Nigerian left-of-the-usual soul singer Bez’ put out his third video last week. It’s for the third single from his much talked about debut LP Super Sun. That album is the reason Bez is continuously rained on with accolades and acclaim like on this list that Complex Magazine’s taste-maker music platform Pigeons and Planes compiled breaking down the who’s who of Naija’s music scene. Kudos to director Kemi Adetiba for the summery […]
The acclaimed film Man on Ground is showing at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York City tonight. Man on Ground is a visceral, intelligent film exploring the relationships and prejudices we have towards Africa and ourselves as Africans. The film follows the London Broker Ade, played by Hakeem Kae-Kazim, who travels to Johannesburg to investigate his missing brother’s whereabouts. When xenophobic riots erupt he is obliged to take […]
AfriPOP! kicked it with D’Banj just hours before his sell-out New York debut. Dressed in a full black and red Addidas tracksuit with white sneakers and a blinging chain, the assured G.O.O.D music afrobeat star talked about the pressures of his U.S. debut among other things. “I’m in New York,” he told Yolanda Sangweni. “I’ve been telling everybody that I am going to eat from this Big Apple. I’m just […]
Nneka is playing her first NYC gig this year at the Afrisonore Unplugged series launch next week Friday May the 13th. We’ll be there! And if you’d like the chance to be there too, pop the hood and follow 2 easy steps to win a pair of tickets to this exclusive gig at SOB’s.
South Africa’s Blk Jks have been turning downtown NYC into a mob of blubbering stans with folky, shoegaze rock. They’ll work their magic tomorrow with an epic show at Santos Party House with Wild Yaks and Brooklyn MC Theophilus London with The Fader magazine. Check it out here. Their new album After Robots is currently in stores and you can download their track, “Banna Ba Modimo” at RCRD LBL.
Afro-ragga newbies Bajah + The Dry Eye Crew are getting all up in the NYC mix. They recently rocked Santos Party House and Bajah appeared on a culture panel sponsored by the Wall Street Journal (!!!) with The Roots’ Questlove. Their Kings of Salone mixtape is more of their high-energy dubby African Hip-hop. www.myspace.com/planetbajah
Cameroonian producer breaks new ground by going six feet below on The Death of Adam By Kiki Louya 88 Keys may not be a name you hear very often, but this veteran producer is arguably one of the best kept secrets in the music industry. His jazz-infused instrumentals have laced the tracks of everybody from Mos Def to Consequence to Macy Gray. With his debut album, The Death of Adam, produced by […]
Nollywood NYC hosts film screenings and the cast of Fela! stops by New York’s Boucarou By Gina Jean Last Thursday I had the pleasure of attending the NollywoodNYC Benefit at Boucarou Lounge in New York’s Lower East Side. “Nollywood” aka Nigerian Hollywood movies have been sweeping the country and entertaining moviegoers for quite a while now. What began as a cobbling of low budget film productions has exploded into a […]
AfriPOP! shares tunes with two of music’s most revered crate diggers – Bobbito Garcia and Rich Medina Arriving in South Africa in 2000 was a trip for Bobbito Garcia. (He even tells the folks at friends we love so). Hosting his legendary WCKR Hip-hop radio show with Stretch Armstrong he had some idea about its global reach. But touring with fellow New Yorkers, DJ/producer Mr. Len (Company Flow) and Jean Grae […]