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Africa Now!: Jesus and Jollof Live
April 13 @ 8:00 pm
Africa Now! Festival
Africa’s influence has exploded, revolutionizing not only music but driving trends across all facets of culture. This season, the Africa Now! Festival expands to celebrate this growing prominence by presenting contemporary musicians alongside cultural innovators transforming television, podcasts and film.
Saturday, April 13 / 8pm
The Apollo Theater Presents
Luvvie Ajayi and Yvonne Orji In
Jesus and Jollof Live
PART OF THE APOLLO'S AFRICA NOW! FESTIVAL
With a live performance by Kaleta & Super Yamba Band
Hosted by Young Prince
Music by DJ mOma
The hilarious podcast Jesus and Jollof Live, featuring New York Times best-selling author Luvvie Ajayi and actress Yvonne Orji (of HBO’s Insecure) come to New York as part of the Apollo’s Africa Now! Festival.
Experience their first live show on the Apollo stage as these two proudly Nigerian women (who have no behavior), come together to talk about life, the things they love, and of course Jesus and Jollof - the two things they cannot do without.
Africa Now! is presented in partnership with World Music Institute.
* Additional $3.50 facility fee, online and phone service fees apply
Africa Now: Dancehall! Update
Due to unforeseen circumstances, there has been a change in the Africa Now! mainstage line up. We will now be presenting Jesus and Jollof Live on April 13th at 8 p.m. Africa Now: Dancehall! ticketholders will be contacted directly with additional information regarding their purchase. Please call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 with questions or concerns.
Africa Now! Late Nights
Apollo Music Cafe Celebrates Africa Now!
Featuring Tosin and Allinor
Friday, April 12 at 10pm
A renaissance force to be reckoned with, the music of composer, vocalist and percussionist Tosin speaks highly of his African origin, coupled with his exploration of jazz, funk, rock, reggae and Latin American music. As a prolific composer, Tosin writes and sings in Yoruba, Pidgin English and English. Over the years, he has drawn inspirations from his musical influences in the likes of Tony Allen, Art Blakey, Dennis Chambers, Bob Marley, King Sunny Ade, Fela Kuti, Manu Dibango, Majek Fashek, Keziah Jones, Sting, Seal, Peter Gabriel, and Ebo Taylor. Originally from Ghana, West Africa, Allinor has always been influenced by the music of his motherland as well as his deep roots in spiritual music. Blending western blues, highlife and reggae with traditional music, he creates a soul stirring, mood setting style of melodic rhythms. He is Journey Man, ever shouldering his guitar as he travels, empathizing and warm to each person he encounters. Before he picked up his first guitar he had already written dozens of songs, and as his strumming acumen brightens so does his ability to croon the sentiments of regular people across the globe struggling to make ends meet, finding happiness and peace in small rewards and hard work. Both his warmth and his thoughtfulness come alive in his music as he pours himself through it.
Apollo Music Cafe Africa Now! Afterparty
Featuring Young Paris
Saturday, April 13 at 10pm
The Africa Now! Festival weekend culminates with this energetic afterparty featuring Roc Nation artist, Young Paris.
Young Paris was born to Congolese parents in France, and raised in New York. This Afrobeats artist totes an origin story that blends cultures from three corners of the world, fusing traditional Afro-culture with high fashion creative style in his visionary approach to music and fashion. Through his work as an artistic director, music producer, and songwriter, Young Paris has taken the media world by storm, with features in Billboard, The Fader, REVOLT, BET, Vice, and XXL Mag, while his impact on the fashion world has captured the attention of WWD, Harpers Bazaar, Coveteur, Essence & VMAN.
Apollo Late Nights tickets start at $22
Doors open at 9pm for food and bar for Apollo Late Nights performances.
Africa Now! Film Screening
The Wedding Ring (Zin'naariyâ!)
Rahmatou Keïta – Niger – 2016 – 96min
In Songhoy, Hawsa, Fulaani, Amharic with English subtitles
Saturday, April 13 at 2pm
Recently returned to her home in the sultanate of Damagaran (Niger) after completing her degree abroad, a young aristocratic woman suffering from the pain of a lost love finds renewal while awaiting the mystical promise of a new moon.
Africa Now! Film Screening is curated by the NY African Film Festival.
FREE WITH RSVP
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