African Singer Somi’s ‘Petite Afrique,’ Dedicated To Harlem At The Schomburg

East African singer-songwriter Somi returns to the Neighborhood Concert series with her blend of jazz and African music. Continue Reading →

Somi’s ‘Petite Afrique,’ Dedicated To Harlem’s African Immigrant Community (Video)

Somi’s new album, Petite Afrique, is a song cycle dedicated to the gentrification of Harlem’s African immigrant community in Little Africa on 116th Street (in central Harlem) —her most political work to date. Continue Reading →

JImi Hendrix And Others At “Monterey International Pop Festival” At Maysles In Harlem

jimi hendriz at monteryBefore Jimi Hendrix played in Harlem at Harlem’s United Block Association Benefit concert in 1969, he played on a beautiful June weekend in 1967, at the height of the Summer of Love, the first and only Monterey International Pop Festival roared forward, capturing a decade’s spirit and ushering in a new era of rock and roll. Continue Reading →

When Spanish Harlem Made The Boogaloo Big (video)

In 1966 at the height of rock and souls invasion of the pop charts Latin music in New York underwentThe Wall Street Journal reports that in 1966, at the height of rock and soul’s invasion of the pop charts, Latin music in New York underwent its own cultural revolution. Continue Reading →