WE WERE THERE! The Apollo Theater’s ‘The Renaissance Mixtape’ Celebrates Black Communities

By   |   February 19, 2024   |   Entertainment

The Apollo is home to fruitful memories, spanning from Amateur Night to concert venues, right in the focal point of Harlem. Its addition to Black culture and growth is undoubted, and it continues to shine a light on the artistic greatness of the community through events time and time again.

Amidst Black History Month, the Apollo honors history and music with their new show, The Renaissance Mixtape: a show performed, sung, played and fostered by 11 deeply talented musicians and an enriching team of creatives to highlight the struggles and triumphs of the Black community over the years.


The Renaissance Mixtape is a trek through Black history, primarily through the lens of music but utilizing other mediums like dance, acting, and sound composition. These 11 visionaries created a breathtaking experience with music and visuals that left the audience feeling empowered and emotional.

The Apollo has worked with this artist for years, planning the show during the pandemic all the way until their premiere this February. With this, The Apollo has also renovated new space for these shows to take place at the new Apollo stages at the Victoria nearby.

“We plan to celebrate artistic adventures, providing space for the development of new work and risk-taking for The Apollo to remain a place where culture takes shape,”  Kamilah Forbes, the executive producer behind this vision, elaborates.

This is just the beginning of many exciting and memorable events to take place at their new theaters, and the Apollo has much in store for the community to engage with. The Renaissance Mixtape is a thought-provoking show that trembles the mind and the ear; it creates an experience that uplifts and informs the experiences of African Americans and their contribution to music and culture. It’s an excellent way to celebrate the month honoring our history.

photo credit: courtesy Apollo Theater


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