A new South African Township play
written by Lunga Radebe
directed by Aika Masomi
Avalon is set in the largest cemetery in South Africa
and follows Sabantu, a young businessman
instructed by a traditional healer to perform a ritual at the graveyard to hopefully save his dying mother's life.
Sabantu soon realizes that his mission is larger than what he anticipates.
A Danced Political lecture
written and choreographed by Adrian Silver
Elliot Reiland and Tamrin Goldberg
Nakhtik merges two very distinct performance genres: a political lecture about the radical potential of movement, and an intimate duet based on a Yiddish poem by Yankev Glatshteyn.
Saturday, May 1oth @ 4pm
Saturday, May 1oth @ 8pm
Sunday, May 11th @ 2:30pm
Performances will be held at Schapiro Theatre
605 West 115th Street New York, NY
FREE and open to the public.
For the reservations please e-mail email@example.com
Producer: Mustafa Kaymak
Lighting Design: Tuce Yasak
Graphic Design: Marlon Swai
Imagina na Copa / Imagine the Cup is a documentary film to be screened in Johannesburg during May. It documents protests in Brazil against that country's upcoming hosting of the Soccer World Cup.
The film's director Yazeed Kamaldien will be at the various screenings to discuss the making of the film as well as the issues it explores.
May 8: The Bioscope, Ground Floor of Main Street Life, Maboneng Precinct. Starts 8pm. R40 a ticket. Buy tickets here
May 9: Fananathi Print Studio at the Drill Hall, corner Twist and Claim street, right next to the MTN Noord Taxi Rank. Starts 6pm. Just come and meet us.
May 12: IT Corner, Corner 7th Street and 4th Avenue, Melville, JHB. Starts 7pm. Pay what you can. Tel: 011-482-6090.
May 13: Lighthouse on 7th, Seventh Street, Melville, JHB. Starts 7pm. Pay what you can.
Contact Yazeed Kamaldien directly @ firstname.lastname@example.org
Facebook: Imagina na Copa / Imagine the Cup
Join us tonight at 7:30pm for the screening and special post-screening discussion of "Documented"!
Post-Screening Panel with Jose Antonio Vargas, founder of Define American; Bertha Lewis, president of The Black Institute; and Steven Choi, executive director of New York Immigration Coalition
Purchase a ticket to the 7:30PM screening, click HERE.
For questions, email Thanu Yakupitiyage at email@example.com
In 2011, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas outed himself as an undocumented immigrant in an essay published in the New York Times Magazine. Documented chronicles his journey to America from the Philippines as a child; his journey through America as an immigration reform activist; and his journey inward as he re-connects with his mother, whom he hasn't seen in person in over 20 years.
Trumpeter, composer and NYC high school teacher Rodney Shelby Siau brings cycling and Jazz to bear on efforts to raise some money towards funding a cure for Diabetes.
Acclaimed East African vocalist & songwriter Somi will kick-off a three-week late night Spring residency at Joe's Pub this month. She, her band, and special guests will preview music from her forthcoming album and major label debut "The Lagos Music Salon" (Sony/Okeh). Her NightSPRING residency is inspired by the unfolding season and the magic of the night.
Saturday Sat April 12, 2014 on WBAI 99.5 FM, NYC. From 4:00 to 5:00 EST., streaming live @ www.WBAI.Org & @ www.afrique365.com.
Considered “the future of Reggae music”, by The National Geographic, Meta & The Cornerstones fuse Afro-Pop, Hip-Hop, Rock & Soul elements with international vocals. You will leave this FREE event renewed by musicality, expressiveness and sincerity of Meta's message.
I would say, peace, love and harmony always. And I would say that it is very important because reggae is the heartbeat, and so we should be definitely aware of the lyrics, not just the music, but reggae should continue the teaching and that is what I would say. Because the reggae is the music that teaches, it is for meditation, it is for upliftment. So we really have to be aware of what we are promoting out there, to make sure we keep the roots, and not let that go away. We have to keep it live and raw.
-- Meta Dia in reggaeville.com interview
Voted one of world’s “50 Great Voices” by NPR, Buika—born on the island of MaJorca to African immigrant parents—has emerged as a true innovator, a must-see artist among jazz aficionados. Her evident African roots and her cosmopolitanism, developed in clubs in Spain and Americanized during a surreal stint in Las Vegas, explain Buika’s rare self-possession. But nothing can quite explain her ability to connect, in spite of the fact that she sings nearly exclusively in Spanish—Buika is simply one of those rare and wonderful “one listen” artists.
For more information: Town Hall.
6:00 PM DOORS / 8:00 PM START
Johnny Clegg - dancer, anthropologist, singer, songwriter, academic, activist and French knight. Whilst all of these tags are fitting, none of them can accurately describe the energetic, passionate human being who has become one of South Africa's greatest musical exports. He has campaigned against the injustice of apartheid South Africa and been instrumental in putting the new South Africa on the map as a cultural ambassador. More info on Johnny's life and achievements is available here.
Recently awarded three honorary doctorates from Dartmouth College, CUNY and University of the Witwatersrand, Johnny, a former Grammy nominee and Billboard music award winner, still tours regularly, both at home and abroad, with dates pegged for 2012 in Europe and north America. Be sure not to miss his dynamic live act should it come your way.
Johnny Clegg took his highly acclaimed A SOUTH AFRICAN STORY to the Royal Albert Hall in March this year and had the entire audience up on their feet. Fans from all over London, South Africans and Londoners alike, attended the show at the prestigious Royal Albert Hall where Johnny Clegg made his debut performance as a solo artist. He is now bringing this show home to The Teatro at Monte Casino from the 29 November 2013 to Sunday 1 December 2013. This story covers Johnny's life through his music, and is an inspiring and uplifting voyage. The show is his stories of his life and how various local and international history influenced his music.
The show will showcase various forms of dance that influenced him and is supported by visuals that have not been seen before from Johnny's archives as well as state of the art lighting, sound and projection. This production will include some of Johnny Clegg's hits, special guest artists as well as some intimate unplugged moments.
Audiences will experience the thrill of music and dance with this South African icon as he links his music to the journey South Africa has taken over the past 30 years.
During this time Clegg has become one of South Africa's most famous exports while retaining his popularity in his home country. Aside from his musical success, he is widely recognised and respected as an anthropologist, academic and activist. Clegg also campaigned against the injustice of apartheid South Africa and has been instrumental in putting the new South Africa on the map.
His energetic and passionate persona, together with his anthemic hits, has made Clegg an outstanding musical ambassador for his country. By combining African music structures with Celtic folk music and international rock sounds, Clegg pioneered a new and unique sound. From Europe to the States, from Australia to Potchefstroom and London, audiences in sold out venues have danced to "Cruel, Crazy Beautiful World", "Scatterlings of Africa", "I Call Your Name", "Impi", "Asimbonanga", "Great Heart", and "African Sky Blue".
Last year Clegg was awarded the Order of Ikhamanga for his excellent contribution and achievement in the field of bridging African traditional music with other music forms, promoting racial understanding among racially divided groups in South Africa under difficult apartheid conditions, working for a non-racial society and being an outstanding spokesperson for the release of political prisoners.
For more information: City Winery.
You've seen Tanya on shows like TRUE BLOOD, ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK--and, yes, even as Theo's girlfriend on THE COSBY SHOW!
But did you know she was creating the first ever interactive natural hair web series?
This Harlem gal--born and bred--is coming back home to create a show set here in Harlem. It's called HAIRiette of HARLEM and it's based on her very early days of being an actress and her relationship with her natural hair.
There are mere days left to her fundraising campaign. Please contribute an amount of any size TODAY at hairiette.com. There are great rewards at every level! Let's show the world Harlem is united and supports our own. The mission of HAIRiette of HARLEM is to help make the world a better place...one hair at a time."
Johnny Clegg is a singer, songwriter, dancer, anthropologist and musical activist whose music has exploded onto the international music scene and broke through barriers in his home of South Africa. Clegg and Sipho Mchunu formed the groundbreaking mixed-race Juluka in the late 70’s and went on to record two platinum and five gold albums. In 1986 he formed Savuka and by the end of 1989 the band’s debut album had sold over 1 million copies, their second reaching 700,000. Savuka received a Grammy nomination for the Best World Music Album in 1993 but disbanded shortly thereafter. Three years later Clegg and Mchunu temporarily re-found Juluka and recorded Ya Vuka Inkunzi (also released as Crocodile Love). Since then, Clegg has recorded several solo projects including his last album One Life (2007), New Survivor (2002) and A South African Story (2003). The Johnny Clegg Band recently completed a 32-city North American Tour as a celebration of his 30-year anniversary as a performer and Human (2011), his first release in North America in 17 years.
Visit the official Johnny Clegg website to view video For more information: Bardavon.
The artists featured in the second edition of AFRICA NOW! at the Apollo, the weekend festival spotlighting today’s African music scene, all hail from West Africa—but each brings a radically different sound, experience and energy to the stage. The centerpiece event, a blow-out concert on the Mainstage of Harlem’s legendary theater, will showcase a griot trio from Senegal, a roots-reggae/Afrobeat collective from Sierra Leone, and a dynamo diva from Mali.
“The most beguiling talent to hit the world music scene in some time” (The Telegraph), Malian songstress Fatoumata Diawara has created her own distinct contemporary folk sound, inspired by Wassoulou tradition, jazz, and blues. She adds an African spin to the concept of the female singer-songwriter. At the center of the music is her warm, affecting voice; spare, rhythmical guitar playing; and gorgeously melodic songs that draw powerfully on love, politics and her own often-troubled experience. And can she DANCE!
Trio Les Frères Guissé, originating from the Fouta region in Senegal, continue in the rich musical legacy paved by Ali Farka Touré, Kar Kar (Boubakar Traoré) and Seydina. Beautiful and sensitive, their close harmonic singing, primarily in Peulh and Wolof, swirls around the melodies of two acoustic guitars and subdued percussion – and mesmerizes the audiences they encounter.
Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars (SLRAS) celebrates their 10th anniversary and the launch of their new CD, Libation, with this special concert performance. Joining forces in refugee camps while their homeland was being racked by years of bloody warfare, the band members overcame struggle with the redemptive power of music. Fusing traditional West African music with roots reggae, the SLRAS catalogue is full of bubbling rhythms, irresistible hooks, intricate dub elements, “buoyant grooves and fierce optimism”(NPR). They have become one of Africa’s most active touring bands, embraced by audiences worldwide for their unique sound and their utterly extraordinary story.
presented in partnership with the apollo theater
Weekend Festival events include:
- April 4, 10 pm: Apollo Music Café – Africa Now! Curated by OkayAfrica
- April 4, Midnight: Africa Now! Late Night Jam Presented by Shrine World Music at Silvana, 300 W 116th St.
- April 5, 1 pm: Africa Now! Les Frères Guissé Family Show Presented by Apollo Family Showtime and WMI
- April 5, 8 pm: Main Stage Concert Event
- April 5, 10 pm: Apollo Music Café – Africa Now!
- April 5, Midnight: Africa Now! After Party Presented by Shrine World Music Center at 2271 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd.
To celebrate his 75th birthday on April 4th, the legendary South African trumpeter, flugelhornist, composer, and lyricist Hugh Masekela presents a retrospective extravaganza. Joined by associates from various stages of his career and very special guests, he explores his fascination with American jazz and his deep roots in the Zulu folkloric strains that coalesced into the mbaqanga township dance band music of his homeland, from which he was exiled between 1960 and 1990. As is Masekela's custom, personal considerations will operate in the context of his ongoing quest to document, as he puts it, "the amazing diversity and unfathomable excellence of the African diaspora's cultural heritage."
Free pre-concert discussion, nightly, 7pm. For more information: http://jalc.org/events/t-1531
Senegal. Clarinetist, drummer and singer Thione Seck joined Orchestra Baobab (aka Orchestre Du Bawobab) during 1977. His break from the band two years later was reportedly owing to his ambitions to record in a more roots-orientated vein, contrasting mbalax with reggae undertones, while extolling the virtues of legendary Wolof heroes. This might have been anticipated given Seck's background. He started playing in his family's traditional griot group and studied local music forms extensively. After leaving Baobob he began working with his brother, Mapenda, in Raam Daan (who would later feature guitarist Adama Faye, his most frequent solo collaborator). Four cassette albums as Raam Daan followed, though a more representative selection of songs can be found on the solo Le Pouvoir D'Un Coeur Pur, released by UK label Stern's Records in 1988.
Throughout his recording career Seck has chosen to work with the cream of session musicians, including Cameroonians Manu Lima, Guy Lobe and Dalle Penda, as well as Faye and a number of leading Indian players. This has ensured that his status as one of Africa's `musicians' musicians' has not been compromised. He has sold an enormous quantity of recordings (mostly in cassette format), though his 1991 song, `Papa', complained of the piratical nature of the local music industry which continues to rob him of royalties. His official recordings for Stern's, including 1996's Daaly and 2005's terrific Arabic-influenced Orientation, have helped promote his music to a wider audience. - See more at: © B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
6:30PM doors / 8 & 10:30 Show
The Metaphor of Everyday Life: African Great Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi Returns with New Album, Ongoing Poetic Message
Oliver Mtukudzi, affectionately called “Tuku” by fans worldwide, has weathered storms with his sharp observations and gracious emphasis on the basic human experiences that unite us all: childhood and aging, respect and hope, women’s rights and AIDS, community and connection.
“My music and art come from the everyday living I do,” Mtukudzi reflects. “I write what I see around me. When I see something, I have something real to talk about. If there is something to talk about, there’s something to sing about, and there’s always something new to talk about.”
Tuku’s latest album Sarawoga (U.S. release: May 21, 2013) proves that the venerable artist still has plenty to say. With a career that spans the birth of his native Zimbabwe and the advent of both Afropop and the global love affair with African roots music, Tuku’s quicksilver guitar work, keen ear for melody, and evocative voice have earned him intense adulation at home. His organic, savvy mix of traditional ways, pan-African influences, and cosmopolitan pop forms became widely known as Tuku Music. It has made Tuku a household name across Southern Africa, as well as across Europe and North America, thanks in part to major releases of his work in the 1990s and 2000s.
Revered as both accomplished musician and public figure, Tuku has explored a variety of media over his long, successful career: launched a popular local arts center, mentored countless local musicians, produced musicals, made films, and spoken out in a soft but persuasive way on key issues in Zimbabwean and African society.
6:00 PM DOORS / 8:00 PM START
With more than 250,000 albums sold around the globe, an appearance on the popular television show Late Night with David Letterman, a duet with Bonnie Raitt on her 2002 album Silver Lining and nearly a thousand concerts on some of the world’s most prestigious stages under his belt, Habib Koité is one of Africa’s most beloved and popular musicians. Afriki, which will be released by Cumbancha on September 25th, 2007, features an appealing set of songs that reflect Habib’s unique and innovative approach to the diverse styles of Malian music.
Few African artists have received the sales and media exposure of Habib Koité. Called “Mali’s biggest pop star” by Rolling Stone (in an infamous article in which Bonnie Raitt compared Habib to Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughn), Habib has also received raves from widely-read publications such as People, Entertainment Weekly and the New York Times. Just this June, Habib graced a 2-page photo spread in the pages of Vanity Fair magazine. While sales of African music CDs generally struggle to break the 10,000-unit mark, Habib has defied expectations by selling more than 100,000 copies of his last two studio albums, putting him in the upper echelons of world music artist sales.
Habib draws on styles from the different regions of Mali, rather than solely on the music of his particular area as most Malian musicians do. Habib has gained a strong fan base by integrating the rock and folk sounds of the Western world, without watering down his cherished Malian roots. Habib descends from a line of griots, traditional troubadors who provide wit, wisdom and entertainment and his charisma and magnetism translates across cultures.
The Smithsonian traveling exhibition focusing on the seldom-viewed history and complex lives of people of dual African American and Native American ancestry.