The Dar Es Salaam, a deep water port on Tanzania's Indian Ocean Coast, is a musical powerhouse. This on-the-ground report delves into the city's top music styles, Bongo Flava, modern taarab, Swahili rumba, local gospel and the latest craze, breakneck-paced singeli music. We hear from artists and producers, sample rehearsals and live shows, and reveal a rich musical world that is far too often overlooked in coverage of African music. Produced by Banning Eyre
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Afropop Worldwide Spring Appeal We have $17,981 of a $40,000 Goal Week 4 of Afropop Worldwide Spring Appeal with a Visual Version of Taking The Pulse in Dar Es Salaam with Singile music
Sit back to watch an exclusive visual version of this weeks show with the latest craze, breakneck-paced singeli music. Afropop Worldwide had the pleasure of covering the 2023 at Sauti sa Busara Festival in Stone Town Zanzibar. This short video, made especially for friends and supporters of Afropop Worldwide, features Diamond Platnumz. Mlimani Park Orchestra, Professor J, Alikiba, Harmonize, Mzee wa Bwax, Msondo Ngoma Music Band. Support us at www.afropop.org/donate. Your matching donation will allow us to continue our unique, award-winning work. Please become a sustaining member today.
The Bongeziwe Experience in Mexico
Bongeziwe Mabandla already has two South African Music Awards (SAMA) for Best Alternative Album, and is a fixture on the European touring circuit over the past five years. For this particular concert tour in Mexico he presented his music in historic settings making for unique experiential performances. It was a great advantage to see the show in Merida and witness the rich musical traditions make for a magical night. Read the interview with Bongeziwe and his producer Tiago Correia Paulo in Mexico and read the studio album review by Mukwae Wabei Siyolwe
Video Playlist: Taking the Pulse in Dar Es Salaam
Afropop's 2023 visit to Dar Es Salaam revealed many new artists and one new genre, singeli, to our catalog of Tanzanian music notables. The program "Taking the Pulse of Dar Es Salaam" tells the story. Here is a set of videos that take you right into the action of this vibrant musical city. Here's the playlist.
Events in New York
Film at Lincoln Center and African Film Festival CONTINUES 30th New York African Film Festival (NYAFF) Fri., May 26 - Thurs., June 1 FLC, BAM, Dance Africa Opening Night marked 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
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. https://bit.ly/africaday2023
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
World Music Institute Presents: Yasser Tejeda with DJ Sabine Blaizin (Oyasound) Thurs., June 8 Doors and DJ: 8 p.m. | Show: 9 p.m. $20 – advance | $25 – day of show Harlem Stage – 150 Convent Avenue, Harlem WMI's final Let's Dance party of the season celebrates Caribbean-American Heritage Month and Black Music Appreciation Month, bringing us to Harlem Stage where Afro-Dominican bandleader Yasser Tejeda heightens the energy with his combination of traditional folkloric music and jazz, rock, and Caribbean rhythms. Keeping us moving both before and after Yasser's set, DJ Sabine Blaizin (Oyasound) spins global house and soul, Afrotech, Afrobeat, and other diasporic Afro-Caribbean dance music, always with a nod to her Haitian roots. Tickets and Information
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