Sunday, May 14, 2023

Remembering Johnny Clegg and Afropop Worldwide Spring Appeal

Remembering Johnny Clegg 

Johnny Clegg holds a unique place in South Africa's musical pantheon. From his childhood immersion in Zulu culture, his mastery of Zulu language, dance and guitar playing, some 20 albums with three different bands, his tireless world touring and, finally, his brave public battle with cancer, Clegg was an inspired witness to tumultuous history in South Africa and around the world. Afropop was fortunate to conduct many interviews with the maestro and raconteur over 30 years. In this program, we sample the man's words and music over a long shape-shifting career in this show.  Produced by Banning Eyre.  Originally aired Feb. 27, 2020.
Afropop Worldwide Spring Appeal 
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Week 2 of Afropop Worldwide Spring Appeal with Ghana's Palm Wine Maestro Kyekyeku!
Sit back to watch an exclusive performance by the Ghanaian palm wine maestro--and so much more--Kyekyeku. At WOMEX 2022 in Lisbon, Portugal, Kyekyeku interpreted the classic song "Ya Amponsah" with his own 21st century lyrics. Afropop Worldwide announces our spring fundraiser with an exclusive video, just for you!

Join our team for a big spring and summer! Spring Flowers Need Water! Your support today ensures more inspiring programming and content for 2023. 2023 marks Afropop Worldwide's 35th year of presenting music and stories from Africa and the African diaspora on public radio. This achievement makes us one of the longest-running music programs in the history of public radio, and a force on the Internet and social media.

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We still have lots of material from our Tanzania trip to post, enough to feed our website with wonderful sights and sounds well into the summer.

Looking ahead, later this year, we plan to launch a new, live podcast, hosted by Georges Collinet, Mukwae Wabei Siyolwe and Banning Eyre. This offering will include live conversation among the hosts, artist interview segments, and lots and lots of current music, far more than can be covered in our radio format.
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Tinariwen to Release New Album May 19 and Launch Tour May 27

In 2022, Mali's pioneering Tuareg rock band, Tinariwen, had to cancel their 20-date North American tour at the last moment due to visa issues. After more than a month of effort, they were denied in the final moments, yet another example of how the tightening of U.S. INS processes are badly affecting international artists.
But, the good news is they are expected to launch a new tour starting May 27, 2023, at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago. [See full tour itinerary here ]

Events in New York

Film at Lincoln Center and African Film Festival
30th New York African Film Festival (NYAFF)
Wed., May 10 - Tues., May 16, Fri., 19 - Sun., 21 and Fri., 26 - Thurs., June 1
FLC, BAM, Dance Africa

Opening Night marks the New York premiere of Moussa Sène Absa's Xalé, the third film in his trilogy focused on women. The centerpiece selection is the U.S. premiere of Hyperlink, comprised of four short films and directed by South African filmmakers Mzonke Maloney, Nolitha Mkulisi, Julie Nxadi, and Evan Wigdorowitz, who reflect on the seductive, and at times treacherous, illusory reality of the internet.
Tickets and Information 

The New York Andalus Ensemble,
Wed., May 17,  7:30 p.m. $24 adults $18 Seniors and Students
La Nacional, 239 West 14th St.

In conjunction with the Foundation of Iberian Music and La Nacional, presents Tajdid (Renewal)
An evening of music and song from al-Andalus and North Africa.
Tickets and Information 

Africa Day Celebration
Thurs., June 1 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with doors opening at 5:30 p.m.
Queens Borough Hall

We will honor, celebrate, and uplift Africa's beauty, achievements, and potential.
You will enjoy an amazing evening of diverse cultural performances, music, food, and guests of honor. Individuals who identify with having African ancestry are welcome to attend and participate.

World Music Institute Presents:
Kiran Ahluwalia with Yacouba Sissoko Collaborations Series
Sat., June 3, 2023 Doors: 7 p.m. | Show: 8 p.m. Tickets: $20 advance | $25 day of show |
Flushing Town Hall – 137-35 Northern Boulevard, Queens

Two-time JUNO (Canadian Grammy Award) winner Kiran Ahluwalia is a modern exponent of the vocal traditions of India and Pakistan in this performance, she will be joined by Malian kora master, educator, and longtime WMI friend Yacouba Sissoko. Yacouba was born to a well-known djeli family in Kita, Mali.
Tickets and Information 

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