Archive for January, 2009

South African Superstars Ladysmith Black Mambazo in Concert at Sanders Theater (Feb, 7th – Saturday at 8:00 p.m.)

Ladysmith Black Mambazo is literally a cultural icon in South Africa and also extremely popular world-wide, as well. This outstanding a cappella vocal group sings in the isicathamiya and mbube styles which originated with the Zulu people of this nation. Founded in the 1960s by Joseph Shabalala, they are still going strong today, as is evident in their current presence on myspace. They gained not only American, but global popularity as well in the 1980s with an appearance on Paul Simon’s classic album Graceland. Since then, they have been nominated no less than 14 times for a Grammy award, while going on to win twice.  

The group is very dedicated to honoring their South African culture both nationally and globally, not only through their fantastic musical appearances, but also their Mambazo Foundation for South African Music & Culture. Founded by the group’s leader, Joseph Shambalala, in 1999, the foundation actively supports the teaching of native culture to the nation’s young people, a truly valuable endeavor indeed, not only with respect to South Africa but the rest of the world as well!

This evening event takes place on Sat., Feb. 7th and tickets are $40.00, $32.00, and $28.00. For further concert details click here. For a listing of places to dine in the area, check out the neighborhood map.

January 25, 2009 at 7:03 pm Leave a comment

Robert Burns 250th Birthday Bash – Scottish Music, Dance and (Optional) Whisky Tasting

This lively Scottish event promises to be interactive, and includes music, dancing, poetry readings, storytelling, and aha- whisky sipping! I just love the variety of activities offered here. What more could one want? Featured musicians include renown singer and piper Dan Houghton, Scottish national fiddle champion Calum Pasqua, and accomplished pianist Susie Petrov. Tickets are $19.00 for adults and $16.00 for students. An extra $5.00 will entitle you to three tastes of whisky. For further details about this gala evening celebration, happening on Jan. 31st at Springstep in Medford, click here.

They’re also offering a Scottish Highland Dance Workshop the following afternoon (Sun., Feb. 1st). What better way to enhance your Scottish music listening pleasure than by learning some authentic dance steps to go along with it. Tickets are $18.00 for members and $22.00 for non-members.

January 25, 2009 at 3:45 am Leave a comment

Come Celebrate the Chinese New Year With The Boston Chinese Chamber Music Group – Free Family Concert

 Welcome in the Year of the Ox with traditional Chinese music and dance at the Boston Public Library. Experience the unique opportunity to hear authentic Asian folk instruments live as played by award-winning artists including: Guzheng, Erhu, and bamboo flute. The performance will be geared towards “kids” of all ages so come one and all and join in the fun! And yes- absolutely for free. Click here for complete concert info.

January 23, 2009 at 1:19 am Leave a comment

Congratulations Zili Misik!!!! – Outstanding International Music Act of the Year (2008 Boston Music Awards)

The prestigious Boston Music Awards is an annual Grammy-style event which highlights and honors some of our best local musicians. Winners are selected in a number of categories and the public is given the opportunity to vote on their favorite nominees, thus influencing the outcome of the contest. 

This years honors in the international category went  to Zili Misik, a global fusion band showcasing music of the African Diaspora. Click on the link to hear their music. Trust me, you won’t want to sit still. I know I didn’t. What great dance music and with such a unique sound! FYI- they are playing at the Beehive on Jan. 31st.

Here were the other nominees in this category:

Alex Alvear


Matt Jenson Acid Reggae Xperience

Click on these links to access more fabulous world music.

January 20, 2009 at 1:09 am Leave a comment

Celtic Music at the Boston Public Library

Now that you know where in Boston and from whom you can hear great live Celtic music, I am here to point out one place where you can listen to great recorded music as well … and best of all, all of it, for free! The BPL has quite an extensive collection and you can access it in person or very conveniently from the comfort of your own home via our online catalog

In order to bring you the most exposure to this genre from the widest perspective, I have chosen to list those recordings which showcase the talents of more than just one performer or group. If you want to get more specific, I encourage you to explore further on your own. Here is just a sampling of what we have to offer:

1. Rough Guide to Celtic Music

2. Putumayo Presents Celtic tides

3. Absolutely Irish

4. Celtic Harpestry

5. Singing the Mother Countries – Celtic folk songs and ballads

6. Dublin to Dakar – Celtic music from around the world

7. Holding Up Half the Sky (Vol. 1) & (Vol. 2) – Celtic folk songs sung by women

8. Celtic Spirit – Sacred Celtic music

9. Celtic Women (no sound links available at this time) – Irish folk songs

10. Irish Pub Songs (no sound links available at this time)

January 20, 2009 at 1:01 am Leave a comment

Boston Public Library World Music Audio Collection – New CDs Ordered (1/16/09)

The cds in this order contain a variety of genres including Gypsy music, reggae, African and Latin dance music, Latin fusion, Japanese, Indian, and Irish folk, and Afro-, Japanese, Indian, Arabic, European, and global pop. Click on the links below to hear excerpts from them. As this is just a sampling of what we have to offer, come on in to the main library at Copley Square or any one of  our branches conveniently located throughout the city of Boston and “check out” more of our fabulous world music collection. For your additional convenience, you can reserve copies online via our library catalog and you will be notified when the item is in and ready to be picked-up.

1. Live in Japan – Rodrigo y Gabriela (Mexico) (Review – at bottom of page)

2. Local Ground – Altan (Ireland) (Review)

3. Putumayo: Acoustic Arabia – Various artists (Review)

4. Putumayo: African Party – Various artists (Review)

5. Putumayo: African Reggae – Various artists (Review)

6. Putumayo: Euro Groove – Various artists (Review)

7. Putumayo: India – Various artists (No review yet available)

8. Putumayo: Tango Around the World – Various artists (Review)

9. Putumayo: Women of the World – Acoustic – Various artists (Review)

10. Reggae Around the World – Various artists (Review)

11. Rough Guide to African Street Party – Various artists (Review)

12. Rough Guide to Congo Gold – Various artists (Review)

13. Rough Guide to North African Cafe – Various artists (Review – scroll down to middle of the page)

14. Rough Guide to the Music of Japan (scroll down to the bottom of the page to listen) – Various artists (Review)

15. Rough Guide to the Music of the Hungarian Gypsies – Various artists (Review)

16. Rough Guide to the Music of the Romanian Gypsies – Various artists (Review)


January 17, 2009 at 11:44 pm Leave a comment

Boston Celtic Music Festival (2009) – Musical Warmth and Cheer on a Cold Winter’s Day in January

I spent the most musically exhilerating Sat. afternoon today at the BCMFest in Harvard Square. I wish I could have stayed longer, however each of the 4 Celtic bands that I heard was well worth the time and price of admission ($16.00 for the day and $26.00 for the day/evening combo). Between Club Passim and the First Parish Church of Cambridge, there were four active stages. The bands played at staggered times, thus affording festival attendees access to continuous music all day long and well into the evening, which was to culminate in a grande finale concert featuring a whole host of Celtic performers. Here is a sampling of the bands who performed at the 6th annual BCMFest. Be sure and save the dates for next year’s event to be held on Jan. 8th and 9th.

1. Bridgebuilders

2. Annalivia

3. Doug Lamey

4. Boston Urban Ceilidh Band

5. Gloucester Hornpipe and Clog Society

6. Katie McNally and Jonathan Fagan

7. Flynn Cohen and Matt Heaton

8. Blue Moose and the Unbottened Zippers

9. Long Time Courting

10. Dan Gurney & Friends

11. Hanneke Cassel Band

12. Highland Dance Boston

13. Janine Sirignano and Sean Smith

14. Noreaster

15. Michael O’Leary, David de la Barre, Bob & Jen Strom (Members of Shamrock for HAWC)

16. Fireside

17. Emma Beaton and Nic Gareiss

18. Matching Orange

19. Folk Arts Quartet

20. Session Americana

January 11, 2009 at 8:51 pm Leave a comment

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