Our friends at the World Music Institute just announced this year's program, and as you'd expect, they're bringing some top-notch music to New York again this fall.
Since 1985, WMI has been consistently presenting some of the best music, dance and theater from across the globe. We at Afropop have a particular fondness for WMI because they offer so much great African and diasporic music here in New York—they're behind the annual Africa Now! concert at the Apollo Theater, for example—and they do a fantastic job of keeping us in the loop when they have something coming up that's of interest to us, our listeners and readers.
This fall is no exception to any of the above. Once again they've found artists that straddle the line between contemporary and traditional music, and who bring new life to the old forms when they perform live. This year we're finally seeing some of the artists that we've been talking about for years: It's hard to believe that the Cape Verdean songstress Lucibela is finally making her New York debut this September!
Here is the first crop of shows that we're already putting on our calendars. For WMI's programming from India, Nordic countries and elsewhere, check out their website:
La Rumba Llama: 8/17 Harlem Hospital Mural Pavillion
Girma Bèyènè with Akalé Wubé: 9/12 (le) Poisson Rouge
Lucibela: 9/17 Merkin Hall at Kaufman Music Center