World music festival globalFEST announced the lineup of showcase artists scheduled to perform on January 8, 2017 at Webster Hall in New York City.
The artists include Congolese rumba band L’Orchestre Afrisa (D.R. Congo/USA); Afro-Venezuelan artist Betsayda Machado; Washington DC’s go-go band Rare Essence; Ranky Tanky’s Gullah Sea Island music; Cuba’s legendary Septeto Santiaguero; the electro-Angolan roots sound of Batida; Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Indo-Pak Coalition; Korea’s SsingSsing; African nu-soul singer Jojo Abot; and the mesmerizing Estonian avant-folk violinist and singer Maarja Nuut.
Additional artists will be announced at a later time.
More at http://globalfest.org
Headline photo: Betsayda Machado y La Parranda El Clavo
Three exciting African music acts, Mbongwana Star, Batida and Young Paris are set to perform on Sunday, August 14, 2016 at Central Park in Manhattan. Admission is free.
Mbongwana Star comes from Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Founding members Coco Ngambali and Theo Nzonza (of Staff Benda Bilili fame) assembled members of a new generation of Kinshasa musicians exemplifying the concept of “mbongwana,” or “change.” Together with Parisian producer Doctor L (Tony Allen, Stomy Bugsy), Mbongwana Star has created a sound that mixes traditional Congolese rhythms with rock bass and electronics made from recycled and reconstructed instruments. Their album is titled From Kinshasa.
Batida is Angolan artist Pedro Coquenão along with more musicians, images and people masked that sings and dance on stage. Dois is his latest album released on the British Soundway Records last year.
Milandou Badila, known as Young Paris, delivers a cross between rap and electronic dance music and samples heavily from traditional African drum beats. Along with five of his ten brothers and sisters, Young Paris performs live shows that merge dance and performance art.
DJ Underdog was born in Panama, DJ Underdog arrived to Washinton DC at age seven with his mother. He’s played many festivals like Coachella and Celebrate Brooklyn.
Doors 5:00 p.m. / Show: 6:00 p.m.