A multi-instrumentalist, composer and Harmony Foundation World Ambassador, Kinobe is steeped in the music of their homeland, but with ears opened to the sounds of the world at large. With koras, kalimbas, adungus, endongos, ngonis, and percussion Kinobe invites audiences into his culture, describing the instruments and their roles in African society and history. A show from Kinobe and his backing band, the Wamu Spirit, is a journey into the soul of Africa. Born near Lake Victoria in Uganda, Kinobe's first international performance was at age of ten with his school ensemble and since then Kinobe has been captivating audiences with virtuoso performances and original compositions, reflecting a wealth of African and worldwide influences. Properly dubbed as 'the new voice of Uganda', Kinobe's has dedicated his life to championing for a better future for children worldwide and using his music as a voice to unite the world. Let's come together on Friday July 1st at the Art After 5 live music series and bathe in the afropop sound of Kinobe & the Wamu Spirit. Showtime is 5:30PM.
For admission prices, go to www.philamuseum.org.
Natalia Lafourcade is one of Latin America’s leading indie pop artists, and was the biggest award winner at the 2016 Latin Grammys. She began her career at age 14 as a member of the pop group, Twist, and at age 17, signed her first solo record deal with Sony Music.
Her latest album released in March 2015, Hasta la Raíz, came out as No.1 on iTunes and Deezer. Her first two singles Hasta la Raíz and Lo Que Construímos, were positioned in the first place of Mexico´s viral 50 Spotify top chart, and on the top ten of the global category. This album has become platinum in Mexico and gold in Italy. In this year’s edition of the Latin Grammy awards, she won 5 of 6 nominations, including: Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Alternative Music Album, Best Alternative Song, and Best Engineered Album. Hasta la Raíz was nominated for best Latin album for the 2016 Grammy Awards.
Don't miss Natalia perform live in concert at Longwood Gardens on July 6th!
For more info on showtime & ticket prices, go to longwoodgardens.org!
Join us on Sunday July 10th from 5pm until ? At the incredible @fringearts (located at 140 north Columbus Blvd/Delaware Ave & Race st.). NUEVOFEST is once again presented by LatinRootsLive (@wxpnfm x @afrotainoprod), and is a multi-act concert showcase celebrating the new sounds of Latinoamerica. And it's FREE WITH ONLINE REGISTRATION (see link below). Scheduled to perform live onstage: the renowned femme fatale vocalista from the Puerto Rican supergroup Calle 13-turned soloist, iLe!; fronterizo electro dream pop group, @thechamanas; Afro-tropical ritmos band from California, @quitapenasmusic; #AfroPunk-fave & Boricua cosmic girl, the r&b/soul singer @calmacarmona; Spanish thrash-pop-punk trio @putossexyzebras; Central American rockabilly-swing band @cartasafelice; and dembow-cumbia-bass DJ duo Gasolina (djs Precolumbian x Dame Luz), and special guests! RSVP YOUR TICKETS NOW!!!! This will be one of the biggest events of the pan-Latino summertime in #PHILLY!
RSVP NOW www.latinroots.org
Watching Calma Carmona perform live is to visit the dark side of the Caribbean moon. Standing center stage, and with each purr, growl, and roar, the soul singer electrifies audiences across the globe with her futuristic tropical grooves and her magnetic aura. The room is transformed into a cosmic plane of Latin Soul – a sonic frequency where Santana meets La Lupe for an otherworldly jam session, and the fiery funk of Tina Turner dances with the moody nu-soul blues of Erykah Badu. Being no stranger to gracing international stages, Calma Carmona was selected as opening act for Beyonce’s Ms. Carter World Tour for her island nation home of Puerto Rico, proving her stage presence is strong enough to hold down a sold-out concert at an 18,000-seat arena. Music critics from Vibe Magazine, Alt.Latino (NPR), Afropunk, Huffington Post-Tunisia, have all raved over the release of her 2015 Presentiment EP. A full-length self-titled album is due at the end of 2016. Calma Carmona will be launching her 'NO BORDERS' TOUR in Spring/Summer 2016, kicking off at the world famous Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York City in April. Luckily for the DMV, Tropicalia, the D.C. nightspot known for ushering in global grooves into the downtown area, is one of Calma's tour stops. This show is guaranteed to be steamy! Opening DJ set by AfroTaino Productions' own DJ Rahsaan.
Tickets are $15 in advance, available for sale at Tickeri.com. Doors at 8PM.
THE NYC-BORN ‘ONE FESTIVAL’ MAKES ITS PHILADELPHIA DEBUT WITH WINNING ONE-PERSON PLAY!
The ONE Festival creates a platform in which the most diverse & creative solo performers have an opportunity to showcase their theatrical talent. Founded by director/producer Veronica Caicedo in 2006, the stage festival has attracted thousands of attendees, and has produced a steady win-streak for its finalists, who have gone to headline stages at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the Greenwich Theatre in London, to name a few. Because of its success & growth, the ONE Festival has expanded to the City of Brotherly Love. Teaming up with multicultural & entertainment solutions firm AfroTaino Productions and Latino culture institution Taller Puertorriqueno, The ONE Festival-PHL lands with a splash and a bang, with a double-whammy opportunity of two chances to catch the winning one-person play, “Marlene Goes to Hollywood”, written & performed by Marlene Villafane. Whether it’s a Friday evening blockbuster (June 17) or a Saturday afternoon matinee (June 18), make sure you don’t miss The ONE Festival’s Philadelphia debut! For ticket prices, show times, and more information on festival submissions, go to WWW.THEONEFESTIVALPHL.COM.
If you’ve been feeling fidgety, with an ‘ants-in-your-pants’ desire to dance, then consider DJ Rahsaan as the scratch to that itch. The global-minded selector has signed on to serve as one of the rotating resident DJs of the free weekly SOL FRIDAYS party, happening all summer long at the famous ‘whisky-a-gogo’ nightspot, The Trestle Inn. Kicking off his first set on Friday June 17th, Rahsaan promises a rhythmic trip through the Nuyorican diaspora, with a dancefloor soundtrack of Boogaloo, Cuban rumba, Salsa Dura, Latin Disco, and more. By only relying on his trusty & extensive vinyl music collection, he will blow the dust off of the late night tropical anthems & obscure rarities, and blow your minds with his seamless & clever mixing, telling the perfect story for your hip-shaking Friday night self. Future nights to mark in your dance calendar are July 22, August 5th & August 12th. See you at the Trestle Inn (at 11th & Callowhill streets, in North Chinatown)!
Daniel del Jesus' third single 'suite' from La Dolorosa LP: Virgen del Carmen EP released on Friday, June 10th
Virgen del Carmen is the third & final single release from Daniel de Jesús' full length concept album La Dolorosa. This song pays homage to the beauty and the romantic fervor that many Latin American artists have portrayed through the muse of "La Virgen." de Jesus' music looks to sonically embody the bride like portrayal of La Virgen in the Latin American consciousness and share the symbolism of her beauty as a message of hope. As with the previous chapters of La Dolorosa, the single EP is packaged with different versions that explore the corners & fields of the musical landscape, as composed by de Jesús' and his orchestral palette.
Set to levitate toward the stratosphere, cello-wielding front man Daniel de Jesús captivates with his powerful, soaring vocals and steals the hearts of all mortals in his presence. His latest concept album, "La Dolorosa" succeeds in uplifting the music lover's soul with rapturous sweeps, sanctified hushes, experimental electro beats, and his trademark vocal agility. Through the curated release of three EPs, he delivers additional 'suites' - all self-composed & self-remixed - which consist of the lead singles of his full-length album, and features a handful of brand new songs & exclusive versions dedicated to The Sacred Madonnas of the Americas.
Upon first listen, alternative rock purists will appreciate the musical nods that de Jesús offers toward other-worldly rock influences like David Bowie, Peter Gabriel, Kate Bush, & Bjork. Soulful & mysterious & unforgettable - that is the sound of Daniel de Jesús.
LATIN ROOTS LIVE! PRESENTS WE LIKE IT LIKE THAT, THE STORY OF LATIN BOOGALOO SCREENING, AND LIVE PERFORMANCE WITH JOE BATAAN
WXPN’s Latin Roots Live! series brings the story of Latin Boogaloo music to Philadelphia for the local premiere showing of the documentary film We Like It Like That and a live performance by the “King of Latin Soul,” Joe Bataan on Friday March 25th at 8PM, at the Prince Theatre in Philadelphia.
There will also be a Q&A with the film’s director, Mathew Ramirez Warren, and NPR Music’s Alt Latino co-host Felix Contreras.
Bataan, who was born and grew up in Spanish Harlem, is known as the originator of a style of Latin soul – Latin boogaloo – that was prominent in the 60s, and was a combination of R&B and soul with samba, cha-cha-cha, and son montuno. Two early examples of Latin boogaloo songs that entered the mainstream included Mongo Santamaría’s cover Herbie Hancock’s “Watermelon Man,” and Ray Barretto’s “El Watusi.” It was Bataan though who to this day carries the Latin boogaloo torch, with numerous recordings on the legendary New York city label, Fania Records.
The next Latin Roots Live! event will feature the award winning documentary, We Like It Like That, whose title is a play on the Pete Rodriguez boogaloo classic “I Like It Like That.” It features interviews with Bataan and other notable players in the Latin boogaloo scene and traces the music and culture and community formed around the music in New York City. After the film, there will be a Q&A followed by a live performance of Bataan and his band.
Doors open at 7PM, show starts at 8PM.
In conjunction with our latest special exhibition Drapetomanía: Grupo Antillano and the Art of Afro-Cuba, the African American Museum in Philadelphia partners with AfroTaino Productions to present an electrifying evening of music featuring Afro-Cuban jazz vocalist, Daymé Arocena.
With a deep vocal repertoire that includes scatting, Yoruban chants, gutteral whispers and her signature deep laugh, Daymé Arocena has been hailed as one of the most exciting artists in Afro-Cuban music today. Her debut project was named by NPR as one of the 50 best albums of the year, and continues to redefine the perception and understanding of Cuban music globally.
Guaranteed to be a can't-miss, unforgettable experience, Daymé Arocena performs for Philadelphia audiences at The African American Museum in Philadelphia as part of her US debut tour on Thursday, March 24. Be sure to grab your seats today!
“The biggest myth of the decades old Cuba/U.S. standoff is that it produced cultural isolation. One listen to Dayme Arocena’s voice and there is no doubt she heard as much Aretha as she heard Celia.” – NPR
$25 - All ages
Tickets available online @ The African American Museum of Philadelphia
AfroTaino Productions presents THE OFFICIAL AGUDOS CLEF RECORD RELEASE PARTY (PHILADELPHIA)
The anticipated debut album from Latin Hiphop duo AGUDOS CLEF will be performed live onstage in its entirety! Having started a buzz in NJ's underground music circles, the act's bilingual rhyme skills & laid back shuffle beats have caught the attention of music journalists across the globe, including Sounds & Colours (UK), Corrientelatina.com, and WXPN's The Key.
$10 - 21+/ID required
Tickets available online @ Trocadero - Balcony stage (upstairs)
AfroTaino Productions presents
DANIEL DE JESUS LA DOLOROSA OFFICIAL ALBUM RELEASE PARTY
The acclaimed Puerto Rican alt-goth-pop artist will perform songs from his new all-Spanish language album, as well as signing copies of the new CD. Also performing: Interminable + DJ Precolumbian!
SATURDAY FEB. 20th – 6-9PM – 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
$25; members $20 (includes collection and exhibition access. Cocktails & light fare available for purchase.) Reserve tickets online or call 215.278.7200
We are proud to announce our collaboration with the Barnes Foundation, particularly in celebration of the new exhibition, “PICASSO: THE GREAT WAR, EXPERIMENTATION AND CHANGE”. For this highly-anticipated event, we are proudly presenting the incredible Flamenca Rumba guitar duo, JAY & LEE. Tickets are available now. We strongly urge you to reserve your tickets before it’s too late.
LATIN ROOTS LIVE PRESENTS Monsieur Perine’ Live Concert broadcast on World Café w/David Dye 2/7 5PM – Grammy-winning Colombian alt-swing band Monsieur Perine’ made their Philadelphia debut in January 2016 to a open-hearted, sold out crowd at the renowned venue, World Café Live. The band took the audience on a musical journey through a world where 1920’s Parisian hot jazz and South American disco rock rhythms cozy up next to each other in a universal Red Light District. Missed the show en vivo? No problem: tune into World Café on Thursday Feb. 4th and 5PM SHARP to hear it in its entirety.