Archive for August, 2009

Join In On the Grand Celebration of African and Caribbean Culture @ Cambridge Carnival – (Saturday, Sept. 13th from Noon ’til 7:00 p.m.)

Carnival 1This coming weekend, Kendall Square will come alive with the colorful gala festivities of Cambridge Carnival. Now in its 17th year, this celebratory event is expected to attract a crowd of at least 150,000. Yes, this is huge! Modeled after the carnival traditions of Brazil and Trinidad and Tabago, the fun begins with a parade of  dazzling colorful costumes accompanied by ethnic music. Many of the numerous cultures of both Africa and the Caribbean, along with Brazil, will be featured throughout the afternoon in a variety of settings. Enjoy wire-bending costume art, dancing, ethnic food, and native craft displays. There’s even a KidsFest for carnival goers ages 5-14. 

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 And now for the best part, as far as I’m concerned, the music. Aah yes, lots and lots of wonderful world music. Genres toCarnival 2 be featured include Afro-Cuban fusion, calypso, reggae, compa, punta, salsasoca, steel drum and more. The musical activities will be centered around three outdoor stages, one for live bands, another for drumming and dance exhibitions, and a third for DJ hosted entertainment. Cambridge Carnival is the truest of neighborhood events. It is put on solely by the African and Caribbean communities of Cambridge in an effort to ensure their continued cultural prosperity through a spirit of unity and togetherness amongst their members.

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Event Details:

When: Sunday, Sept. 13th (Noon – 7:00 p.m.)

Where: Kendall Square, Cambridge (T stop on the red line)

Check out Carnival web site for more info, including the parade route and a schedule of events 

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August 31, 2009 at 1:49 pm Leave a comment

notloB Concerts – Experience World Music from the British Isles, Ireland and Canada

Malinky 5notloB has announced their concert series for fall 2009. From a world music standpoint, here are two dates to remember: Saturday, Oct. 3rd (Malinky) and Friday, Dec. 4th (Jeremy Kittle Band). Visit their web site, if you haven’t yet already, to learn more about notloB artists past and present complete with audio samples of their music, as well as directions to concert venues with listings of restaurants in the area. You can also access their blog, keep up to date on organizational news, join their online music discussion groups and more. Don’t miss out on this great music from Canada and the United Kingdom.  

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August 26, 2009 at 1:54 pm Leave a comment

(2009-2010) World Music Concert Series @ Springstep Cultural Center – Saturday Evenings

SPRING2As part of their continuing mission to bring world culture to the Boston area, Springstep in Medford announces their Fall/Spring performance series which begins in October. There are seven performances in all, featuring prominent local and international artists from around the world. Enjoy world music, dance and more in a setting which promises not only to be entertaining, but distinctly educational as well. Additionally, workshops will be also conducted by a select number of the performing artists in the series.

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Event Details:

When: Select Saturday eves. (Consult schedule for times)  

Where: Springstep in (Medford)

Tickets: $22.00 (special discounts for members, seniors, and students)

Purchase series subscriptions or individual tickets          

More Info: 817 – 395 – 0402 (phone) / 817 – 395 – 0403 (fax)  

info@springstep.org

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August 24, 2009 at 5:52 pm Leave a comment

Boston Public Library World Music Audio Collection – New CDs Ordered (8/14/09)

NotesThe cds in this order contain a sampling of  folk and contemporary music from around the world including, Martinique, Syria, Hawaii, Ireland, France and Spain. There are samplings of the world fusion genre, as well. 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.

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1. Caribbean Tropical Music Martinique – Ballet Exotic Du Robert (Review)

2.  Dabake 2020: Folk & Pop Sounds of Syria – Various Artists (Review) 

3. Live – Jake Shimabukuro (Hawaii) (Review)

4. The Melody of Rhythm – Bela Fleck, Zakir Hussain, & Edgar Meyer (USA/India) (Review)

5. With All Due Respect: the Irish Sessions – The Young Dubliners (Review)

6. Moulin Rouge – Valse Musette – Enrique Ugarte (France)

7. Putumayo Presents: Espana (To be released soon – Reserve this item now) – Various Artists (Spain)  

8. Recreation – Zap Mama (Belgium/Global Fusion) (Review)

9. Take Me Home – Celtic Thunder (Ireland) (Review)

10. Within My Walls – The Idan Raichel Project (Israel/Global Fusion) (Review) 

 

August 22, 2009 at 1:27 am Leave a comment

Boston Public Library African Music Audio Collection – New CDs Ordered (8/14/09)

NotesThe cds in this order contain a variety of genres, all of which are at least in part from the continent of Africa. Music styles represented here include Afropop, jazz, blues and fusion. 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.

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1. Coba Coba – Novalima (Africa/Peru) (Review)
 
 
2. Embalasasa – Samite (Uganda/USA) (Review)
 

3. Fondo – Vieux Farke Toure (Mali) (Review)

4. Immortal Franco: Africa’s Unrivaled Guitar Legend – Syran Mbanaza & Ensemble Rumba Kongo (Congo) (Review – Scroll down page)

5. Inspiration Information 3 – Malatu Astatke & the Heliocentronics (Ethiopia) (Review)

6. Liberte – Khaled (Algeria) (Review)

7. The Magic Couple – Amadou & Mariam (Mali) (Review)

8. Songhai Blues: Homage to Ali Farka Toure – Samba Toure (Mali) (Review)

9. Xinti – Sara Tavares (Cape Verde/Portugal) (Review)

  

 

 

 

August 19, 2009 at 1:07 am Leave a comment

Boston Public Library Latin Music Audio Collection – New CDs Ordered (8/14/09)

NotesThe cds in this order contain Latin chart hits and music collections.  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.

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1. Ciclos – Luis Enrique (Nicaragua) (Review)

2. Desde la Patria en Vivo – El Trono De Mexico (Mexico) (Review)

3. Si Tu Te Vas – Tierra Cali (Mexico) (Review)

4. Simplemente … el Torito – Hector Acosta (Domincan Republic)

5. Super 1’s Mega Hits – Various Artists (Review)

6. Yo No Canto, Pero lo Intentamos – Espinoza Paz (Mexico) (Review)

7. Cumbia Hits – Various Artists (Colombia) 

8. Putumayo: Brazilian Cafe – Various Artists (Review)

9. The Rough Guide to the Music of Cuba (Vol. 2) – Various Artists (Review)  

10. The Rough Guide to Brazilian Lounge (To be released soon – Reserve this item now) – Various Artists (Review)

11. Vagarosa – Ceu (Brazil) (Review) 


12. Boleto de Entrada (To be released soon – Reserve this item now) – Kany Garcia (Puerto Rico) (Review)

13. Mi Plan (To be released soon – Reserve this item now) – Nelly Furtado (Portugal/Canada) (Review)

August 16, 2009 at 12:10 am Leave a comment

Dance Your Way to a Great Fitness Workout with Zumba! – the Aeorbic Latin Dance Party

Zumba 1What is Zumba? Quite simply one of the most entertaining aerobic programs around that combines fun and easy Latin dance moves with wonderfully energetic music to match. If exercising isn’t your thing but you love Latin music, then this is the work-out that was designed especially for you.

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One of its main attractions, say its biggest fans, is that it makes it makes getting into shape loads of fun.  Another huge selling point is that the movements involved are so easy to do that virtually anyone can participate quite comfortably in the program. At any rate, Zumba has taken the exercise world by storm so if you’re not in the know already, check out this video! Like what you see? Locate a Boston area Zumba class near you.

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August 15, 2009 at 4:12 pm Leave a comment

Experience the Art of Japanese Taiko Drumming with Odaiko New England (ONE)

one 5Odaiko New England (ONE) is not only one of the east coast’s best taiko drumming ensembles, but a well-established cultural organization as well. They are proudly celebrating their 15th anniversary this year as they remain steadfast in their mission to achieve a bond between American and Japanese cultures based upon the development of an appreciation of their music among audiences in the US.

The rhythms of taiko drumming are founded upon those of nature and the music itself  is considered to be a  very basic element of Japanese culture. It has been incorporated into almost all aspects of daily life in Japan. ONE’s performances are a combination of energetic rhythm patterns and accompanying body movements, which are anone 6 essential element of taiko drumming. They bring their own somewhat Americanized version of this ancient Japanese genre to their US audiences and, as a result, have attained quite a following. Visit their web site for performance listings, entertaining video clips, and the ensemble members’ blog.

As an organization, Odaiko New England regularly offers ome 2weekly classes for beginning and more advanced adults and a series for young people. Go ahead and sneak a peek at a class in action. In addition, they conduct workshops and give lecture/demonstrations specially designed for audiences  from children to adult.  You can even hire them for your organization’s special event or to collaborate on a performance project. For more on Odaiko New England and all that they have to offer, visit their web site for contact info. or sign up for their newsletter. You can also purchase mementos at the online store or make a donation through the purchase of a performance DVD and support the organization’s cultural cause while you enjoy the entertainment.

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August 13, 2009 at 12:27 am Leave a comment

Zili Misik – Congratulations Again!

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Extra Extra! – Zilik Misik, a definite tops in local world music entertainment, has done it yet again. As a follow-up to their double award winning feat of last year, which included the Boston Music Awards (see post on 1/20/2009) and Boston Phoenix Music Awards, they have taken the Phoenix award again for the 2nd straight year in a row!  This year’s nominees also included the acts of Newpoli, Bloca AfroBrazil, and SambaLolo. Congratulations to all of these magnificent local artists. Be sure and check out their web sites and treat yourself to an audio sampling of their great sounds.

August 9, 2009 at 3:06 am Leave a comment

Club Lido – Tops In Latin and Caribbean Style Music

Lido 4Looking for first rate Latin or Caribbean style music entertainment? Then head on out to Revere and experience all that Club Lido has to offer. This huge venue is conveniently located at Wonderland and hosts some of the biggest names in world music as well as weekly dance parties.

Concert entertainment features the stars of reggae, dancehall, soca, and other Caribbean genres, as well as salsa, bachata, merengue, duranguense, vallenato, andLido more. In fact, Club Lido claims to attract virtually all of Brazil’s superstars to their stage.

The show continues with Explosion Centro Americana. This weekly Saturday night dance party is hosted by dj personality Carlos G. of 1600 am and has been going strong for 10 years. So come on out and dance to the sounds of salsa, merengue, cumbia, and other Latin/South American music genres. You can’t go wrong with an event that has been in existence for so long!  Club Lido is located right at the Wonderland T stop and there is plenty of parking too.

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August 4, 2009 at 2:20 pm Leave a comment


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