The Apollo Theater and World Music Institute present the 2nd Africa Now! music festival

From April 2 – 6, 2014 the Apollo Theater in partnership with World Music Institute is presenting the second edition of its Africa Now! music festival celebrating today’s African music scene with concerts on the Apollo’s main stage, and at the Apollo Music Café this weekend. Events also include a film screening, and late night dance parties.

Azania

Africa Now! Festival Schedule of events

Music for Peace
A Conversation with Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars
Organized by the United Nations Academic Impact, in association with Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, World Music Institute, Modiba and Apollo Theater
April 2, 2014 at 1:15pm
Event Location: The United Nations
By invitation

A discussion forum on the role of music in promoting peace in conflict zones.

Live stream the conversation here on April 2.

Africa Now! Film Screening
Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars – Documentary film
Presented by the Apollo Theater and World Music Institute
in partnership with Maysles Documentary Center
April 2, 2014 at 6:30pm
Event Location: Maysles Documentary Center (343 Lenox Avenue)

This free screening of the 2005 film directed by Zach Niles and Banker White highlights how music served as a hope for the Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars and will be followed by a brief Q&A session with the courageous band formed in a West African refugee camp.

Apollo Music Cafe – Africa Now!
Featuring: Chop and Quench
The Fela! Band
Opening Act: Kae Sun
Presented by the Apollo Theater
Curated by Okayafrica
April 4, 2014 at 10pm
Event Location: Apollo Theater Soundstage

The Apollo Theater joins forces with Okayafrica for this special edition of Apollo Music Café to spotlight Africa’s new wave of progressive artists who blend traditional beats with futurist lifestyles.

Featuring Chop and Quench the Fela! Band with lead singer Sahr Ngaujah and musicians associated with the musical “Fela!” as well as a special guest performer.

Tickets: $20
*A-LIST advance price $15 until midnight the day before performance.

Africa Now! Late Night Jam
Presented by Shrine World Music Venue
April 4, 2014 at 12am
Event Location: Silvana (300 W. 116th Street)

Audiences are invited to let down their hair during a special Africa Now! late night jam immediately following the Apollo Music Cafe performance by Chop and Quench the Fela! Band.

Featuring a performance by Ghanian vocalist Allinor.

Price: $5 (Tickets at the door)

Apollo Family Showtime: Les Frères Guissé
Presented by the Apollo Theater and World Music Institute
April 5, 2014 at 1pm
Event Location: Apollo Theater Soundstage

The beauty, power and richness of the music of Les Frères Guissé is rooted in the heart of Senegal’s and West Africa’s many diverse cultures and traditions. Natives of the Fouta region, in North Senegal, Alioune, Cheikh and Djiby Guisse are gifts of the same river that birthed the rich musical legacy of Ali Farka Touré, Kar Kar (Boubacar Traoré) and Seydina.

The Apollo’s Family Showtime series is designed to provide families with young children and teens the opportunity to experience live, high quality cultural events in the Harlem community.

Join us for pre-show storytelling at 12:40pm

Tickets: $10
Tickets for families of 5: $40

 

Africa Now! Mainstage Concert
Presented by the Apollo Theater and World Music Institute
April 5, 2014 at 8pm
Event Location: Apollo Theater

Host: Wunmi

Music By: DJ Sirak

The Africa Now! blow-out concert on the Apollo’s mainstage is the festival’s centerpiece event featuring the amazing talents of Fatoumata Diawara, Les Frères Guissé and Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars.

“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 (Boubacar 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, and intricate dub elements. They have become one of Africa’s most active touring bands, embraced by audiences worldwide for their unique sounds and their utterly extraordinary story.

Tickets: $45, $35, $25

Apollo Music Cafe – Africa Now!
Featuring: Azania
Opening Act: Bajah + the Dry Eye Crew
Presented by the Apollo Theater
April 5, 2014 at 10pm
Event Location: Apollo Theater Soundstage

Originally from Sierra Leone, West Africa, Azania’s captivating voice and powerful energy make her a phenomenal performer and a joy to see on stage. Performing in over 800 concerts around the globe, she has sung everywhere from major music festivals, such as the world-renowned Montreux Jazz festival to perform for the Presidents of Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Tickets: $20
*A-LIST advance price $15 until midnight the day before performance.

Africa Now! After Party

Presented by Shrine World Music Venue
April 5, 2014 at 12am
Event Location: Shrine World Music Venue (2271 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd.)

Audiences are invited to dance the night away at Shrine World Music immediately following the Apollo Music Cafe performance by Azania.

Featuring DJ Madi of Burkina Faso

Tickets: $10 at the door (No advance tickets)

Everyday People Brunch Celebrates Africa Now!
Presented by Everyday People Brunch
April 6, 2014 from 12pm to 6pm
Event Location: MIST Harlem (46 West 116th Street, New York NY 10027)

Hosted by: Saada and Chef Roble

Music by: DJ Moma

The party moves uptown in this special Africa Now! edition of the popular Everyday People Brunch. Guests are invited to enjoy music, culture, food and drink with hosts Saada and Chef Roble (Bravo’s Chef Roble and Co.).

Admission (includes brunch): $30 at the door (No advance tickets)