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AZANIA AT THE APOLLO MUSIC CAFÉ – AFRICA NOW!

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We were recently introduced to an extraordinary talent, the globally successful Azania from Sierre Leone, West Africa who now lives right here in our beloved Harlem.  If you want to experience a truly gifted vocalist, you can come to see Azania in the flesh at the APOLLO this Saturday, April 5th at 10 pm.  She will be performing at the Apollo Music Café a variety of soulful originals (visit her website and iTunes link below) along with music from her new album to be released this year.  The Opening Acts: Bajah + the Dry Eye Crew will begin the show.

Tickets are still on sale but going fast.  For ticket information and to read more about Azania please see her Press Release below.  See you this Saturday night at the show!

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PRESS RELEASE: AZANIA

INTERNATIONAL SOUL SONGSTRESS AZANIA LIGHTS UP THE APOLLO MUSIC CAFE!

Date: 03.20.2014
New York, NY

Tickets are now on sale for Azania’s highly anticipated concert at the Apollo Music Cafe on Saturday, April 5th at 10:00pm at 253 West 125th St. in New York City. She’s headlining in the Apollo’s Africa Now! festival. Azania’s award-winning and powerful voice has been described as a mixture of Whitney Houston, Adele and Rachelle Ferrell, that moves her audiences to tears and brings them to their feet uplifted by her energy and joyful spirit. Her rich music is a blend of soul, jazz and funk interlaced with beautiful ballads, and her meaningful lyrics carry insightful messages.

Originally from Sierra Leone, West Africa, Azania has been lighting up stages in Europe, the U.S., Africa and Asia for over 15 years. She has been invited to sing in legendary venues, such as the Blue Note jazz club in New York, as well as in world-renown music festivals such as Montreux Jazz, and has entertained the Presidents of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Malawi.

This concert will feature songs from her highly-acclaimed album, “Rising”, as well as new songs to be released this year on her next album. She will be accompanied by: Shawn Whitley (bass), Justin Mathews (guitar), Lucianna Padmore (drums), Yeissonn Villamar (keyboards), and Gbianka Kotee & Staren Soanes (vocals).

The Apollo Music Cafe is located at: 253 West 125th Street in New York City. Tickets can be purchased online here: www.apollotheater.org/apollo-music-cafe, or for $20 at the door.

For live videos, music, photos, concert dates and more info about Azania, please visit: www.azania.com

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AFRICA NOW! FESTIVAL

APOLLO – LONG LIVE THE MUSIC – Azania Info/tickets

AZANIA IN ESSENCE 

A sample of Azania on iTunes “Looking Ahead

“Toni On New York” up in Harlem

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TONI SENECAL

I woke up early this morning, (having fallen asleep with the television on) to an episode of Toni on New York featuring our beloved Harlem.  I thoroughly enjoyed the vivacious Toni’s exploration of our neighborhood – its important and colorful schomburgpast and its vibrant present.  I am a native and long time resident of Harlem and I learned a few things I did not know about this amazing neighborhood.  The visit to the Schomburg and the backstage tour of Apollo with Billy Mitchell were

apolloparticularly interesting,  It was also great fun to see Toni sample some of Harlem’s favorite foods, escorted on her “Taste of Harlem” tour by Neal Shoemaker, the founder of Harlem Heritage Tours, which ran the gamut from wings & waffles at Amy Ruth’s to to red velvet cake at one of my personal favorites, Make My Cake..  I had not previously seen this show, make my cakewhich is both hosted and executive produced by Toni Senecal, but I am now definitely a fan.  You can check out the segment online or on Toni’s Facebook page.

 

 

Harlem’s Frederick Cafe Bistro (Review)

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By HarlemMom-
My husband, daughter and I recently had lunch at Frederick Café Bistro located at 2104 Frederick Douglass Boulevard and enjoyed it very much.  I had the lentil soup and the Norwegian Smoked Salmon Panini. My husband had the chicken soup and the Ham and Cheese Croissant.  The service was attentive and the place has a nice casual vibe.  My daughter was in a stroller and they accommodated it. We will be back to enjoy some more delicious food and to try out their brunch.

Please check out their website for their full menu and more information.

Frederick Café Bistro 

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West Coast Swing Outdoors at West Harlem Piers this Saturday

West Harlem PiersFor the last time this summer, you can go west coast swing dancing in Harlem.  West coast swing is one of my favorite dances – sort of a cross between Lindy-style swing and salsa.  It is danced to all kinds of music – R & B, pop, blues, rock, even hip-hop and country.

 The event is run by Paula Wilson - an amazing dancer, in partnership with Paula WIlsonRiverside Park as part of their Summer on the Hudson programming.  I saw Paula & her partner Ken Kreshtool perform at a party a couple of weeks ago at Stepping Out Studios.  What a treat!  I was lucky enough to get a dance with Ken, who is a terrific leader with a lot of musicality and some very smooth moves.  The dancing goes from 6 pm – 9 pm this Saturday, September 28th at West Harlem Piers Park (West 125th St. and the Hudson River).  Paula will teach a lesson at about 7 pm and the entire event is free.  If you know West Coast, come and show your stuff; if you’ve never done the dance, come out and give it a try!