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Win Tix To Africa Now! Concert w/ Freshlyground, Blitz & Nneka at The Apollo!

Catch South Africa's afro-pop collective Freshlyground performing live at Harlem's Apollo Theater next month.


South Africa's Freshlyground crew will be hitting the historic Apollo Theater stage in Harlem on Saturday, March 16th as a part of the theater's Africa Now! series. Their newest album Take Me To The Dance finds the group exploring an edgier sound — fusing electronica and pop influences with the global sounds they came to be known for in their previous work.

Last month we premiered the video for Take Me To The Dance's title track of the same name. The electronic dance-infused track, coupled with visually stunning graphics, lead us to believe their upcoming tour will be one well worth checking out. Freshlyground's US tour only brings them to five cities, so don't sleep on your chance to catch what promises to be one of the dopest shows of 2013 so far! Tickets and more information available at The Apollo Theater.

Enter our contest to win tickets to the show, which also features Blitz the Ambassador, Nneka and Lokua Kanza below. Watch the full clip for "Take Me To The Dance" below that and read our discussion about Freshly Ground's new look with video director Sam Coleman and violinist Kyla-Rose here.

Don't miss out on the full extent of the Africa Now! series which features the Africa Now! Concert (3/16) w/ Freshlyground, Blitz, Nneka, and Lokua Kanza, the Freshlyground Family Show (3/16), Music Cafe w/ The Soil and the Africa Now! Artist Talk with all the previously mentioned artists.

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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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