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Tal National play Mercury Lounge
Que Bajo meets African safari
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Redemption songs from Sierra Leone
Let the West African Griot Summit take you away
By Joseph "JP" Patterson Dutty Artz is a NYC-based independent record label that knows a thing or two about nurturing talent from a grass roots level up. Ever since Matt Shadetek and DJ Rupture started it up in 2008, the label has churned out left-field grime, house and techno to bass music lovers ... More >>
Janka Nabay and the Bubu Gang Ginny's Supper Club (at Red Rooster) Tuesday, August 7 Better than: Being an extra in a spy thriller. Clearly, I'm a bit more of a diva than Sierra Leonean singer-songwriter Ahmed Janka Nabay. The setting for his record release party last night could barely have been ... More >>
New cinema from the continent
NY Post: Chad RachmanOsman Daramy, the 11-year-old charged with assaulting a female Muslim classmate, smiled and flicked off the camera yesterday at Staten Island Family Court, while handcuffed, the New York Post reports. Daramy allegedly tried to rip off the religious scarf from a young girl ... More >>
A Sierra Leone superstar finds a new place to preach his country's musical gospel
Cee Lo Green: Nice, not gnarly. Photo by Kai Regan.In this week's Village Voice, Amy Linden asks if The Lady Killer and "Fuck You" will finally turn Cee Lo Green into an actual solo superstar, Jesse Jarnow talks with Sierra Leone superstar Janka Nabay about his relocation to the Brooklyn, Ric ... More >>
If this was a regular sighting, you'd probably be happy too.Charities Aid Foundation has taken a look at countries doing charitable things -- giving money, helping a stranger, or volunteering time -- and guess where the U.S.A. ranked? Number five. Which is not horrible, but also maybe not as ... More >>
Black Thought greets his (overflowing) public. Photos by Nicole Ankowski, more below.The Roots and friends Prospect Park Bandshell Sunday, July 11 Welcome to another preposterously well-attended Celebrate Brooklyn! fete, David Byrne-ian in its excess of humanity, thousands upon thousa ... More >>
The Roots host a World Cup wrap party
This action-flick's pretense is like "Satisfaction" for bar cover-bandsif you hit most of the notes, it'll do
The Arms Around Haiti event at Public Assembly kicks off our Friday evening with a reminder that just because there haven't been any telethons lately doesn't mean the situation isn't just as awful as it ever was. The event spans over both rooms of the venue and boasts a lineup of over ten dis ... More >>
Kill the radio, but not this guy. Pic by Puja Patel, more below.The OKAY Africa showcase closed out CMJ with a bang for those who managed to cram into the Knitting Factory Saturday night: A sold-out lineup of African all-stars took the stage in a heartfelt tribute to their homeland, tinged wi ... More >>
Ha. The Wall Street Journal, a paper not always known for its sense of humor, apparently enjoyed Jimmy Fallon making fun of ?uestlove's dot drawing in the paper (internally known as a "hedcut," they tell us) on his show the other night so much they made a video out of the clip. And the drawing is ... More >>
Why should we care now?
Thank you for talking to Africa, Bono
The Voice catches up with the author of A Long Way Gone
A celebrated memoir threatens to blow into a million little pieces
A child thirsts for blood in an uptown Euripides
The divisive director's controversial new film is, he says, just one man's attempt to stop the war
Not exactly. Circling the diamond industry, Zwick flick tackles nada.
Kanye West adds new subtlety, complexity, and Jon Brion to the idea of sophomoric
A final look at one of America's great vanishing cuisines
Rapper's ambivalence about fame and fortune hits a peak
Three South Bronx restaurants take you to the heart of Africa
Euripides' lyrical anti-war play gets tragically emotional
Liberia: Ripe for Colonizing?
A Jazz Pianist and a Hip-Hop Poet Catch Language in the Balance
The 47th Annual Obie Awards
African Film Comes of Age