I'll be touching down in NYC this Friday night and heading straight to Southpaw in BK to lay down some funk along with Zongo Junction, Mokaad, and Thought. Kaleta, leader of Zozo Afrobeat, lead singer of Akoya, and veteran of the legendary Egypt 80, will be in sitting in with Zongo Junction. It should be a night to remember. Preview Zongo's new album Thieves! here:
I'll be gracing two parties on Saturday night with my presence as well. The legendary dj's of Sofrito Tropical Discotheque are throwing a party at Public Assembly in Williamsburg along with Nickodemus to celebrate the release of their compilation album which came out earlier this year on Strut Records. This party will promise to be a crazy dance extravaganza featuring a mix of Congolese soukous, Columbian cumbia, West African funk, and Caribbean calypso. Check out this sampler from their mixtape to get an idea of what to expect:
Sofrito: Tropical Discotheque mini-mix by DJ Hugo Mendez by Strut
Also on Saturday, Frank Voodoo Funk Gossner will be throwing down at Zebulon to celebrate the release of the new Orlando Julius comp. Frank has given the world another gift, unearthing another forgotten gem of African gold. Def pick up a copy asap. He'll be on the decks laying down some serious Afro-grooves as always. I'll def be stopping by to see one of my favorite dj's on my favorite club in the city.