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Boston Public Library World Music Audio Collection – New CDs Ordered (3/27/09)

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The cds in this order contain a wide variety of genres including Latin hits and dance music, Bollywood, Indian/American and African fusion, French and Afropop, and Scottish and African folk music.  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. Dance & Romance with Bollywood – Various artists (India)

2. Heroes Soundtrack – Various artists (India) (Review)

3. Seriously Good Music: Bollywood – Various artists (India) (Review)

4. Al Cien por Millon – El Tigrillo Palma (Mexico) (Review)

5. Quinto Piso – Ricardo Arjona (Guatemala) (Review)

6. Solo por Ti – Aliados de la Sierra (Mexico) (Review)

7. Asa – Asa (Nigeria) (Review)

8. Essential Collection: Magic of Edith Piaf – Edith Piaf (France) (Review)

9. Francophonic: Retrospective Vol. 1  1953-1980 – Franko & Le Tpok Jazz (DR Congo) (Review)

10. Kinsmen – Rudresh Mahanthappa (with Kadri Gopalnath) (Italy/US/India) (Review)   

11. Lightweights & Gentlemen – Lau (Scotland) (Review)

12. Rebel Woman – Chiwoniso (Zimbabwe/US) (Review)

13. Rough Guide to Afrobeat Revival – Various artists (Africa) (Review)

14. Rough Guide to Tango (2nd edition) – Various artists (Argentina) (Review)

15. Throw Down Your Heart – Bela Fleck (with Various artists) (US/Africa) (Review)

16. Vodoun Effect: Funk & Sato from Benin’s Labels – Orchestre Poly Rhythmo De Cotonou (Benin) (Review)

March 31, 2009 at 1:25 am Leave a comment

Divi Zheni – Women’s Bulgarian Folk Chorus In Concert (April 1st – Wednesday at 8:00 p.m. and May 16th – Saturday at 7:30 p.m.)

agesDivi Zheni (Wild Women) is an all-female chorus and orchestra who perform truly authentic Bulgarian  folk songs either a capella or accompanied by ethnic instruments such as the tambura, dumbek, and tupan. Members of this group come from all backgrounds and range in age from young to old.  Their repertoire includes both village and more popular dance songs which they perform at individual concerts, festivals and dance events. Founded in 2000, they not only appear locally, but nationally and overseas in Bulgaria as well.

The ensemble is directed by internationally renowned Bulgarian folk artist Tatiana Sarbinska. As a recipient of the prestigious honor of National Treasure status, compliments of the Bulgarian government, she is recognized as instrumental in the preservation of her country’s native music culture. Thus, it is under her tutelage that Divi Zheni is able to perform successfully in the  true Bulgarian folk style.  She has had and still enjoys an illustrious career as a vocalist and has recorded her own cds Makedonsko Devojche  and Katerino Mome.  Since 1991, she has shared her numerous talents in the United States through the direction of various ensembles, music events, and workshops. 

Concert Details:

When: April 1st – Wednesday @ 8:00 p.m.

(Fundraiser for Community Supper Kitchen)

Where: Brighton Allston Congregational Church

Tickets: $10.00 (Adult), $5.00 (Senior/Student), Free (Low Income Audience) 

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When: May 16th – Saturday @ 7:30 p.m.

Where: South Acton Congregational Church Coffeehouse

Tickets: Check web site under Calendar for further details 

I would also like to introduce here the ensemble Zornitsa, the male counterpart to Divi Zheni. Also under the direction of Sarbinska, this men’s choir is the first group of its kind to perform Bulgarian folk and popular songs. In addition to appearances at folk music events around the New England area, they have also performed in Bulgaria where they were aired on Bulgarian National television.

March 24, 2009 at 6:52 pm Leave a comment

Authentic Greek Cuisine – Along With Weekly Live World Fusion Music And Bellydance Entertainment

bellydance4Once featured on TV Diner with Billy Costa, the Athenian Corner Restaurant not only offers sumptuous Greek fare, but superb live music and bellydance entertainment as well. Nestled in the heart of downtown Lowell, this eatery has been known for its offering of ample portions for extremely reasonable prices since 1974. Better yet however, is that all of this is complemented by weekly offerings of live music for dancing and a bellydance show.

Dine and dance to the  Greek and Middle Eastern sounds of Freddie Elias and the Athenian Corner Ensemble. Elias, an extremely popular local violinist, is known for his ability to fuse together the elements of Arabic, Greek and Armenian music with a truly Westernized flare.  Then top your evening off with an enjoyable bellydance display. All this is happening weekly on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights.

While you’re at it, take a peek at the menu.  Just to give you an idea, they offer popular Greek standards such as  Mousaka (eggplant, ground beef, and sliced potatoes with a creamy Bechamel sauce), Grape Leaves (stuffed with ground beef, rice, and seasonings and topped with an egg-lemon sauce), Pastitsio (macaroni and ground beef topped with a creamy Bechamel sauce), and Spanakopita (spinach and feta cheese pie, with a flaky Filo dough) … to name a few. 

If you want to get a better idea of what the Athenian Corner has to offer, here are some local reviews.

March 22, 2009 at 11:56 pm Leave a comment

Israeli Pop Icon Idan Raichel Project at the Berklee Performance Center (March 24th – Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.)

idan-raichel-12The global fusion band Idan Raichel Project blends diverse sounds from Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, and the Middle East in order to spread its musical message of peace throughout the world. Lead by composer, producer, arranger Idan Raichel, they have become a principle force in the evolution of Israel pop music and from the top of the country’s music charts have gone on to become extremely popular world-wide with the 2006 release of their very first album The Idan Raichel Project.  Billboard has dubbed the group  a “multi-ethnic tour de force” while both the New York Times and BBC Radio 3 have crowned this release “best of the year” in its category.  Also in 2006, they furthered their mission of worldly goodwill by historically becoming the first Israeli band to perform in Ethiopia, a venture which was later to become the basis of a documentary film entitled Black Over White.           

                                                      

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Concert Details :

When: March 24th – Tuesday @ 7:30 p.m.

Where: Berklee Performance Center

Tickets: $50.00, $40.00, $30.00

            Available at Crash/Arts or by calling (617) 876-4275

(Neighborhood Restaurants)

 

March 15, 2009 at 11:51 pm Leave a comment

Party Salsa Style with the Havana Club Every Saturday Night!

NotesIn the mood for some Salsa dancing fun to go along with your Latin music entertainment? Then head on over to Boston’s South End  and party with the Havana Club each and every Saturday night. (Attention! This event has a temporary new location – click link for details or see my blog post of  11/8/09) Havana Saturdays feature a live Salsa band, pre-party dance lessons, and club-style dancing until the wee hours of the morning.

Start your evening off with Salsa instruction (all levels) with or without a pre-arranged partner. Then try out your new moves on the dance floor accompanied by live music and a full bar.

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Party Details:

When: Sat. evenings –  Dance Instruction (9;30-10:00)

                                  Salsa Party (10:30-2:00)

Where: Villa Victoria’s Jorge Hernandez Cultural Center 

Fee: $15.00 Cover Charge

March 15, 2009 at 3:55 am Leave a comment

Boston Public Library Yiddish Concert (April 23rd – Thursday at 2:00 p.m.)

Come join us for an afternoon of  Yiddish folksongs and instrumental works with composer/performers Rebecca Kaplan & Pete Rushefsky. This singer and tsimblist duo, both of whom have studied the original style of Yiddish traditional music extensively, are known for their ability to preserve the authenticity of the Yiddish folk sound while at the same time bringing their own personal style to the table for added musical interest. This musician pair is well-known throughout the Northeast, making appearances  at the New England Folk Festival, Eastman School of Music World Music Festival, and the Cental New York Jewish Music and Culture Festival. Their music has also been featured on the radio and they have recorded an album entitled On the Paths: Yiddish Songs with Tsimbl (Review)

Concert details:

Where: Boston Public Library @ Copley Square

Venue: Rabb Lecture Hall (Ground floor of the Johnson Building)

When: Thursday, April 23rd @ 2:00 p.m.

Admission: Free to all

For additional info. contact: 617 – 536 – 5400 / x2339

March 14, 2009 at 3:55 am Leave a comment

Boston Public Library Post St. Patrick’s Day Concert (March 19th – Thursday at 2:00 p.m.)

Extend your celebration of St. Patrick’s Day with internationally renowned Irish singer/harpist Aine Minogue. A specialist in both folk and popular Irish music, she brings her own unique  interpretations to each performance. Aside from her personal appearances before Irish Presidents and Prime Ministers, she continues to perform widely at numerous concerts and folk festivals. She has recorded for such major labels as BMG, Virgin, and Putumayo and is very active with her production company, DruidStone. Her music has also been featured on the PBS series Out of Ireland.

Concert details:

Where: Boston Public Library @ Copley Square

Venue: Rabb Lecture Hall (Ground floor of the Johnson Building)

When: Thursday, March 19th @ 2:00 p.m.

Admission: Free to all

For additional info. contact: 617 – 536 – 5400 / x2339

March 12, 2009 at 3:04 am Leave a comment

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