Archive for July, 2009

Group Saloum – Local Afropop Sensation

SoloumLed 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!

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July 31, 2009 at 4:00 am Leave a comment

Weekly Weekend Greek Dance Party with Live Music @ Brothers Kouzina Restaurant

Kouz 1Why 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 Mousaka 1authentic 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.
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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

July 29, 2009 at 2:32 am Leave a comment

WUNR – Ethnic Radio Boston

WUNR 2WUNR (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!


July 26, 2009 at 5:43 pm Leave a comment

Innovative Jazz Sound with World Music Flare – The MUSANER Project

Musaner 1The 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


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July 25, 2009 at 5:44 pm Leave a comment

Experience Reggae Old-School Style with PressureCooker

Pressure 1This 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.  

NotesThey 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.

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July 19, 2009 at 2:44 am Leave a comment

New Salsa Venue – Weekly Thursday Night Dance Parties

Salsa 1Are 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 LatinSalsa 3 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!  

Event Details:                              

When: Every Thursday eve. @ 8:30 p.m. (lessons) ; 9:45 p.m. (dance party)  

Where: Courtyard Marriott (Cambridge)

Tickets: $10.00 cover charge ; $2.00 lesson fee (visit their web site for upcoming special discounts)          

More Info: 617 – 513 – 9841 OR Email



July 16, 2009 at 2:16 am Leave a comment

More Reggae! – WERS (88.9 fm) Radio

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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.

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July 11, 2009 at 2:11 am Leave a comment

Two Different Styles of Reggae, One Great Show – Downstairs @ The Middle East (Thursday, July 23rd @ 8:00 p.m.)

middle eastCome to the Middle East’s Downstairs venue in Central Square, Cambridge  for a Thursday evening of great reggae. Jamaican superstar Eek A Mouse will entertain you singjay style. This popular artist is one of the forerunner’s of the genre which is characterized by a monotonic style of singing or speaking to the accompaniment of a rhythmic background. Then get ready for a change of pace with some funk/reggae fusion from local talent Destroy Babylon. The band incorporates elements of dub and rocksteady into their unique sound.



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Event Details:                              

When: July 23rd – Thursday @ 8:00 p.m. 

Where: The Middle East Restaurant and Nightclub (Downstairs) 

Tickets: $20.00 (check out their web site for purchasing details)          

More Info: 617 – 864 – 3278 


July 8, 2009 at 1:20 am Leave a comment

Sunday Afternoon World Music Concert Series @ Harvard’s Sackler Museum

SacklerNow you can enjoy live world music each and every 1st Sunday of the month at the Arthur M. Sackler Museum on the campus of Harvard University. The First Sunday World Music Concert Series promises to showcase music from a different culture of the world each week. 

Next month’s feature is a local band by the name of Choro Democratico. As their name implies, they perform a Brazilian genre of music called choro, which originated in Rio de Janiero during the 1870’s. It is essentially a Brazilian version of European popular dance music combined with Afro-Brazilian rhythms. OK, at this point, if you want a further explanation of the genre, you can get a brief version or a more lengthy one. Choro Democratico performs in both traditional and contemporary choro styles, including some of their very own original compositions. Listen and enjoy!





Concert Details :

When: August 2nd – Sunday @ 3:00 p.m. til 5:00 p.m. (First Sunday of every month there after)

 Where: Arthur M. Sackler Museum – Lecture Hall

Tickets: $9.00 (Adults), $7.00 (Seniors over 65), $6.00 (College students with valid ID)

Free Admission for: Harvard students & affiliates, Museum members, Cambridge Public Library members, Audience members under 18

Note: These tickets get you into the museum and you can enjoy the concert at no additional charge

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Additional concert info: Susannah Hutchison at 617- 496 – 8576 OR susannah

July 5, 2009 at 1:05 am Leave a comment

Tango Anyone??? – Tango Society of Boston, Inc. (Weekly Dances Every Wednesday Evening)

Tango 3The Tango Society of Boston, Inc. is a true local advocate of the Argentine Tango. They have been steadily promoting this dance genre since 1997 and are proudly accepting large numbers of new members to the organization on a regular basis. They recruit members with all levels of dance experience from the most advanced to the total beginner and are proud of the diversity of backgrounds which their membership represents. The Wednesday night weekly dance parties include 1 hour of instruction at the beginning of the event, so there’s no reason to be shy, even if you’ve never before done the tango in your entire life! Aside from these dances, the society also regularly holds a “special” event on the third weekend of every month. Some of the dance events take the form of milongas (Tango socials) and may include live music while others are varied in structure, often very creative and innovative. The society also offers classes, workshops and seminars. Seminars are given mostly by Argentinean instructors, many of whom are internationally renowned. 

Become a member of the society for $15.00 a year which entitles you to special discounts and other benefits. There are even greater discounts for student members. If you just want to keep informed as Tango 4a non-member, then you can join their mailing list. Check out their calendar for listings of  Tango events and classes being held throughout the New England area, as well as radio programs which will provide  you with great Tango music for your listening pleasure. Dial in and keep informed of local happenings on their 24 hour TangoLine at 617-699-OCHO (6246). You can also access society news on Facebook

Their web site contains additional information with respect to Tango music, such as where to purchase it and listings of experts on the subject, many of whom are available to act as DJ for your dance event.  There is also a section containing Tango links of interest world-wide and a useful introduction for new residents of and visitors to Boston who wish to get involved in the local dance scene.   

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July 3, 2009 at 1:21 pm Leave a comment

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