Archive for April, 2009

Sidi Goma – Joyful African-Indian Drumming, Dance, and Song (May 2nd – Saturday at 8:00 p.m.)

sisi-goma1Sidi Goma is a troupe of  performers from a tribe of Sufi Muslims who inhabit the Indian region of Gujarat, having migrated there from their original home in East Africa centuries ago. Dubbed the Black Sufis of Gujarat, this group of Sidis are entirely devoted to their life’s mission of sharing their unique tribal culture and sacred ritual with the rest of the world through their international performances of song and dance. At the center of Sidi tradition is the worship of the African saint and mythological figure Bava Gor who is credited with giving his people the great gift of joy. It is in recognition and gratitude for this wonderful treasure that has been bestowed upon them that the Sidis perform their religious  songs and dances.        

Each of Sidi Goma’s performances (see video) is ceremonial in nature and represents a zikr, a performed prayer of thanks.  There are 12 group members in all including singers, drummers and dancers. The show opens with a call to prayer which is followed by a series of spoken-word sidi-goma-62songs (including baithi, dhamal, and qawwali genres), additional prayer calls, malunga solos, and dances, most of which are accompanied by native Sufi drumming patterns. The extreme agility with which the dancers perform such challenging choreography is a definite highlight of the performance.   The entire show exudes nothing but pure joy and playfulness from beginning to end and builds in intensity both rhythmically and choreographically until the wonderfully exuberant climax at the finish.

Sidi Goma’s strong and vibrant African-Indian form of world fusion music and dance has become very popular internationally as they have successfully connected time and again with audiences world-wide. Here are some reviews from the New York Times and the BBC Report, as well as an extensive photo gallery from a performance at the Skirball Center in Los Angeles and a  media file. They also have released a cd entitled: Sidi Sufis: African-Indian Mystics of Gujarat.






Concert Details :

When: May 2nd – Saturday @ 8:00 p.m.

Where: Somerville Theatre

Tickets: $28.00

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

(Neighborhood Restaurants)


April 19, 2009 at 9:45 pm Leave a comment

Tangierino/Koullshi – Award Winning Moroccan Cuisine and Nightly Entertainment

tangierino-2Experience a complete night out on the town Moroccan style, and all from one location. Twice a winner of Boston’s Best Award in the restaurant category, Charlestown’s Tangierino and its adjoining nightclub Koullshi have it all! This trendy, yet unique establishment is the brilliant creation of chef/owner Samad Naamad. I could go on to describe it in greater detail myself, however, at this point I will direct your attention to their fabulous web site where the picture is indeed worth a thousand words.

Once you have accessed the site, you definitely want to click on the media link to get a basic description of  all that this special restaurant/nightclub establishment has to offer. Then click through the extensive photo galleries and experience the lavish authentically Moroccan interior decor, gorgeous food presentation of the gourmet dishes tangierino-1the menu has to offer, and entertaining  nightlife. Samad Naamad’s bio also makes for a fascinating read. This multi-talented entreprenuer is not only one of Boston’s premier chefs, but  also a well-known interior designer, film producer/director, and actor who has recently starred in one of his own productions.

If you do happen to make it out to Charlestown for dinner, what ever you do, don’t forget to finish your evening with a fun filled and entertaining visit to Koullshi. While you’re there, treat yourself to a belly dance show and of course some great Middle Eastern music as well.


If you want to know how to get there- click here.

April 19, 2009 at 1:01 pm Leave a comment

Enjoy Spanish Guitar Music Weekly @ Tasca in Brighton

guitar2Join solo guitarist Eric Anthony every Thursday evening 7:00-10:00 for some fine Spanish classical music while you feast upon  gourmet ethnic fare- all this, compliments of  Tasca Tapas Restaurant in Brighton. There’s no cover charge either for this great entertainment and in addition Tasca hosts special flamenco nights which feature premier guest artists from the New England area. Past performers have included, singer Fernando de Malaga, guitarists Juanito Pascal, Kai Nazero, and Roberto Rios, and dancers Maria Galan, Isabella Rios, and Sabrina Aviles

Their inventive menu includes both tapas and main course dinners. I personally tend to favor the complete tapas meal in establishments such as this, but some of their dinner offerings do look enticing indeed. Choose from a generous array of 35 different tapas such as: Tortas del cangrego (pan roasted black bean crab cakes with fresh tomato and cilantro salsa), Setas ronan Portabellas (with shaved manchego, capers, and red onion in a sherry vinaigrette with roasted red pepper toasts), and Canelon de pollo (chicken and spinach baked in a canelon with a duo of fresh tomato and smoked cheese sauces). Main course offerings include the standard Spanish favorite, Paella de mariscos (shrimp, scallops, mussels, and calamari with saffron rice cooked in a lobster broth) and Filete de cerdo al rioja (herb and garlic marinated pork tenderloin served with a mixed bean ragout and spinach over a scallion potato pancake in a Rioja shallot reduction). And as if all this weren’t enough to satisfy even the biggest of appetites, there’s more in the way of desserts such as Crema Catalana (rich chilled orange custard with tapas-103caramelized sugar top) or Crepe Helado (cookie ice cream rolled in a thin crepe and smothered in a chocolate and amaretto sauce with almonds). But please, don’t stop here. If you haven’t already, check out the rest of their fabulous menu. Yes, right now!                                                   

Tasca also offers a few special dining events, just to keep things a little more interesting. Every Sunday you can enjoy a Prix-Fixe menu for $21.95 or celebrate New Year’s, Valentine’s Day, Easter, or Mother’s Day while indulging in a meal from one of their holiday menus created especially for the occasion. There are wine dinners and Sangria tastings offered throughout the year, as well. Check out their web site for announcements or to get on their mailing list and keep informed of all the latest happenings.


Tasca Tapas Restaurant has received rave reviews from Zagat, the Boston Globe’s Alison Arnett, and Boston Magazine, among others. Get directions to Tosca from any location on their web site, and while you’re at it, you might as well go ahead and conveniently reserve a table on line. It’s that simple. Their located at 1612 Commonwealth Ave. in Brighton.

April 18, 2009 at 3:39 pm Leave a comment

Boston Public Library World Music Audio Collection – New CDs Ordered (4/10/09)

The cds in this order contain a wide variety of genres imagesincluding Bollywood, South African songs, global fusion, international collections of guitar, television, and other music, Jewish music, reggae, sacred Asian songs and chants, and Afropop. 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. Halalwood – U-Cef (Morocco/England) (Review – scroll down to middle of page) 

2. In the House of Mirrors – Hector Zazou & Swara (France) (Review)  

3. International Guitar Night II – Various artists (Global) (Review – scroll down)

4. Jewish Songbook: Heart and Humor of a People – Various artists (United States) (Review)

5. The Journey: the Very Best of Sizzla – Sizzla Kalonji (Jamaica) (Review)

6. The Legend – Miriam Makeba (South Africa) (Review)

7. Mr. Brooks a Better Tomorrow – Mavado (Jamaica) (Review)

8. Music from Rudy Maxa’s World – Various artists (Global) (Review)

9. Music of Central Asia, Vol. 6: Azerbaijan – Alim and Fargana Qasimov (Azerbaijan) (Review – scroll down)

10. Nigeria Rock Special: Psychedelic Afro-Rock & Fuzz Funk in 1970 Nigeria – Various artists (Nigeria) (Review)

11. Rhythm + Jews – Klezmatics (United States) (Review)

12. Tibetan Chants for World Peace – Gyuto Tantric Choir (Tibet) (Review)

13. World Acoustic – Various artists (Global) (Review)

14. Worldbeat – Various artists (Global) (Review)

15. The Best of A.R. Rahman – A.R. Rahman (India) (Review)

16. Delhi 6: Soundtrack – Various artists (India) (Review)

17. The Namesake: Soundtrack – Various artists (India) (Review) 

April 12, 2009 at 4:09 pm Leave a comment

World Music for Young People – Children’s Compact Discs in the Boston Public Library

bpl-ch8Hopefully, you and your children (if you have any) will be fortunate enough to be able to attend the wonderful dance exhibition to be given by the talented young students from the Chu Ling Academy, as announced in my previous post. While you’re there at the BPL, why not enhance your child’s experience with world culture even further by taking home some of our world music cds for their listening pleasure. Just stop by our audio-visual department and take a look at our marvelous collection. Of course its a great place to visit anytime and we are constantly adding new cds, so stop by often. For your additional convenience, you can reserve copies of any item in our collection online via our library catalog and you will be notified when the item is in and ready to be picked-up. Remember, if a title which interests you is currently checked-out, just hop onto our reserve list. Here is a sampling of what we have to offer along with sound links to audio excepts.

1. Caribbean Playground (2006 version) & (2004 version) – Various artists

2. Dora the Explorer. Dora’s World Adventure! – Various artists

3. Dreamland: World Lullabies & Soothing Songs – Various artists

4. Rhythm 4 Kids: World Sing-a-long – Various artists

5. If Fish Could Sing–: and Sheep Could Dance – Featuring Teresa Doyle with the Girls of Bedlamb (Celtic)

6. Jose-Luis Orozco Canta de Colores – Jose-Luis Orozco (Latin American) 

7. Multi-cultural Children’s Songs – Ella Jenkins

8. Uni Verse of Song: French – Featuring Jean Rene

9. Yue Er Ming, Feng Er Jing = Chinese Lullabies – Featuring the Beijing Tian Shi He Chang Tuan (Beijing Angelic Choir)

10. World Playground: a Musical Adventure for Kids – Various artists


April 12, 2009 at 4:06 pm Leave a comment

Boston Public Library Family Event – Youth Dance Exhibition from China and Beyond (Apr. 22nd – Wednesday at 10:30 a.m.)

Don’t miss this very special performance brought to you chu-ling-11by the young students of Boston’s Chu Ling Dance Academy. The program will include Chinese folk and classical, and Latin dances. Students from ages 7 – 10 years will perform the Xing Jing (named after world renowned Chinese dancer/choreographer), New Year’s Fan, and Spanish Gypsy dances. Those in the 14 – 20 year age group will bring you the Tibet, Butterfly, Umbrella, and Latin dances. Featured soloists will perform the Sword or Running Dance. 


Here is a Video Clip of the Fan and Sword Dances as performed by the Chu Ling Dance Academy.


Academy director Chu Ling established her dance school in 1998. Since then, with the aid of others,  she has taught approximately 300 hundred students, from preschoolers to adults, the fine art of traditional Chinese dancing, while broadening their experience with exposure to other dance genres. Already an accomplished choreographer in China, Ling brought her talents to the United States and has since established herself as a well-known dance teacher, performer, director, producer, and choreographer throughout the Boston area and beyond. She has also given lectures, authored various publications, and won numerous awards for her artistic accomplishments.                                         


Although the majority of students who attend the Chu Ling Academy are of Chinese heritage, all nationalities are welcomed within its walls. Students perform annually at both First Night and First Night Summerbeat and have appeared at various other festivals and events in the Boston area. Chu Ling Dance has also held student recitals and sponsored the performances of major artists from Mainland China and New York City. The schools primary mission is to instill in Asian youths a deep respect for traditional Chinese culture which they in turn will share with the American public through their various dance performances. It is through this mission of artistic and cultural diplomacy that Chu Ling Dance hopes to make a significant contribution towards the strengthening  of cross-cultural ties between the Chinese population and the rest of the world.                                  



Concert details:

When: April 22nd – Wednesday @ 10:30 a.m.

Where: Boston Public Library @ Copley Square

                  Rabb Lecture Hall (Ground floor of the Johnson Building)

                  (Area Restaurants)

Admission: Free to all 

April 5, 2009 at 5:27 pm Leave a comment

Triveni – Enjoy Indian Classical Dance with a Modern Flare (April 5th – Sunday at 3:00 p.m.)


Join the senior students of the esteemed Triveni School of Dance (Brookline) in their presentation of  Talamallika: a Garland of Rhythms. Witness the 5,000 year old art of storytelling as it was performed by the ancient temple dancers of India. Journey back in time with the Triveni Ensemble as you are treated to an amazingly intricate chorographical display of hand gestures, facial expressions, footwork , and body movements, all topped of with exquisite native costuming. Added to this will be Triveni’s own interpretation of this ancient art in the form of new and innovative choreography, and African drumbeats combined with traditional Indian classical rhythms.                                                     


Check out this video clip of a dancer in India and a past performance review of Triveni.


The Triveni School was established in 1971 under the direction of  highly esteemed Indian dancer Neena Gulati.  Formally detailed classical Indian dance instruction is offered in the Odissi, Bharata Natyam and Kuchipud styles. As a steady advocate of social awareness and cultural diversity, Gulati has presented her students at countless multicultural events throughout New England. In addition, the Triveni Ensemble has made numerous benefit appearances and Sunday’s program is no exception. In recognition of all of their accomplishments in this area Triveni was awarded an entry in the 2005 Catalogue for Philanthropy Charity.


This performance is sponsored in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) and its proceeds will be donated to Agape International in support of  their efforts to bring relief to those impoverished victims of the global AIDS crisis.

Concert details:

When: April 5th – Sunday @ 3:00 p.m.

Where: Maliotis Cultural Center (Hellenic College)

           (Area Restaurants)

Tickets: $15.00 (students and seniors), $20.00 (general admission), $75.00 (patrons – 2 tickets)

Additional Info.:

Web site:

              (Triveni School of Dance)

Phone: 617-232-5485

April 4, 2009 at 5:27 pm Leave a comment

Bulgarian Folk Dance Spectacle “Bulgare” – Touring for the First Time in the US (April 9th – Thursday at 7:00 p.m.)

bulgare-24The world renown and highly acclaimed Bulgarian National Folklore Ensemble “Bulgare” comes to Boston for the first time in its US premier presentation of  “This Is Bulgaria”. Dubbed “the 8th wonder of the world” this show is known for its unique and innovative, yet truly authentic native folk dance choreography. This dance troupe of 50 highly trained professionals will take you on a cultural journey through the seven ethnologically distinct regions of Bulgaria while introducing you to the wonderful regional folk music and dance of each. Also featured in the performance will be world renown vocalist Albena Veskova, former soloist with “Le Mystere des Voix Bulgares”.

Founded in 2002 by Hristo Dimitrov, Bulgare was to be the catalyst of a renewed sense of spirit for the citizens of Bulgaria whose country had recently suffered great hardship. With the aid of his sister Elena and her husband Ian Charles Anderson, Dimitrov’s dream became a reality as this magnificent troupe of dancers brought about this much needed resurgence of a national pride in and appreciation of native folk music and dance. Currently the largest European ensemble of its kind, Bulgare continues to thrill and entertain countless audiences worldwide. 

Presented here is definitely a rare opportunity to experience folk dance at it best. Must see it to believe it!!!!! 


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This show is one in a series of events that make up the 7th annual Bulgarian Cultural Festival in New England (March 29 – May 3rd). This year’s landmark festivities commemorate 100 years of Bulgarian independence.


Concert details:

When: April 9th – Thursday @ 7:00 p.m.

Where: John Hancock Hall

           (Area Restaurants)

Tickets: $25.00 (students and seniors/65 & up), $30.00 (adults – in advance), $35.00 (adults – at the door), Free (children under 12), $5.00 discount per ticket (groups of 10 or more)

Online Ticket Purchases & Additional Concert Info.:

Web site:

              (Bulgarian-American Center MADARA)

Phone: 617-283-4543


April 2, 2009 at 1:13 am Leave a comment

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