NYC: Ismael Kouyaté: Waraba Band, Tomorrow Night at The Knitting Factory!

Dancer and Griot Ismael Kouyaté to perform at the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn.

You may remember him from his haunting Mandingo chants and his hilarious portrayal of Geraldo Pino in FELA! Now that the show is over, dancer and Griot Ismael Kouyaté is back to performing again. Lead choreographer and performer in Guinea's National Company "Les Ballets Africains," Kouyaté has traveled all over the world performing and teaching dance. He'll play tomorrow night at The Knitting Factory in Brooklyn, with his Waraba Band, which includes musicians from Antibalas and other Afrobeat greats. Above, check out a video of him at a Fela! rehearsal for a quick preview of what tomorrow night will bring. Details for the show below.

Image via Sheila Afari PR.

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We know that Black queer DJs from the Midwest are behind the creation of house and dance music. Yet, a look at the current electronic scene will find it terribly whitewashed and gentrified, with the current prominent acts spinning tracks sung by unnamed soulful singers from time to time. Like many art forms created by Black people all over the world, the industry hasn't paid homage to its pioneers, despite the obvious influence they have. Thankfully, the independent music scene is thriving with many Black acts inspired by their forefathers and mothers who are here to revolutionize electronic music. Here are a list of the ones you should check out:

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