with Jojo Abot, Young Paris, NanaBcool, OWO, Tosinger, Miliki Love & hosted by Humble Prince
Sun October 8th, 2017
Minimum Age: 21+
Doors Open: 7:30PM
Show Time: 8:30PM
Event Ticket: $15
Day of Show: $20
This is a general admission event at Nublu: 151 Avenue C, New York, NY 10009
Laolu NYC is a Nigerian born Brooklyn based Performance Artist, Visual Artist, Musician, and Human Rights Lawyer. His Performance Art he created gained world wide recognition when it was featured in Beyonce’s Visual Album, “Lemonade.” Laolu’s musical style is a mix of Afrobeat, reggae and hip hop with some R&B thrown in for good measure. Laolu’s mantra is ‘everything is my canvas’ and he takes it literally drawing on everything from canvas, to shoes, to clothing, to walls and even the human body. His musical influences are Fela, King Sunny Ade and Sade. Laolu also collaborated with Bvlgari on their “Man in Black” Cologne and it’s now available exclusively at Bloomingdale’s. You can watch his TED talk from the TED Conference in Vancouver, CA from April 2017 here where you can learn more of his story.
JOJO ABOT is a Ghanaian artist expressing herself through music, film/photography, literature and performance art. FYFYA WOTO, meaning New Birth – New Discovery serves as the theme and title for her ongoing project exploring the SELF as a provocative tool in the discovery, exchange and evolution of the subject of IDENTITY. Through her work, Abot Investigates new forms of spirituality and expression as part of a growing global conversation around shared space, identity and spirituality that exists beyond the conventional bias of color, race, class or sexual orientation.
Recently wrapping a year in NYC as a member of the New Museum’s incubator program, NEW INC Abot moves on to a residency at the acclaimed National Sawdust also in NYC. Abot has toured with the incredible legend, Ms Lauryn Hill in the past year. Playing shows at Radio City Music Hall, Greek theater and others along with Common, Seun Kuti and Stephen Marley. Having performed at iconic venues such as the Apollo Theater, Times Square on New Year’s eve to a 1 million plus audience, Museum of Modern Art, Kennedy Center and Kings Theater among others, Abot continues to connect with the global audience.
A true cultural fusion and genre bender in both sound and artistic expression, Jojo Abot is poised to take the world by storm with her uniquely coined AFRO-HYNO-SONIC sound and otherworldly perspective.
Photo Credit: Liz Maney for FYFYA WOTO
YOUNG PARIS, aka Milandou Badila, is parading into the industry like a breath of fresh air. He’s been getting a lot of coverage for his unique blend of formulated melodies that vacillate between Hip-Hop, Trap, and African drumbeats.
Young Paris totes an origin story that blends cultures from three corners of the world. Born to Congolese parents, his father founded the National Ballet of Congo. This unity played an important role in Congo’s independence in the 1960’s and brought peace to many villages and united them in dance. His mother, a respected play writer and dancer joined his father’s company in Paris after touring with world famous ‘Rose Marie Guiraud’. They later had ten children – one of whom would borrow his stage moniker from the French capital. After performing in a dance group with his siblings in the Congo, and his early upbringings in France, his family settled back in New York where his foundation has since been cemented.
YP and his siblings pay tribute to their heritage by donning traditional dress and body-paint, updated for modern impact. They grew up with a very strong traditional outlook on culture, be it the way they eat, perform, and dance, they represent themselves as modern day, unapologetic Africans.
Now taking on the task of fusing his palette to create Afro-centric art, the 27-year-old fuses the pulsing sounds of “AfroBeats” to bring his own brand of self-love to the world stage. Since crafting his sound with his 2014 project Rap | Electronic, Young Paris was then selected to perform at Arcade Fire’s KANPE KANAVAL, as well as the Parisian leg of the AFROPUNK Festival, which helped open many doors for him.
He is now an Artistic Director, Music Producer and Song Writer who has worked with Grammy award winning producers and gained the attention of some of the top Fashion brands in the World.
Young Paris has recently been featured in Billboard, The Fader, REVOLT, BET, Vice, XXL Mag, Pigeons & Planes, in addition to his impact on fashion in VOGUE, WWD, Harpers Bazaar, Essence & VMAN. Paris also recently attended the CFDA Fashion Fund Awards as a special guest of Rio Uribe of Gypsy Sport who won the past year and got his nod of approval after officially meeting Anna Wintour at the Red Carpet. In December, he dropped his acclaimed full-length Album, “African Vogue” and recently released an official remix for “Best of Me”, featuring Nigerian superstar Tiwa Savage, and “One Time” featuring Reekado Banks Young Paris’ latest accomplishment finds him as a signee to the Jay-Z’s entertainment brand, Roc Nation. This move solidifies his mission to bring his international vibes to the mainstream. Tying in his roots with the times, Young Paris is ready to introduce his wave of Afrobeats and unique style in into pop culture.
Featured by TIDAL as a “New R&B Artist to Watch in 2016”, Columbus-hailing, Ghanaian singer-songwriter NanaBcool blends his smooth, soulful vocals and electric dance steps to bring a fresh groove to R&B.
NanaBcool was first heard on his debut EP RM102 produced by Columbus outfit Fly.Union (Big Sean, Kendrick Lamar, Dom Kennedy). Fast forward 5 years, the artist returns with the release of his buzzing single Love U and the subsequent 2amCruise EP.
Following his move from Chicago to NYC, NanaBcool has been steadily creating a movement in the city leading to sold out headline shows, packed out parties (300-500 cap), and opening gigs for budding acts including Aminé, Adrian Daniel, WebsterX.
His newly released 2amCruise EP prod. Simen Sez (Lion Babe, Khary) and OddKidOut weaves together stories of Nana’s journies and embodies the narrative of every millennial working towards his or her come up in the Big City.
Atlanta based AfroJazz/FolkSoul Singer~Songwriter, TOSINGER, is originally from Nigeria, via London, UK. She has been singing for more than two decades at festivals, intimate music spaces, concerts, churches, events and in musical theatre. Tosinger is unique in her artistic compositions with a musical flow that’s soulful and ambient while reflecting her African roots as she sometimes incorporates traditional folklore on a contemporary musical platform. Her vocal essence has been described as soothing and uplifting and her voice displays a simple conveyance of heartfelt richness. During her years in London, UK; her theatrical background was developed while as a member of the vocal ensemble of select Musical Broadway shows including ‘GodSpell’ and ‘Rent’, she also played a leadership role in her University of Nottingham’s Revival Gospel Choir. An eclectic artist with a warm personality and matchless passion, she particularly loves Folk, Afro music, Classics, World music, Soul & Jazz and names them as genres that inspire her musical creativity. She also names legendary artistes such as Miriam Makeba, Nina Simone, Whitney Houston, Angelique Kidjo, Ella Fitzgerald, Sade Adu, Celine Dion and Tracy Chapman among others as influences.
She released ‘FINALLY’ an EP of 6 tracks in 2012 and in 2013 digitally published – The ‘AfroSpire’ Demo. Tosinger independently released her original full studio debut album titled ‘Organically Singing’ in 2015 which is currently available on all major digital outlets including iTunes, Spotify and Amazon. A Women4Africa UK ‘International Woman of the year’ awardee and a recent opening act for the legendary AfroJazz Musician, Lagbaja at the notable Variety Playhouse, Atlanta; Tosinger is very much on her way to warming her music into the hearts of lovers of organic music globally. Apart from being a singer, Tosinger is also a storyteller and an artpreneur, she owns/manages an indie intimate music space – ‘Terra Cotta’ in Marietta, Georgia and also co-hosts the ‘African Experience Worldwide show’ on WRFG 89.3 FM Atlanta. She is a children’s folktale storyteller and shares stories on her YouTube channel – “Tales With Tosinger”. When she is not singing or promoting an event or storytelling, she does freelance copywriting/scriptwriting and works on movie sets as a feature or film extra when needed. For more information about Tosinger , please visit www.tosinger.com and follow her at @Tosinger on all social media.