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Discover What Transpires When Afro-Peruvian Roots Music Meets Leading Edge World Fusion @ Johhny D’s with Superstars Novalima: July 10th, Sunday @ 9:00 p.m.

Novalima is currently one of the world’s hottest world fusion ensembles and they are coming to Boston next month!!! Their unique brand of world fusion consists of an artful and innovative blending of a number of genres including traditional Afro-Peruvian folk (a fusion of sorts in of itself), Afro-beat, dub, hip-hop, electronica, reggae, Latin, and funk. They will be performing at Johnny D’s so space will be somewhat limited. That being said, buy your tickets early for this one! Herein lies a great yet rare opportunity to experience internationally acclaimed world musicians in a more intimate setting. The band’s albums have earned both platinum and gold rankings in their homeland of Peru and their success has continued to skyrocket on the international world music scene as well. They have during their career so far already enjoyed the number one spot on the US College Music Journal, Latin Alternative, and New World Radio charts. In 2006 they received the IMAC’s (Independent Music Awards) top honors for best world fusion album and their latest release Coba, Coba (2009) earned them a Latin Grammy nomination.

It’s hard to imagine, but Novalima got its start through the collaborative efforts of four Peruvian musicians/Djs who were actually living in four diverse areas of the globe at the time, namely Lima, London, Barcelona, and Hong-Kong! Friends from the time they were youths, Ramon Perez Prieto, Grimaldo Del Solar, Rafael Morales, and Carlos Li Carillo, managed to successfully communicate their artistic ideas to each other at a distance, resulting in the formation of a world fusion ensemble that eventually brought them international acclaim. They attribute much of their popularity to the successful incorporation of both their experiences as musicians as well as Djs (a definite added plus) into their overall musical style and the addition of guest artists from all over the world as a part of their act, some of whom have ultimately become permanent band members. With the addition of band mates Jaun Medrano-Cotito, Mangue Vasquez, Milagros Guerrero, Marcos Mosquerra, and Constantino Alvarez, the group has more than doubled in size. Instrumentation includes both Western and ethnic attributes. 

Unfortunately, as a result of the suffering of decades of social injustices, such as enslavement, persecution, and discrimination, the Afro-Peruvian people are witnessing a steady demise of their most precious native ways of  life. In recognition of this, Novalima remains steadfast in their cultural mission to sustain the ethnic livelihood of the this community, not only within Peru, but on a global scale as well. In fact, they have been so successful at this, that they have taken Peruvian audiences by storm with leading-edge music that appeals to a broad spectrum of listeners, young and old, fans of both traditional folk and contemporary popular music, as well as Afro-Peruvians and non-Afro-Peruvians alike! As the best of musical ambassadors of goodwill, they have managed to close much of the long-exisiting cultural gap between the Afro-Peruvian community and the rest of their fellow Peruvian citizens, as so few others have been able to do, with music that speaks with profound emotion to the hardships suffered by a country’s minority, through a genuine yet popular guise of world-wide crowd appeal. In the mood for innovative world fusion? Then come on out to Johnny D’s and see what this intriguing Afro-Peruvian cultural revelation ia all about!









Event Details:

When: July 10th, Sunday @ 9:00 p.m.

Where: Johnny D’s Uptown (Somerville)

Tickets: $15.00 (Online purchase highly recommended – $1.00 fee)

                           Dinner/Appetizer  Menu

More Info: 617-776-2004


June 12, 2011 at 6:06 pm Leave a comment

Experience Premier Afrobeat as Femi Kuti and The Positive Force Come to Boston: April 21st, Thursday (8:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.)

Listen to Femi Kuti.

Heralded as “one of the true giants of African music” by Q Magazine, Afrobeat star Femi Kuti and his band The Positive Force will be coming to Boston to promote their latest cd release “Africa for Africa”. This is an especially timely appearance as “Fela fever” is taking the world by storm. Femi is the eldest son of Afrobeat legend Fela Kuti who’s artistic greatness is currently being honored internationally, not only in the form of the highly successful broadway musical Fela!, but other monumental forms of recognition, as well.  Joining Femi and his band, thus adding to this powerful sound energy, will be local Afropop favorite the Uhuru Afrika Dancefloor Explosion DJ Show.


 A two-time Grammy nominee in his own right, Femi has never been satisfied with resting on his father’s laurels, and as a result has developed his very own bold yet sophisticated and monumentally successful trademark style. Starting out at the age of 15 he was a member of his father’s bands, but by the mid 80’s had begun to make his own original musical statement with the formation of his own new band The Positive Force. The decade of the 90s saw his emergence into a style of Afrobeat that was truly “Femi” culminating in the release of a solo cd Shoki, Shoki. His style then continued to develop, even showing influences of American hip hop. Then finally in 2008 he recorded his most successful release yet “Day By Day”. However, it remains to be seen if his latest release “Africa for Africa” will top this one. Femi’s main inspiration for this particular recording comes from a desire to artistically recapture some of the flavor of the good old days when he was producing records with his father. In order to successfully accomplish this he returned to the very same old studio back home in Lagos, now virtually run down, where they once recorded together with the band. It is here that he hopes to have produced a sound reminiscent of the original Afrobeat, just as it was in the beginning.  

Femi still stoically shares his late father’s distinctly anti-government views with respect to the current leadership not only in his homeland of Nigeria , but also parts of the rest of the African continent, as well. In keeping with this political legacy, he continues to manage Fela’s infamous nightclub “The Shrine” with his older sister Yeni and performs there on a regular basis. Now however, dubbed “The New Shrine”, as the old one was destroyed in a violent raid by government soldiers, it still unfortunately plays host to regular intrusions at the hands of the nation’s leaders who have closed it down on numerous occasions, fortunately not for long though! If you happen to catch Femi’s appearance at the Paradise Rock Club, you’ll not only be treated to first-rate Afrobeat music, but you will also most surly catch some of that feisty, fiery Kuti spirit as well…As they say at “The New Shrine”- Yeah! Yeah!

Event Details:

When: April 21st, Thursday (8:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.)

Where: Paradise Rock Club (Allston/Brighton)

Tickets: $25.00 (In Advance)

More Info: 617-562-8800

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April 15, 2011 at 12:20 am Leave a comment

Join Ethiopian Superstar Mahmoud Ahmed and Boston’s Own Either/Orchestra for a Superb Evening of Jazz Fusion: March 24th, Thursday @ 7:30 or 10:00 p.m.

Watch Mahmoud Ahmed perform with  the Either/Orchestra.

Mahmoud Ahmed is literally the most popular singer currently performing in Ethiopia today. Now, here’s your chance to experience this great artist up close at the Regattabar in the Charles Hotel. He will be bringing you the sounds of world fusion, a mixture of Ethiopian, jazz, and Afro-Cuban genres, accompanied by Grammy nominees the Either/Orchestra who will be adding their own additional special touches to the mix . Although Ahmed frequently performs with this local Boston ensemble, it is only the 3rd time they will be appearing together in the US and we are fortunate enough to have it happening right here in Boston, Massachusetts!

Coming from the humble beginnings of a shoe shine boy, Mahmoud Ahmed eventually found his career in music performing, at first, as a substitute artist with the popular Ethiopian ensemble, the Imperial Body Guard Band. He proved to be such a smashing success that he soon became a permanent group member as their lead singer. He then managed to continue to rise in national popularity, appearing with the country’s top artists, despite the Ethiopian governments attempts to suppress the performance of popular music in general within the country. Then in the early 80’s he went on tour in the US and was heavily endeared by the Ehtiopian diaspora community there. In 1986 his international stardom among this diaspora took hold in Europe as well, with the release of a number of his recordings on the Belgian Crammed Discs label. In 2007 Ahemd won a highly coveted BBC World Music Award despite heavy competition from the like of Ali Farka Toure, Bongo Maffin, and Toumani Diabate. 

The Either/Orchestra (E/O), founded in 1985 by Grammy Award winner saxophonist and composer Russ Gershon, has had and continues to have a number of opportunities to perform with some of Ethiopa’s greatest music stars. This ten piece ensemble has toured heavily on a national and international basis and has released no less than seven cds. Their particular style of highly danceable jazz, which is a characteristic blend of African, Latin, American, and Caribbean influences, is not only highly original but also ever evolving, and presented with a lot of emotion. Since 1997, the group has been presenting their own original jazz versions of Ethiopian compositions and were the very first American ensemble ever invited to actually travel to Ethiopia to perform in a national music festival. You can support this very popular Boston-based ensemble in their latest of such overseas endeavors, a collaborative effort with Nerses Nalbandian, at  At any rate, if you can make it out to the Regattabar for this very special concert, you will not only be highly entertained by the collaborative efforts of these highly accomplished artists, but also afforded the rare opportunity to enjoy this great music in a small, intimate club atmosphere.



Event Details:

When: March 24th, Thursday @ 7:39 & 10:00 p.m.

Where: Regattabar (Harvard Square)

Tickets: 7:30 show ($30.00) / 10:00 sh0w ($25.00)

                     Purchase online by visitng the calendar.

More Info: 617-395-7757

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March 16, 2011 at 7:18 pm Leave a comment

Ignite Your Senses with the Passion, Electricity, and Excitement that is the Bale Folclorico da Bahia: January 22nd, Saturday @ 8:00 p.m.

Watch  the Bale Folclorico da Bahia. 

So here we are folks, locked into the cold, icy doldrums of mid-winter once again. However, fear not, the Bale Folclorico da Bahia (BFB) has come to the rescue with a show that is designed to heat up even the bleakest January night! 24 dancers, instrumentalists,and vocalists strong, this Brazilian dance troupe literally lights up the entire performance venue wherever they go, never-failing to bring the audience out of their seats, dancing to the highly energetic beats of  Afro-Brazilian folk and popular music at its finest. Founded in Salvador, Bahai in 1988 by Walson Botel and Ninho Reis, they are Brazil’s sole professional dance company and already in their very first year of performance  were named “Best Performer of the Year” by the country’s  Ministry of Culture. Since then they have been considered Brazil’s top dance troupe, becoming wildly popular not only in their homeland, but on a world-wide scale abroad, as well. Their performance repertoire consists of Afro-Brazilian folkloric dance scenarios based on traditional genres including slave dances, capoeira, samba, and those presented at the spectacularly colorful celebration of Brazilian Carnival. Artistic director Jose Carlos Arandiba, brings these traditional dance forms to life on stage with contemporary, innovative choreography designed to appeal to general audiences the world over. And who wouldn’t be absolutely dazzled by a spectacle of color, action-packed choreography accented with  acrobatic and martial arts movements, intensely rhythmic music, and high drama. This show is non-stop high energy from beginning to end.

 In 2008, Bale Folclorico da Bahia commemorated its 20th anniversary with a new show comprised of both old favorites and brand new dance numbers. Learn more about this highly successful dance company’s accomplishments by visiting their website history and award pages. And if you do have the good fortune of attending their upcoming Boston performance, be prepared to be razzled and dazzled, while experiencing a truly euphoric emotional high.
Event Details:

When: January 22nd, Saturday @ 8:00 p.m.

Where: Boston Opera House (Downtown Boston)

Tickets: $65.00, $50.00, and $40.00

       Visit World Music CrashArts website for purchasing details

More Info: Contacts (World Music CrashArts)

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January 13, 2011 at 3:33 am Leave a comment

Experience the Thrill as an Afrobeat Legend and His Music Come Back to Life on the Stage in the Broadway Hit Fela!: January 13th (Thursday) & 17th (Monday) @ 7:00 p.m.

View excerpts from Fela! / Listen to Fela Kuti’s music

Former Nigerian superstar Fela Anikulapo Kuti was, and still is, idolized by his loyal listeners and fellow professional world music colleagues as well. During the length of his highly successful but  politically stormy music career, this legendary composer/performer not only fathered the development of the Afrobeat genre, ultimately giving it the name by which it is still recognized today, but also managed to employ his music as a forceful catalyst in spreading the message of freedom and democracy to oppressed common citizens not only in Nigeria, but throughout the rest of the African continent as well. The musical Fela! brings this incredible life “to life” all to the wonderful sounds of Afrobeat, Kuti style no less! This National Theatre Production (2008), directed and choreographed by Brian T. Jones, won no less than 3 Tony Awards and was a smashing success both in London and on and off Broadway. Now it comes to Boston audiences in its original form in high-definition as a live motion picture, being a part of the critically acclaimed NT Live Series which features some of Britain’s top stage performances.  Fela! is part of a worldwide Fela Kuti revival that is currently taking place, spawning re-releases of his recordings, musical tributes given in his name,  the production of motion pictures and stage shows featuring his life and music, and the formation of numerous world music ensembles which continue to carry on the Afrobeat traditionThe general public is also embracing the currently ever-present Fela-themed parties, club nights, and T-shirts for sale.

Afrobeat is generally a fusion of jazz, funk (heavily influenced by James Brown), psychadelic rock, and various traditional and contemporary African music elements. Although it is Kuti that is most credited for the development of the genre, he himself stated that without his long time colleague and bandmate, drummer Tony Allen, Afrobeat would never have matured to the level that it did. It is a very complex style consisting of layer upon layer of rhythmic and melodic motifs executed by rather large instrumental/vocal ensembles. Kuti was known for his particular emphasis on the later, thus bringing to the stage the most bizarre and electrifying performances designed to set his audiences on fire. In fact, he was so effective in this regard with his anti-establishment- oriented musical themes that he infuriated the Nigerian government to no end. For speaking out against the military dictatorship that dominated his homeland, Kuti was repeatedly punished and terrorized, suffering severe beatings, the loss of dear relatives, friends ,and supporters, the destruction of private property, arrests, banishments, and even imprisonment.  Furthermore, his own bandmates eventually turned on him as well. But Kuti had a soul of steel and continued to perservere through it all, performing well into the 80’s, not only in his native Nigeria but also throughout the rest of Africa, the United States and Europe. Come and experience Fela! on the big silver screen and be prepared to be blown away not only by the music, but the man, himself,  as well. Fela Kuti lives again!








Event Details:

When: January 13th (Thursday) and 17th (Monday) @ 7:00 p.m.

Where: Coolidge Corner Theatre (Brookline)

Tickets: $20.00 (General Admission) / $17.00 (Coolidge Corner Theatre members) 

  Purchase tickets online OR On site

More Info: 617-734-2500 OR Visit their website

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January 1, 2011 at 6:52 pm Leave a comment

Hey World Music Fans! Enjoy Not One But Two Seperate Venues for World Music Entertainment in One Evening @ Boston’s New Year’s Eve Masked Ball: December 31st, Friday (9:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.)

There promises to be lots and lots of world music activity at the New Year’s Eve 2011 Bal Masque. This event, sponsored by V-World Enterprises, Roy Afrique, and Night Life Executives will be held at the Embassy Suites Hotel Boston which is actually located near the airport.  Don your mask and dance the night away to a variety of world music, provided by internationally renown DJs. There will also be a live band playing, who is yet to be announced, as well as some additional music genres of a more Western nature including R&B, Top 40, mashups, and soul.  In addition to a complimentary mask (masque), party guests will also receive additional favors, “surprise gifts”, hors d’ouevres, and a glass of champagne to toast in the new year. In order to enjoy some of the best tables in the house, it is recommended  that one purchase VIP tickets or arrive at the event early. 



Let DJs Super Duke, Charlie B, Kid Afrik, and BZ Fingaz be your hosts for a jam-packed evening of  ethnic music. Party goers will have a choice of 3 different venues in which to enjoy all this great entertainment, and no less than 2 of them will be dedicated strictly to world music! The Zoukonpa Room will feature the sounds of zouk, konpa, kizomba, reggae, and an additional mixture of Caribbean vibes. The Afrique Room will host coupe decale, naija, soukous, ndom bolo, and other world music genres. So, if you like dancing to a wholesome variety of world music, then what are you waiting for? Purchase your tickets now!

Event Details:

When: December 31st, Friday (9:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.)

Where: Embassy Suites Hotel Boston (East Boston)

Tickets: $30.00 (with purchase of 3 or more by 12/25) / $35.00 (all other purchases)

      Purchase online Or Call or text 781-473-0274 or 781-333-8423 OR Email

More Info: 781-473-0274 or 781-333-8423

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December 19, 2010 at 5:30 pm Leave a comment

Dance to the Sweet Beat of Africa and Beyond … with Uhuru Afrika: Events Sponsored Monthly

Join Uhuru Afrika for a great evening of world music entertainment and dancing enjoyment, featuring African music not only from the mother continent itself but from other regions of the world as well. Aaaah yes, the musical African diaspora is alive and well. Let popular local djs Adam Gibbons and Max Pela be your hosts, as you dance the night away to some of the best African influenced music around, either live or recorded. These dance party events have been going strong monthly for 2 years now, and as an added plus, sometimes feature live solo drumming performances, ethnic food, big-screen visuals, and more. Those of you who know me well enough by now, know that it gives me great pleasure to inform you that all, or at least of a portion of, the proceeds from these events go towards supporting the dedicated efforts of NextAid, an African relief organization that assists the children, youth, and women of the continent who are in need as a result of AIDS-related issues or other hardships. They staunchly believe, as of course do Ithat world music is a very effective tool in gathering public support for humanitarian world causes. For more info on Uhuru Afrika’s events call them at 617-497-1544 OR visit their website OR email them at You can also visit them on Facebook for additional information on African music and cultures from all around the world , complete with audio and video links for your listening and viewing pleasure. 

There are not one, but three Uhuru Afrika events scheduled for the month of December including: 2 Year Anniversary/World AIDS Day Benefit with all proceeds going to NextAid (12/11), Jump (12/16), and New Years Eve Bash (12/31). So, why not treat yourself to a fun-filled evening of African music out on the dance floor while lending a helping hand to some of our fellow world citizens in need.



November 16, 2010 at 3:13 am Leave a comment

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