FETE DE LA FRANCOPHONIE - MARCH 20
Célébrons La Francophonie! Grande soirée de la Francophonie - March 20
FIAF - Florence Gould Hall, 55 East 59th St
7pm: Carnaval à la Martinique
9pm: Musique et Chansons de la Francophonie des Amériques (Free)
A musical tribute to the cultural diversity of the French-speaking world with Dumas, a rising star in Quebec’s musical landscape and winner of 6 ADISQ Awards in 2005.
Pierre Bensusan - April 4 at 9:30pm
Makor, 35 West 67th St (at Central Park West)
Working exclusively in the unusual DADGAD tuning, Pierre has developed a bitter-sweet melodic approach that incorporates Celtic lines with Latin and North African rhythms and wordless vocals in the jazz scat tradition
Arno - March 29 at 7:30pm
Joe’s Pub 425 Lafayette St
An Alternative Rock Cabaret wherein Tom Waits meets Gainsbourg, the unique way in which Arno manages to combine elements of blues, funk, French chanson and Belgian barroom-songs into his own personal style makes him equal parts groundbreaking and heartbreaking.
Kaleta & Zozo Afrobeat - March 4
Zebulon Café Concert, 258 Wythe Ave, Williamsburg
Kaleta is a West African band that fuses rhythms and melodies of traditional African music with those of Western pop music. The result is a captivating mixture of African folk, JuJu, and high-life music, laced with R&B reggae and rock.
Le Mystere des Voix Bulgares - March 3 at 7:30pm (Bulgarian Independence Day)
Symphony Space - Peter Jay Sharp Theatre - 2537 Broadway/95th St
"Le Mystere des Voix Bulgares" is a Grammy award- winning ensemble of a rare artistic gift and enormous popular appeal. Its goal was to enrich the heritage of the Bulgarian solo folk song.
Awilo Longomba, Le Proprietaire De Tous Les Dossiers Mondongo - March 12 at 8pm
SOB’s, 204 Varick St. @ Houston St
S.O.B.s African Concerts & New African Production Inc. presents Awilo Longomba was born in Kinshasa. Awilo outstanding performances and popularity makes him one of the Most Wanted Congolese artists on the African continent and Europe.
Dominic Kanza & The African Rythm Machine - Tuesday March 7th - 7:30pm
MoBay 17 West 125th St, Harlem
Dominic Kanza and his band, the African Rhythm Machine, have provided some of the best Congolese rumba music in the New York region.
He is a man of many talents, and his enthusiasm is contagious.
National Ensemble of the Republic of Guinea - March 17 & 18 - 8pm
Skirball Center @ NYU, 566 Laguardia Pl.
Acclaimed for over 50 years for its spectacular performances throughout the world, the 30-member Les Ballets Africains presents the folklore of West Africa in an inimitable blend of dance, drumming, storytelling, acrobatics, comedy and drama.
Banning Eyre & Abdoulaye Diabate - March 3 @ 8 pm -10 pm
Barbes, 379 9th Street (6th Ave.), Park Slope Brooklyn
Banning Banning Banning Eyre & Abdoulaye Diabate - Author and guitarist Banning Eyre launches a monthly series of intimate, African guitar oriented evenings with a night focused on the music of Mali. He is joined by one of New York’s greatest resident African musicians, Abdoulaye Diabate.
Manding Jata in "Sajoo" (The Gathering) - Friday, March 31 at 8 pm
The Community Theatre - 100 South St - Morristown, NJ
Manding Jata presents 800 years of Malian cultural arts: kora, Mandinka and Bambara balafons, ngoni, a djembe drum ensemble, flutes, dance, masquerade, acrobatics, and Mande songs of celebration.
Martin Atangana African Blue Note - Friday March 10th - 10pm, 11:30pm & 1am
Makeda 338 George Street, New Brunswick, New Jersey
An all star African band headed by the lead guitar of Martino Atangana. African Blue Note is a group that has been performing in clubs and festivals for almost a decade.