World Music Institute is back at it again with its highly anticipated annual presentation, Africa Now! in partnership with the Apollo Theater. This year’s concert will be hosted by South African comedian, coproducer and writer Loyiso Gola.
The audience will be treated to music from a diverse, jam-packed lineup. Mbongwana Star’s founding members Coco Ngambali and Theo Nzonza bring the rich sounds of traditional Congolese music blended with heavy bass lines and electronics. Also performing is Mali’s Songhoy Blues, showcasing tunes from their first album, Music in Exile. Their unique sound brings a fresh take to the grassroots songs of Mali’s Songhoy people while incorporating contemporary rock and hip-hop with rich guitar riffs.
Daby Toure transports the audience to many places around the world. From growing up in Mauritania, living in France and mastering six languages, Daby’s international experiences heavily influence the deep poetic sounds of his music. Tuelo’s unique sound, known as “revival music,” is comprised of traditional African grooves mixed with deep punk rock; topped with the powerful, enchanting voice of Tuelo, the South African bandleader.
Nigerian-born DJ Nenim is best known for his eclectic playlist and infectious Afro grooves, from Afro-funk to Afrobeat, jazz and soul. Nenim always leaves his audience spellbound!
This vibrant music lineup takes place Sat., March 11 at the Apollo in New York at 8 p.m. Afropop is giving away two pairs of tickets to the show at the Apollo Theater. To win a pair of tickets to the concert, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Africa Now! At The Apollo Theater” in the subject and your full name in the body of the message. Good luck!
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