Archive for July, 2009
Led by their founder Lamine Toure, Group Saloum has become not only one of Boston’s top Afropop bands, but has also achieved quite a national following as well. Toure, a leading griot drummer and national superstar in his home country of Senegal has brought his immense talent and artistry to Boston. Spurred on by his unique vision of mbalax, he has created his own style of world fusion which is a mixture of this Senegalese genre and jazz, funk, reggae, and Afrobeat. This ten piece band plays its own entirely originally composed works and was a nominee for “Best World Music Act” at the 2006 Boston Music Awards. Group Saloum’s magnificant sound features Toure’s virtuostic and dynamic drumming which is accompanied by vocals, additional sabar percussion, drums, guitar, bass, trumpet, trombone, and keyboards.
Lamine Toure currently serves as an Artist in Residence at MIT and conducts the university’s Senegalese drum ensemble Rambax MIT, while lecturing and conducting workshops throughout New England. He also offers ongoing classes for the general public in both Senegales drumming and dance. The instruction fees are $10.00 and $12.00 respectiviely. Sounds like fun!
Why not add a little variety to your weekend Greek style, at the Brothers Kouzina Restaurant in Peabody. They throw a truly authentic Greek party every Saturday evening in their Club Kouzina lounge. There’s always a live band there who will entertain you with the most popular Greek music. Once they’ve got you into the mood, why not join in the fun and try your hand at some Greek dance moves out on the floor! Party from 10:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m. The rest of the week, you can enjoy their standard bar service which also promises an authentic Greek ambiance, however, a bit more subdued.
Come by earlier in the evening and start your night off with some authentic home-made style Greek cuisine. Brothers Kouzina offers the most popular traditional dishes, as well as Italian and other Mediterranean fare. There’s even a selection of continental offerings if you’re not in an ethnic sort of mood food-wise. The menu is really extensive and literally provides something for just about everyone. Take a look and see what I mean.
Say, how about letting Brothers Kouzina plan your next special event Greek style.
For more info.:
Phone: 978 – 535 – 9297
Fax: 978 – 535 – 9380
Directions to 25 Newbury Street, Peabody, MA
WUNR (1600 AM) stands for “United Nations of Radio” and is one of Boston’s most well established sources of ethnic programming for area listeners. You can generally tune in from mid to late evening until early morning 7 days a week to enjoy great world music. But that’s not all. There is more music programming contained within the various individual radio shows which are aired throughout the day and into the evening hours.
While some of the shows are 100% talk , others are either all music or a mixture of both. Just consult the program schedule for descriptions of individual show content. You can also search the schedule by broadcasting language or country of origin. There is programming offered in Armenian, Greek, Haitian, Irish, Italian, Polish, Yiddish, Spanish, and English. Spanish language broadcasts originate in the countries of Argentina, Colombia, EL Salvador, and Honduras. I love the global coverage that this station offers! Talk about a real smorgasbord of world music entertainment. You can even proudly show your support for WUNR by purchasing a T-shirt or a bumper sticker. So tune in and enjoy!
The jazz fusion artists of the MUSANER project experiment mainly with folk sounds from Armenia and the Balkans, however you might also recognize overtones of American as well as other European folk genres in their music as well. Whether the group is performing compositions of their very own or arrangements of existing folk tunes, the musical goal of each piece remains the same. The idea is to be able to incorporate new and innovative musical structures within each work, while retaining the purity of the original folk tune upon which it is based. The result is a very distinctive and interesting jazz sound all their own. The project’s membership currently includes 10 very accomplished musicians on saxophone, flute, clarinet, accordion, double bass, piano, percussion, and various folk instruments, not to mention additional guest artists from time to time. Join their mailing list if you would like to keep up with the group’s current activity, but whatever you do, make sure to checkout their music.
This nine piece band specializes in “old-school” style reggae music of the 60’s and 70’s. Since their formation in 1997, PressureCooker has developed their own brand of Americanized reggae via their originally composed compositions which are characterized by distinctive melody lines and strong rhythmic presence. In order to add some real flare to their sound, the group features a dynamic horn section.
They perform both locally and nationally and have recorded a number of cds to their credit which have been successfully marketed world-wide. This 3-time nominee of the Boston Music Awards has served as backed-up band for such reggae greats as Toots & the Maytals, Burning Spear, The Skatalites, Eek-A-Mouse, and Julian Marley. In addition, some of their selections have been featured in a television soundtrack. Check out their web site for listings of upcoming shows, music downloads, cds for purchase, photos, videos, press clippings, a news blog, and more. To hear even more great music visit them on myspace.
Are you a Salsa party fan looking for a change in atmosphere? Then come on over to the Club Caribe at the Courtyard Marriott in Cambridge for some Thursday night fun. Salsa Night is hosted by SalsaBoston a local organization that promotes local activities in the area. Be sure and visit their web site for further information.
This club is relatively new (opened 1/2009) and promises party goers a great view of the Charles River through its huge glass wall front. The evening begins with dance lessons for beginners (intermediate level coming soon) at 8:30 and continues with a DJ hosted dance party from 9:45 until 1:00 a.m.- or later. Dance to a variety of Latin rhythms in addition to Salsa. Entertainment often includes competitions, performances and other special events. Enjoy complementary appetizers as well as free parking and, if need be, even a hotel room at a reduced rate.
The club atmosphere is informal and relaxed, while all ages are welcome. I really like that aspect! However, remember that no under age drinking is permitted. I said that the atmosphere was informal- not loose. Rest assured that even if you don’t bring a dance partner, you will never feel out of place. Check out this real positive review from Yelp!
When: Every Thursday eve. @ 8:30 p.m. (lessons) ; 9:45 p.m. (dance party)
Tickets: $10.00 cover charge ; $2.00 lesson fee (visit their web site for upcoming special discounts)
More Info: 617 – 513 – 9841 OR Email
Emerson College’s WERS (88.9 fm) offers reggae programming every weekday evening from 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. The show “Rockers” is very well-known and respected locally in the world of reggae and you can listen live on the station’s web site if you prefer. Visit their site also for album reviews, station playlists, artists interviews, live performance wrap-ups and more.