Brooklyn's Afrobeat ambassadors turn on the juice at Surround Sounds Brooklyn, a benefit for MIMA Music, an urban outreach non-profit dedicated to providing arts and music education to NYC schools. The 11-piece orchestra has been enlisted to help raise $10,000 to expand the program to ten schools by Spring 2014, not a lofty goal for a group rooted in the radical activism of Fela Kuti. Opener Tuelo and Her Cousins features MIMA teachers with charismatic South African singer-songwriter Tuelo Minah, who often breaks into her native Setswana to complement a style that emanates from the folk aesthetic of Paul Simon and Hugh Masekela.
Sat., Oct. 12, 8 p.m., 2013
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