Society HAE Gathers African Artists & DJs For An Unofficial CMJ Showcase Steps Away From The Brooklyn Bridge
To celebrate the debut of the AFRICA21 Radio Show and the AFRIKA21 Mixtape Project, Society HAE and BBOX Radio will unofficially close out CMJ Music Marathon with a showcase on Saturday, October 22 at BBOX Radio at the recently opened Dekalb Market (formerly Albee Square Mall).
Dubbed “Your Soundtrack To The New African Renaissance,” AFRIKA21, a weekly online radio show at www.bboxradio.com, introduces audiences to contemporary new music coming out to the continent and pairs that with an eclectic mix of music inspired by the continent. The Afrika21 showcase will follow this suit by presenting young music makers that are re-defining African music. Featured acts include Ethiopian reggae-dancehall artist Sheba, Afro Beat inspired Nigerian rapper/singer/songwriter Kahli Abdu and 2011 South African Music Award winner, singer, Nomsa Mazwai.
The showcase will take place on Saturday, October 22nd at 5pm at the Dekalb Market, located in downtown Brooklyn at138 Willoughby Street at the corner of Flatbush Avenue Extension. An “open-air” dance party will follow the showcase from 8pm – 10pm. Chief Boima and Lamin Fofana, both from Sierra Leone along with Frei of the Ahficionados, will provide the soundtrack for the party. On view during the event will be a photo installation of portraits of emerging African musicians by award winning Sierra Leonian photographer Delphine Fawundu. FREE ADMISSION.
EVENT DETAILS: http://www.societyhae.com/events/afrika21-the-showcase
Nomsa Mazwai: http://www.myspace.com/saisaimazwai
Khali Abdu: http://kahliabdu.bandcamp.com/
Afrika21 Mixtape: http://www.societyhae.com/page/afrika21-mixtape
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Nomsa Mazwai is a social activist and an engaged glocal citizen. A now SAMA award winning artist, she blends her ideas about the world and the role she must play as a member of the youth, with melody. Her sound is a mix between Jazz, Afrocentric, Drum ‘n Bass, Electronic and Neo Soul. She melts words with melodies, like dough, kneading into your conciseness. Nomsa is a published writer, Fulbright scholar doing her Masters and now an award winning artist.
Sheba. Having collaborated with reggae/dancehall heavy hitters like Bounty Killer, Sheba is no newbie to the industry. Hailing from Ethiopia, Sheba stirs up a unique musical brew that is a mélange of Reggae grooves, Afro-beat, electro, Ethiopian traditional music and jazz, R&B riffs, 16 bar rhymes, and Dancehall Sing-Jaying.
Kahli Abdu is a rapper/singer/songwriter born in Jos, Nigeria and currently based between Washington D.C .and Brooklyn, NY. From his critically acclaimed Fela Kuti inspired mixtape Ministry of Corruption, which samples at least one Fela Kuti song on every track, to his two other mixtapes, Kahli has proven that he truly has no musical boundaries. Mixing afro beat, electronic music, and pop with hip-hop comes naturally to Kahli, and with three new albums in the works, you will be hearing a lot more from him in the near future.
ABOUT THE AFRIKA21 MIXTAPE PROJECT
Society HAE conceptualized AFRIKA21 with the goal of creating a platform to introduce Africa’s emerging creative thinkers in the fields of music and arts & culture. Afrika21 will give audiences a first hand look at 21st century contemporary African music and culture, and open up a new dialogue about Africa. The Afrika21 Mixtape Project serves as an opportunity to celebrate Africaʼs next wave of musicians, highlight the renaissance taking place on the continent and raise the profile of people and organizations working toward farming a new vision of Africa in the 21st century. The Afrika21 Mixtape project will release quarterly mixtapes. The next installment produced by South African musician/producer/DJ Spoek Mathambo will be released to the public on Tuesday, Nov 1, 2011. www.afrika21.com
ABOUT SOCIETY HAE
Centered on fashion, music, art and culture, Society HAE (SHAE) serves as a point of convergence for creative minds across the globe. Utilizing online media and events Society HAE promotes and supports the efforts of emerging artists, designers, djs and filmmakers. SHAE’s current projects include Tour de PoP and Afrika21, it’s two global initiatives whose goals are to promote public art and emerging art & culture throughout the diaspora and beyond. www.societyhae.com
ABOUT BBOX RADIO
Much more than a radio station, BBox combines a visible broadcast studio with a cultural venue and community gallery. Locally-sourced content will be aired live, online and on-site, from Bbox’s home, a repurposed shipping container at Dekalb Market in downtown Brooklyn, New York. Interviews, call-in shows, street journalism, radio documentary, DJs and live music performances will allow BBox listeners to hear the best in what’s happening in and around our borough. BBox is free and open to the public, offering everyone a space to learn, explore and be heard. www.bboxradio.com