ArtistsWith over 60 albums to his credit Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi has made songs to inspire and console Zimbabweans for nearly four decades. He’s a living legend, and still one of the most vital African singers on the scene today. At this concert, we will take great pleasure in inducting Tuku into the Afropop Hall of Fame, which honors African artists with exceptional talent, who have made major contributions to connecting Americans to Africa through music. Other inductees include Youssou N'Dour, Angelique Kidjo, Thomas Mapfumo, the Mahotella Queens, and other luminaries. Fatoumata Diawara channels Malian traditions in her songs but hits the stage rock n roll dynamism–truly a new voice for a new era in Mali.
The Ethiopian krar (a lyre) is one of the oldest string instruments in Africa. The London-based Ethiopians in Krar Collective have reinvented the venerable krar for the era of electric pop, Ethio jazz, and the global dance floor.
NEW YORK CITY: Afropop Worldwide airs locally in NYC on WNYE, 91.5 FM, Monday thru Fridays from noon to 1 pm AND Monday thru Saturdays from 11 p.m. to midnight.
CONNECTICUT: Afropop Worldwide airs on WNPR, 90.5 FM, Saturdays 11 pm, Hartford. Check www.wnpr.org for stations throughout the state.
WAMC, NORTHEAST PUBLIC RADIO (ALBANY AND REGION): Afropop Worldwide airs on Sundays 4-5PM on 90.3 FM and other frequencies (http://www.wamc.org)
NORTH COUNTRY PUBLIC RADIO, UPSTATE NY: Afropop Worldwide airs on Fridays, 10 to 11 pm on 89.5 FM and other frequencies (www.northcountrypublicradio.org)
OrganizationsSummerStage presented by AT&T brings over 100 performances to seventeen parks throughout the five boroughs. Performances are of outstanding artistic quality, free of charge, and aim to serve the diverse communities of New York City. The artists represent a breadth of genres and cultures and perform in an outdoor setting accessible to people of all ages and backgrounds. SummerStage strives to develop audiences’ deepening appreciation for contemporary, traditional, and emerging artists as well as the communities in which these artists originate. SummerStage is a program of City Parks Foundation, for more information visit www.SummerStage.org or visit their facebook page or twitter.
Afropop Worldwide is the award winning Public Radio International program hosted by Georges Collinet from Cameroon and heard on over 100 stations in U.S. From its start in 1988, the program coined a new term, Afropop, and gave Americans their first exposure to now-legendary artists: Youssou N’Dour, Angelique Kidjo, Salif Keita, Hakim, Khaled, Chico Science, Cesaria Évora, Thomas Mapfumo, Oumou Sangare, and many others. The series continues to take listeners and web users to Tanzania, Senegal, Egypt, Nigeria, Brazil, Morocco, Haiti, Colombia, Suriname, South Africa, Ghana, Haiti, South Florida, New York, the Dominican Republic and beyond. More recently, the National Endowment for the Humanities funded the Hip Deep sub series that uses music as a lens to explore history, religion, spirituality, politics and more. And we continue to showcase exceptional emerging artists from Africa, the Caribbean, the Americas, and the Middle East.Visit our award-winning site, www.afropop.org Note: Our weekly Afropop e-Newsletter provides quick links to CD reviews, features, news of touring artists, Hip Deep specials, on demand audio, video, photographs, NYC event picks, and more. Sign up here. You can follow us on Facebook or Twitter.