It’s coming…

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Mark Your Calendars… Akoya Returns To The Stage Friday May 9th!

As we are wrapping up production on our forthcoming album, Under The Tree, we are excited to announce this show, our first in a LONG time, hosted by our comrade DJ Center. Hope to see our NYC friends and family there!

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New Akoya Album + LIVE Appearance!

It has been a long time since we had an update for you, but we are pleased to say we will FINALLY be able to lock ourselves into the studio and record our upcoming album for you next week! It’s going to be a fresh and heavy combination that will make for a beautiful piece of vinyl. Thanks to all our supporters who helped get us to this point. You will not be disappointed.

Also to our NYC friends, be on the lookout for our next performance at the BROOKLYN MUSEUM, Saturday February 2nd.

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Get ready for a new Akoya Afrobeat record later this year! Thanks to all our friends who helped us in our fundraising campaign on Kickstarter. We’ve got your support, and now we are setting out to make good on our promise– to bring you some heavy, fresh new Afrobeat on a beautiful piece of vinyl. Stay tuned!

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Help Akoya Make Our Next Album Before June 30th!!

It’s been a crazy three weeks. Akoya launched our Kickstarter campaign to raise the funds we need to record, mix, master and publicize our upcoming album, which will be coming to you on VINYL and digital formats. We are also going to great artwork from the legendary Nigerian artist Lemi Ghariokwu, and get our keyboardist Gabe Hays out to Brooklyn from his new home on the West Coast.

So far, we have 58% of the funding we need already pledged. We are so grateful to all our friends and fans who have contributed– thanks a million! Right now we are counting on more. We have until 10am Eastern Standard Time on June 30th to get to 100% and, possibly, beyond.

You can pre-order our new album, and we have some really cool rewards for larger donations too (including a sweet end of campaign special!). So CHECK OUT OUR CAMPAIGN HERE.


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We are excited to announce that Akoya will be getting back into the studio this July to make a brand new album of heavy, powerful Afrobeat music! Today we just started our fundraising campaign through Kickstarter, and we are asking for your help with donations and/or spreading the word. In return, we’re offering a ton of great rewards ranging from copies of music, to parties, to music lessons, to concerts all the way up to executive producer credits.

PLEASE CHECK OUT OUR CAMPAIGN HERE to donate and learn more. We hope you can help us in any way you can and we are incredibly excited to be doing this… Can’t wait to bring you some new music we know you will love.

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Akoya set to make new record summer 2012!

It’s been almost 5 years since Akoya Afrobeat has been in the studio. Since then or members have performed on Broadway with Fela! The Musical, traveled the US and abroad with varied musical projects and even brought new children into the world! We’ve all been busy but the stars are finally in alignment and plans are underway for a brand new Akoya Afrobeat Ensemble release to be recorded Summer 2012. Our fans have been begging for new grooves for years and we want you to know we’ve heard you!

Be on the lookout for upcoming shows in NYC and information about how YOU can help Akoya Afrobeat Ensemble produce our new record. Very soon you’ll be hearing about our exciting Kickstarter Campaign to get you involved in the creation of new Afrobeat music. We’ll be putting on some great performances in preparation for the studio so you won’t want to miss these shows.

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Akoya Afrobeat Live at Studio BPM, 3/10/2012 -@Japan disaster fundraising event by studio BPM for Japan vol.4

Studio BPM is the home of Akoya Afrobeat. We have gathered and rehearsed here since 2002. When Studio BPM asked for our help at their One-year Anniversary Japan disaster fundraising event we knew we had to lend a hand. It was a great show and we helped BPM raise $7,000 for continued disaster relief efforts in Japan.

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Three New Shows Announced For July 2011!

Wednesday, July 20th
LIVE at Southpaw, Brooklyn // 9pm
125 5th Avenue btwn Sterling & St. Johns, Park Slope
opening for the legendary THOMAS MAPFUMO

Saturday, July 23rd
LIVE at BPM, Brooklyn // 10pm
237 Kent Avenue between Grand & N1st, Williamsburg

Saturday, July 30th
LIVE at Peekskill Jazz & Blues Festival, Peekskill NY // 5pm
On Division St. at Park & Central
more info

We’ll see you there!

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Brooklyn Get Ready…

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