The Apollo, in partnership with World Music Institute, presents the fifth annual Africa Now! concert celebrating the best of the contemporary African music scene. Africa Now! features a powerful lineup of artists who have drawn upon their roots for inspiration – and transplanted them onto the global music landscape.
Africa Forestdance performs traditional and contemporary music from the western to the southern regions of Africa featuring instruments such as bala, mbira, kora, djembe, and shekere. Griots in Concert combine music, song and storytelling in an inspirational and educational show providing a unique musical journey into ancient and contemporary African culture. Presented as part of Africa Now! Appropriate for families with children ages 5 and older. For more information click here.
Mbongwana Star hails from Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo—a network of shantytowns and night shelters where founding members Coco Ngambali and Theo Nzonza (of Staff Benda Bilili fame) pulled together members of a new generation of Kinshasa musicians embodying the concept of “mbongwana,” or “change.” Along with maverick Parisian producer Doctor L (Tony Allen, Stomy Bugsy), the band has created a sound that embodies the “smashed-together” nature of the surroundings from which it was born—a sound that fuses traditional Congolese rhythms with European post-punk bass and busted electronics from recycled and reconstructed instruments miked and distorted in unexpected ways.
Produced by Nick Zinner (Yeah Yeah Yeahs) and Marc-Antoine Moreau (Amadou & Mariam, K’naan), Songhoy Blues’ first album Music In Exile marks the arrival of a powerful and truly unique new band. Though their music bears elements of contemporary rock and hip hop, at its heart is Songhoy Blues’ deep attachment to the homegrown songs and dances of Mali’s Songhoy people as well as iconic West African guitar heroes such as Baba Salah and Ali Farka Touré. Songhoy Blues blends the traditional and the modern, the homegrown and the foreign, the youthful and the ancient.
There are certain people in life who have such a unique energy that it demands to be shared. Whether he appears solo or with his full band, Daby Touré never fails to astound audiences with his ethereal voice, masterful guitar work and catchy original songs. He illuminates the darkest of concert halls with his joyful performances and infectious love of music. A marvelous lyricist, composer of accessible melodic hooks, endearing performer and virtuoso guitarist, Daby Touré reaches deeply into the hearts of listeners with his approachable and unique style of music.
TUELO is lead by a tiny South African girl who brings her traditional influences to the bold, soulful, punk rock sound from New York City that can simply be dubbed revival music. There is heartbreaking innocence and rebellious passion in Tuelo's music, with an unraveling mind and captivating voice which inspired a recent Huffington Post article to dub her "New York's Best Singer (and the world's)!
DJ Nenim grew up in Lagos, Nigeria where he made his way to DJ at the biggest clubs in Nigeria. His sets are usually geared towards Afrofunk, Afrobeat, Jazz, Funk & Soul with very eclectic playlists. He has recently started his own record label “5th Circle Records”.