Events

Join AfroPop Worldwide For Its Inaugural Icons & Innovators Benefit Party in D.C.

AfroPop Worldwide honors host Georges Collinet, Nigerian visual artist Laolu Senbanjo and Congo-born soukous legend Samba Mapangala in Washington, D.C. on Sept. 29.

AfroPop Worldwide is hosting its first ever Icons & Innovators Benefit Party in Washington, D.C. on Sept. 29.


Like the name of the fete suggests, the occasion will honor icons and innovators of African entertainment and media industries. Cameroonian radio personality and long-time Afropop Worldwide host, Georges Collinet, is the media icon honoree; Nigerian visual artist best known for his work on Beyoncé’s Lemonade, Laolu Senbanjo, is the artist innovator honoree; and Congo-born soukous legend, Samba Mapangala, is the icon honoree.

Georges Collinet

Laolu Senbanjo

Samba Mapangala

Co-chaired by Jeffrey Sturchio, Chairman of the Corporate Council on Africa, Stephen Hendel, Producer of FELA! on Broadway, and philanthropist Rosemary Pritzker, Icons & Innovators will bring together trailblazers in African entertainment, arts, media, business and politics, and the D.C. metro area’s diverse African diaspora community to celebrate over a quarter century of Afropop Worldwide, connecting the world to Africa and the diaspora through world-class music and inspiring stories.

“Afropop is a bridge between the Golden Age of African music which continues in today’s vibrant roots pop and the phenomenally successful youth music now sweeping the continent and making inroads worldwide,” says Sean Barlow, Afropop’s Executive Director and founder.

The party also marks the return of the Afropop radio program to airwaves via D.C.'s newest public radio stations WOWD, 94.3 FM in Takoma Park, MD, and WERA, 96.7 in Arlington, VA.

Timothy and Shigeko Bork will host the Icons & Innovators Benefit party, sponsored by Walt Disney Imagineering and The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), at Georgetown’s Friendship Housea National Landmark once used to entertain presidents, members of congress, and ambassadors.

Join them for an intimate evening including a rare acoustic performance from Mapangala and witness a live painting of Senbanjo’s Sacred Art of the Ori. VIP guests will have a special opportunity to be body-painted by Senbanjo.

General admission for Icons & Innovators is $100 and the 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. VIP Reception tickets are $250. Visit here for tix.

Interview

This Compilation Shines a Light On East African Underground Music

We talk to a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation from Uganda's Nyege Nyege.

Nyege Nyege, a label in Kampala, Uganda is channelling the confidence brimming over a whole continent. Africa is no longer the future. For dance music, its time is right now.

Music For the Eagles is a compilation released in conjunction with Soundcloud to showcase the best new acts that East Africa has to offer outside the mainstream. A new wave of artists firmly blasting non-conformist energy for you to spasm to. Music that takes you places. Otim Alpha's high BPM wedding frenzy of incessant rasping vocals accompanied by feverous violin will have you clawing the walls to oblivion. Anti Vairas' dancehall from a battleship with super galactic intentions doesn't even break a sweat as it ruins you. FLO's beautiful sirens call, is a skittish and detuned nursery rhyme that hints at a yearning for love but reveals something far more unnerving. Ecko Bazz's tough spiralling vocal over sub-bass and devil trap energy is an anthem that can only be bewailed. And Kidane Fighter's tune is more trance-like prayer. These are only some of the highlights for you to shake it out to.

We got to chat with a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation as they took a break from the studio below.

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