Yusef Komunyakaa

Tomas Doncker And The True Groove All-Stars Present “Endangered” at the 19th Biennial Dodge Poetry Festival, NJPac, Saturday, October 22nd, Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | October 23, 2022

a lot of people who live in fear, for an hour ten Doncker and Dodge put a headlight on it

Tomás Doncker and The True Groove All-Stars Honoring Pulitzer Prize Winning Poet: Yusef Komunyakaa” At NYU-Kimmel Center, Saturday, May 11th, 2019, Reviewed

By Eileen Shapiro | May 13, 2019

the depth of imagery of the spirit, and the romance of art of poetry

Tomas Doncker And The True Groove All-Stars “The Black Magnolia Project, Volume One” Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | May 11, 2019

where the world changes places and the sensual overload blurs the darkness into light

The Black Magnolia Project “Another Kind of Night Tour” featuring songs by Yusef Komunyakaa and Tomas Doncker, At Berlin, April 30th, 2019, Reviewed

By Elle Smith | May 1, 2019

Talent, energy, and versatility

The True Groove Allstars’ “Another Kind Of Night” At Parkside Lounge, Thursday, March 21st, 2019, Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | March 23, 2019

a deeply gorgeous and brooding dissertation on the need to face nihilism with hope

Live Through This: rock nyc’s Top Concert Picks Week Of March 18th, 2019

By Iman Lababedi | March 17, 2019

a vision of unsurpassed power and sorrow

The Mercy Suite: The Songs Of Tomas Doncker And Yusef Komumyakaa At La Mama, Tuesday, January 30th, 2018, Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | January 31, 2018

Black Americana

Cuomo Appoints Yusef Komunyakaa 11th State Poet, rock nyc Readers Know Him For “Big Apple Blues”

By Iman Lababedi | January 19, 2016

“I am honored to serve as New York State poet. I embrace this historical support of artists and I shall endeavor to cultivate this atmosphere where poetry and the lives of working people intersect.”

The Tomas Doncker Band At The "Dodge Poetry Festival" Friday, October 24th, 2014, Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | October 24, 2014

The vibe was magical, it was like watching a preacher converting people to Christianity, Doncker was converting people to the blues and you could see the kids come alive, perk up, smile, like they couldn’t believe how great it was. Like they were being changed.

Tomas Doncker Band And Yusef Komunyakaa's "Big Apple Blues" Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | October 20, 2014

This is an electrified tour de force, a statement on the art of the art of music and an important addition to the myth that is New York City. It has been called a journey through black America but that is to damn it with faint praise. This isn’t about black people, it is about what human people should and do and don’t do for each other.

Let's Active: rock nyc Concert Picks For The Week Of October 20th, 2014

By Iman Lababedi | October 19, 2014

The eagerly awaited Yusef Komunyakaa – Tomas Doncker Band collaboration Big Apple Blues will be released on Tuesday, and the afternoon gig at NJPAC on Friday is the one to keep your eye on for sure. But Komunyakaa has any number of other performances coming up