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Here Are All The Shows You Need To Check Out This Summer In NYC

We round up all the NYC concerts you need to know this summer from the likes of Femi Kuti, Wizkid, Davido, Mbongwana Star and more.

Summer is coming, New York.


In anticipation of all the outdoor shows and late night blow we decided to round up all the concerts you need to know about from the likes of Femi Kuti, Wizkid, Davido, Mbongwana Star and more.

Check out the list below, which we'll keep updating as more shows are announced. Have fun out there.

May

5/26—Sinkane. The Sudanese-rooted Sinkane closes out his three week residency at Brooklyn’s Union Pool with special guest Ex Reyes. Tickets here.

5/31—Akoya Afrobeat. The Brooklyn-based band Akoya Afrobeat host the release show for their third LP, Under The Tree, alongside No Small Money Brass Band, and DJ Center at Baby’s All Right. Tickets here.

June

6/16—Baaba Maal & Lakou Mizik. Senegalese legend Baaba Maal recently the electronic Fulani rock album The Traveller and collaborated with Mumford & Sons. He’ll be joined by Haitian outfit Lakou Mizik at the Prospect Park Bandshell as part of BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival. Free.

Bombino. Photography by Marije Kuiper.

July

7/3—King Sunny Adé, Orlando Julius and the Afro Soundz, & Rich Medina. Nigeria’s highly-acclaimed King Sunny Adé brings his jùjú music to Central Park SummerStage. He’ll be joined by Orlando Julius, who laid down the groundwork for the popularization of ‘afropop,’ and Rich Medina, the DJ widely credited for spreading the sounds of afrobeat across NYC. Free.

7/15—Rachid Taha and Krar Collective. Algerian rock and raï star Rachid Taha plays Celebrate Brooklyn! alongside Krar Collective, who have been called “The Ethiopian White Stripes.” Free.

7/22—Wizkid, Davido, Stonebwoy, Diamond Platnumz, Flavour, Tiwa Savage, Iyanya, and Banky W. The Barclays Center will be hosting the all-star "One Africa Music Fest" concert featuring heavy-hitters like Wizkid, Davido, Stonebwoy, Diamond Platnumz and many more. The night will be hosted by Banky W and will be dedicated to help bring awareness for the “Bring Back Our Girls” campaign.Tickets.

7/23—Femi Kuti and Bombino. Femi Kuti is taking his father Fela’s afrobeat sound into the modern era. He’ll be playing Celebrate Brooklyn! alongside the hypnotizing Tuareg desert blues guitar of Bombino. Free.

7/27—Femi Kuti. Catch Femi’s electric live afrobeat set in an indoor and bowling-friendly setting as he headlines Brooklyn Bowl. Tickets.

7/29—Afrobeat x Afrobeats with Davido and Antibalas. Okayafrica will be hosting a show that bridges the gap between Fela’s afrobeat and modern afrobeats at Lincoln Center Out of Doors. The special night will feature performances from Nigerian superstar Davido, representing the afrobeats side, and NYC’s biggest afrobeat ensemble Antibalas. Tickets.

Young Paris. Photography by Gioncarlo Valentine.

August

8/14—Mbongwana Star, Batida, Young Paris & Okayafrica Electrafrique feat. DJ Underdog. Okayafrica will be hosting a SummerStage show headlined by the modern Congolese rhythms of Mbongwana Star. The show will also feature the Angolan-Portuguese dance creations of Batida, Young Paris and DJ Underdog spinning as part of Okayafrica Electrafrique. Free.

8/17—Saul Williams. Saul Williams’ latest album Martyr Loser King presents a digital conversation between the street sounds of the First and Third Worlds through the lens of a fictional computer hacker from Burundi. He’ll bring his new tracks to Harlem's Marcus Garvey park alongside Kimberly Nichole. Free.

8/16—Alpha Blondy. Ivorian reggae star Alpha Blondy will be bringing his songs of freedom to Marcus Garvey park. Free.

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Wizkid, Tems, Black Coffee & More Nominated For 2022 Grammy Awards

See the full list of African artists honored during Tuesday's nomination ceremony.

Next year's Grammy nominations are in and Africa showed up and out!

The 64th annual Grammy music awards are on the horizon, and Tuesday's nomination ceremony covered a lot of ground within the music industry. Not surprisingly, Wizkid's Made In Lagos (Deluxe) received a nod for Best Global Music album, with the stellar and globally adorned track "Essence" featuring Nigeria's Tems being nominated for Best Global Music Performance. Nigerian favorites Femi and Made Kuti's joint project Legacy+ received a nomination under the Best Global Music Album category.

Other notable nods include; Beninese singer-songwriter Angélique Kidjo's collaboration with Nigerian powerhouse Burna Boy, as well her performance with American cellist Yo-Yo Ma received under the Global Music Performance category. South Africa's Black Coffee's album Subconsciously made its mark within the Best Dance/Electronic Music Album category with his own nomination, and Ghanaian artist Rocky Dawuni under Best Global Music Album.

The music ceremony will be hosted in Los Angeles, US on January 31 2022 and we're excited to see who snags the highly coveted awards during next year's ceremony. In the meantime, let us know on Twitter who you're excited to see perform.

Keep scrolling to see the full list of African artists nominated for next year's Grammy award ceremony.

Check out the full list of nominees here.

Best Global Music Performance

"Mohabbat," Arooj Aftab

"Do Yourself," Angelique Kidjo and Burna Boy

"Pà Pá Pà," Femi Kuti

"Blewu," Yo-Yo Ma and Angelique Kidjo

"Essence," Wizkid featuring Tems

Best Global Music Album

"Voice Of Bunbon, Vol. 1," Rocky Dawuni

"East West Players Presents: Daniel Ho and Friends Live in Concert," Daniel Ho and Friends

"Mother Nature," Angelique Kidjo

"Legacy +," Femi Kuti and Made Kuti

"Made In Lagos: Deluxe Edition," Wizkid

Best Dance/Electronic Music Album

"Subconsciously," Black Coffee

"Fallen Embers," Illenium

"Music Is the Weapon (Reloaded)," Major Lazer

"Shockwave," Marshmello

"Free Love," Sylvan Esso

"Judgement," Ten City

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