Later this fall, media mogul Richard Parsons (former chairman and CEO of Time Warner) will revive a bit of Harlem's jazz history when he opens Minton's, restoring an old playhouse that once played host to legends like Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker, and Dizzy Gillespie. But first, he's debuted the ... More >>
Welcome to the best Ghanaian joint in town
Orchestre Poly-Rythmo w/SMOD Central Park SummerStage Sunday, July 22 Better than: Air conditioning in a heat wave. There's a shopping list of fine pop bands from throughout the African continent listed on one page of drumming major John Miller Chernoff's esteemed 1979 ethnographic study African R ... More >>
The blog Awesome Tapes From Africa delivers on the promise of its name. Founder Brian Shimkovitz launched it as a way to share with his friends some of the cheap cassettes he found while in Ghana (on a Fulbright Scholarship for ethnomusicology), and in the years since it began its audience has since ... More >>
Andree Lamoth Blitz the Ambassador and Spoek Mathambo w/Mshini Wam Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center Sunday, August 7 Better than: An evening spinning old soul records. "Don't forget that I'm from Ghana, yo. D'you know how far that is?" Samuel Bazawule, the Brooklyn-based MC better known as ... More >>
"It ain't where you from, it's where you at," intones Chuck D himself on the fourth album by rapper/producer Blitz The Ambassador. Blitz is originally from Ghana's capital city of Accra, and currently resides in Brooklyn, but the otherworldly rhythms and triple-speed rhymes of Native Sun (Emb ... More >>
How orange was my valley...
In this week's issue of the Voice, Graham Rayman writes movingly of his memories of September 11, 2001...and how Osama bin Laden's recent death doesn't solve everything, but certainly helps: "I have to admit feeling satisfied, and astonished that all these memories came back so clearly as if ... More >>
This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema goes West African at Papaye, Uptown African Restaurant, and Accra. Lauren Shockey finds fun and value in Midtown at Tenpenny. Sam Sifton discovers the reason Brooklyn Heightians are staying close to home these days, awarding Colonie one star: "Long and ... More >>
Sprinkled with sesame seeds, marinated jellyfish makes a memorable summer salad The last couple of decades have flooded NYC with colorful cuisines many of us never knew existed, and stocked ethnic markets with exotic ingredients that had strange names and fascinating properties. This influx ... More >>
Kobina AmpahIt's usually the older, Soviet-era types from Sheepshead Bay who are in court, facing the usual illegal fishing charges. Most need a Russian interpreter. But none expect a lanky, bearded African man to rise to their side. Kobina Ampah, 49, is a professional Ghanaian polyglot, an ... More >>
Seven men alleged to be narcotics and weapons traffickers in West Africa and Eastern Europe have been indicted in federal court in Manhattan for a plot to move tons of heroin and cocaine from Afghanistan to the United States, and using the proceeds to purchase weapons for use by the Taliban, federal ... More >>
The Roots host a World Cup wrap party
Chantal MartineauBuka gets booze. It may be positioning itself as "the most authentic Nigerian restaurant" in the city, or so say the business cards, but Buka in Clinton Hill actually has more of a Brooklyn bar feel. Instead of your usual African restaurant accoutrements -- masks, colorful p ... More >>
So where does the cause of U.S. soccer stand after Saturday's disappointing 2-1 loss to Ghana? Let's review: "I bet I can name the exact moment that soccer conquered America," wrote Jeff Z. Klein in the Voice after Cybil Shepherd cooed about how cute some of the players were on the Jay Len ... More >>
Who are you cheering for?
Plus Jessica Jackson Hutchins at Derek Eller and CRG's Lyle Asthon Harris exhibition
Pic from Voodoo Funk.So Frank Conakry, he of fantastic Africa-centric music blog Voodoo Funk, took a crate-digging expedition to Ghana and Nigeria last month; visual evidence is above, and audio evidence is here, in the form of a fabulously jovial mix of the 45s he dug out of the rubble. Shou ... More >>
Brooklyn celebrates a homegrown hip-hop icon
sudeep1106/flickrAccording to a report from Bloomberg, Cadbury's popular Dairy Milk bars will carry Fair Trade certification, beginning this week. The British company, responding to rising demand in the U.K. for ethically sourced products, will use Fair Trade cocoa and sugar from Ghana and Belize, r ... More >>
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No TV, no computer. I make these wooden vases, I turn them on a lathe.
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The guy shows us a room facing a parking lot. How about some ocean?
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There Is No Quarter
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