Archive for October, 2009

Cape Verdean/Portuguese Icon Sara Tavares Performs at the Berklee Performance Center – Saturday, November 21st @ 8:00 p.m.

Listen to Sara Tavares.

Sara Tavares is presently considered to be Cape Verde’s tavares2leading musician. Although originally of Cape Verdean heritage, Tavares was raised in Lisbon which remains home. The star has maintained a strong connection to both cultures throughout her musical career and has thus become an icon of the Cape Verdean Diaspora movement. She remains steadfast in her commitment to promote this island country’s culture world-wide through her music. Although of universal appeal, her songs speak most directly to the youth of the Portuguese-speaking Diaspora. She hopes that her musical messages will instill in them a strong sense of cultural identity, something she struggled to find for herself as a Cape Verdean young person growing up in Portuguese society.

All of this cultural upheaval in her early life has resulted not only in the heartfelt messages of her lyrics, but also in a unique and intriguing global fusion style of music allTavares1 her own. Although she sings mostly in Cape Verdean Crioulo (Creole), the lyrics of her songs are also in Angolan, Portuguese, and English. It has become her signature trade mark to incorporate the use of slang as well. Her intensely global music style is a combination of Afro-beat, reggae, jazz, and Cape Verdean bossa-nova, along with touches of Afro-American soul and gospel. Although her album Mima Bo (1999) was a great hit in Portugal, she took a five year hiatus from recording in order to return to Cape Verde and immerse herself in the local culture there. It is her next album Balance (2006) which therefore truly displays her mature signature style for the first time. Here is a sampling from her latest release Xinti (2009).       

Tavares began her musical career as a teen pop phenom, however,  eventually turning to gospel music. She founded Portugal’s first gospel choir, whose membership consisted entirely of African-Portuguese vocalists. Recognition commenced with first place in two major national TV contests in Portugal which resulted in an invitation to represent the country in the 1994 Eurovision song contest. Tavares also gained a following for her rendition of “God Help the Outcasts” from the original soundtrack of the move The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Most notably however, is her 2007 nomination in the category of Best Newcomer at the then prestigious BBC Radio 3 World Music Awards. It would seem that this very promising and relatively young career is only beginning and that many more accolades will surely come the Cape Verdean star’s way.






Concert Details :

When: November 21st – Saturday @ 8:00 p.m.

Where: Berklee Performance Center

Tickets: $28.00 & $22.00

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

(Neighborhood Restaurants)


October 30, 2009 at 5:14 pm Leave a comment

Boston Public Library World Music Audio Collection – New CDs Ordered (9/11/09)

NotesThe cds in this order contain a sampling of music genres from around the world including, Latin hits, Vietnamese, Chinese, and Russian pop, Filipino jazz/blues fusion, and Afrobeat 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.



1. Nepodkontrolno – Valeriya (Russia) (Review)
2. Opiumroz – Serebro  (Russia) (Review)
3. Samoye Glavnoe – Alsu (Russia) (Review)
4. Vopreki  – V. Meladze (Russia) (Review)

5. Agua del Pozo – Alex Cuba (Cuba) (Review) 

6. El Canta Autor del Pueblo – Espinoza Paz (Mexico) (Review)

7. Mi Regreso – Luis Miguel del Amargue (Dominican Republic) (Review)

8. Pegadito al Corazon – Joan Sebastian (Mexico) (Review)

9. The 3rd Round– Tank (China) (Review) 

10. Butterfly Jolin – Jolin Tsai (China) (Review)

11. Flippin’ Out – Charmaine Clamor (Philippines) (Review)

12. Tsimba Itsoka – Oliver Mtukudzi (Zimbabwe) (Review)

13. Best of Bao Thy & Lam Chan Khang: Sorry  (Selections 4, 9, & 11) – (Vietnam)

14. Ngoai Pho (Selections 3, 4, & 14) – Quang Linh (Vietnam)  

October 22, 2009 at 5:52 pm Leave a comment Great Source for Indian Music Happenings In and Around the Boston Area is one great local source of Indian music concerts. All of their events listings are categorized making browsing a snap. Further more, what’s really neat is that if you click on the category heading for a particular event, you will be given a list of all the events in that category. As nearly as I can tell, the main categories for music and related events are Music, Dance, and Show. Another nice extra, is that the folks at make it very convenient for you to purchase your tickets online, while your at it. If you’re interested in Indian dance lessons of any kind or local music or dance recitals, then be sure and check out their rather extensive directory of area cultural schools in the Music and Dance section. Register with and you can opt to receive their online newsletter which includes listings of the latest and hottest events happening in the area.  

Note: If the events page does not come up on your initial attempt to visit the site, be sure and check back later.  For some reason it appears to be a bit temperamental at times, but definitely worth a little patience on your part.


October 20, 2009 at 2:04 am Leave a comment

Attention All Salsa Dancers!!! – Visit now, and Keep Up on All the Latest Dance Party Action and More

SalBos1If Latin dance party fun, especially Salsa style, is your kind of entertainment then is the site for you. I’ve already posted individually on some of the weekly dance parties around Boston. (See under Dance Parties in the categories listed on the right for some in depth event descriptions) What makes this particular site so great for local party goers, is that it provides a centralized and up-to-date resource for all the local action around town. organizes a number of weekly Salsa parties of their own, including cruises. You’ll find them all listed here along with other  local Salsa-oriented  dance events. There is a whole section devoted to Latin dance clubs, complete with reviews. You can also find Salsa instructors, local Latin radio/TV stations and explore links to other relevant sites. will even help you plan your next Latin event. Need a band, dj, professional dancers, or other services? Ask for their assistance and they will be glad to help you find just what you need for your special occasion in the way of reliable personnel. Now that I’ve given you the basic highlights of what you can find via a visit to, why not  call them up on the internet and do a little exploring on your own. Subscribe to their newsletter and keep up on all the latest goings on.


October 16, 2009 at 7:56 pm Leave a comment

Latin Cultural Celebration 2009: A Whole of Month of Fantastic Latin Music Entertainment at the Berklee College of Music

berk l1Berklee hosts many great concerts series and this one, in its 11th year, is going on for the entire month of November. Enjoy Latin music from Cuba, Brazil, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Venezuela, Panama, and elsewhere. The series is put on by the students themselves who will be performing in addition to Berkelee faculty, alumni, staff, and guest stars. Specially featured will be locally and internationally renown artists, Angel David Mattos, Mili Bermejo, Patricia Elena Vlieg, Oscar Stagnaro, Issac Delgado, Victor Mendoza, Marcus Santos, Taller de Musica Experimental, and Fernando Brandao. For more complete info on each artist along with time and location of the concert, consult the series listing. Series events other than actual concerts, such as workshops and clinics, are for students only and not open to the public, but you might want to look through the general event calendar where you will find other Latin music events listed that are not officially part of this particular series.  Here’s the complete concert schedule at a glance:

Nov. 2nd – Victor Mendoza, vibist (Latin jazz) and Marcus Santos, percussionist (Afro-Brazilian)

Nov. 4th – Angel David Mattos, pianist & the Angel Mattos Quartet  (fusion of Latin and standard jazz, classical,  and Puerto Rican folk) – appearing with the Latin Faculty Big Band

Las Americas Faculty Ensemble (Latin American and Caribbean genres including: Baiao, mambo, Calypso, Afro-Cuban, Afro-cha, Joropo, and tamber)

Nov. 5th – Taller de Musica Experimental (Afro-Caribbean /jazz fusion)                   berk l3

Nov. 9th – Fernando Brandao, flutist (Brazilian)

Nov. 10th – Mili Bermejo, vocalist (Latin folk/jazz fusion)

                       Patricia Elena Vlieg, vocalist/pianist (with Oscar Stagnaro, bassist) (Latin-based fusion with jazz and other genres)

Nov. 12th – Issac Delgado, vocalist (Cuban Salsa and timba) – appearing with his son, pianist, and Berklee students, faculty, and alumni)

 Mr. Delgado will also be appearing at 1:00 p.m. on Nov. 10th & 12th in the Cafe 939

Nov. 16 – Berklee Canta en Espanol Showcase – participants in Spanish language songwriting contest

Nov. 17th – “Boston Meets San Juan” – joint concert of students from Berklee and the Puerto Rico Conservatory (Pan-American, Latin, and standard jazz)

Nov. 18th – Advanced Latin and Jazz Performance Workshop Concert – Berklee students

Nov. 20th – Jose Luis Pagan (1:00 p.m. – David Friend Recital Hall)

Nov. 24th – Latin Jazz Ensemble (Berklee students)

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General Concert Info:

When: November, 2009 (Check listing for exact dates & times)

Where: Various Berklee College of Music venues (Check listing for exact locations)

Maps – Cafe 939, Recital Hall 1W, Berklee Performance Center, David Friend Recital Hall, Berk Recital Hall   

Admission: $10.00 for all performances at the Berklee Performance Center (More ticket info)

                         (Exception – Issac Delgado concert – tickets are $20.00 or $25.00 via Ticketmaster)

                         Performances at all other venues are free (a nice bargain)

More Info: 617-747-2409

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October 14, 2009 at 1:35 pm Leave a comment

Boston Brazilian Local Gateway To the Music of Brazil

NotesIf you are at all interested in Boston’s Brazilian music scene, make it a habit to visit Once you’ve arrived at this highly informative web page, you will be greeted with a list of Brazilian music and dance events which are about to take place in and around the Boston area. Here you will have access to all kinds of event announcements including, concerts, dance performances, parties, and lessons, lectures and workshops, festivals, CD release parties, and even cruises that offer ethnic music and food. If you want a more braz2complete picture of the variety of events listed here, then you definitely need to check out the  lengthy listing of past events, as well.

If you hang out here long enough, you will discover all kinds of local musicians, dance troupes, and performance venues (including bars and restaurants), which are connected in some way with Brazilian performing arts. More ever, this “gateway ” to Brazilian music and dance will lead you to other such gateways. Just refer to the list on the left-hand side of the screen and you will see listings of appropriate web sites. The organizations currently listed here include AfroBrazil, Brazil Arts World, and Harvard Brazil Studies, but there are local musicians included in the mix as well. Make it a habit to visit you will never be short of great opportunities to experience this wonderful genre of Latin music. 

October 10, 2009 at 12:52 pm Leave a comment

Portuguese Fado Legend Mariza Comes to Boston – Saturday, November 7th @ 8:00 p.m.

Mariza1Portuguese fado artist Mariza is not only legendary in her own homeland, but internationally as well for her performance success with this  folk-based genre. She identifies fado as a highly emotional style, and projects this well to her audiences through her engaging stage presence and dramatically sensitive singing. Her most endearing trademark is her ability to deliver the traditional standards with a highly effective modern flare, all her own. As a member of the New Fado Movement, she is forever bringing new styles of singing to the genre and as a result is becoming increasingly popular world-wide. Currently, she has sold over 5 million albums. Visit her website for rave performance reviews and to hear samples of her marvelous singing. (also on MySpace)

Although she moved to Lisbon at age three, Mariza wasMariza3 born in Mozambique and is of Afro-Portuguese heritage. She began singing very early on and by the age of 5, was singing along with the locals in her parent’s restaurant.  Her career took off when she performed a memorial tribute to then Portuguese fado legend Amalia Rodrigues. Who would have know then that she would be the one to eventually follow in her great footsteps? After this performance she was encouraged by friends to record and hasn’t looked back since.

Of course, she has won countless awards both locally and internationally. In her native Portugal she has been named Artist of the Year (2003) as well as Person of the Year (2004) , and has also received a Golden Globe Award for Best Individual Performer (2006). She has won the BBC Radio 3’s very prestigious award for Best European Singer in World Music no less than 3 times (2003, 2005, 2006). Her albums have made the Top 10 in countries world-wide and 2 of them were nominated for Latin Grammy Awards (2007/2008). She has received numerous other awards internationally from as far away as Africa and was invited to sing at the 2004 Olympic Games in Greece with the well-known rock group Sting. Mariza continues to sport her wild popularity at major concert venues word-wide from Carnegie Hall to the Sydney Opera House. In addition to all this, and very importantly I might add, she has been consistently recognized as an ambassador of international goodwill and has been called upon to promote her native Portuguese culture in various official capacities.









Concert Details :

When: November 7th – Saturday @ 8:00 p.m.

Where: Berklee Performance Center

Tickets: $42.00, $37.00, $30.00

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

(Neighborhood Restaurants)


October 7, 2009 at 4:54 pm Leave a comment

Cultural Entertainment for the Whole Family at the International Family Festival (Sunday Afternoon, November 8th)

NotesThe International Family Festival is in its 6th year and looks to be a great cultural learning experience, especially for the younger children. There will be performances of world music and dance haling from Columbia, India, the African Diaspora and elsewhere. In addition, you and your family can enjoy international crafts and participate in cultural activities. Specially featured, will be juvenile artwork from Nicaragua.  I don’t have the exact time period for this event, but I’m sure you will find out when you call to register, as a previous sign-up is required. 

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Event Details:

When: November 8th – Sunday (afternoon)

Where: Springstep in (Medford) (Additional Directions)

Admission: Free (Registration required)              

For More Info or to Register: 781-393-2106 (Medford Family Network)

         Transportation assistance is available.                           

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October 3, 2009 at 12:38 am Leave a comment

Winter May Be On the Way, But Things Are Heating Up Anyway at the Sagra Restaurant – Enjoy Weekly Salsa Dancing (Wednesdays @ 10:00 p.m.)

NotesThat’s right! Things are definitely hot on Salsa Wednesdays at this Italian eatery in Somerville’s Davis Square. Sponsored by, this Latin dance party event offers a real night club ambiance, complete with live djs and big screen dance videos and photos. To get things going a little early, start the evening off  by enjoying some great Italian cuisine. Take a look a Sagra’s menu. I know that when winter approaches, I, myself, am always looking for some great indoor events to ward of the seasonal chill. This one should definitely do the trick! 





Event Details:

(Age 21 and over)

When: Wednesday evenings

                 Salsa Lessons (Beginner- Advanced) (9:00-10:00)  

                 Latin Dance Party (10:00-1:00 a.m.)

                 Dinner is served until 10:00 p.m.

        Attention!!! All events start promptly on time.

Where: Sagra Restaurant (Steps from Davis Square T stop)

Admission: $10.00 (cover charge) / $2.00 (lesson fee)

                      Plenty of free parking available!

Call: 617-513-9841 for more info, to book groups, or reserve tables            Notes

Subscribe to’s email updates and receive  current info regarding plans to expand this event, once Sagra completes their addition of a brand new dance floor.              

October 1, 2009 at 12:12 am Leave a comment

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