We have two venues for African Music Nites in May:
MAY 6 and 13 at Waid’s Haitian Cuisine and Lounge, 1212 E. Jefferson
MAY 26 at the Royal Room, 5000 Rainier Ave S.
MAY 6: Naby Camara and Lagni Sussu at Waid’s 8 – 10 PM
Traditional and modern music of the griots of Guinea featuring balafon (marimba) master Naby Camara. Lagni Sussu, in the Sussu dialect of Guinea, means people of all different races, classes, and background working together.
MAY 13: Spirit of West Africa Party with Thione Diop at Waid’s, 8 – 10 PM
The Spirit of West Africa festival takes place at the Seattle Center House Saturday May 12 (free, noon – 8 pm), and the party continues Sunday at Waid’s! Special show led by sensational drummer Thione Diop from Senegal, featuring his traditional drumming group Yeke Yeke and his new band Afro Groove. This ensemble fuses World musical sounds with rootsy percussion, a dynamic horn section, an urging rhythm section and spirited vocals. http://www.thionediop.com/thione/About.html
MAY 26: African Music Nite at the Royal Room – Sounds of Brazil with Eduardo Mendonça and Show Brazil!
Saturday 9 – 11:30 PM
Spicy Brazilian rhythms will reverberate in the Royal Room with this internationally acclaimed Brazilian band. Band leader Eduardo Mendonça, Brazilian recording artist, vocalist, composer, percussionist, guitarist, and musical arranger, was born in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, and traces his lineage to a royal African family bearing the hereditary title of Mama-beka (“prophet of the royal court”). http://www.showbrazil.com/
This show is our second monthly African Nite at the Royal Room in Columbia City (see http://theroyalroomseattle.com/). Come show your support for African Music Nites at this great new club!
Save the Date: JUNE 10 – Back to the Future: The Roots of Hip Hop in Traditional Cultures, Intiman Theatre 7:30 PM.
As part of the Seattle Center Next 50 celebration, Global Heat collaborates with Hip Hop, African, and Brazilian performing artists to illustrate the origins of Hip Hop styles in diverse traditional cultures. Confirmed music, dance and spoken word performers include Suntonio Bandanaz; Global Heat; Massive Monkees; Draze (aka Dumi Maraire, Jr); Etienne Cakpo; Kama/Kenyan hip hop mc; Yaw Amponsah; Shanetta Brown; Mestre Curisco & Coty Valdez. Free!!! Co-sponsored by African Music Nites.
Live African Music Produced by African Music Nites
Shows at Waid’s and The Royal Room $5-15