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African Music at New York's CMJ Festival


It's that time of the year again in New York City when virtually every band in existence migrates to Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn to play the CMJ Music Marathon. Being an American "college music" festival (that's College Music Journal), its waves of showcases and concerts are generally fronted by Northern indie acts. But that's not to say Africa isn't represented, below are a few select events featuring music from the continent:

- Society HAE's Afrika 21 Showcase with Nomsa Mazwai (South Africa), Kahli Adbu (Nigeria), Sheba (Ehtiopia), Chief Boima (Sierra Leone), Lamin Fofana (Sierra Leone) and Frei of The Ahficionados (AFRIKA21) at The Dekalb Market. They even made a mix!

- Planet Hip Hop, hosted by Nomadic Wax and World Hip Hop Market, featuring The Reminders, Omar Offendum, Masla One, Krussia, Rahzemos, JMNI, Babaluku, Koyaki, and DJ Boo at 200 Hudson Street.

- Ayshay and Awesome Tapes From Africa are DJing the Altered Zones party at The New Museum.

- DJ/Rupture and Matt Shadetek's Dutty Artz showcase with Atropolis, Gun Selectah, Mexicans With Guns, and Toy Selectah at Public Assembly.

- Hindi Zahra will be playing the France Rocks NYC showcase at Hiro Ballroom.

What did we miss? Let us know in the comments! All flyers and more info on the showcases below.

 

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