Win Tickets to The 19th African Film Festival

19th NY Annual African Film Festival

Presented under the banner theme 21st Century: The Homecoming, this year’s New York African Film Festival will screen contemporary and classic African films that explore the notion of home and homeland, from the legacy of music legend Miriam Makeba (subject of our Opening Night film, Mama Africa) to disaporic visions like the New York-set Restless City, which comes direct from its acclaimed premiere at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. In addition, to mark the 100th anniversary of the African National Congress (ANC), NYAFF will pay homage through performances by artists working in music, dance and film.

Don’t miss this eclectic sampling of some of the most popular dramas, documentaries and experimental works currently unfolding on screens across the African continent. Series programmed by Richard Peña for the Film Society of Lincoln Center and Mahen Bonetti of African Film Festival, Inc.

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SXSW 2012 Artist Spotlight: Electric Wire Hustle + NYC Show


Photo by Seher Sikandar

Electric Wire Hustle is undoubtedly one of our favorite newer acts to hit the scene in the last couple years. Their sound cocoons you in soulful nostalgia all while keeping your expletives in free flow with their unforgettably unique flavor. SXSW brought the New Zealanders several shows, including the Mint Collective x Grown Kids Radio Showcase, where we got a chance to snap a few photos and catch up with the guys.

Self-described as more “painting with oils than water colors,” Electric Wire Hustle’s fluid sound is one of purpose where individuals strengths are recognized and utilized. Citing the opportunity to travel and “sample more than what’s limited to [their] particular portion of the universe” as one of their reasons for making music, the group’s seemingly effortless appeal becomes easy to understand – their music is informed by both the depth and breadth of experience.

Trying to pin down exactly what feeling you get when listening to Electric Wire Hustle can be a bit difficult to describe at times. There’s a familiarity and a newness all at once, and on the first record, an undeniable sense of Marvin Gaye. Per the guys themselves, they share that they ‘don’t necessarily wan’t to be any one thing.’ They explain

“It’s beat driven, it’s Hotere influenced, its Samo before Basquiat blew up, its Kafka after the first chapter.”

Read more, watch a live video, & get info on tomorrow’s NYC show after the jump

NYC: Gregory Porter Show @ Highline Ballroom – March 16

 

For those of us that can’t get enough of Gregory Porter and his new album, Be Good, there is more ear lovin’ to be had! New Yorkers can enjoy the extraordinary singer for a night of croons and swoons at the Highline Ballroom on March 16. Check for details below! More tour dates happening as well!

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Event Details
Gregory Porter Live @ Highline Ballroom
Friday, March 16th, 2012
Doors 6PM / Show 7:30PM

Advance Price: $12.00
Door Price: $15.00
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All ages
General Admission Seating

Highline Ballroom
431 W. 16th Street
New York, NY

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NYC: Turntables on the Hudson + DJ Vadim @ Drom – Nov 18

 

Join Turntables on the Hudson for a super rad night next week with prolific DJ and producer DJ Vadim. Also in the house will be our very own DJ Erik The Red along with DJ $mall Change. Time to get fly and boogie – November 18th is the night, Drom is the place!

Event Details
Turntables on the Hudson Presents DJ Vadim
With DJ’s $mall Change and Erik The Red

Drom
Avenue A (btw 5th & 6th Streets)
New York, NY

$10 advance
$15 at door
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NYC: Hindi Zahra Live @ Hiro Ballroom – Oct 19 + KCRW Album Preview

 

Hindi Zahra’s tour is now nearing a close, which means she is that much nearer to her final date at CMJ in NYC! Join her with some other wonderful acts at the France Rocks showcase on October 19th. More details on the event and RSVP below.

If you’re curious to hear more from her recently released album, Handmade, take advantage of KCRW’s full stream that runs until November! The folks over at KCRW definitely got good taste.

Event Details
Bureauexport Party – “France Rocks CMJ Night”
Wednesday, October 19th, 2011
8PM – 12AM
Hindi Zahra at 9PM

Hiro Ballroom
88 9th Avenue
(btwn 16th&17th)
New York, NY

Free with RSVP

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