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Salif Keita in Seattle March 4

Hi African music lovers,
You won’t want to miss this show!

Salif Keita, the Golden Voice of Africa, Live with full band in Seattle

When: March 4, doors open 8 PM – 2 AM
Where: King’s Hall, 2929 27th Ave S (underneath the Mount Baker Light Rail station)
Who: This show is restricted to ages 21+; IDs will be checked
How much? Advance sale tickets are $34 (not $28!)

Organized by Yeleen Productions
Tickets and info at Eventbrite








Mtukudzi Show postponed

I regret to inform you that the upcoming Oliver Mtukudzi performance on February 10, 2017 at Columbia City Theater has been cancelled. Oliver’s band was denied working visas and will unfortunately not be allowed to perform. Columbia City Theater writes that those who purchased tickets will be reimbursed, and a make-up date is in the works for later this spring.
Sorry to be bearer of bad news,

Oliver Mtukudzi Feb 10 at Columbia City Theater

Greetings African music fans,
Mark your calendars for this SUPER show coming up on February 10:

Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi and the Black Spirits
Anzanga Marimba Ensemble
Naomi Wachira


WHERE: Columbia City Theater, 4916 Rainier Ave S, Seattle
WHEN: February 10, 2017: Doors Open 7 PM Music starts 8 PM
COST: $40 general seating – $70 VIP

Dr. Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi and the Black Spirits
Dr. Oliver Mtukudzi is a Zimbabwean musician, songwriter, philanthropist, human rights activist and a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for the Southern African region. His musical journey began in 1977 when he formed the band Wagon Wheels; today, with 65 albums under his belt, Mtukudzi is regarded as Zimbabwe’s most renowned and internationally acclaimed cultural icons. Gifted with a deep, husky voice and a talent for writing songs that reflect on the daily life and struggles of the people of his homeland, Mtukudzi is affectionately known by his fans as “Tuku.”

Naomi Wachira
Naomi Wachira is an Afro-soul singer/songwriter who grew up in the small town of Kijabe, Kenya but is now a Seattle resident. She was named the Best Folk Singer in Seattle by the Seattle Weekly in 2015.

Anzanga Marimba Ensemble
Anzanga Marimba Ensemble performs traditional and contemporary African music from Zimbabwe and beyond. Celebrating 30 years as Seattle’s premier marimba group, Anzanga has inspired and enlightened many an audience with electrifying marimba sounds.


Alpha Blondy in Seattle June 18

The Legendary Alpha Blondy
Jointly Presented by:
Yeleen Production, Culture Yard Productions & TamTam Seattle

Alpha Blondy & the Solar System
JUNE 18TH, 2016 – in SEATTLE at Kings Hall, 2929 27th Ave S ((Mount Baker Light Rail Station)
This is Alpha Blondy’s first time back to Seattle in 11 years!
We have improved the SOUND SYSTEM for this incredible show !!

Doors open at 8PM with:
Jamaican Roots Reggae singer Pablo Moses and the Revolutionary Dream Band.
Also DJ DAREK MAZZONE (KEXP) and DJ Peter!!!

Ages 21 +
Tickets available through Brown Paper Tickets:


Upcoming African Music Nite Shows

Hi all, I have no more shows at Lucid Cafe – the audience there was just not used to paying for music and I could not find musicians willing to play for very little money. Be sure to give generously at these upcoming shows at The Royal Room! (And notice the early start times) – Claire

July 13: African All Stars
7:00-8:00 pm

Danceable music from some of Seattle’s best African musicians, led by Mohammed Shaibu on guitar, vocals and talking drum.

Sunday August 4: Zimbabwean Music Nite with Jacob and Martha and Ruzivo
7:30 – 9:30 pm

Talented multi-instrumentalist Jacob Mafuleni and dancer/vocalist Martha Thom, touring from Zimbabwe, join forces with the local marimba-Afropop band Ruzivo to present traditional and contemporary sounds of Zimbabwe.




African Music Nites in January

Happy New Year everyone! African Music Nites has been invited to Lucid Lounge in the U District, and we initiate a trial last-Friday-of-the-month series there on January 25th with Zimbabwean music from Mahonyera Mbira Ensemble. Lucid is a classy, intimate club that I think people will enjoy, especially North-enders. Meanwhile, we continue with monthly shows at The Royal Room Columbia City. Hope to see you one place or another! Claire

January 5, 2013: Sounds of Brazil with Eduardo Mendonça
The Royal Room 9 – 11:30 PM

Spicy Brazilian rhythms will reverberate in the Royal Room with this internationally acclaimed Brazilian artist. Show Brazil leader Eduardo Mendonça, 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”).
The Royal Room 5000 Rainier Ave S

Friday January 25: Mahonyera Mbira Ensemble
Lucid Lounge 9:30 to 11:30 PM

Seattle’s own Mahonyera Mbira Ensemble performs traditional Shona music of Zimbabwe on three or four mbiras accompanied by hosho (gourd shakers) and vocals. This is music to dance to and trance to.
Lucid Lounge 5241 University Way NE

Suggested donation $5-15
Produced by African Music Nites
Support live African music!

Eckaman and Super Mokako at The Royal Room Dec 15

Hi all,
Last night’s tribute to Obo Addy was wonderful – all three bands (Anokye Agofomma, African All-Stars and Maya Soleil) were kickin’ and a heartfelt audience was there for Obo’s memory and the music. I am happy to report we collected $106 for the Obo Addy Legacy fund. If you missed the chance, you can donate too at
A shout out to photographer Gene Trent of Black-eyed Photography who was documenting the event and has posted an initial set of photos at
One more African Music Nite show this year, have a great holiday – Claire

Saturday December 15: Eckaman and Super Mokako close out Royal Room First Anniversary Party – 12 midnight
Come celebrate The Royal Room’s spectacular first year in Seattle with five bands playing music from 7 pm until 1 am. Eckaman and Super Mokako close out the party with irresistible dance rhythms of Congolese soukous and original Afro-funk, topped by Eckaman’s soaring vocals.
Check The Royal Room website for the complete anniversary lineup


The Royal Room, 5000 Rainier Ave S
Suggested donation $5-15
Produced by African Music Nites
Support live African music!

Sean Gaskell plays Kora at Waid’s

Sunday September 23: Sean Gaskell plays Kora 8-10 pm
Sean Gaskell plays the West African Kora, the 21 string harp which is native to
the Mandinka people of Gambia, Senegal, Mali, Guinea and Guinea Bissau. Sean
studied the Kora at length over two visits to Gambia in 2008 and 2012.
Waid’s Haitian Cuisine and Lounge


Suggested donation $5-15
Produced by African Music Nites
Support live African music!

Memorial Benefit concert for Abdoulaye Diabate July 8

Dear all,
A cherished member of Seattle’s African music fraternity, Guinean guitarist Abdoulaye Diabate passed away this week. Abdoulaye’s band Lembema was the first to play for African Music Nites at Dahlak Restaurant in January 2011, and Edouard Souarez (of Atlantic Melody) is organizing a benefit concert at Dahlak to help raise funds for his funeral. Please tell all your friends in the African music community about this concert in honor of a fine musician and person.
Best, Claire

WHAT: Memorial benefit concert for Abdoulaye Diabate
WHEN: Sunday July 8, 8 PM until late
WHERE: Dahlak Restaurant, 2007 State St. (just south of the I-90 overpass on Rainier Ave. S.)
Manimou Camara and Denbaya – Soul-soaring dance and melodic melodies from Guinea
Thione Diop and friends – Afro-groove fusion and hot Senegalese drumming
Eckaman and Super Mokako – Sizzling Congolese soukous and original Afro-funk
Atlantic Melody – Electric griot music and West African pop with Edouard Souarez




Suggested donation – whatever you can afford!

June 23 at The Royal Room

Saturday, June 23: African Music Nite at the Royal Room with Atlantic Melody and Super Mokako
Atlantic Melody 9 pm
High-energy electric griot music music of Guinea! Atlantic Melody is led by Edward Souarez, the best African trap-set drummer and vocalist this side of the Atlantic. Come prepared to dance!
Eckaman and Super Mokako 10:15 pm
Vocalist extraordinaire Eckaman and Super Mokako perform Congolese soukous music and original Afro-funk, with special guests from South Africa. If you haven’t heard them, you’re in for a real treat!

This show continues our monthly African Nites at The Royal Room, 5000 Rainier Ave S in Columbia City. Come show your support for African Music Nites at this great new club!
Suggested donation $5-15
Produced by African Music Nites
Support live African music!