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Help World Music Help Haiti: 6 Hour Mega Benefit Concert in Boston – Sunday, January 24th from 3:00 – 9:00 p.m.

The Massachusetts Haitian American Earthquake Task Force needs your support in their efforts to bring relief to the thousands of  our fellow human beings affected by this month’s terrible earthquake disaster! As you know, if you read this blog regularly, I am totally and enthusiastically in favor of world music being employed as a catalyst of world-wide aide. The funds raised from this event will go to those organizations  currently involved in Haitian earthquake relief efforts. Please, please help if you can, by attending this 6 hour event, even if just for a little while. You have part of both the afternoon and evening to fit it into your schedule if you can.

There will be lots of marvelous entertainment including international and national Haitian guest stars, gospel choirs, local world musicians, and child-oriented performances as well. Also on hand, will be literary and visual artists from the Haitian Artists Assembly of Massachusetts (HAAM) selling their works and donating the proceeds to this most important humanitarian cause. 



Event Details:

When: January 24th – Sunday from 3:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Where: Madison Park High School (Roxbury)

More Info: 617 – 698 – 6360 OR Email:




So far, this is the performance line-up:

Guest Stars: Carole Demesmin (Florida), Toto Laraque (Montreal), Nicky Christ (Haiti), Manno Chalmay (not confirmed, as of yet)

Local Talent: Pierre Gardy Fontaine, Mirlande Rouzard, Michael Besson, Rebecca Zama, Sebastien Lucien, Malaika Lucien, Jean Dauphin, Didi JeremieGifrants’ Sextet, Zili Misik, Melange 


January 9, 2010 at 2:05 am Leave a comment

Get a Quick and Informative Introduction to the World of Social Latin Dance with Firebeat Dancesport Studios – Sunday, January 24th @ 4:00 p.m.

Have you been itching to tryout some Latin dance moves, just to see whether or not this is really your thing? Well, Firebeat Dancesport Studios is offering you the perfect chance to do just that. The great part is, you don’t have to put in a personal investment for a full set of dance lessons to do it. All that’s required of you to attend their “Latin Ballroom Sampler for Beginners” is just one hour of your time on a Sunday afternoon and an introductory lesson fee.

The instructor will feature four Latin dances including Cha cha, Samba, Rumba, and Jive. You will then be taught the basic steps to 2 of them. There is an optional dance party to follow, so you can extend your dance experience a little further if you wish. Although, just be aware that this is a general session so you will hear music to accompany other ballroom dances in addition to the Latin ones. 


I myself have indulged in some Latin dance lessons and, even though I am by no means a natural born dancer, I had a great time all around. The best part for me though was that I was moving to the sound of all that great Latin music!!! As a fellow world music listener, I am sure that you too will appreciate this aspect of  the social dance scene. As I always say, where there is great dancing, there is great music!  

Attention! FYI, now you can see how the Latin dance pros do it, live and in person, as The Eastern United States Dancesport Championships come to Boston. 






 Event Details :

When: January 24th – Sunday (4:00 – 5:00 p.m.)

Dance Party – 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Where: Firebeat Dancesport Studios

Fees: $18.00 (General)/ $15.00 (Student)

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(Dance Party- $5.00 (Advance) / $10.00 (At the door)

Further Info: (617) – 254 – 4600

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January 7, 2010 at 4:38 pm Leave a comment

Be Both Highly Entertained and Educated: Let Stambandet Serenade You with Their Authentic Renditions of Traditional Nordic Song – Thursday, January 28th @ 7:30 p.m.

For over 30 years now, the a cappella vocal group Stambandet has been bringing the beauty and cultural richness of traditional Nordic song to the New England area and elsewhere. There are currently 12 members of the ensemble, most of whom were born in Scandinavia. Led by Berklee professor Allen Levines since 1985, they have managed to keep their performances not only acutely authentic, but highly artistically accomplished as well. Their aim has always been to give their audiences a true appreciation and understanding of   Scandinavian folk song traditions while also presenting to them various aspects of Nordic culture.  I would also point out here, that they are the only group in the United States with such an intense focus on this particular genre, thus making an attendance at one of their concerts a rare treat indeed!

Stambandet performs seldom heard vocal repertoire from Sweden, Norway, Finland, Iceland and Denmark. They sing in up to 7-part harmony in 6 different languages presented within a framework of numerous uniquely Scandinavian folk styles. Among the most interesting and intriguing of these vocal techniques is “trall”, a related form of “scat”, only their voices are imitating Nordic fiddle tunes rather than jazz instrumental improvisations. Visit their web site to hear audio samples, attain a list of recordings available for sale, or view a calendar of upcoming concerts. (I would assume that they are intending to post the upcoming 2010 season shortly)


Event Details:

When: January 30th – Thursday @ 7:30 p.m.  

Where: David Friend Recital Hall (Berklee College of Music)

Ticket Pricing & Other Info: (617) 747-2261

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January 3, 2010 at 7:42 pm Leave a comment

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