Recent Posts in world music - Page 4

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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September 11, 2007

DOWNLOAD: Bebel Gilberto - Um Segundo (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Forro in the Dark - I Wish (bundle Of Contradictions) w/ David Byrne (MP3)

Tickets are still on sale for the Bebel Gilberto show at Webster Hall in NYC on September 18th. Forro in the Dark is opening, and on tour with her. The LA Times has a review of the show she played on Saturday. All tour dates below....

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August 1, 2007

DOWNLOAD: Extra Golden - Obama (MP3)

Extra Golden

Warning: "World Music" contained in the MP3 above

ObamaObama" is Extra Golden's song of praise for the Senator from Illinois and everyone else who helped them unite in the US last fall for a debut tour and the recording of this album, the follow up to their debut, Ok-Oyot System. Such songs of praise are benga tradition.

"Ok-Oyot System" loosely translated as "It's Not Easy", and that was definitely the case when Extra Golden's Kenyan members sought visas to enter the US last fall. It was largely thanks to help from Obama and his office that Opiyo Bilongo and Onyango Wuod Omari were able at the very last minute to get their visas and make their first trip outside of east Africa.

Continued below....

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July 24, 2007