Buyepongo means “to cause a ruckus,” and you’ll want to join in as soon as the band launches into its infectious and energetic rhythms. A riotous mash-up of influences fuses hip-hop, punk, funk, and jazz into a blend of styles from across the Latin American diaspora. #AfroTainoSummer2017
DAMAS Y CABALLEROS! We are proud to announce the return of #NUEVOFEST! A free, all-ages, outdoor concert showcasing artists who represent the new sounds of Latin America can be experienced on Sunday, July 16 when the WXPN Latin Roots Live! concert series presents NUEVOFEST 2017, featuring performances by eight outstanding Latin alternative artists, starting at 2 P.M. at @FringeArts in Philadelphia (doors open at 1 P.M.). NUEVOFEST is free and open to the public via advance RSVP at www.latinroots.org. This year, we are thrilled to announce that one of the incredible 8 acts is none other than #Venezuela's Grammy-winning dance/punk/alternative band, @lavidaboheme!
Now in its fifth year, NUEVOFEST is part of the WXPN Latin Roots Live! series of free concerts inspired by Latin Roots, the bi-weekly series heard on NPR’s World Cafe radio program (produced by Philadelphia public radio station WXPN) that explores and exposes the vast variety of music from Spanish and Portuguese-speaking countries. NUEVOFEST and the Latin Roots Live! free concert series are produced and presented by WXPN 88.5 FM in partnership with AfroTaino Productions, and made possible by the William Penn Foundation.
#NUEVOFEST2017 #AfroTainoSummer2017 #LatinRootsLive
SAVE THE DATE: FRIDAY JULY 21 - @afrotainoprod + @aampmuseum present Betsayda Machado Y La Parranda El Clavo 'The Voice of Venezuela' - Live in Concert
Raised in the small village of El Clavo in the region of Barlovento, Machado's recent rural recordings with lifelong friends Parranda El Clavo brought new attention to Venezuelan Afro-Soul genre: 'Tambor'. A spirit-shaking percussion and voice fiesta, said to make dancers float. After their New York City debut in January 2017, New York Times' Jon Pareles called Betsayda and Parranda: "The kind of group that world-music fans have always been thrilled to discover: Vital, accomplished, local, unplugged, deeply rooted".
Toronto-based producer Juan Souki also shares: "If there's a God, it sounds like this woman!" This show is not to be missed. Be sure to purchase your tickets early as this show is guaranteed to sell out fast!
Please note that once all seats are sold, a 'standing room only' policy will take effect.
DOORS 7:30PM | SHOWTIME 8PM | TICKETS $25 | ALL AGES
This event is made possible with the support of the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation' Southern Exposure Grant.
Get your tickets now
The Institute of Contemporary Art, The Philadelphia Latino Film Festival and AfroTaino Productions invite you to RESIST/RELEASE, a celebration of the arrival of the summer season as part of a ongoing Gather series.
As part of the ongoing Gather series at the Institute of Contemporary Art, AfroTaino Productions and the Philadelphia Latino Film Festival invite you to join in a celebration of the arrival of the summer season. This event, RESIST/RELEASE, will be a jam-packed evening of art, dance, film, music, and mucho sabor.
Harnessing the energy of the solstice, we come together to reflect on the histories of Afro-Diasporic resistance and survival throughout the Americas. With every song, every movement, and every story of resistance told, we will build new tomorrows by releasing joy.
RESIST/RELEASE will share stories through artistic expressions: Choreographer Leilani Chirino explores the struggle of the divine feminine via Afro-Cuban deity worship & modern dance. Polyrhythmic messages of Puerto Rican pride are sung and chanted by the folkloric group Los Bomberos de la Calle. A short documentary featuring Otura Roso Mun focuses on his journey from everyday African-American culture to a soulful rebirth in the Yoruba faith of Ifa. Bittersweet melodies of banned Afro-Mexican songs are sung and strummed by the jarana guitar-wielding ensemble Son Revoltura. Moko*Motion enhances self-awareness through the art of stilt-walking, embodying the Afro-Caribbean “jumbies” who will serve as the “spiritual guides” of the gathering. DJ/producer Rahsaan maintains the energy by seaming the performances together with musical selections central to the theme.
This celebratory gathering is for all audiences, but especially for aficionados of Afro-Caribbean folkloric arts and cultural studies, and for those familiar with the resilience of the Afro-Latino legacies born from the Trans-Atlantic slave trade.
This event is free and open to the public; register at www.icaphila.org.
FRIDAY JUNE 16 - #Philadelphia get ready for JUANITA CA$H! This raucous #NYC band takes the #JohnnyCash discography on a ride thru the world of #CUMBIA. Also performing: #RockersGalore! It's all happening at the @trocphilly balcony stage. Doors 8pm $12 tickets. Tickets go on sale soon! Stay tuned. #AfroTainoPrimavera #OnTheEdgeOfSummer
Friday June 9th - @karikaturanyc returns to #philadelphia! This #NYC-based band makes music that moves people around the world. Think equal parts cumbia, hip hop, reggae, klezmer, and merengue, with a dose of indie rock. It all manifests at @philamuseum 5PM! Tickets available now. #AfroTainoPrimavera #OnTheEdgeOfSummer
La Misa Negra is an 8-piece band from Oakland, California that plays a unique blend of 1950's and 60's style cumbia and high-energy, Afro-Colombian dance music. Powered by horn and accordion-driven riffs, a fierce rhythm section, and a vintage Colombian sound, La Misa Negra delivers an electrifying performance that explodes with infectious dance grooves and punk rock energy. Since their live debut in the fall of 2011, they have toured the US, playing shows and festivals with the likes of Red Hot Chili Peppers, Stevie Wonder, Florence and the Machine, Lenny Kravitz, Arcade Fire, Thievery Corporation, George Clinton, Julieta Venegas, Ozomatli, Lila Downs, Budos Band, Ana Tijoux, and Bomba Estereo. On the strength of their wild and one-of-a-kind shows, La Misa Negra has gained a reputation as one of the most exciting live bands to emerge from the Bay Area in recent years, garnering a diverse fan base that transcends musical, cultural, and generational divides. Philadelphia is in store for a scorching 2+ HOUR marathon set of heavy cumbia madness from this powerhouse band.
DOORS 7PM; MUSIC 8PM
Recipient of the 2015 Mexican Music Award for Best Contemporary Folk Band, Jarana Beat is a world music band incorporating dance and activism. The group blends the origins of Mexican music with contemporary elements and other musical traditions to offer a new interpretation of Afro-Amerindian Mexico. This program is part of Mexican Week in partnership with the Mexican Cultural Center and the Consulate of Mexico. Jarana Beat is coming fresh off the road from touring with Mexican vocal star Lila Downs, so you won’t want to miss out on this performance from this dynamic ensemble.
6PM – 9PM; $28; college students $10 (walk-up only); members free. Collection access included.
Reserve general admission or member tickets online at barnesfoundation.org or call 215.278.7200.
Good people of Earth: we are proud to present to you our next Latin Roots Live free concert. And it's a double header: ÌFÉ + M.A.K.U. Soundsystem on Monday April 24 at World Cafe Live. ÌFÉ (pictured here) is a bold new musical project from Puerto Rico-based African American drummer/producer/singer Otura Mun, who’s music is a powerfully progressive synthesis of electronic sound and Afro-Caribbean language. Mun, an Ifá priest or Babalawo in the Yoruba religion, has been a vanguard artist in the Puerto Rican music scene since his arrival there in the late 1990’s, producing critically acclaimed albums and songs for many of the islands most important musical voices. - Again the concert is free admission, but only by registering online. Go to www.latinroots.org to reserve your ticket. Get them before the capacity fills to the max. But can we say it one more time?! For those in the back: @afrotainoprod + @wxpnfm = #LatinRootsLive proudly presents @_ife + @makusoundsystem live in concert. Thank you. #AfroTainoPrimavera
We are proud to present the #Philadelphia debut of the chart-topping#Venezuelan band @rawayana - performing live at @trocphilly balcony stage! Also performing: @kentylove! Tickets are available now -https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/mobile/index/1442604?utm_medium=bks
#reggae #ska #tropicalmadness #AfroTainoPrimavera
Familia! And now, a public service announcement....And a ripe opportunity to unlearn your own personal prejudices. We ask you to ask yourself: #DoILookIllegal? - and repeat the answer out loud: No Human Being Is Illegal. Given our current political climate & related crisis, we've decided to re-release this video statement (originally debuted 2010), which was originally developed in response to the discriminatory, anti-immigrant Arizona bill SB1070 years ago. Even though the bill was defeated, it's evident that this racist mentality still exists, and even blatantly practiced in recent governmental policies, like the Muslim Ban, nationwide ICE raids, and voter suppression efforts. So, we are still here asking the question 'what does illegal look like?' And if you really think you have an answer, then you need to question your own belief system and consider that you may be part of the problem.
#NoBan #NoWall #NoHate #Resist - (Prod by EKG films, co-prod by AfroTaino Productions, music: Agudos Clef 'Vive'; filmed on location in Philadelphia. Special thanks to all participants.) PLEASE SHARE!!!
See the entire video here https://vimeo.com/203881951
Yo #Philadelphia! We are looking forward to our next #LatinRootsLive concert on February 9th! This time, we are presenting the scorching-hot #NYC tropical band, Los Hacheros. Los Hacheros revives folkloric styles like son montuno, guaracha and salsa, and often combine them with Bomba, a fiery rhythm from the mountains of Puerto Rico. We encourage you to RSVP your tickets now(!) before venue capacity fills up and we have to close the sign up list. And like all #LatinRootsLive concerts, admission is absolutely free of charge! Just simply go to http://www.latinroots.org/ to save your spot on the dance floor. And don't forget to bring your dancing shoes!
Grupo Imaginarios & AfroTaino Productions present Sabrosito Rico Philadelphia with Betsayda Machado y La Parranda El Clavo
We are thrilled to announce our very 1st show of 2017! JANUARY 14 in #Philadelphia: we are proud to co-present the #Philly debut of Afro-Venezuelan folkloric diva, Betsayda Machado y La Parranda El Clavo! Dubbed "The Black Voice of Barlovento", local masters view her as the carrier of a long tradition of nearly extinguished black music genres. To understand the source of her powerful pipes, one must explore the history & traditions of Afro-Venezuela, and listen for the rich sounds of its African cacao field-working descendants, whose rhythms & songs have hardly been spotlighted outside of their native land. This sound is typified by Machado's band, La Parranda El Clavo, a pulsing vocal battery that began as a joyful, unstructured jam group decades ago, and has matured into a virtuoso percussion and voice ensemble. The music's raw percussive nature is reminiscent of other African-rooted music – from countries like Colombia, Cuba and Brazil – but was born of its own unique history and culture. For nearly thirty years, they've performed at town festivities, funerals and celebrations, preserving songs which reinforce town history and local anecdotes. And now in 2017, for the first time ever, they're embarking on a world tour, and with a little support from AfroTaino Productions and Casa de Venezuela#PHL, they're appearing in the City of Brotherly Love. It's all happening at Pig Iron Studio (@pigirontheatre) in Northern Liberties/Fishtown section of the city. And we strongly encourage you to do your very best to get your tickets ASAP because this show is sure to SELL OUT! This infectious, percussive music, anchored by Machado's thunderous voice, leaves one with the impression that if there's a God, it sounds like this woman!
Our last 2016 Latin Roots Live! event will be the hottest dance party of the holiday season, featuring the 16-piece Gregorio Uribe Big Band at World Cafe Live (3025 Walnut St., Philadelphia) on Wednesday, December 14th.
Gregorio Uribe Big Band is reminiscent of the Colombian big bands of the ‘50s and ‘60s, such as those led by Lucho Bermúdez and Pacho Galán, and combines cumbia and other Colombian rhythms with funk and jazz. The band includes some of New York’s top musicians, representing Argentina, USA, Canada, Mexico and Colombia. Live shows feature trumpets, trombones and clarinets soaring over percussion, with the band’s leader dancing to the beat while rocking out on accordion. Band leader, singer and accordionist Gregorio Uribe went from performing in rock bands in Bogota to studying jazz at Berklee in Boston, before starting his big band in New York City. Gregorio has been a guest artist with Carlos Vives and Rubén Blades, and was named by the government of Colombia as
one of the "100 Most Successful Colombians Abroad." He was also an artist-in-residence at Dartmouth College, and a commissioned composer for GRAMMY®-winning Arturo O' Farrill’s Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra.
Doors open at 7:00 PM; Showtime is 8:00 PM
Go to www.latinroots.org to get your FREE TICKETS NOW!
Our next Latin Roots Live! event is being held on Thursday, November 17, 2016 at World Cafe Live Upstairs. RSVP your free tickets now! This Latin Roots Live! concert will feature two exciting emerging artists, Edna Vazquez and Peruvian singer/songwriter duo Alejandro y Maria Laura.
Edna Vazquez is a Portland-based Latin American singer-songwriter who performs original compositions that pay homage to her international influences with a passion that comes through in every note of her music. She lifts the audience’s spirits during her cathartic live performances with a vocal range that allows her to transition seamlessly between folk, rock, pop and Mariachi, all while exploring jazz stylings. Her songs are deeply rooted in universal human emotion and she has traveled far and wide spreading her message of light, love and cultural healing.
After years of studying audio & visual arts together by day, to improvising pop song covers in various bars & restaurants by night, Peruvian singer/songwriter duo Alejandro Y Maria Laura sings their hearts out to thousands of captive ears tuned into their unique take on the Spanish Pop genre. Their music has been featured in various Latin American television programs, including HBO Brazil’s popular television series, “Encuentros en Brasil”. Since then, they’ve earned awards back to back: “Artist of the Year” (Premios Luces, Brazil 2014), “Best Fusion Album” & “Best Group of the Year” (GeneraRock, 2015). Alejandro y Maria Laura continue to charm the hearts of their fans all over South America, and the world.
On Saturday October 29th, the Manchester sound of Morrissey will fill the Kimmel Center's Perelman Theater - but with a twist. Mexrissey is the brainchild sideshow of super-producer Camilo Lara, who heads up the genre-tweaking Mexican Institute of Sound. No Manchester is the first album from Camilo Lara’s Spanish-language, Mariachi-accented Morrissey cover project, delivers the goods on revamping the Brit's classics such as "How Soon is Now“, and fittingly, “Mexico.” Not to be confused with another LA-based Chicano-driven Morrissey cover band, Mariachi Manchester, Lara's project features singer (and former Julieta Venegas background singer) Ceci Bastida, a full rock band, and Lara's quirky beat machines. Although the free concert is close to full capacity, there is a standby line for those who want to roll the dice. Press your luck, it will be worth the prize! Go to Kimmelcenter.org for show info. AfroTaino Productions is a proud supporter of this event.
ART AFTER 5 - in collaboration with AfroTaino Productions presents DIA DE LOS MUERTOS starring JARANA BEAT & more!
On Friday October 28th, we are gonna have a wicked good time at the Philadelphia Art Museum for our Dia De Los Muertos celebration starring the award-winning AfroMexican ensemble Jarana Beat! Also performing are Danza Azteca, who will open the ceremony with a traditional Azteca ritual dance dedicated to the ancestors! Plus some more surprises are in store. All this fun starts at 5:30PM and you're all invited! It's free with museum admission. See you there! #PaintTheRevolution #afrotainoproductionsdoesautumn
Mexican singer-songwriter Carla Morrison is playing the next Latin Roots Live! free concert on Tuesday, October 4th at World Cafe Live. Having started as a true DIY artist, playing the Tijuana underground music scene - with keyboard, guitar, & loop machine in tow - she first charmed her way into our hearts with her raw remake of Manu Chao's "La Despedida". Soon after, she became a household name with the release of her bittersweet hit single, "Compartir". A few years, and a couple of Latin Grammy awards later, she has amplified her sound into realms we can humbly call 'Rock Star Status'. She regularly performs to dozens of thousands of fans all across Mexico, and has gained fans from all across the globe. Her latest album, 'Amor Supremo', has garnered tons of critics' acclaim, earning her comparisons to mainstream artists like Lana Del Rey, Sia, and Adele. She is easily regarded as one of Latin music’s leading independent artists, and this October, Philadelphia will understand why. We are truly blessed to present this incredible artist as part of our Latin Roots Live series (with our partners WXPN), and to finally produce her 1st ever concert here in the City of Brotherly Love.The all-ages show is being held in Philadelphia at World Cafe Live (3025 Walnut Street) Philadelphia.
Doors are at 7:00 pm; Showtime is 8:00 – 10:30 pm.
Admission is free, however an RSVP is required.
Go to www.latinroots.org to get your FREE TICKETS NOW!
#Philadelphia: one of the funkiest, tightest jam bands is coming back this way, and this time, it's full-on party! We are proud to present @karikaturanyc - live in concert - at the #FilbertStreet flea market at the @rdgterminalmkt (12th & Filbert sts.) Whether they're playing packed & sweaty clubs in Berlin, or the underworld of the NYC subway grid, these boys know how to get down. Having toured with NPR fave @ginachavez, the multiculturally-flavored band showcases such musical knowledge & versatility, swiftly navigating thru the musical waters of Funk, Jazz, Bossa Nova, Classic Rock, Cumbia and even AfroBeat. We will see you for this FREE OUTDOOR CONCERT, starting at 12noon sharp!
Philadelphia! Join us as we welcome back the Jazz/Funk modern fusion sound of The Mark Forchic Trio to the Reading Terminal Market, as part of the Music at the Market live music series. Last time they came through, they laid down such a solid groove, all the guests nodded their approvals to the backbeat provided. The look upon everyone's faces as they seamlessly rolled through Booker T.'s "Green Onions", Lorde's "Royal", and Santana's "Samba Pa' Ti" = truly priceless. We guarantee that some more priceless moments are in store. Come on down to 12th & Filbert, head inside to the center dining court, and let's get tuned in to the Mark Forchic Trio. Music starts at , and it's totally FREE.
If you’ve continue 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 continues 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. DJ Rahsaan promises a rhythmic trip through the Nuyorican diaspora, with a dancefloor soundtrack of Boogaloo, Cuban rumba, Salsa Dura, Latin Disco, and more. 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. The next night to mark in your dance calendar would be August 12th. See you on the dancefloor!
Photo by @locophotographer
I don't know about you, but I'm going where the energy is good and I can replenish & refill what I'm missing. Not many places can deliver that type of energy on a nightly basis, so I tend to go 'all in' when those good times are available. The other option is that we at AfroTaino get crafty and design our own events so we can generate good vibes. And it feels good to see that positive energy fill the room, especially in this day & age where hate, fear, and violence welcome us every day as soon as we hit 'click'. Thankfully, a well-earned relief from this daily-occurring messiness arrives when we return to the Philadelphia Art Museum, this time with our friends from Kenya, Jabali Afrika. Jabali Afrika will ensure there's plenty of that feel-good vibe in the Great Staircase Hall, under the watchful eye of golden statue of Diana the Goddess. Jabali means “rock” in Kiswahili: With this musical mission in mind, the band blends authentic African music with the modern styles that have sprung from the original folkloric stylings, creating a uninhibited freeform 'rock' sound. Hailing from East Africa’s Kenya, the band is a truly multifaceted group with it’s own unique fusion of African rhythms and Western contemporary genres. Original compositions and traditional Afro-Popgrooves come alive on a wide variety of instruments, accompanied by vocal harmonies that form the foundation of modern rock, jazz, blues and more. After a couple songs, listeners & new fans will recognize the trademark Jabali Afrika sound: powerful percussion and incredible vocal talent of Joseck Asikoye, Justo Otongo, Dumisizwe Bhembe and Victor Savani - all former members of the Kenyan National Theatre. So, believe us when we tell you that you're in for a heck of a show. To our new friends: If you haven't attended any of the AfroTaino Productions collaboration concerts at the Art Museum of Philadelphia, first it's best to understand that the long-running"Art After 5" series is a weekly event featuring live musical performances in an intimate cabaret setting. But don't think this is a sit-down-and-clap-and-whisper vibe: through the years, we've presented Bollywood dance parties, Brazilian samba & forro' celebrations, and even a Bachata-Rock band. When the mood fills the room, people get up and dance. Come get some of that mood with Jabali Afrika.
Hey Philly! You feeling the urge to purge your electoral sins? Then why not floss it out with some solid future rock! This Tuesday July 26th, assemble your squad and bring 'em on down to Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) at 7:30pm. Performing live onstage: FarrLife (Electro-Experimental HipHop Crew featuring ex-members of that scandalous black punk band Phil Moore Browne); the Haitian guitar-shredding metal of Rockers Galore; and those raging NYC boys Outernational. Outernational caused some madness a couple years ago with the release of their protest anthem, "Todos Somos Ilegales" featuring Residente (of Calle 13 fame). Even legendary guitarist/producer Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine/Prophets of Rage) gives his approval on how they seriously turn the phuck up. So again, I ask, are y'all ready to rock??! Show up, be about it - politricks or not. $10 Tickets are available now at Undergroundarts.org.
Outernational - Live in Concert - Featuring Rockers Galore, and FarrLife.
Underground Arts - 1200 Callowhill Street - Philadephia
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.
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
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!
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.
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