Talib Kweli

Amateur Night at the Apollo, Wednesday February 9.  Brooklyn native Talib Kweli is a leading light in the alternative hip-hop scene.  He made his debut in 1995 with the group Mood.  He later formed the super group “Black Star” with Mos Def.   Together, the duo created the legendary Mos Def and Talib Kweli Are Black Star, which is still heralded as one of the greatest albums from the ‘90s.

In 2002, Kweli released his debut album entitled Quality, produced by DJ Quik and Kanye West. It featured the number one single "Get By."   Talib’s latest release is the album, “Gutter Rainbows”.



The Apollo Theater commissions this new work by Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra with special guests Cafe, Freddy “Huevito” Lobaton, Rudresh Manhanthappa along with Randy Weston, Billy Harper and Lewis Nash that also recasts Chico O’Farrill’s  jazz masterpiece Afro Cuban Jazz Suite 65 years later. MORE>> 


Harlem Jazz Shrines

The Apollo presents seven days of jazz heaven during the Harlem Jazz Shrines Festival (May 4-10).  Events include Afro Latin Jazz Suite with Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, a Family Showtime, Apollo Music Cafe performances, a Live Wire discussion on Harlem's music legacy and much more. MORE>>


The Apollo's 2013-2014 season is made possible by lead support from Citi, the Coca-Cola Company, Troy and Keisha Dixon, Folonari Wines and Cavicchioli 1928, the Ford Foundation Fund for Global Programs, the Hearst Foundations, Robert K. Kraft, The Parsons Family Foundation, the Ronald O. Perelman Family Foundation, JoAnn Price, Rockefeller Cultural Innovation Fund, The Peter Jay Sharp Foundation, Earl W. and Amanda Stafford, Time Warner Inc., the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone, the Reginald Van Lee New Works Fund, the Apollo Board of Directors and many other generous donors.
Lead annual support is also provided by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.