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Afropop Celebrates 25 Years On Public Radio with Gala Concert September 19 2013 in New York City

From a media release:

AFROPOP CELEBRATES 25 YEARS ON PUBLIC RADIO WITH GALA CONCERT:
GRAMMY NOMINEE BASSEKOU KOUYATE, MAMADOU KELLY, OMAR EHSAS & SPECIAL GUESTS,
SEPT. 19TH, 2013 - CITY WINERY, NEW YORK CITY

HARRY BELAFONTE, HONORARY CHAIR.
AFROPOP’S GEORGES COLLINET, MC  


“Afropop Worldwide does unique and visionary work in bringing awareness of African and Diaspora musical cultures to Americans and the global online community.” –Harry Belafonte

BROOKLYN, NEW YORK - On September 19th at City Winery in New York City, public radio’s Afropop Worldwide celebrates 25 years of introducing Americans—and a global online community—to the most exciting music on the planet. The gala concert features Grammy Award Nominee and ngoni (African lute) virtuoso Bassekou Kouyate from Mali and his electrifying band Ngoni Ba. Special guest artists include Mali’s Mamadou Kelly (pictured below) and Sudanese singing star Omer Ehsas and others. Harry Belafonte is Honorary Chair of the gala.

From its start on NPR in 1988, APWW coined a new term, “Afropop,” and gave Americans their first exposure to now-iconic artists: Youssou N’Dour, Angelique Kidjo, Salif Keita, Khaled, Chico Science, Cesaria Évora, Thomas Mapfumo, Oumou Sangare. Today, the program explores the dynamic youth music scenes on the continent—from hiplife and azonto in Ghana, to kuduru in Angola, and bongo flava in Tanzania.

Hosted by broadcast personality Georges Collinet from Cameroon, and distributed by PRI Public Radio International to over 100 stations in the U.S., this award-winning program takes listeners and web users to intriguing musical destinations—Senegal, Tanzania, Ghana, Egypt, Nigeria, Brazil, Morocco, Haiti, Colombia, Madagascar, South Africa, the Dominican Republic, and beyond. The New York Times’s Jon Pareles calls the program and its companion website, afropop.org, “a well spring of African and world culture,” adding, “no other organization I know does so well in helping it reach the listeners it deserves.”

Gala headliner Bassekou Kouyate is a living legend. His instrument, the ngoni, is a staple of Malian tradition, but Bassekou has brought it center stage, filling out his ensemble Ngoni Ba with four ngonis that lock, weave, and improvise with rock god prowess, while singer Ami Sacko showers the ensemble’s spiky grooves with high-flying griot vocals. At the gala, Bassekou—a friend of the show since 1991—will be inducted into the Afropop Hall of Fame. This award recognizes African artists for their exceptional artistic talent and for their major roles in connecting American audiences to Africa through their music.

Longtime accompanist to and protege of Ali Farka Toure, singer/songwriter/guitarist Mamadou Kelly is one of the most powerful young voices out of northern Mali today. His acoustic guitar playing is superb, he sings like an angel, and his songs address the multi-cultural realities of his troubled region. Backed by other veterans of Ali Farka’s legendary ensemble, Mamadou Kelly leads an ensemble with the nuance and precision of a string quartet, and the visceral rhythmic pull of a grade-A dance band. This music lifts spirits and inspires hope for the future of the Malian desert. Representing East Africa will be Sudanese singing star Omer Ehsas.

This gala concert will benefit the research and production work of Afropop Worldwide, and further the program’s ongoing evolution to a multi-platform service centered around an award winning web site with fresh and unique content published daily, Hip Deep programs, original videos on a dedicated YouTube channel, weekly e-Newsletter, and more. Sean Barlow is the creator and Executive Producer of Afropop Worldwide. The program’s talented and dedicated production team includes Banning Eyre, Ned Sublette, and Michael Jones.  Funding comes in part from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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