Africa Now is a 2-day festival that focuses on spotlighting Africa’s burgeoning Music Scene. Presented by non-profit organization the World Music Institute, this year’s events will feature artists from West Africa. Malian songstress Fatoumata Diawara, Senegalese trio Les Frères Guissé and Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars (SLRAS) will all perform at the event hosted at Harlem’s legendary Apollo theater.
” “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.”
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 at Shrine, 2271 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd.
Tickets are available for purchase online at www.worldmusicinstitute.org. Student and group discounts are available, as are VIP tickets for select events.
Visit www.worldmusicinstitute.org for more information.
World Music Institute is a not-for-profit concert presenting organization founded in 1985 by Robert and Helene Browning and dedicated to the presentation of the finest in traditional and contemporary music and dance from around the world.
Source & Excerpts from World Music Institute.