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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.

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New Fela Kuti Reissues & Box Set Are Coming This Year

Partisan Records has shared initial news of upcoming Fela 50th anniversary reissues and a new box set on the way.

Fela Kuti fans have a lot to look forward to this year as Partisan Records (home to Fela's catalog) has announced plans to release special reissues of two 1971 albums: London Scene and Live! With Ginger Baker, the classic album in which Fela and his band Africa '70 where joined by the Cream drummer.

The label has also said they plan to release the fifth installment in their ongoing Fela vinyl reissue box set series, which are handpicked by notable names in the music world. Previous volumes have been curated by Erykah Badu, Questlove, and Brian Eno.

Partisan has also shared that they will also be launching a scholarship program at Fela's alma mater, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, in London this year. The label will be sharing more information on all of that exciting Fela Kuti 2021 news soon, so keep and eye out.

In the meantime, Fela Kuti is currently leading the fan vote for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. You can head here to cast a daily ballot for the afrobeat legend. Voting is capped at one ballot per day.

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