Nov 10, 2023   |  Doors 6:30 pm       ← PAST EVENT


Tickets: $38

Age 18+

Music By Samba Mapangala and DJ Henri

Featuring Jaja Bashengezi, Ngouma Lokito, and Nkumu Katalay. 


Meet Host Georges Collinet, a.k.a. Maxi Voom Voom.

Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the legendary S.O.B.’s.

Samba Mapangala is a Congolese singer and bandleader most notably of Orchestra Virunga, one of the most popular bands in East Africa for more than 35 years. In Congo, Samba sang with Super Tukina, Super Bella Bella, Bariza, and Saka Saka. He moved to Nairobi in 1977 where he formed Orchestra Virunga. They released their first album, It’s Disco Time with Samba Mapangala in 1982. In the early 1990s the group gained international popularity through album releases like Virunga Volcano and Feet on Fire. Later, Samba moved to the U.S. where he performs with and records with different Congolese groups.

dj.henri will also be hitting the stage, spinning a supercharged mix of soukous, rumba, ndombolo, makossa,coupe decale, zoblazo, bikutsi, desert blues, afrobeats,afrobeat,kwaito, mbaqanga, isicathamiya, township jive, mbalax,zouk, konpa, ragga, rai, soca, Hip-Life, highlife, juju, fuji, marrabenta,bongo flava, ampiano, kizomba, African reggae, ziglibithy, Arab pop. He spins African sounds at venues including the Apollo Theater, SummerStage, Brooklyn Bowl, (le) poisson rouge and elsewhere. He produced the NYC premiere of the legendary Zaiko Langa Langa, as well opening for Nkumu Katalay and master guitarist Diblo Dibala. opened for other legends like Salif Keita, Femi Kuti, Vieux Farka Toure.

And! African art lovers and African art collectors will enjoy seeing and having a chance to buy colorful, vivid paintings by established and emerging contemporary Congolese artists. Bring your checkbook! Get a first glance at one of the pieces being auctioned: 





“Petit Portrait”
by Claude Bosana
2022, Oil on Canvas, 12 x 16 inches
Opening Bid: $250.00


After, you are invited to stick around and attend our 

CARIBBEAN FRIDAY DANCE PARTY, 11pm to 4am, with DJs spinning reggaeton, dancehall, soca, reggae, more. 

Afropop Worldwide promotes understanding and enjoyment of contemporary music and stories from Africa and its global diaspora.Through its Peabody Award-winning public radio program hosted by broadcast legend Georges Collinet, Planet Afropop podcast series and content-rich website (afropop.org), Afropop Worldwide showcases artists and their work in cultural and historic context, across the generational spectrum. In our productions, music becomes a vehicle for exploring contemporary and traditional perspectives on women’s rights, climate change, governance and other issues that define our shared future.

Check out this PLAYLIST to prep for the evening, with nonstop dance insanity from Coupe Decale, Soukous, Kwaito, Funana, Mbalax, Makossa, Hiplife, and more.

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