Archive for June, 2010

Come Immerse Yourself In the Rich Diverse Treasures that Are Africa @ the 1st African Festival of Boston: Saturday, July 17th (9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.)

Join New England’s African community as they celebrate the great continent’s 50 years of independence. During the decade of the 60s, no less than 31 countries in Africa won their freedom and now is the time to come together to commemorate this all important anniversary through an extravaganza of cultural activity. The annual African Festival of Boston is in its first year and is anticipated to attract thousands of eager visitors to City Hall Plaza. Sponsored by the Congolese-centered African welfare organization the Shalupe Foundation, it  is hoped that this event will serve to strengthen the African community, both locally here in  New England and back home on the mother continent  through the promotion of a culturally vibrant present-day Africa, just waiting to share its countless valuable treasures with the rest of the world.

Come experience the abundant cultural diversity this continent has to offer through the presence of its many countries in the form of native music, dance, food, crafts, and a drum call parade. And as for us world music fans, we will be serenaded by a variety of glorious sounds from Senegal, Northern Africa, Mali, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Zimbabwe, and the Ivory Coast. Headlining the all-star local and international performance cast will be Teeyah and Bouro Mpela to be followed by UMelini, Mamadou Diop, Atlas Soul, Boubacar Diabate and Samba Lolo, Lamine Toure and Group Saloum, and Fatou Ndiay and Silimbo Dance Company. Many local African businesses will be represented throughout the day as well. What a great way to discover the array of ethnic products and services they have to offer. Spend a day at the festival and you’ll be guaranteed to walk away with an extremely valuable  education in and appreciation of African culture not to be missed. 



Event Details:

When: Saturday, July 17th (9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.)

       Parade starts at 10:00 a.m. on the Boston Common        

Where: City Hall Plaza (Downtown Boston)

Admission: Free

More Info: Contact Mireille Tushiminina @ 857 – 249 – 3831 /

June 30, 2010 at 2:17 pm Leave a comment

Attention! Learn to Folk Dance for Free, Right in the Heart of Downtown Boston: Tuesday Evenings in July (7:30 – 10:00 p.m.)

That’s right, international folk dance lessons will be given absolutely free of charge during the month of July in Copley Square. Come gather ’round the fountain in front of Trinity Church and dance your heart out to the tune of live folk music provided by some of Boston’s best folk ensembles. Sponsored by the Folk Arts Center of  New England, this grand summer event has been going on since 1971 and is still going strong after almost 40 years! That’s pretty impressive, if you ask me. There’s no experience required, no partner needed, and plenty of dance instruction provided to get you up and  moving in no time.


Dances performed originate from all over the world and are of a social group-style nature. Each individual dance lasts anywhere from 2 t0 5 minutes and tempos vary. For more info about the nature of this type of event, visit FAC’s helpful web page. If you view the videos provided, you will get an even better idea of just what to expect. I know what you  definitely can expect from this event and that is great music for your listening and dancing pleasure, competent and enthusiastic instruction, and a whole lot of fun.




Event Details:

When: Tuesday evenings in July – 7:30 – 10:00 p.m.

Where: Copley Square (Downtown Boston)

Admission: Free!

More Info: 781 – 662 – 7475

                      *** 781 – 662 – 7476 (Call after 5:00 p.m. on Tuesdays to make sure session is still on)

(Area Restaurants)   


June 28, 2010 at 5:28 pm Leave a comment

Emerse Yourself in a Weekend of African Culture @ the 4th Annual Ndaje Festival

Watch a performance of Les Enfants du Soliel.

 This multi-dimensional African extravaganza, now in its 4th year, begins on Friday afternoon (6/25) and the action continues until Sunday evening (6/27). Is easy to see why the Ndaje Festival of African Music and Dance has sustained its popularity thus far as its has so much variety to offer its attendees. There will be workshops given in native music and dance, a concert, and a huge after party to follow. In addition, all this wonderful activity will be highlighted by the presence of the vendors displaying their African wares including clothing, crafts, and food. Ndaje or Wolof means come together, and this special celebratory gathering is the creation of its distinguished master of ceremonies Pape N’Diaye and his non-profit cultural organization, the Ndaje School of African Arts, Inc. N’Diaye is a highly esteemed authority on African dance and shares his talents with the rest of the world through his choreography, teaching, and own personal dance and music performances. His was originally a member of the National Ballet of Senegal and has extensive knowledge of both traditional and contemporary African, as well as Western modern and jazz dance techniques. He teaches classes locally and choreographs for many area dance companies including, the Kinodance Company, Harvard Pan-African Dance and Music, and MIT’s African Dance Group.


The festival workshops will be held on all three days of the event. Internationally acclaimed instructors will be conducting classes in West African drumming, dancing, and singing. And guess what? Students with all levels of expertise will be accommodated, so even if you just happen to be one of those curious types dying to tryout something new and different, well then here’s your big chance. On Saturday evening there will be a performance by Les Enfants du Soliel. This very popular African dance theater is directed by Pape N’Diaye himself and never fails to totally entrance the audience with their mesmerizing rendition of native folk-lore. These virtuosos of music and dance from Senegal, Guinea, Mali, and the U.S. put on a dazzling display of color, action-packed choreography, and infectious rhythm that will beg you to sing and dance right there in your seat, or out of it for that matter, along with the rest of the crowd. Then the celebration continues at the Doundounba or Sabar themed after party featuring African drumming and dance performances by artists taking part in the festival and special guests. And, of course, the crowd in general will also be dancing up a storm,  not only to the beat of the drum but also to a dj’s selections of reggae, hip-hop, mbalax, and Afropop tunes. Thanks to Pape N’Diaye’s ingenious design, this single event offers so much variety to its attendees that there is literally something  of  interest here for everyone indeed!




When: Friday – Sunday, June 25th – 27th       

                 Workshops – 6/25 – 6/27 (See schedule for times)

                 Concert – Saturday, 6/26 @ 8:00 p.m.

                 After Party – Saturday, 6/26 @ 11:00 p.m.

Where:  Workshops – Dance Complex (Central Square)

                                   Further directions

            Concert – Kresge Auditorium (MIT)

            After Party – YMCA of Cambridge

Tickets: Workshops (See registration info for pricing)

                      Purchase online for a discount untill 6/22

             Concert: $20.00 (Purchase online until 6/25) 

                           $25.00 (At the door)

             After Party: $10.00 (With Concert ticket)  

                              $15.00 (General Admission)

More Info:  Email: 

                           Join the mailing list to receive festival updates in your inbox 

Out of Town Guests: Transportation/Lodging                          



June 25, 2010 at 5:04 pm Leave a comment

Boston Public Library World Music Audio Collection – New CDs Ordered (9/25/09 – 11/18/09)

NotesThe cds in this order contain a sampling of music genres from around the world including, popular music from Africa, the Middle East, Hawaii, Australia, and Spain, Indian film and fusion music, global jazz, South American dance music, reggae, and English folk music. 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. Painted On Water – Sertab Erener & Demir Demirkan  (Turkey) 
2. The Rough Guide to Afrobeat Revolution – Various Artists  (Africa) 
3. The Rough Guide to Tango Revival – Various Artists (South America) 
4. Yatra – Nomadic Souls – Kailash Kher & Kailasa  (India)

5. Dandana 3 (2009) – Various Artists (Middle East) 

6. Ha Eish Hayaty – Tamer Husni (India)

7. El Ultimo Trago– Buika (Spain)

8. Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi – Soundtrack (India)

9. Dark Shades of Blue – Xavier Rudd (Australia)

10. Nanea – Na Palapalai (Hawaii)

11. Putumayo Presents Jazz Around the World – Various Artists

12. Salsa! – Various Artists (South America)

13. Reggae Gold 2009 – Various Artists (Jamaica)

14. Rough Guide to Salsa Gold – Various Artists (South America)

15. True Stories – Martin Simpson (England)  

June 22, 2010 at 12:59 pm Leave a comment

Take a Musical Voyage Around the World at “World Wednesdays”: Weekly @ 9:00 p.m.

Ryles dance club, located in Inman Square, Cambridge, has been bringing premier local and nationally acclaimed live music acts to the Boston area for over 15 years. With all of this experience and expertise behind them, you know that these folks will provide you, the audience, with top-notch live music entertainment every time! All you have to do is show up, sit back, and enjoy. Luckily for us ethnic music fans, Wednesdays are world music nights at Ryles where they feature a variety of genres from all over the globe. Just to give you and idea, the line-up for June includes (or included) the Jovino Santos Neto Trio (Brazilian jazz), the Alexi Tsiganov Quintet (Russian jazz), the Bangalore India Fusion Scene & Guests (world fusion), the BC Quintet (Bjorn Wennas/Carmen Marsico Quintet) (Italian/Swedish jazz), and Esthema (world fusion). One can surely appreciate the geographical variety presented here. World Wednesdays are definitely a great way to bring a little pick-me-up to the middle of your long work week. By the way, while your taking in all of this great music entertainment, you can also enjoy dinner compliments of Mitch’s BBQ. Keep up on all the music happenings at Ryles and receive special discounts delivered right to your inbox by subscribing to their mailing list.


Event Details:

When: Wednesdays @ 9:00 p.m.

Where: Ryles (on the Mainstage) (Inman Square)

Tickets: $10.00 (Purchase online here)

More Info: 617-876-9330 (phone) OR 617-354-0505 (fax) OR                   

June 18, 2010 at 5:20 pm Leave a comment

Take Your Salsa Music Enjoyment to a Whole New Level: Learn to Dance the Dance with the Pros: Tuesday and Thursday Evenings (8:00 – 10:30 p.m.)

At this point, I have posted many a salsa dance party around town, most of  which offer a single lesson on the spot to get you up and dancing  for the evening. That’s all well and good, of course, if you just want a quick intro to the dance … but what if you really and truly want to learn how to dance a “mean” salsa or at least a “semi-mean” one anyway. In that case, you need to get into a good salsa class and get down to some serious business on a regular basis. Well, you can do just that with the folks at the Masacote School, conveniently located in Harvard Square. Unlike most other social dance schools, this outfit specializes in salsa specifically- a huge plus right there!  And talk about learning from the pros, the school is directly associated with Masacote Entertainment, an internationally renowned Latin dance company and jazz ensemble with an epithet that reads “Bridging the gap between music and dance”. I couldn’t agree with their philosophy more. You want your dancing to be enhancement to your listening pleasure, not a distraction!

The expert staff at Masacote base their dance instruction upon a strict adherence to basic technique with a heavy emphasis on fundamental skills right from lesson one. They know from many years of experience that this the way to ensure that their students progress as rapidly as possible. Classes are designed for all ages and no partner is necessary. They offer their students group, private, or even customized instruction plans, as well as coaching sessions. You can even opt to learn in the comfort and convenience of your own home via their self-instructive DVDs. If you happen to have any salsa dance experience at all, then come on in for a free evaluation session and the staff will place you in the appropriate class according to your skill level. The Masacote School offers a wide range of salsa classes designed to fit every student’s needs from the total novice to the well advanced including: Intro to Salsa, Beginner Salsa, Advanced Beginner Salsa, Intermediate Salsa, Advanced Salsa, Ladies’ Salsa Styling, Musicality & Fundamentals, and Movement Classes. Take your pick! As I say, there’s something here for everyone. New classes start each and every month so there’s no need to wait. Sign up now as sessions fill-up quickly. Go ahead and read the rave reviews and convincing testimonials!


See where a little practice will get ya? Yes, these are real students and their teachers!!!



Event Details:

When: Classes held on Tuesdays and Thursdays (starting as early as 8:00 p.m. and lasting to as late as 10:30 p.m. – Check the schedule for details)

Next session starts Thursday, July 1 – Placement evaluation given on Tuesday, June 29th @ 7:00 p.m. (Free of charge – by appointment only)

Where: Democracy Center (Harvard Square)

Fee: $49.00 – $99.00 (Register online by scrolling down the page and looking on the left-hand side)

20% discount for students and couples 

More Info: 617-875-9006 OR

(Area Restaurants)  


June 16, 2010 at 12:43 am Leave a comment

Summer’s Here and So Are “Tequila Tuesdays”: Enjoy Salsa Dancing in a Truly Unique Outdoor Atmosphere: Tuesdays (6:00 – 11:00 p.m.)

Take your summer nightlife to a whole new level and head to the tropics, right here in downtown Boston! As one who loves to experience those island getaway vacations, Tequila Tuesdays sound very appealing indeed to me. Sushi-Teq is the InterContinental Boston’s outdoor patio bar/eatery with a distinctive tropical twist, complete with potted palms and an ocean view. Tuesdays, Tequila Tuesdays this is, are salsa party night here and they offer free tastings of tequila, as well as salsa dance lessons from professionals. The latter is a particularly good deal, considering that there already is no cover charge and lessons at many other events of this nature around town cost extra. Now, once you’ve established your “salsa legs” its time to hit the dance floor and enjoy an evening of dancing on the patio. This establishment only seats 30 people and the event has become popular, so come early! I also want to point out here that you can enjoy Latin music and dancing at Sushi-Teq the rest of the week as well. They are open Tuesday thru Saturday. 

Bring your appetite to the party as there is quite an array of tantalizing and interesting items to feast upon here at Sushi-Teq. The folks at the Intercontinental Boston decided to add a little ethnic pizzaz to their tropical paradise by introducing some cuisine into the menu from other parts of the globe. Makes the evening all the more interesting I think.  The sushi and sashimi are offered in both traditional as well as innovative ways and there are tapas and other appetizers on the menu as well. While there is full bar service available, they do feature tropical drinks such as 69, that’s right- I did indeed say 69, types of  tequila, numerous versions of margaritas, and other exotic cocktails on the bar menu. So, come spend a night in the tropics where the music and dancing are hot, at Sushi-Teq. 


Care to dance anyone?


Event Details:

21+ only

When:  Tequila Tuesdays (Summer season only) (6:00 – 11:00 p.m.)

Regular summer hours Tuesday – Friday (5:00 – 11:00 pm.) / Saturday (3:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.)

Where: Sushi-Teq (Intercontinental Boston)

Admission: Free

More Info: 617-217-5150 


June 12, 2010 at 2:07 am Leave a comment

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