We are excited to offer 10 free tickets (that’s right, 10! Roman numeral X!) for an awesome night of African music at the Abrons Arts Center, Sat., Aug. 16. The bill is stacked, with outdoor DJ sets from Brian Shimkovitz of Awesome Tapes From Africa at 5 and 7 p.m. and Brooklyn’s own No $mall Money Brass Band slamming horn-heavy highlife at 6 p.m.; at 8 p.m. the party moves inside for Chop & Quench, A.K.A. The Fela! Band, featuring Sahr Ngaujah of Fela! The Musical, singing the @#%$ out of classic Afrobeat; and, to top it all off, the keyboard genius Hailu Mergia plus Low Mentality bring the Ethio-soul jams at 9:15. (Abrons Arts Center, 466 Grand St., New York, NY 10002; (212) 598-0400)
And, because we at Afropop love you so much, and because these artists love you so much, we are offering a free downloadable playlist of their tunes:
So send us an email @ firstname.lastname@example.org, with “Gimme Afropop” in the subject!