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Okayplayer & SummerStage Present Jungle, Ibeyi And Sunni Colón [6/20]

London duo Jungle, French-Cuban twins Ibeyi and Sunni Colón will be playing our Okayplayer & SummerStage show at NYC's Central Park.


Art by Erin Cadigan.

Okayplayer and SummerStage are excited to present London modern soul duo Jungle, French-Cuban twin sisters Ibeyi and Sunni Colón for a free concert in Central Park. The show will see the buzzing Jungle, who've been making waves with singles like "Busy Earnin'" and "Time," joined by their XL Recordings labelmates Naomi and Lisa-Kaindé Díaz (Ibeyi) — who released one of our favorite songs and music videos of 2014 (and a strong candidate for 2015's album of the year) — plus the LA-based songwriter Colón.

The concert will be part of the City Parks Foundation's '30 Years Of SummerStage' celebration this season, which will be hosting 30 artists at the park in 30 days. Be sure to follow SummerStage on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram to receive all their announcements and check out their full schedule here.

Enter to win a limited edition copy of the show poster, crafted by artist Erin Cadigan, by signing-up for the Okayplayer email list below. The winner will be announced Monday, June 15. In the meantime, get acquainted with the sounds of the night by revisiting Jungle's "Busy Earnin'" and our own Okayafrica TV episode with Ibeyi record shopping in NYC below.

Okayplayer & SummerStage present:

Jungle, Ibeyi, Sunni Colón

June 20, 2015

Doors at 6pm

FREE until capacity

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It's 2000 something. I'm holed up in my bedroom searching for samples to chop up on Fruity Loops. While deep into the free-market jungle of Amazon's suggested music section, I stumble across a compilation of Ethiopian music with faded pictures of nine guys jamming in white suit jackets. I press play on the 30 second sample.

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