Events

Pop-Up Amayo (Antibalas)


New Yawkers may have noticed a bunch of brightly painted pianos sitting pretty on street corners and parks around town (like little ladies of the night?). These are all part of non-profit Sing for Hope's Pop Up Pianos project in which 88 pianos (coinciding with the number of keys), each decorated by a designer or artist, are put out for passers-by to play for two weeks, after which they're donated to schools. Go to St. Nicholas Park in Harlem to check out the above piano which uses sacred Ndebele-inspired designs from South Africa. If you find yourself at the right time in the right place (ahem, July 1, 6pm, see above for directions) you'll be treated to a free concert by Antibalas frontman Amayo. Afterparty at The Shrine.

Interview

Interview: TOBi Is Making Unapologetic Soul Music

We talk to the Nigerian-Canadian artist about his latest project ELEMENTS, his creative process, mental health and more.

It's a big year for music, and in the midst of many good drops from the motherland and beyond, we caught up with Nigerian-Canadian singer/songwriter TOBi to discuss his recently released 10-track project ELEMENTS.

ELEMENTS is a fusion of old-school soul, contemporary rap sequences, clever lyrical symbols & metaphors. and melancholic vibes which reference TOBi's Nigerian heritage through afrobeats, the reality of his life and the state of the world today. The compilation features production from Nigerian producer Juls on "Dollas and Cents" and "Made Me Everything and Shine."

Below, we also discuss his creative process and passion for mental health with the announcement of an exciting collaboration. "I'm attracted and curious about so many things in life that I can't help but bring [them] into my world and craft," the multi-genre artist says.

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