Saturday, July 1, 2023

Mali’s Amadou & Mariam Headline 25th Afro Roots Fest in Miami, Sierra Nevada World Music Festival Returns, Jason Gardner and the Spirits of Carnaval

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Mali's Amadou & Mariam Headline the 25th Afro Roots Fest in Miami

In this episode, we make our annual trek to Miami to record the Afro Roots Festival. To celebrate Afro Roots' 25th anniversary, Mali's Amadou & Mariam headlined. Amadou & Mariam met at the Institute for the Young Blind in Mali, got married and began performing together in 1980. They have toured the globe and have become some of Mali's and Africa's best known and best loved representatives. to celebrate Afro Roots at 25, you'll hear some of our favorite festival performances we've presented over the years including Noura Mint Seymali of Mauritania and Dayme Arocena from Cuba. Produced by Sean Barlow.

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Jason Gardner and the Spirits of Carnaval

Jason Gardner is a seasoned photographer whose work has come to focus on expressions of carnival around the world. This includes major carnivals you may have heard of, but also smaller, local masquerades and rituals, literally hidden worlds full of color, vivid life and mysterious spiritual truths. Gardner cut his teeth as a live music photographer, but found his calling documenting carnival in Recife, Brazil, resulting in his 2013 book, A Flower in the Mouth, for which I was proud to write an introduction. Now, a decade on, Gardner lives in Paris and is nearing completion of a second photography book, We The Spirits, due out on Gost Press later this year. The new book is a set of intimate portraits shot in 16 different countries. Read the story by Banning Eyre.

The Sierra Nevada World Music Festival Rides Again 

More than a few reggae fans thought they'd never see another edition of the Sierra Nevada World Music Festival, the Northern California event, which for 25 editions had become known as the annual summer highlight for reggae connoisseurs. The fest had last taken place in 2018. The 2019 edition was cancelled due to the failing health of visionary founder Warren Smith, who passed away in 2021, and we all know what's happened to the live music world since then, with many festivals collapsing due to the combined weight of Covid and inflation. Yet Smith's widow Gretchen resurrected SNWMF for a triumphant June return in Boonville, CA. (The fest's name reflects its original location, but it now takes place in a remote town in the mountains of Mendocino County.) And she programmed a blockbuster weekend of Jamaican superstars as well as music from Africa, Haiti and Brazil. Read the article by Noah Schaffer.

Afropop Closeup Podcast Season 8 Begins July 4

Here's an introduction to the podcasts in this season. As podcast subscribers and listeners know, the Afropop Closeup podcast series, hosted by individual producers, is a place where we go beyond the music into politics, religion, history and culture. It's a wide open forum allowing producers to tell stories from all corners of our African diasporic world.  On July 4th, we launch the nine episodes of Season 8. These are all part of the Afropop Worldwide podcast stream. If you're not a subscriber, click here to join us. And you can always hear published programs and podcasts in the Audio Programs section of Click here to subscribe. 

Songlines Special Offer for Afropop Listeners


"Songlines is delighted to offer free access to our April 2023 issue to Afropop listeners!  In this issue, our cover star was late master Malian guitarist Ali Farka Touré – we spoke to Oumou Sangaré, his son Vieux and other friends and acolytes to find out what made him so special – while inside we also chat to ballad revivalists Hack-Poets Guild and Senegal's finest, Baaba Maal, before catching up with enigmatic gwo ka legend Polobi and taking a deep dive into the aboriginal music of Taiwan. All this, plus a Beginner's Guide to the recently departed Gal Costa, a Dispatch from Angola where the death of a kuduro legend sparked scenes not seen for half a century, as well as the usual wealth of expert reviews on albums from around the globe, competitions and news. Please note that your access will expire on July 6 2023."

Events in New York

Capital One City Parks Foundation
Marisa Monte and Brazil Night SummerStage 2023
Sun., July 2 at 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. 

Marisa Monte - is Five-time Latin GRAMMY winner and Brazilian legend who has been gracing the airwaves for decades, becoming one of the country's most recognizable voices in the process. Her 2021 LP Portas—her first in nearly ten years—is a timeless masterclass in MPB (música popular brasileira). As bright and buoyant as ever, Monte hasn't skipped a beat.
Tickets and Information 

Capital One City Parks Foundation
Skip Marley and Friends
with Patrice Roberts, Sarkodie, Bobby Konders, King Cruff
Hosted by Shani Kulture wiht DJ Brooke Bailey  and DJ Sparks Sunday, July 9, 2023
Sun., 6 p.m. - 10 p.m. (Doors open 5 p.m. pm)
Coney Island Amphitheater
Tickets and Information 

One Africa Music Fest
Barclays Center 
Wizkid, Davido, Diamond Platnumz, Stonebwoy, Flavour, Tiwa Savage, Iyanya and hosted Banky W.
Sat., July 22, 7:30 p.m. 

Tickets and Information 

Capital One City Parks Foundation
 Mdou Moctar

with Meg Baird, Mary Lattimore, Rough Francis and dj henri
Sat., July 29 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm (Doors open 5:00 pm)
Central Park, Rumsey Playfield

Tickets and Information 

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