Recent Posts in world music - Page 4

June 1, 2010


The previously mentioned BV-co-presented Fela! cast party/album release show is happening at Brooklyn Bowl on June 7th. DJ Questlove, Fela drummer Tony Allen (who also has another show coming up), OP!, Dhundee and cast members from the show will be in the house for the free event. There will even be an invocation, libation, and performance by Yoruban priest Baba Ola Jagun.

The Fela! show continues on Broadway and we have another two tickets to giveaway for that. Details below. The album is the original Broadway cast recording, and can be streamed HERE (it's officially out on June 8th via Knitting Factory Records).

The flyer for the Brooklyn Bowl event with more information and video spotlights on the show's 11 Tony nominations, the soundtrack tracklist, and the contest details, below...

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June 24, 2008

Orchestra Baobab

Orchestra Baobab is a Senegalese Afro-Cuban, Son, and Pachanga band. Organized in 1970, as a multi-ethnic, multi-national club band, Orchestre Baobab adapted the then current craze for Cuban Music (growing out of the Congolese Soukous style) in West Africa to Wolof Griot culture and the Mandinga musical traditions of the Casamance. One of the dominant African bands of the 1970s, they were overshadowed in the 1980s and broke up, only to reform in 2001 after interest in their recordings grew in Europe. [Wikipedia]
Orchestra Baobab play two shows in NYC this week. Both of them are free! The first one is Wednesday afternoon in Rockefeller Park. The second one is Thursday at Metrotech in Brooklyn at noon. All dates below...

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June 11, 2008

this is what it looks like upstairs @ Santos' Party House....

Santos Party House

If anyone has something nice to say about a Black Kids live performance, speak up now. They could use some opinions like that to counteract the multitudes of "they suck"s I'm used to hearing. Actually, this one is not so bad:

The Black Kids' music isn't necessarily going to blow your mind, but what they lack in depth they make up for in hooks and fun. This is music to dance to, to forget about your age to, to throw cynicism out the window to. Sure, i could poke a million holes in their show/music if i wanted to, but what's the fun in that? I couldn't help but just give in and get sweaty. [Quarterlifeparty]
This one is pretty good too:
A little bit throwback pop, a little bit rock and a little bit soul, the Kids' dancey, sassy set served as a perfect warm-up for headliners Cut Copy. Despite the band's relative newness, the front rows at the Black Cat responded in kind: dancing, shouting and singing along for the duration of the Black Kids' set. It was a little surprising for a band that doesn't even have an album out, though definitely warranted. [DCist]
Their status of not having an album out will change on July 22nd when Partie Traumatic is released on Columbia Records. Three days later the band will play a NYC show at Santos' Party House. Cover art and all tour dates below....

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June 10, 2008

photos by Leia Jospe

The Mae Shi

The Mae Shi played more SXSW shows than anyone. That includes one I put together. It's only right then that I catch up and post these pics from Emo's Lounge (March 13).

Their next NYC shows are with TheDeathSet @ Cake Shop, and with Japanther @ Market Hotel. All dates (+ more pics) below...

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January 26, 2008

DOWNLOAD: Hugh Masekela- Afro Beat Blues (MP3)

Hugh Masekela

Legendary trumpeter and composer Hugh Masekela comes from an extensive jazz background. Masekela, from South Africa, has enjoyed major success over the years, and is recognized as one of the greatest innovators in world fusion. [NPR]
Tickets are still on sale for two Hugh Masekela shows @ SOB's in NYC on Sunday night. Note:
Tour dates in January/Feb 2008 are with "Hugh Masekela's Chissa All-Stars", which also features guest appearances of many other exciting South African performers. Along with Hugh and his band, the tour also features Afropop diva Sibongile Khumalo, young kwaito singer Nathi as well as a few additional performers that Hugh is producing for his record label back home in Africa.
All dates below....

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December 25, 2007


Thu, Dec. 27th - 9:30 pm - New York Gypsy All Stars
Fri, Dec. 28th - 10:00 pm - DJ PEPE
Sat, Dec. 29th - 10:00 pm - DJ PEPE
Mon, Dec. 31st - 8:00 pm - New York Gypsy All Stars
Thu, Jan. 3rd - 9:30 pm - New York Gypsy All Stars
Sun, Jan. 6th - 8:00 pm - GENERATIONS
Tue, Jan. 8th - 8:00 pm - Soul Searching
Wed, Jan. 9th - 8:00 pm - MARC RIBOT
Thu, Jan. 10th - 10:00 pm - Globesonic Entertainment presents Vishal Vaid, Wah! & Eljuri
Drom is a new "world music" venue (or something like that and/or "a voyage") located @ 85 Avenue A in NYC.

December 9, 2007

Fifth Annual Festival of Global Music Brings Twelve Artists to NYC Showcase....

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November 27, 2007


Tinariwen's new album Aman Iman is out now. Clips from it are playing in a player at their site. Listen to a feature at NPR. Catch the band of Tuareg rebels at Highline Ballroom in NYC tonight (Nov 27, 2007). I caught them when they were here in 2005, and though I didn't end up watching their performance at the Oya Festival in Norway this summer, you couldn't miss them walking around the crowd in their blue robes. All tour dates, and some videos, below....

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October 9, 2007

Cafe Tacuba @ Central Park Summerstage, NYC - July 14, 2007 (CRED)
Cafe Tacuba

Cafe Tacuba"Café Tacuba (often spelled Café Tacvba) is a Grammy Award and Latin Grammy Award-winning musical group from Naucalpan, Mexico. They were founded in 1989, and since then have had the same musical lineup. [Wikipedia]

They played a show at Central Park Summerstage over the summer - and Lollapalooza. Their new album Sino is out today (Oct 9, 2007). Tickets are on sale for their next NYC show - November 20th @ Hammerstein Ballroom. It's a show that is part of "world music" venue S.O.B.'s 25th Anniversary celebration, that unfortunately (for some?) is the same day as one of Caetano Veloso's NYC shows, and that is part of a much larger Cafe Tacuba tour. All dates, and videos, below....

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Caetano Veloso

Devendra Banhart's idol - Caetano Veloso ("the 65-year-old Brazillian music dynamo famous for fusing together more traditional South American sounds with a newer Bossa Nova spin") is going on a tour of North America. Paste says, "Don't miss your chance to see this living legend."

A true heavyweight, Caetano Veloso is a pop musician/poet/filmmaker/political activist whose stature in the pantheon of international pop musicians is on a par with that of Bob Dylan, Bob Marley, and Lennon/McCartney. And even the most cursory listen to his recorded output over the last few decades proves that this is no exaggeration. [All Music]
David Byrne called his 2006 album "an immersion in the land of experimental indie rock". Tickets are on sale for two shows at Nokia Theatre in NYC. All tour dates below....

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