Presented in partnership with the Apollo Theater
Now in its sixth season, this annual concert at the Apollo celebrates the best of today’s African music scene. This year’s concert spotlights the continent’s contemporary trends in electronic music.
Black Coffee is a South African record producer and DJ who defies convention. Sidestepping Afro-house clichés and stage-managed highs in favor of restrained sophistication, Black Coffee's penchant is for true Afropolitan house: home-brewed but fresh and future-focused. He has released several acclaimed albums and remixes - all in his inimitable Kwaito style - South Africa’s home-grown music that is based on US house music infused with South African melodies and rhythms.
Tony Allen & Jeff Mills
The duo of acclaimed Afrobeat drummer Tony Allen (Nigeria), who was the original drummer for Fela Kuti and is often credited with inventing the foundations of Afrobeat music, and brilliant techno music DJ and producer Jeff Mills will perform together for the first time in the United States. As two legends who revolutionized their respective musical areas, they will bring Afrobeat and techno together in a collaboration that’s like a conversation, building off of each other.
Singer/songwriter Pierre Kwenders’ music is a response to a world that so often asks people who fit comfortably in multiple boxes to pick only one. Born in Kinshasa, Pierre draws on his wide-range of experiences and sings and raps in five languages - English, French, Lingala, Tshiluba and Kikongo. While Pierre’s music ranges from icy R&B to electronic and futuristic hip-hop, his style is rooted in Congolese rumba, the ubiquitous sound of The Democratic Republic of Congo.
With additional Apollo Music Café performances by Meklit on March 2 at 10pm and an after party performance by Afrotronix on March 3.