Sat, January 13th

APAP: Barbès & Electric Cowbell present SECRET PLANET

Afro-Beat classical dj Funk hip-hop r&b world music TICKETS

Doors 7PM
Show 7:30PM
Advance Price $10 GA
Door Price $10 GA, Free w/ APAP Badge

Advanced online ticket sales stop at 5pm on day of show
If available, more tickets are available at door

APAP: Barbès & Electric Cowbell present

For the 8th year, Barbès Records and Electric Cowbell Records present a Manhattan showcase timed to coincide with the APAP conference. APAP is an annual rite that, every January, brings musicians from around the world to New York. This year's Secret Planet's lineup continues our tradition of showcasing new talent unlikely to remain secret for very long. This year's edition includes artists playing their own version of music from Thailand, Ethiopia, India, West Africa, Colombia, The Middle East, and great American music cities like Cleveland, Brooklyn, and Washington, DC. And don't be dazzled by the geographical diversity or think of it as World Music. Most musicians involved have no idea what world music is.
7:30PM: Christylez Bacon & Nistha Raj's Bhairavi Beatbox


Grammy nominated Progressive Hip-Hop artist Christylez Bacon and Indian violinist Nistha Raj have been performing together since 2011 - exploring the spaces between North Indian (Hindustani) classical music, acoustic Hip-Hop, and Go-Go music from Washington, DC. Bacon, known for his beat-boxing, rhyming and storytelling and Raj, known for mixing Indian Classical Music with modern sounds create an entirely new sound. Christylez Bacon first invited Raj to collaborate on his "Washington Sound Museum" concert series.  “I enjoy the fact that this 12th Century Indian Classical music fuses with Hip-Hop and Go-Go so well. Also, I love learning all the technical aspects of the music and translating them into beatbox." Nishta Raj likes to push the boundaries of traditional classical music and finding intersections and commonalities between seemingly disparate genres.


8:15PM: Kaleta and Super Yamba Band


Brooklyn Afro-Funksters Kaleta & Super Yamba Band are fronted by Afrobeat legend Leon Ligan-Majek a.k.a. Kaleta. The composer, singer, guitarist, percussionist and producer from the West African country of Benin lived his adolescent life in Lagos, Nigeria where Afrobeat was born. Kaleta performed and toured the world with the two most popular musicians from Nigeria, Fela Kuti and King Sunny Ade.. Super Yamba takes its cues from artists such as Orchestre Poly-Rythmo, El Rego and Gnonnas all masters of the classic Benin Afro-Funk. With Kaleta at the helm Super Yamba Band have recently exploded onto stages at Paste Magazine's Emerging Music Festival, World Music Institute's Masters Of African Music Series and  Felabration NYC.


9PM: Bulla en el Barrio



Led by Barranquilla native Carolina Oliveros, the drummers and singers of Bulla en el Barrio explore new and classic Bailes Cantados of Bullerengue. Bullerengue originated on the Carribean Colombian coast of Colombia. The music has deep African roots, it consists mostly of drummers and female singers and posesses a mesmerizing, trance-like quality. From its early days, bullerengue has been a tool for women to express themselves ; for this reason, women’s leadership and their power to engage communities into creative processes characterizes the music. This is also why Bulla En El Barrio aims to unite communities and encourages them to celebrate through music, dance and the stories that these songs tell.  .

9:45PM: Drunken Foreigner Band

Drunken Foreigner Band plays an idiosyncratic electrified version of the Akha and Lam Lao musics of Thailand and Laos. As their name indicates in its provocatively self-deprecating way, the band could be viewed as yet another bunch of exotica-obsessed white males blindly pillaging a little known indigenous musical treasure. But far from being the work of post-colonial bandits, the band's passionate tribute is based on mostly vocal music learned from cassette tapes gathered by keyboardist Dave Kadden on trips to Southeast Asia. Comprising members of Sunwatchers, Invisible Circle and other experimental Brooklyn outfits, their debut LP will be available January 12th, 2018 on Electric Cowbell Records.


10:30PM: Mourning [A] BLKstarr

Creating songs of both eulogy and revolution, the expansion of 21st century black consciousness is felt in waves through Ohio’s Mourning [A] BLKStar. A force that has deep conviction, purpose, and weight. Songs are voiced through the lens of Afrofuturism, chopped up drum grooves, stark melodies, and historic sample pulls.

Mourning [A] BLKStar was formed behind the vision of group leader Ra Washington, taking on influences as wide ranging as Eddie Gale’s late ’60s spiritual jazz opus Ghetto Music and the world-renowned works of poet, playwright and essayist June Jordan.  BLK Muzak is life through sound.  Scintillating vocal runs spiral over synth bass and hard hitting snares and kicks. An arena where the presence of a Dead Prez and a Gil Scott-Heron are pulled into the same tapestry. The name of the group reflects the importance of the music, showing honor and acknowledgement to the lives that’ve died at the hands of police, along with the beauty and expressive legacy of African-American artistry.


11:15PM: Combo Chimbita



Rooted in Colombia and based in New York, Combo Chimbita lives in the future. After playing together for years, these first-generation New Yorkers—powerhouse vocalist Carolina Oliveros, synth and bassist Prince of Queens, guitarist Niño Lento, and drummer Dilemastronauta—began experimenting with different traditional musical styles during their late night residencies at Barbès in Brooklyn. Exploring the connections between visual identity and improvisational long-form trips, Combo Chimbita came together as a four-piece band after they started encouraging more vocals by Carolina Oliveros, who tightens the rhythm with her guacharaca. Label Figure & Ground just released Abya Yala, a full-length sonic journey through Tropical Futurism comprised of eight original tracks by Combo Chimbita.

12AM: Anbessa Orchestra



Anbessa Orchestra is a seven piece group based in New York that draws its inspiration from the kind of classic Ethiopian music anthologized on the cult Ethiopiques series. Anbessa’s approach to the music is personal, but never strays far from the 60’s and 70’s sound of the original. They play tunes from Ethiopian masters as well as their own compositions. The result is an original sound that would have fit nicely on the Ethio-funk scene of 1970’s Addis Ababa. The group has mostly been active on the East Coast and has performed with Ethiopian legend Hailu Mergia.  Their first full length album will be available this spring.

12:45AM: Hearing Things

Matt Bauder is a saxophonist and composer as well as an accomplished multi-instrumentalist often adding clarinet, bass clarinet, flute, guitar and electronics to his stage and recording arsenal. He has performed with many iconic figures in avant-garde and rock music including Anthony Braxton, Fred Anderson, Roscoe Mitchell, Iron and Wine and Arcade Fire. He leads Hearing Things, an Organ/Drums and Sax trio that harks back to the honking days of R&B with a healthy dose of fascination for Ethio Funk. With MattBauder -saxophones, guitars; JP Schlegelmilch -organ and Vinnie Sperrazza.

DJ Sonido Chicadelico

all-vinyl sets all night long until 2AM

Independent Grand

The Brooklyn based Peruvian DJ is one of the foremost collector and specialist of Peruvian chicha, cumbia, guaguanco and Latin tropical music in general. He will be spinning an all vinyl set all night.  

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