If you’re not in, you’re out. If you’re not feeling it, you’re dead. Really, if you don’t see what’s happening musically throughout the world, you’re on another planet. But don’t despair. We’ve got good news. They’re here! YES! Angelique, Les Nubians, Wale, K’NAAN, Bassekou and “FELA!” are here, and they’re bringing their exciting musical artistry to NYC. Along with these worldbeat songs, Mahen Bonetti presents African films that tell our true stories, which inspire and give hope and validation to the great continent of Africa and its people throughout the Diaspora.
ANGELIQUE KIDJO @ Town Hall
Be sure to catch Angelique Kidjo, the Grammy Award-winning queen of world music and the empress of Music Beyond Borders, who will be appearing at Town Hall, 123 West 43rd Street, on Friday, March 26 at 8 p.m. The beautiful Beninese vocalist-songwriter has just released her highly acclaimed new album, “Oyo,” which features Bono, Dianne Reeves, John Legend and Roy Hargrove. For more information, visit www.the-townhall-NYC.org. For ticket information, please call (800) 982-2787 or visit Ticketmaster.com.
LES NUBIANS @ Manhattan Center and the Bubble Lounge
Just in from Paris, the fabulous Grammy-nominated duo Celia and Helene Faussart, known worldwide as the sensational Les Nubians, will be performing as part of the Francophonie celebration on Friday, March 26 at the Manhattan Center, 311 West 34th Street, down the street from Macy’s. Celia will also continue her fabulous Blue Nefertiti’s “Paris@Night,” a French cabaret performance at the Bubble Lounge, 228 West Broadway in NYC on April 21, before heading down to the Bohemian Caverns in D.C. and Philadelphia on May 8.
The dazzling Les Nubians, the hosts of “Africa Sings!” Cycle 5, will be joining the “Africa Sings!” group at the international hit Broadway musical “FELA!” at the Eugene O’Neil Theatre in April. (We’ll let you know the date.)
K’NAAN & WALE @ the Fillmore at Irving Plaza
K’Naan, the Somalian-Canadian hip-hop artist, joins the American-born hip-hop star Wale, who is of Nigerian descent, for a LIVE Filmore performance at Irving Plaza, 17 Irving Place (at 15th Street) in NYC, on Wednesday, March 31. KNAAN returns to NYC after traveling throughout Africa and Europe, promoting his acclaimed “Troubadour” (2009) album. His phenomenal track “Wavin’ Flag” has been remixed and renamed “The Celebration Mix” for Coca-Cola’s global marketing campaign for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. K’NAAN’s high-energy show, along with Wale’s rave go-go-inspired hip-hop sound, is sure to set New York on fire.
BASSEKOU KOUYATE @ Zankel Hall, Carnegie Hall
The ever-so-cool, laid-back Bassekou Kouyate is recognized as Mali’s most acclaimed ngoni (similar to a lute) virtuoso. Known for his rich fusion of traditional West African and American blues and roots music, Bassekou will be performing with his band Ngoni Ba at Zankel Hall, Carnegie Hall, 881 Seventh Avenue (at 57th Street), on Friday, March 26 at 10 p.m. This concert is a co-presentation of Carnegie Hall and the World Music Institute, and is one that should not be missed.
17th African Film Festival Inc. celebrates “Independent Africa”
The 17th African Film Festival, in collaboration with the Film Society of Lincoln Center, will present the U.S premiere of “The Absence,” directed by Mama Keita (Senegal/France, 2009, 81 min.) on Wednesday, April 7 at the Walter Reade Theatre at Lincoln Center, West 65th Street, plaza level, between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue. “The Absence” stars the amazing French actor William Nadylam, who is of Cameroonian ancestry. The Sierra Leonean Mahen Bonetti is the founder/executive director/curator of the African Film Festival.
For information about this film and the African Film Festival, please visit http://www.africanfilmny.org/
To contact the “Africa Sings!!!” group, please e-mail: email@example.com