Africa Now! 2019
April 13 @ 8:00 pm
Saturday, April 13 / 8pm
Saturday, April 13
Presented in partnership with World Music Institute
Featuring: Patoranking, Seyi Shay, Buffalo Souljah and Kaleta & Super Yamba Band
Hosted by Young Prince
Sounds by DJ mOma
The influence of Africa and its culture is a global phenomenon, nowhere more evident than in music. This year’s annual concert, a highlight of the Apollo’s season, celebrates not only the best of today’s African music scene but spotlights how the music of the diaspora has impacted the continent.
In April 1980, reggae music icon, Bob Marley and The Wailers, traveled at their own expense to celebrate and perform at the independence ceremony of the newly formed African nation, Zimbabwe. Since then the connection between the Caribbean and Africa has only grown. This season’s Africa Now nods to this exchange with the theme, Africa Now - Dancehall. The concert will feature contemporary African musicians who have been strongly influenced by the musical traditions of reggae, dancehall and soca. The weekend will also include a film series in partnership with the New York African Film Festival and late night performances and DJ sets in the Apollo Music Café.
Patoranking is an award-winning Nigerian dancehall artist who has made major waves over the last couple of years with hits such as “No Kissing,” “My Woman My Everything,” “Happy Day,” and “Girlie O.” His unique blend of Dancehall, Reggae and Afrobeats has allowed him to create a distinct sound recognized by many. With his vocal command and patois flair Patoranking has collaborated with some of Africa’s most respected artists such as Roc Nation’s Tiwa Savage, Ghanaian favorites Sarkodie and Bisa Kdei, as well as one of Africa’s other top dancehall artists Timaya.
In 2015, Seyi Shay released her debut album, Seyi or Shay which featured 15 tracks including hits, “Right Now” and “Crazy” featuring Nigerian international pop star Wizkid. Seyi Shay has become a household name and one of the brightest breakout stars representing Nigeria. In 2018, she released her seven-track extended play titled Electric Package, which Nigerian music writer Victor Okpala calls “a delicious musical buffet.”
Buffalo Souljah’s career began when he composed his first song “Zuva Randisingakanganwe” (The Day I Will Never Forget) at the tender age of eight. Hailing from Zimbabwe, Buffalo Souljah credits his talent to his father who was a jazz artist and saxophonist. In 2008, Buffalo Souljah won two Channel O Music Video Awards for Best Reggae Dancehall Video and Best Newcomer pitting him as a rising star on the dancehall music scene. Additional honors for Buffalo Souljah include the Zimdancehall Best Diaspora Artist Award, ZIMA Award for Best International Achievement, and nomination for the AFRIMMA Award for Best African Dancehall Act.
Kaleta & Super Yamba Band
Kaleta & Super Yamba Band, formed in Brooklyn, NY, is fronted by Afrobeat veteran Leon Ligan-Majek a.k.a. Kaleta. The singer, guitarist and percussionist from the West African country of Benin Republic lived his adolescent life in Lagos, Nigeria where Afrobeat was born. Kaleta has performed and toured the world with artists such as Fela Kuti and King Sunny Adé, along with Majek Fashek and recently Lauryn Hill. Since taking the helm of the Super Yamba Band in 2017, Kaleta and his band have erupted onto the stages of major music festivals across the United States and have even been featured in multiple music publications.