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AFROPUNK’S UNAPOLOGETICALLY BLACK – THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN SONGBOOK REMIXED

February 25 @ 2:30 pm - 6:30 pm

 
 
 
 
 

 

TICKETS START AT $30!

The Apollo Theater presents:
AFROPUNK'S Unapologetically Black
THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN SONGBOOK REMIXED

Creative and Musical Direction by Robert Glasper  with Igmar Thomas & The Revive Big Band
Featuring special guests Bilal, Toshi Reagon, Jill Scott, Tunde Adebimpe (TV on the Radio), Staceyann Chin and surprise special guests!

Saturday, Feb 25 at 7:30PM & 11PM

The Apollo Theater partners with the international cultural movement, AFROPUNK, to pay homage to black protest music and iconic and contemporary artists who have celebrated the power of being unapologetically black. This show will feature special guests from both the popular and alternative music scenes with an all-star big band.

In 2003, Matthew Morgan produced Afro-Punk the seminal cult classic documentary spotlighting Black Punks in America Directed by James Spooner. The focus was giving a voice to thousands of multi-cultural kids fiercely identifying with a lifestyle path-less-traveled. Morgan, a music industry executive, instinctively understood that the indie rock/punk/hardcore scene had powerful appeal beyond the predictable Caucasian audience.

AFROPUNK has evolved into a touchstone of a cultural movement strongly reminiscent of the early days of Hip-Hop. Alternative urban kids across the across the globe who felt like outsiders discovered they were actually the core of a boldly innovative, fast-growing community.

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Creative and Musical Direction by Robert Glasper

Saturday, Feb 25 at 7:30PM & 11PM

Breakthrough success can often be a tough act to follow. But with a little help from some notable friends, Robert Glasper Experiment is set to up the ante with the follow-up to his successful GRAMMY-winning album Black Radio. Flaunting a diverse array of featured guests including Common, Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy, Brandy, Jill Scott, Dwele, Marsha Ambrosius, Anthony Hamilton, Faith Evans, Norah Jones, Snoop Dogg, Lupe Fiasco, Luke James, Emeli Sandé, Lalah Hathaway, and Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Black Radio 2 is certain to surprise and delight critics and fans alike. With a unique fusion of R&B, jazz, and hip-hop that brazenly traverses the boundaries of all three genres, Black Radio 2 finds Glasper and his musical cohorts creating in a vibrant new chasm, brilliantly contrasting its predecessor in the process.

 

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Bilal

Saturday, Feb 25 at 7:30PM & 11PM

If there was one R&B artist for whom the neo-soul categorization seemed limiting, it was Philadelphia native Bilal. None of his recordings resembled the sycophantic worship of soul artists who thrived in the '60 and '70s, and it wasn't just because his voice -- classically trained, capable of singing opera in seven languages -- was so unique. While some inspirations were detectable, his recordings were wholly modern and became increasingly creative. His individuality led to being dropped from a major label, and he went several years without releasing any solo material. Through evangelism from his peers and word of mouth from his early fans, Bilal gained an insatiable following and was supported by sympathetic independent labels, where he was finally able to thrive creatively.

 

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Toshi Reagon

Saturday, Feb 25 at 7:30PM & 11PM

Toshi Reagon is a talented, versatile singer, composer, musician, curator and producer with a profound ear for sonic Americana--from folk to funk, from blues to rock. While her expansive career has landed her comfortably in residence at Carnegie Hall, the Paris Opera House & Madison Square Garden, you can just as easily find Toshi turning out a music festival, intimate venue or local club. Toshi knows the power of song to focus, unite and mobilize people. If you've been lucky enough to be in Toshi's presence, you know you can't walk away from her without feeling better about yourself as a human being. She aims for nothing less.

 

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Jill Scott

Saturday, Feb 25 at 7:30PM & 11PM

Three-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter, New York Times best selling poet, and critically acclaimed actress are only a few titles held by Jill Scott. Before having the #1 album in the country with "The Light Of The Sun", performing at The White House, being named People Magazine's Top TV Breakout Star of 2010 and appearing on VH1 Divas alongside Aretha Franklin, the triple threat began her career collaborating with musical icons, The Roots, Will Smith, and Common in the late 90s. In 2000, she released her much anticipated debut record, Who is Jill Scott? Words & Sounds, Vol. 1, a double platinum album that earned Scott several Grammy nominations, including Best New Artist. Two more critically acclaimed albums followed, Beautifully Human: Words & Sounds, Vol. 2 and The Real Thing: Words & Sounds, Vol. 3 which garnered two more Grammy Awards and spawned multiple worldwide tours.

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Tunde Adebimpe

Saturday, Feb 25 at 7:30PM & 11PM

Tunde Adebimpe is a musician, actor, director, and visual artist best known as the lead singer of the critically acclaimed band Tv on the Radio. In addition to releasing the band's most recent record "Seeds", he collaborated with Brooklyn's Kayrock Screenprinting to release "Tour Sketch Journos 2003-2014 " a patchwork collection of drawings and writing from sketchbooks and journals kept during his years on the road with TVOTR from it's inception to present day.

 

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Details

Date:
February 25
Time:
2:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Event Category:

Venue

Apollo Mainstage
253 WEST 125TH STREET
New York, NY 10027 United States

Organizer

Apollo Education