September 16, 2011 – New York, NY – Panla in association with TaF (The African Future) will host “A Taste of Africa” on September 28. Now in its 9th installment, A Taste of Africa brings together foodies, tastemakers, the well-traveled and arts & culture enthusiasts to partake in an evening of fine dining, music and networking. Serving as your passport to an African experience in New York City, attendees will sample traditional West African faire like Suya, (barbecued strips of beef seasoned with pepper, ginger, paprika and onions) and Jollof Rice (a rice dish made with tomatoes, tomato paste, onions, salt and red pepper) paired with fusion dishes such as African Sushi and Fish Samosa. In addition to food this installment of A Taste of Africa will feature performances by South African songstress Yolanda Zama and Rwandan afro-electro chanteuse Iyadede. Dinner will be followed by a live DJ mix of Afrobeat, Afro-Soul, Highlife and Soukous.
A Taste of Africa takes place on Wednesday, September 28 at Taj Lounge located at 48 West 21st St between 5th & 6th Avenues. The event will be from 6pm to 12am. Admission is $10. Buffet style dinner will be available for an additional $18. A portion of the proceeds for this installment of A Taste of Africa will benefit Somali drought victims.
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ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Iyadede ( pronounced Eeya – day day * Originally from Rwanda) fits perfectly in the “boundaries free” music paysage of the 3rd millennium. Incorporating sounds from her journey through Africa, Europe and America, telling vivid stories from experiences brought back from her African adventures and infusing that with a youthful fresh sonic of her own. Versatile vocals, and a great writer, Iyadede is a Hybrid between Bjork for her touch of quirkiness and Sade for her African soul.
Yolanda Zama is a South-African born singer/songwriter. A young political exile during Apartheid she honed her voice amid the urban sounds of Harlem in the 80s. Weaving her native Xhosa with English, Yolanda fuses the lush and organic textures of Southern African music with the vibrant and dynamic melodies of folk and soul to create a sound that is at once unique and transcendent.
Panla is a catering company that specializes in African and African-inspired cuisine and has been servicing Fortune 500 companies, NYC clubs and event producers for over 4 years. www.panla.com
ABOUT THE AFRICAN FUTURE
Established in 2007, The African Future (TaF) is a non-governmental organization created to help improve the quality of life for the future of Africa. Our charter is to help the future of Africa, beginning in Somalia, and increase their chance of living via a highly targeted grass-roots orientation centered around schooling and health care initiatives.