DYNAMIC AFRICA GLOBAL EVENTS LISTING: MUSIC.
A couple of music events on radar happening around the world.
Currently happening, the 2014 edition of Beligum’s Pukkelpop music festival kicked off on August 14th and will end on August 16th. We’re not sure if you can still get there if you live nearby but it’s worth it to see the likes of Kwabs, FKA twigs, Janelle Monae, Kelis, Neneh Cherry, Kelela and more.
Luckily, for those of us that can’t be there, there’s a livestream here.
Tonight in Lagos, enjoy an evening of live music, cool breeze and lots of palm wine! For this edition of Afropolitan Vibes, the line-up includes the one and only Weird MC, Show Dem Camp, Isedale, and resident host Bantu.
The event is free but you’ll have to pay N200 to get into the Freedom Park venue.
August 15th - 7pm
Freedom Park, Lagos
Blood Orange at SummerStage
Blood Orange is headlining OkayAfrica’s 15 year anniversary celebration this weekend in New York’s Central Park. See him, Moses Sumney and Sean Nicholas Savage at SummerStage all for free!
August 16th - 7pm
Central Park, New York
August SummerStage Events
Harlem Family Day + Shine and the Moonbeams + Moona Luna + Kojo Odu Roney & Friends + B-Love’s Hip Hop Jazzy Groove + DJ KS 360, 4pm, Marcus Garvey Park
BellaTrix!: A Soul Train Tribute to Women in Music, 7pm, Marcus Garvey Park
WBLS 6th Annual R&B Fest Musiq Soulchild, 7pm, Central Park
The Nuyorican Poets Café’s 40th-Anniversary Celebration Full-Length Film Screening: Our Latin Thing, 6pm, East River Park
The Charlie Parker Jazz Festival: The Wallace Roney Orchestra + Lionel Loueke + Melissa Aldana + Kris Bowers w/ special guest Chris Turner, 3pm, Marcus Garvey Park
The Charlie Parker Jazz Festival: Kenny Barron + Cindy Blackman Santana + Craig Handy & 2nd Line Smith + Brianna Thomas, 3pm, Tompkins Square Park
AfroPunk Music Festival 2014
This year’s line-up includes the likes of D’Angelo, Lianne La Havas, Trash Talk, Shabazz Palaces, SZA, Cold Specks, special guests Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, and many, many more. Taking place over two days, the annual free AfroPunk Fest features 4 stages of music, a speaker’s corner, thrift market and art wall. DJs and dancers will also be present!
Commodore Barrymore Park, New York (Brooklyn)
It’s the first and only arts festival organized in Accra, Ghana, and it’s back for a fourth year. For two days, the streets of James Town will be packed full of art, artists and art lovers alike. On August 23rd-24th, Accra will be the arts center of the world.
August 23rd-24th, 2014
James Town - High Street, Accra
Fool’s Gold Presents: Day Off ‘14
Danny Brown, French Montana, ARAABMUZIK and more make up the line up for this Labor Day concert hosted by Fool’s Gold Recs.
50 Kent, New York (Brooklyn)
Mulatu Astatke at the Royal Festival Hall
An evening of the finest in Ethiopian jazz from the master of the genre himself.
Southbank Centre, London
Rocking the Daisies
One of South Africa’s premiere music festivals, Rocking the Daisies is the unofficial official event of the summer. With headlining artists such as MGMT, the Rudimentals, Beatenberg, The Presets, Arno Carstens, and Taxi Violence, Rocking the Daisies this year boasts a number of stages with bands and artists from South Africa and the rest of the world.
October 2nd - 5th
Cloof Wine Estate, Darling
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