I got to catch the Atlanta-based hip-hop band AFAR at Jazz at Lincoln Center yesterday afternoon, which was as amazing as I’d hoped it would be. They were performing the tail end of their world tour sponsored by the US State Department and Lincoln Center called "The Rhythm Road." I got some cool shots of them performing as well as the video above, which should give you a nice flavor of what they are like.
It had to be anticlimactic for AFAR to be performing at the tiny Dizzy’s Club in JALC after performing for crowds of thousands in Bolivia, South Africa, Brazil, and Venezuela. It was an octegenarian crowd of only about 30 folks at Dizzy’s, probably just there because it was a free concert at JALC rather than any die-hard fans of hip-hop or AFAR. So I was literally throwing my hands in the air and wooping while people around me were reading the paper and falling asleep. Sigh.
I wish they were playing two blocks east in Central Park, where I am sure the hip-hop heads and jazz geeks alike would be there in droves, rather than sequestered in a tiny club in the Time Warner Plaza on a beautiful Saturday afternoon.
I’d love to get AFAR to perform for Swing and Soul in Atlanta later this year, which I talked to their MC Jahah about. He said if they had enough lead time that they would love to perform for us. That would be the dopest thing ever.