Recent Posts in world music - Page 3
January 15, 2013
photos by Robert Altman
Oliver Mtukudzi / Fatoumata Diawara
Over the last decade Globalfest has presented 21st-century world music as an accelerating fusion, a recombinant free-for-all of local traditions meeting ideas and technologies from afar. It's a realistic view of how musicians work; very few are purists. And some hybrids have grown durable enough to feel like traditions of their own.globalFEST 2013 went down at all three stages of Webster Hall on Sunday (1/13). We checked out the main stage portion and caught sets by Oliver Mtukudzi and the Black Spirits, Fatoumata Diawara, Kayhan Kalhor & Erdal Erzincan, The Stooges Brass Band, and Mucca Pazza. More pictures of those artists and some videos from the fest are below.
That's how it was with this year's superb African contingent at Globalfest: Oliver Mtukudzi from Zimbabwe, who has been making albums since the 1970s, and Fatoumata Diawara, born in Ivory Coast to Malian parents and now living in France.
Mr. Mtukuzdi and his band, the Black Spirits, have perfected a family of light-fingered grooves. They translate traditional thumb-piano patterns into guitar picking that becomes the mainspring of three-chord rock songs, with Mr. Mtukudzi's hearty voice singing benign messages and prayers for better times. Ms. Diawara, who is both a singer and dancer, draws on her parents' regional heritage -- Wassoulou music -- for tightly wound, triple-time modal grooves that she pushes toward funk and rock. Songs like "Kele" ("War") took on a special urgency from the current civil war in Mali. [NY Times]
November 14, 2012
Annual NYC world music festival globalFEST, whose name was recently borrowed for a much bigger one-off event in Central Park, have announced the lineup for their 2013 festival which will go down on all three stages at Webster Hall on January 13. The lineup, now complete, includes A Tribe Called Red (Canada), Christine Salem (Reunion), Fatoumata Diawara (Mali), Kayhan Kalhor and Erdal Erzincan (Iran/Turkey), La Santa Cecilia (Los Angeles, US), La Shica (Spain), Lo'Jo (France), Martha Redbone Roots Project (USA), Mucca Pazza (Chicago, US), Parno Graszt (Hungary), Stephane Wrembel and his Band (New York, US).. Tickets for the festival are on sale now.
NY Times reports that the organizers have also added Oliver Mtukudzi, "one of Zimbabwe's leading songwriters who created a signature sound out of several African styles," as a headliner for the event. The Times writes:
A veteran singer who began his career in 1977 in the band Wagon Wheels, Mr. Mtukudzi, 60, blends styles from across southern Africa and beyond without loosing the modal threads of Zimbabwean roots music. He possesses a deep, gutsy voice and writes about the daily struggles of people in his homeland, accompanying himself with hypnotic guitar lines.You can check out an Oliver Mtukudzi video below.
Unlike his old Wagon Wheels bandmate Thomas Mapfumo, Mr. Mtukudzi tends to shy away from direct political commentary about the Mugabe regime. Still, some of his songs have been interpreted as allegorical protests. In "Ndakuvara," some saw the story about an ox hurting a farmer as a condemnation of political violence. And his single "Wasakara,' which means "You're Getting Old," has been seen by many in Zimbabwe as a plea for Robert Mugabe to retire. Bonnie Raitt, who has recorded his songs, has likened his "raw, imploring vocals" to Otis Redding and Toots Hibbert.
October 17, 2012
Femi Kuti & The Positive Force @ Moody Theater in 2011 (AUS) (more by Tim Griffin)
Afrobeat authority Femi Kuti and his band The Positive Force are slated to tour the US in 2013. That tour kicks off in the beginning of January, and will hit NYC on January 26 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today (10/17) at noon with a general on-sale starting Friday (10/19) at noon.
Femi and co.'s most recent album, Africa For Africa, was released in 2010 in the UK and France, and in 2011 in the US. You can take a listen to that album in its entirety, via Spotify, at the bottom of this post.
In related news, Fela Kuti is being celebrated in NYC during CMJ with a show on Thursday at Littlefield with EMEFE, Mokaad, The Funk Ark, The Rainbow Children, and DJ Monk-One. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
In more related news, Brooklyn's Antibalas (a band modeled after Fela's band) has some upcoming dates this December, culminating ina hometown show on December 14 at Brooklyn Masonic Temple with Red Baraat. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (10/19).
Lists of all known Femi Kuti tour dates, all Antibalas dates, and a stream of Africa For Africa are below.
September 13, 2012
We previously posted about Justin Townes Earl's two-night Woody Guthrie tribute that's happening at PACE University's Michael Shimmel Center for the Arts on October 26 and 27. This is part of the university's "Pace Presents" 2012 / 2013 season which features "world-class performing arts and culture series with an emphasis on music superstars from around the globe, charismatic and crowd-pleasing dance performances, spectacular theatre and contemporary cabaret" The season kicks off Saturday, September 22 with Romanian gypsy folk act Fanfare Ciocalia and tickets are on sale now.
The full schedule is below but highlights include Malian actress/singer Fatoumata Diawara who'll perform on September 28. Tickets are still available. Her most recent album, Fatou, made a few Best of 2011 lists and is streamable at Spotify. The show is part of a North American tour and all tour dates are listed below.
The Pace Presents '12/'13 season wraps on April 20 up with South African horn player and vocalist Hugh Masekela. Tickets are on sale now.
The Pace Presents 2012 / 2013 schedule is below, along with a list of Fatoumata Diawara tour dates and videos.
August 27, 2012
Omar Souleyman at Summerstage in 2011 (more by David Andrako)
Omar Souleyman will be in North America this September for Bumbershoot and MusicFestNW, and while he's here, he'll stop in NYC for a show at new Brooklyn venue The Well on September 7 with Janka Nabay and the Bubu Gang and DJ Hutz (aka Eugene Hutz of Gogol Bordello). Tickets for that show are on sale now. It happens the day before the rescheduled Slaughterhouse show (9/8) at the same venue.
Meanwhile, you can catch Janka Nabay and the Bubu Gang even sooner when they play MoMA Nights on Thursday (8/30). That show starts at 6:30 and is free with museum admission.
All dates are listed below.
August 1, 2012
Amadou & Mariam released their new album, Folila, earlier this year with guest vocals from Santigold, TV On The Radio's Tunde Adebimpe and Kyp Malone, Bertrand Cantat, Scissor Sisters' Jake Shears, Ebony Bones, Abdallah Oumbadougou, and Theophilus London. The album also features guitar from Nick Zinner (Yeah Yeah Yeahs) and production from Manu Chao, Damon Albarn, and Marc-Antoine Moreau. If you've yet to hear the album, you can stream it below via a spotify widget.
Amadou & Mariam have a number of upcoming shows and festival appearances scheduled, including Lollapalooza, Osheaga, Outside Lands, and they'll be coming to NYC for a free Central Park Summerstage show this Saturday (8/4) at 3 PM with Folila guest Theophilus London. Maybe he'll make an on-stage appearance during their set?
A list of all dates and the spotify stream below...
July 26, 2012
Los Gaiteros de San Jacinto
Colombian traditional cumbia group Los Gaiteros de San Jacinto have been touring North America and they've got a couple upcoming NYC shows this summer including one at Le Poisson Rouge TONIGHT (7/26) with Geko Jones and special guests, and another for the MoMA Nights music series at MoMA on August 2. Tickets for the LPR show are available and the flier for that show is below.
The group have been around since 1940 and released their first album of recorded music, Un Fuego de Sangre Pura, in 2006. NY Daily News profiled them when they were in NYC for a show at Queens Theatre in the Park in 2008. They wrote:
Their music, a tradition dating back to the early 19th century, is the precursor of cumbia, one of Colombia's most exportable rhythms. In recent years, Colombian folk music has resurged thanks to young rock-infused musicians like Carlos Vives and Juanes. "It's different," says Fernández about modern cumbia, but adds, "we have taught many of them -- we've been their masters." Now, thanks to their Latin Grammy win and hip-hop friendships, these gray-haired men can boast as much hipness as any of their disciples.A list of all currently known Los Gaiteros de San Jacinto dates and a live video are below.
Bomba Estereo at ACL 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
Bomba are currently at work on their new album, Elegancia Tropical, which they will self release on their own label this September. You can watch a video of them performing a new song, "Caribbean Power," recently on 'Last Call with Carson Daly' and another new one, "Pa Respirar," in Bogota for La Blogotheque, below. All tour dates are listed below as well.
Speaking of MoMA Nights, Los Gaiteros and Bomba Estereo's neighbor from Brazil, Mallu will be performing at the series TONIGHT (7/26), doing a set of solo guitar and voice.
Lists of dates, videos, and flier for tonight's LPR show below...
July 20, 2012
by Bill Pearis
Os Mutantes at Webster Hall 2010 (more by Ryan Muir)
As we mentioned briefly, Brazilian psychotropical legends Os Mutantes are among the first bands to play new outdoor Bushwick venue/beer garden The Well which opened July 14 with a show by Cam'ron ond other hip-hop acts. OS Mutantes' show at The Well happens July 28 with M.A.K.U. Soundsystem, Dom and Citay on the bill as well. Tickets for that show are still available. You can also get tickets at Other Music, who will host an acoustic in-store with Os Mutantes on July 30 at 8PM which is free but limited admission, obviously, as it's a tiny space. These are the band's only upcoming shows at the moment.
The great NYC record store has a long history with the band. Some of you may remember Other Music had their own reissue label, Omplatten, which reissued Os Mutantes' first three albums back in '99. (They were the first three things Omplatten released.) Those records have since been reissued by Polydor, but the Everything is Possible! compilation released by Luaka Bop (also in '99) is a great place to dip your toe into the weird, wonderful technicolor world of the Sao Paulo combo. It's on Spotify.
A few vintage Os Mutantes television performances are below.
June 4, 2012
Omar Souleyman at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
Dabke singer Omar Souleyman is currently on a tour with Dengue Fever which hits NYC TONIGHT (6/4) at Webster Hall, before hitting Philly on Tuesday and wrapping up in DC on Wednesday. Tickets for tonight's show are still available.
After this tour wraps up, Omar doesn't have much on his tour schedule except for a few festivals including MusicFestNW and Bumbershoot, and an LA show with Hot Chip and Passion Pit. All dates are listed below along with Omar's remix of Bjork's "Tesla"...
August 3, 2011
Crosses is a new crew that features Shaun Lopez of FAR and Chino Moreno of Deftones, and the trio (Chuck Doom rounds it out) have released a new EP for download. Get it for the price of your email address. Though the pedigree of this might indicate something on the heavy side, Crosses definitely resembles Chino's Team Sleep or with moments of (gulp) witch house present. No word on what is next for the trio, but one thing is for sure, Ritualz, AKA †‡†, is not pleased. He tweeted "only thing i can think of right now is that if you have a blog post about that fat fuck stealing my shit to let people know please" and "woke up to attacks by deftones fans. basically they're mad because i came up with the crosses first and they hate everything not deftones?" No word on a response from Chino
Meanwhile, Dave Witte has gathered up an impressive crew of musicians for his latest project Argonauts. Witte will join The Dillinger Escape Plan vocalist Dimitri Minkanakis, East of the Wall bassist Brett Bamburger, and fellow Burnt By The Sun member John Adubato. Though the band has yet to post a new song (they will in the near future according to a recent Facebook post), they are scheduled to play the Gwar-B-Q in Richmond, VA on September 17th. There they'll join Gwar (duh), Darkest Hour, Kepone, Mensrea, DBX, Groundscore, Battlemaster, White Cross, The Occultist and Bloody Crackdown as part of the day-long affair.