Thursday Sept 18 at Tropicália . 9pm
After their debut in DC 2 years ago at the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center and an inspiration album release party at Tropicalia in March 2014, Alsarah & the Nubatones are returning for a special celebration in Washington DC, aka 'little east-africa' to continue the vibe.
So on Sept 19 at 8pm, you are all cordially invited to Tropicalia for a very special evening of Nubian soul.
The group's debut album titled Silt / طمي was released world wide on March 11, 2014 on Wonderwheel Recordings. The Nubatones original composition Soukura (it’s late) is the first release off the album.
Hear the album- https://wonderwheelrecordings.bandcamp.com/album/soukura-ep
Inspired by the pentatonic scale and western soul music, and struck by a collective love for Nubian music, Alsarah and the Nubatones revisit Nubian songs of return, as well as popular songs from northern Sudan and southern Egypt, from the 1970s until today. While linguistically there has been a rapid arabization of that region, its retention of its musical culture has been steadfast.
Los Rabanes is a Latin Grammy winning Ska-Rock-fusion band from Chitré, Herrera, Republic of Panama. Their first album ¿Por Qué Te Fuiste Benito? was released by Kiwi Records and Latin music legend Ruben Blades. With a career spanning two decades and eight albums, they are considered pioneers in the region, and are the first band from Central America to win a Latin Grammy in the Best Rock Album Category. The lyrical style of Los Rabanes is a mix between Panama Spanish and English. Even if some choruses are fully or partly in English, most of the lyrics in the songs are in Spanish, using English only to express sarcasm, satire or parody.
Direct and live from Buenos Aires, we are thrilled to present ZZK Records recording artists La Yegros at Tropicalia. It gets even better! dj rAt of Maracuyeah DC will be on the decks taking you on a round-the-world sonic journey featuring everything from vintage chicha recordings, cumbias rebajadas, 3ball gems from 2017, dancehall, 80s rock en español, electro-cumbia sensations, tropical booty bangers and their very own flavor: quinceañera bass.
La Yegros has been a powerful presence on Buenos Aires’ underground scene for many years. Her vibrant sound, unique voice, and larger-than-life performance presence, gives her the point-of-view of an artist with South American flair, but a global mindset.
La Yegros resides in the pulsing heart of cosmopolitan Buenos Aires, but her family hails from the tropical climates found in the rural rain forests of the north, bordering Brazil. She received classical, conservatory training in music and got her break when she played before thousands as part of the De La Guarda experimental theatre.
“Viene de Mi” recording sessions were overseen by Argentina’s groundbreaking producer and composer King Coya, who saw in her something “sharp and high, wild and aboriginal”.
Confident and vibrant in approach, she’s been championed by MTV Iggy, as well as by Fader Magazine, who hailed La Yegros’ “raw urgency while sounding completely relaxed and conversational”. Listening to her sing, there’s the swagger of a Kelis or even Jamaican dancehall combined with the indomitable homespun wisdom of a vintage soul queen, such as Laura Lee or Angie Stone.
There’s a sass to her singing, at once fresh and urgent yet aged in experience and attitude, that cuts through the male-dominated contemporary cumbia, drawing on both deep folk traditions and cutting edge beats.
It’s a move that hasn’t gone unnoticed. As Time Out said recently, “La Yegros is at the helm of no ordinary revolution…It’s a revolution you can dance to.”
Washington DC's Maracuyeah collective is internationally known for rockin mixtape-style Pan-Latin-to-the-Future sounds that shake crowds, and mix in traditional & popular tropical rhythms that founders Djs Mafe & rAt grew up with. Their dj sets feature everything from vintage chicha recordings, cumbias rebajadas, 3ball gems from 2017, dancehall, 80s rock en español, electro-cumbia sensations, tropical booty bangers and their very own flavor- quinceañera bass.
Maracuyeah is also a crew of amigxs who organize quarterly tropical underground events in DC- featuring weirdo Latin independent artists complemented by always (re)mixed dance fiestas.
Afrofunk Festival with Hardproof Afrobeat Orchestra, Funk Ark, & Peoples Champs at Tropicalia
DOPE IN THE DISTRICT returns on September 17th!
Featuring Performances by:
Marlee In The Mixx
& Fly Rebel Society
Tropicalia (1400 U Street NW Washington, D.C.)
Doors open at 8:30pm
$10 | $5 Presale Tickets
To Purchase Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dope-in-the-district-tickets-13040339005
aturday, Sept. 27th:
80's Dance Party at Tropicalia
with The Angel
2001 14th Street NW
(Under the Subway)
After a brief respite, we're back once again, to shake a leg before the leaves start turning! We've missed you so
Reasons to get excited:
•Washington's ORIGINAL 80's Night, now in it's 21st year!
•Bigger Venue, Even Bigger Dance Floor
•STILL Right Downtown
•Cool inside when it's hot outside (AC FTW)
•Video Video Video
And once again, The Angel is teaming up with Steve Donahoe to bring this to you!
While still in primary school in his hometown of Gao, Oumar Konaté touched the spirit of his classmates with passion for music and song. On the strength of his talent with an old bucket, helmet, and drum, Konaté performed nightly outside the family’s front door conducting his first band. While still in high school, he accompanied the Orchestra of Gao on their national tour.
Oumar Konaté went on to enroll at the prestigious National Institute of Arts in Bamako. He recorded his first album « Lahidou » (« The Oath » ; video link below). That recording brought him to the attention of many well-known African artists. Konaté has accompanied several of those Malian artists: Vieux Farka Toure, Kounkako Sata, Roberto Magic, Alpha Diakité, Sidi Touré, Khaira Arby, Leila Gobi. He is a featured player on many recordings including Sidi Toure’s hailed 2011 album « Koima », and Leila Gobi’s 2010 « Menaka » for which he also composed the arrangements.
In 2008 Oumar Konaté performed at the National Biennale in Kayes, Mali as guitarist and arranger for the National Institute’s orchestra. In 2009, he represented Mali at the UNESCO festival in Gambia. That same year, Konaté received his Diploma from the Institut Universitaire de Formation des Maîtres where he has continued as a teacher.
In the summer of 2010, Oumar Konaté was invited to perform at the Mali Voices Festival in Sweden. In 2011 he was asked by band leader Boncana Maiga to be guitarist and arranger for « Tounkagouna », a monthly musical variety program broadcast on several television networks : CFI, ORTM, TV5, etc. In January 2012, Konaté appeared at the Festival au Desert - Essakane in Timbuktu, Mali. In that same year he toured throughout the US and Canada with Khaira Arby and her band. Konaté then followed up with a solo US tour in 2012 playing at NY’s Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival receiving a rave reception. In November 2013 Konaté toured Europe with Vieux Farka Toure.
Oumar Konaté currently lives in Bamako Mali with his family, his wife and a newborn son. His next album, Addoh, is scheduled for release May 2014 on the Clermont label. North American tours are scheduled for 2014.
The CooLots are the original Rock/Soul band hailing from the Washington, DC area. A melting pot of different styles and talents, The CooLots come together to create feelings never experienced before. These creations embody sincerity, musicality, rock, funk, and soul, with influences including: N.E.R.D, Me'Shell N'Degeocello, Sade, Staind, Erykah Badu, Kanye West and System of A Down.
“An upbeat medley sinks into Ghanaian highlife before transitioning into tunes evoking Ska, Punk-Rock and “Jama” the biggest influence on Osekre’s work. With his funk-meets indie, meets afro-pop with insightful lyrics, Osekre’s work brings global sounds local and takes local sounds global with an obvious influence Brooklyn.
DODO Orchestra is a unique retro-world-jazz ensemble that has enchanted audiences with their vivacious energy and a refined repertoire.