New York City + Modern African rhythms = African Soul Jam, a heady cocktail of vibrancy, soul and culture that will leave you buzzing. African Soul Jam was founded by music lovers who felt something lacking in the city’s nightlife scene: Africa’s scintillating dance rhythms. Since 2009, they have organized events that strive to make African music a staple part of New Yorks entertainment.
Their parties are multicultural social mixers where world music and African music lovers converge. However they welcome ALL partygoers, regardless of ethnic background or music taste. Live DJs blend top-40 jams in popular African genres like Makossa, Highlife, Afrobeat, Soukous, Coupé-Décalé, Hiplife, Azonto, Bongo flava, Kwaito, Naija, Mbalax, Ethiosoul, and Colazouk, as well as world hit music. You won’t hear this rhythmic mix anywhere else in the city! Beats and rhythms from all over the continent can be found here in this spot!
Mainstream media broadcasts too many negative images of Africa. Music and dance are just two of the many positive, creative things the continent has to offer. Since African club hits are rarely featured on U.S. airwaves, many Americans are unfamiliar with them. Some might even wonder why MTV recently organized African Music Awards, second year running. It’s no surprise to us at African Soul Jam. For decades, Africa has produced award-winning music icons with stellar global appeal. Some of them are even considered amongst the top 100 most influential entertainers in the world.
Their parties portray the beautiful diversity of contemporary African music, influenced in themselves by various popular music genres from the Americas including Hiphop, Dance, Soul, Reggae, House, Rumba, Funk, Zouk, Jazz, and Pop – verse versa.Unfamiliar with modern African music? Imagine beats that get your head nodding, your hips swaying, and your feet tapping, even if you dont understand what the lyrics mean!
Some African artists you might or might not know about include Manu Dibango, Brenda Fassie, Koffi Olomide, A.B.Crentsil, Mory Kante, Youssou N’Dour, Angelique Kidjo, Samini, Femi Kuti, Magic System, P-Square, Awilo Longomba, Arthur Makafote, and Mokobé. African Soul Jam exposes partygoers to these and MANY more.
If youre looking for a vibe different from the run-of-the-mill New York club scene, African Soul Jam is for you. Come to their next party to mingle and listen to music that will have you running for the dancefloor.
Join the party on the 14th of July, at Fox N’ Fiddle, Manhattan , and to find out more visit their website here!