time: 8:30 pm to 11:30 pm

    Sets at 8:30 PM and 10:30 PM
    Tickets: $20 in Advance (online only) | $30 at the door

    Explosive festejos and introspective landós are the cornerstones of the Afro-Peruvian Jazz Orchestra (APJO). New York is a city that simmers with Big Bands and in this environment the APJO contributes a noticeably new sound dedicated to exploring the music of Coastal Perú in a jazz context. The orchestra’s founder is saxophonist Laura Andrea Leguía.

    The orchestra’s repertoire centers on Leguía’s compositions and arrangements. The orchestra is conducted by Dr. Gabriel Alegría and features master percussionist Freddy “Huevito” Lobatón and Afro-Peruvian guitarist Yuri Juárez. The fusion of Afro-Peruvian folklore and modern orchestration gives audiences a new sound: one that is at once African, Andean and American.

  • Thu Jul 24

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

    Time: 10:30 pm to 1:30 am

    Doors 10PM
    Show 10:30PM
    Advance Price $10/ $20 VIP seating and a free download
    Door Price $15

    Chiwoniso Maraire was arguably one of Zimbabwe’s most influential female musicians, an internationally acclaimed vocalist and exponent of the mbira, Zimbabwe’s traditional thumb-piano. Chiwoniso was a role model to many young female Zimbabwean artists, who were inspired by her strength in a male dominated music culture. Chiwoniso used her voice to speak out against the injustices of politics and society, and had the ability to captivate an audience with her powerful voice. On July 24, 2013, at the age of 37, she passed away after a short illness. In addition to leaving a legacy of music in her wake, Chiwoniso was the loving mother of two daughters and a loving personality that touched many who had the fortune to cross her path.

    Max Wild (also known by his moniker MOA), performed extensively with Chiwoniso from 2010-2012, with tours throughout Europe, Africa, and North America. Chiwoniso appeared on Wild’s 2010 release ‘Tamba’ and in December 2011 the two collaborated on what was to become their last recording together, the single entitled ‘Dance Tonight’, to be released in August 2014.

    Tonight marks the one-year anniversary of Chiwoniso’s passing. Performing at Drom, where Chiwoniso and Wild performed a sold-out show in 2010, MOA and some of the musicians that accompanied Chiwoniso on her musical journey come together to celebrate her spirit and legacy. The earnings of tonight’s performance will go towards a fund for Chiwoniso’s two daughters Chengeto and Chiedza. Any additional donations will be accepted with gratitude.

  • Thu Jul 24

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

    Time: 11:59 pm to 2:00 am

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

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

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

  • Fri Jul 25

    Location: Prospect Park Bandshell, West Drive, Brooklyn, NY, United States (Google Maps)

    Time: 10:00 am to 11:00 am

    FREE
    Doors open at 6:30pm.
    Music & Movies

    20 years ago, South Africa’s apartheid regime fell. To mark the occasion, Celebrate Brooklyn! presents a rare screening of AMANDLA: A REVOLUTION IN FOUR-PART HARMONY (2002), an extraordinary documentary featuring Miriam Makeba, Abdullah Ibrahim, Hugh Masekela, and many others that examines the role music played in the forging of the modern nation. The film takes its name from the Zulu and Xhosa word for “power.” Lee Hirsch, who directed and co-produced Amandla!, also produced the soundtrack, a collection of South African “freedom songs.” The album was executive produced by Dave Matthews and released on his label ATO Records.

    The composer NEO MUYANGA has created an eclectic body of work and a carved out a unique career as one of South Africa’s most original musicians. Born in Soweto, he studied the madrigal tradition in Trieste, Italy, before forming the acoustic pop duo BLK Sonshine with Masauko Chipembere in the 1990s. He went on to write musical theater, chorus songs, and works for chamber and large ensemble—including the operetta The Flower of Shembe, which premiered in 2012. His set here will include his score to South African artist WILLIAM KENTRIDGE’s short film Second-hand Reading (2013), performed live with projection.

  • Fri Jul 25

    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 Jul 25

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

    Time: 9:30 pm to 1:39 am

    Sets at 9:30, 11 and 12:30
    A true son of Africa -originally from the Ivory Coast, Azouhouni is more than a highly accomplished composer, musician and producer; he is indeed a musical force.

    Azouhouni marvels with his ability to present a collection of thoughtfully crafted compositions: a journey through harmonic, vocal and, rhythmic colors in which African genres as diverse as bikutsi, ziglibithy, afrobeat, juju and High-Life meet their Western counterparts of funk, blues and jazz. 

This is a rare opportunity to see and hear him and an unmatched ensemble of respected musicians in a beautiful setting.

  • Fri Jul 25

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

    Time: 9:30 pm to 11:00 pm

    Jarana Beat is back with more of their contagious charm and good vibes. Come to Terraza and celebrate with an authentic Fandango experiencing the true essence of México and its people. Jarana Beat is a world music band that uses the fusion of Mexican and Latin American folk instruments and rhythmic elements that create an environment for expressing popular themes using traditional verse structures as the pastern, sextuplet or décima.

    Composed of professional immigrant musicians from Mexico interacting with performers from all over the world. Using dance rhythms and footwork like Son Jarocho, Son Guerrerence, Son Huasteco, Cumbia and Rumba, among others. Jarana Beat has been offering for more than two years, a journey through the Afro-Amerindian culture in New York’s art scene.

    Jarana Beat at Terraza 7 on Friday July 25th, 2014, at 9:30 pm.

    $7 cover charge for mezzanine

  • Fri Jul 25

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

    Time: 9:30 pm to 11:30 pm

    Ticket Price: $15

    Classically trained on flute, Monday Michiru is credited as one of the forefront pioneers of the early '90s acid jazz movement in Japan and known for "crafting danceable but artistically significant Brazilian flavored acid-jazz and soul with an underground flair."

  • Fri Jul 25

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

    Time: 9:30 pm to 1:00 am

    Sets at 9:30, 11:00 and Midnight

    Every Friday night is African Jazz Night. Experience some of the greatest artists of this captivating genre! Depending on the weekend, you might find Source with Abdoulaye Diabaté, an interracial New York-based African group, or the African jazz and funk of the African Blue Notes, led by the Cameroonian singer and guitarist Martino Atagana. This is a night not to be missed!

  • Sat Jul 26

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

    Time: 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

    Website: http://chronixxmusic.com/
    Chronixx was the ‘stage’ name his friends bestowed on him, replacing the name ‘Little Chronicle’ he was given as the ‘junior’ to his father, the artist Chronicle. He was born October 10, 1992 and was named Jamar Rolando McNaughton. His father, a musician, recognized his talents and nurtured him in an environment in which he could grow into whatever area of music he chose. Always accompanying him to the studio, Jamar grew up around the likes of Burro Banton, Norris Man and the legendary Gregory Isaacs. With a big smile and an engaging personality, he confidently set out to make his mark in music, by writing his first song ‘Rice Grain’ by the age of five and going on to be choir director and worship leader at 11. At 14 years, he started producing and ‘building riddims’ for artistes such as Konshens and Munga Honorable and composing riddims such as the ‘Freezer Riddim’ for Icebox Records and voicing artistes such as, Popcaan for Maverick Records. Today, Chronixx credits his versatility and his professional stage presence to the early lessons he received from his father Chronicle, who always shared his own experiences and encouraged his son to go one step beyond with each performance. Chronixx is not disappointing his father, his family or his friends who know that the ‘sky is the limit’ for this young man who sees ‘music as his mission.’
    A Kingston, Jamaican native, Delroy "Junior" Reid spent his youth in the city's Waterhouse district, notorious for being one of the most dangerous places in Jamaica. It was there in the politically turbulent late '70s, that he recorded his first-ever single "Speak the Truth" at the age 13, taking his first step towards becoming an internationally known reggae and dancehall artist. Reid joined the first ever Grammy Awards Winning Reggae group, Black Uhuru, as lead singer in 1986 where his work on the album Brutal earned him a Grammy-nomination. However, Junior's interest in producing material for himself, and desire to regain his domestic popularity, drove him into the solo arena and into his own studio where in 1989, "One Blood" saw him re-established at the forefront of the reggae scene. Today, Reid is a frequent collaborator and often sampled artist in today's hip-hop scene, including contributing his voice to Grammy Award winner Alicia Keys, as well as working with the Wu-Tang Clan, Guru, The Game, M.I.M.S. and many more.
    New York City’s Rice and Peas is a movement whose high energy party environment is home to a loyal following of creative influencers, artists, musicians, dancers and all around beautiful people. Since its inception in 2007, Rice and Peas has been bringing diverse groups of people together in a uniquely curated environment where dancehall and Caribbean culture meet downtown. A who’s who of reggae’s biggest stars like Wayne Wonder, Gyptian and Shaggy have called on Rice and Peas to do their exclusive release parties. Jamaica’s heavyweights Beenie Man, Mr. Vegas, Chronixx (and too many more to mention) have given impromptu performances— even multi-platinum artists like Sean Paul and Damian Marley party at Rice and Peas. Federation Sound’s own Max Glazer, LargeUp founder DJ Gravy, and the silent killer Orijahnal Vibez handle DJ duties while the ladies’ favorite East Flatbush badman, Micro Don, narrates the experience with raw energy, humorous ad-libs and infinite star power.

  • Sat Jul 26

    Location: B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, New York, NY, United States (Google Maps)

    Time: 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm

    Showtime @ 9pm
    Doors Open @ 7pm
    Tickets $20 in advance, $25 day of show

    Resultan absolutamente inseparables la biografia artistica de Pupy y la de la orquesta que tiene su nombre "Pupy y los que son son" porque ambos constituyen una identidad del arte musical.

    Su nombre completo es Cesar de las Mercedes Pedroso Fernandez, pero todo el mundo lo llama "Pupy". Es compositor, escritor, arreglista, pianista y director. Nacio el 24 de septiembre 1946 en la barriada del Vedado (La Timba), Ciudad de La Habana. Signo zodiacal Libra, 56 anos de edad, hijo de Olga Fernandez y Cesar Pedroso "Nene".

    Sus primeros estudios los realizo en una escuelita privada con la profesora Margot Rodriguez, posteriormente se traslado a Marianao y alli continuo la ensenanza primaria en otra escuelita privada. Concluyo este nivel de instruccion de 4to. a 6to. Grado por las mananas en la escuela No. 9 del barrio, mientras por las tardes asistia a la Parroquia de Marianao. Realizo la secundaria basica en la escuela "Juan Manuel Marquez" No. 1 hasta el 10mo. Grado. - See more at: http://www.bbkingblues.com/bio.php?id=4137#sthash.Rg00wN1s.dpuf

  • Sat Jul 26

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

    Time: 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm

    For the past few years, the Colombian pianist has explored ways of translating the Vallenato accordion repertoire to the piano. The result is an exciting journey into Colombian folklore, in the spirit of a true Parranda. Alejandro was born in Bogotá, heir to a long line of celebrated Colombian Vallenato musicians and son of Emiro Zuleta one of the most prolific vallenato songwriters of his generation.

  • Sat Jul 26

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

    Time: 9:30 pm to 11:30 pm

    Ticket Price: $15

    BaianaSystem explores new sound possibilities for the “guitara baiana”. The sound of this unique instrument- a mini electric guitar popularized in Salvador’s Carnival -- is reinvented with influences of Brazilian, African and Jamaican musical styles. In the hands of the creator of the project, Robertinho Barreto, the little guitar harmoniously dialogues with the syncopations of Afro beat and percussive rhythms of Bahia together with the psychedelica of dub and electronica.

  • Sat Jul 26

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

    Time: 10:30 pm to 12:00 am

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

    $7 cover charge for mezzanine

  • Sun Jul 27

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

    Time: 11:30 am to 2:00 pm

    New Orleans musicians laid the cornerstone for a large swath of American music, and Allen Toussaint is among the city’s most gifted players. As a composer, arranger, producer, pianist and singer, Allen has created an enduring body of work that includes local hits by Irma Thomas and Lee Dorsey; songs covered by Glen Campbell, the Rolling Stones and Robert Plant & Alison Krauss; national hits by Ernie K-Doe and LaBelle; and collaborations with Paul McCartney and Elvis Costello, all in addition to his own recording career. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998, and was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Obama in July, 2013.
    Ticket Price: $30.00
    Doors at 11:30 AM
    Show at 12:00 NOON

    General Info: 212.539.8500
    Taub Box Office: 212.967.7555 (10am - 7pm daily)

  • Sun Jul 27

    Location: Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY, United States (Google Maps)

    Time: 1:00 pm to 9:00 pm

    1:00 pm - globalFEST for Families - Hearst Plaza

    Banda de los Muertos - Brooklyn jazz cats march to the beat of the oompah-ing heart of the Mexican state of Sinaloa, known for its emotional and raucous brass band music.

    M.A.K.U. Soundsystem - Afro-Colombiana and electronic-tinged rock, street smarts, and immigrant beats join forces in this percussion-loving crew.

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    5:00 pm Damrosch Park Bandshell

    BaianaSystem - The guitarra baiana, the little wonder guitar that powers Northeastern Brazil’s carnival, makes it big with this Bahian group’s high-intensity balancing act between Afro-Brazilian roots, Jamaican dub, and hip hop.

    Red Baraat - The pioneering “bhangra and brass” band from Brooklyn, conceived by Sunny Jain, has drawn worldwide praise for its singular sound that merges hard driving North Indian bhangra rhythms with elements of jazz, go-go, brass funk, and hip-hop.

    Emeline Michel - The reigning queen of Haitian song, Emeline Michel is a captivating performer, versatile vocalist, and one of the premier songwriters of her generation, beloved for combining diverse styles like compas, twoubadou, and rara with social, political, and inspirational lyrics.

    Emil Zrihan - The spectacular Morocco-born, Israel-based countertenor marries Arabic mawal and Jewish cantorial music as he soars through Sephardic and Judeo-Andalusian songs with riveting passion and breathtaking improvisional flights.

    Emil Zrihan presented with support from the Consulate of Israel in New York.

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    5:00 pm - Jaffe Drive/Toll Porte-cochère

    Charanjit Singh (New York Debut) - Anticipating the birth of acid house, a Bollywood keyboardist got his hands on an 808 drum machine in 1982, making a brilliantly ahead-of-its-time cult album, the synthesizer-fueled “10 Ragas to a Disco Beat.” Finally recognized for his pioneering rethink of Indian music, the electronic musician makes his NYC debut.

    DJ Ushka (Dutty Artz) - Ushka is a Sri Lankan-born, Thailand-raised, Brooklyn-living global bass DJ who crafts sets that move from soca to kudoro to South Asian rhythms, with both cross-cultural activism and the dancefloor in mind.

    Baiana Play Som - Deep psycho-dub bass and EDM rhythms interplay with live percussion in BaianaSystem’s sound system set studded with their signature “guitarra baiana” and rap/toasting vocals plus Afro-Bahian, samba, and reggae influences.”

    DJ Ripley (Dutty Artz) - An insightful scholar and a seasoned DJ, Ripley spins wreckstep raggaphonics, mixing sounds ranging from dubstep and dancehall to glitched-out breaks and bhangra.

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    5:45 pm - Hearst Plaza

    M.A.K.U. Soundsystem - See above for information.

    Banda de los Muertos - See above for information.

    Debauche - Ages before punk, devil-may-care Russian songs told gritty underworld tales of shady characters and Mafia glory. This era rages on thanks to this New Orleans-based septet.

  • Sun Jul 27

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

    Time: 9:30 pm to 11:30 pm

    Dahka band's music can be described as world music sound with a modern approach. We infuse traditional music from Algeria, Nigeria, and Turkey and make it into something new by mixing rock, funk, etc. Our lyrics are in Arabic, Berber, West African Yoruba, and English. We sing to rock instrumentation, like electric and bass guitars, tenor saxophone, drums, African and Latin percussion.

  • Mon Jul 28

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

    Time: 9:30 pm to 11:30 pm

    Moneco plays its own take on Chicha and Cumbia fusing elements of Rock and Andean folklore. With Guitarist Eric Kurimski (Eva Ayllon), drummer Yayo Serka (Lila Downs). Ecuadorian singer Jorge Olmedo (who also plays charango, zampoña, quena, guitar and multiple percussion) and bassist Dan Martinez.

  • Wed Jul 30

    Location: Barbes (Google Maps)

    Time: 10:00 pm to 11:00 pm

    THE MANDINGO AMBASSADORS. Every Wednesday
    In the 1960's and 1970's, the government of Guinea engaged in a campaign known as Authenticité. It was a drive to create a new musical movement that would be specifically Guinean, but would include the modern wonders that were the electric guitar, the electric bass and the drumset. Musicians were given instruments and orchestras were formed. Surprisingly, the results proved mesmerizing and a myriad new bands were born. Many of them would go on to have a profound and lasting impact on African music. Mamady Kouyate was one of those pioneers. He played in various bands - his own band, Les Ambassadeurs du Mandingue, being one of them - but is probably best known as the guitarist in the the classic Bembeya Jazz National. Kouyate, who now lives in NY, has reformed the Mandingo Ambassadors, updating the sound of his youth, but keeping it very close to the standard of Authenticité. The new All-Star band includ es Ismael Kouyate - vocals; Mamady Kourouma - guitar; Oran Etkin - tenor sax & clarinets; Sylvain Leroux - flute, tambin and alto sax; Andy Algire - drums; Nick Cudahy - bass and Mamady Kouyate - guitar. “dazzling vocal and guitar patterns over a rhythm section that is like a perfect system” Ben Ratliff, NY Times.

  • Wed Jul 30

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

    Time: 10:30 pm to 1:30 am

    10.00PM doors / 10:30PM show
    $12.00 General Admission (age 21+)

  • Thu Jul 31

    Location: Clove Lakes Park, Clove Road, Staten Island, NY, United States (Google Maps)

    Time: 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

    Joe Bataan, the “King of Latin Soul,” helped coin the phrase "Salsoul" in 1974 lending the name to his first album. Bataan was influenced by two musical styles: the Latin boogaloo and African American doo-wop. Bataan recorded three albums and several singles for Salsoul Records and the Latin subdivision of Salsoul Records, Salsoul Leyendas. Titles include SalSoul, Rap-O-Clap-O, Joe Bataan II, Afrofilipino and a new compilation of his greatest hits titled Tropical Classics: Joe Bataan, which features the early 1979 hip-hop hit "Rap-O-Clap-O” and additional classic titles he performed for the Salsoul Leyendas label.
    Website: http://www.boogalooassassins.com/
    For the 11-piece Boogaloo Assassins the mission is simple: bring la gente a funky good time, Latin-soul style. Formed in Los Angeles in 2007, Boogaloo Assassins are the West Coast’s answer to New York City’s Latin music explosion of the late 1960s. Heavily indebted to the classic sounds of Spanish Harlem, Los Asesinos serve up their own late 1960’s-style salsa and “Latin Boogaloo”, best described as a raucous fusion of American R&B with Afro-Cuban rhythms, sung in both English and Spanish. Known throughout the West for their high-energy live shows, Boogaloo Assassins' debut recording "Old Love Dies Hard" features their hit single "No No No", a salsa version of the blues/reggae classic, featured on Gilles Peterson's BBC-1, Los Angeles's leading public radio station KCRW, and many others. As of Spring 2014, Boogaloo Assassins have hit both the road and the recording studio with new rock'n'roll phenom Nick Waterhouse.
    After 18 years career in Spain and main European Cities, Barcelona native Dj Turmix packed up his vinyl and hit the NYC scene in late 2008. In only one year he built great relationships with some of the best local DJ's and has played a diverse array of clubs, concerts, festivals and private events. He is a specialist in Latin Boogaloo Sounds, from 50's to present day, and in January 2011 he launched LET’S BOOGALOO, a new monthly DJ/live music party at Nublu sponsored by Fania Records. Dj Turmix and FANIA are working with the same objective, to provide high quality music. Dj Turmix also spins sets for the dance floor that take fans on a journey through Jazz, Soul, Latin and Funk mixed up with a groovy touch of electronic rhythms and breaks.

  • Thu Jul 31

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

    Time: 9:00 pm to 11:00 pm

    7:30PM doors / 9:00PM show
    $RSVP in advance - $0.00 day of show (age 21+)

  • Thu Jul 31

    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 Aug 1

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

    Time: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

    Yacouba Diabate is an incredibly versatile musician, adept at several traditional African instruments including the kora and the Gonie. His musical ability is one that is described as exceptional. Yacouba was born in 1975, Tougan Buskina Faso, West Africa. He came from a long line of Diabates (or griots), who play a historic note in maintaining the rich traditions of the Mandigo group of West Africa. Yacouba was taught by the legendary Toumani Diabate, and was his best student. He has been performing throughout the United States since 2009. These performances have been breathtaking.

  • Fri Aug 1

    Location: B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, New York, NY, United States (Google Maps)

    Time: 7:00 pm to 10:30 pm

    Showtimes @ 7pm & 9:30pm
    Doors Open @ 5pm & 9pm
    Tickets $15 in advance, $18 day of show

    Andres Laprida is a guitarist/composer from Argentina, who lives in New York, and has achieved a remarkable exposure through a wide range of assignments. His prolific work as a performer, composer, and producer keeps earning a highly enthusiastic response --from musicians, audience and critics-- ever since the great Brazilian music masters Antonio Carlos Jobim, Vinicius de Moraes, and Toquinho introduced him to the public at a very early age. With a very personal sound and technique, Mr. Laprida has taken his music around the world in a variety of contexts --concert halls, jazz festivals, theatre, music seminars, ballet, film, television, radio, and the recording industry. - See more at: http://www.bbkingblues.com/bio.php?id=4301#sthash.kzOuNH4H.dpuf

  • Fri Aug 1

    Location: Prospect Park Bandshell, West Drive, Brooklyn, NY, United States (Google Maps)

    Time: 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm

    FREE
    Doors open at 6:30pm.
    Get there early for a salsa lesson at intermission.

    A Latin dance party of epic proportions comes to the Bandshell with JIMMY BOSCH, “El Trombon Criollo,” leading an all-star ensemble that includes Herman Olivera, Willito Otero, Yoko La Japonesa Salsera, Edwin Sanchez, Karen Joseph, Bobby Allende, Jorge Gonzalez, Orlanda Vega, Jose Tabares, Mitch Frohman, Pete Nader, Jeff Lederer, and the Yamulee Dancers. Bosch was born in Jersey City and has become something of a local salsa institution unto himself; he has released numerous albums as a leader and has toured the world with the likes of Ruben Blades, Eddie Palmieri, and the Fania All Stars.

    Bosch and this powerhouse collection of local stars share the bill with the irresistible Cuban percussionist PEDRITO MARTINEZ, whose red-hot band has its roots planted firmly in the Afro-Cuban Rumba tradition and in the bata rhythms and vocal chants of the music of Yoruba and Santeria—a sound Ben Ratliff writing in the NY Times described as “complex, blenderized Africa-to-the-New-World funk.” Martinez’s group is augmented here by the exceptional vocalist ARIACNE TRUJILLO.

  • Fri Aug 1

    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

  • Mon Aug 4

    Location: Barbès (Google Maps)

    Time: 9:30 pm to 11:30 pm

  • Wed Aug 6

    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.