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Hip Deep in Madagascar: The Tsapiky Story

The southwest of Madagascar is a land of fishermen, mining prospectors, and cattle ranchers—not exactly a homogenous region in terms of lifestyle or ethnicity. But one thing that unites all the people of this region is the giddy, electric guitar-driven … Read more »

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    Ala Ta

    Awa Sangho began her musical life in Dire, near Timbuktu, Mali, then moved on to Bamako and Abidjan—where she enjoyed a distinguished career as a singer/dancer/actress in Ensemble Koteba, and a front person in Les Go de Koteba—and since 2011, … Read more »

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    Paraíso da Miragem

    “Paraquedas” is probably one of the best songs of 2014. As Mais Um Discos’ owner Lewis Robinson noted in an interview we conducted with him in June, “It’s a great pop song. That’s the kind of pop music I want … Read more »

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    Mean Love

    The music that Ahmed Gallab makes under the moniker Sinkane has always been deceptively pleasant. Hiding layers of complexity beneath its often-gorgeous exteriors, it’s a moving target that escapes definition through its sheer likability. The latest Sinkane album, the brilliant Mean Love … Read more »

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    Les Ambassadeurs du Motel de Bamako

    The central irony of Salif Keita’s early career is how a noble—a descendant of the Mande Empire’s founder Sunjata Keita, yet—could assume the profile of a griot, a musical orator of a distinctly lower social status. When Keita arrived on … Read more »

Ala Ta

Awa Sangho began her musical life in Dire, near Timbuktu, Mali, then moved on to Bamako and Abidjan—where she enjoyed a distinguished career as a singer/dancer/actress in Ensemble Koteba, and a front person in Les Go de Koteba—and since 2011, … Read more »

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  • Wed Oct 1

    Location: SOB's, 204 Varick St, New York, NY, United States (Google Maps)

    Time: 9:30 pm to 10:30 pm

    9:30PM doors / 10:00PM show
    $15 in advance - $20 day of show

  • Wed Oct 1

    Location: Barbes (Google Maps)

    Time: 10:00 pm to 11:00 pm

    THE MANDINGO AMBASSADORS. Every Wednesday
    In the 1960's and 1970's, the government of Guinea engaged in a campaign known as Authenticité. It was a drive to create a new musical movement that would be specifically Guinean, but would include the modern wonders that were the electric guitar, the electric bass and the drumset. Musicians were given instruments and orchestras were formed. Surprisingly, the results proved mesmerizing and a myriad new bands were born. Many of them would go on to have a profound and lasting impact on African music. Mamady Kouyate was one of those pioneers. He played in various bands - his own band, Les Ambassadeurs du Mandingue, being one of them - but is probably best known as the guitarist in the the classic Bembeya Jazz National. Kouyate, who now lives in NY, has reformed the Mandingo Ambassadors, updating the sound of his youth, but keeping it very close to the standard of Authenticité. The new All-Star band includ es Ismael Kouyate - vocals; Mamady Kourouma - guitar; Oran Etkin - tenor sax & clarinets; Sylvain Leroux - flute, tambin and alto sax; Andy Algire - drums; Nick Cudahy - bass and Mamady Kouyate - guitar. “dazzling vocal and guitar patterns over a rhythm section that is like a perfect system” Ben Ratliff, NY Times.

  • Thu Oct 2

    Location: Zinc Bar, West 3rd Street, New York, NY, United States (Google Maps)

    Time: 9:00 pm to 11:30 pm

    Sets at 9:00 and 10:30PM

    The first Thursday each month, this 16-piece big band brings together musicians from different countries around the world that, under Gregorio Uribe’s leadership and vision, create a masterpiece of Latin rhythms. With a remarkable compliance of trumpets, trombones and saxes soaring over an amazing percussion section and the leader of the group dancing to the beat while playing the accordion, this band brings new and modern flavor to Latin music that, simply, cannot go unnoticed.

    The band has performed at renown venues on the East Coast such as Iridium, Highline Ballroom, Fat Cat, Theater For The New City, Regattabar and the Rhode Island State House.

    Uribe brought to life his vision to create a show that blends different genres such as funk and jazz with the intriguing folkloric rhythms of his native Colombia. This energetic and intelligent approach to the music of his country has led him to share the stage with such renowned artists as the six-time Grammy-winner Rubén Blades and Latin Grammy Award-winners Aterciopelados

  • Thu Oct 2

    Location: DROM, 85 Avenue A, New York, NY, United States (Google Maps)

    Time: 9:00 pm to 10:30 pm

    Doors at 9pm, Show at 9:30pm
    $12 adv, $17 at door
    Rooted in Son Jarocho, Las Cafeteras seamlessly fuse traditional Afro-Caribbean music from Veracruz, Mexico with modern rhythms and lyrically rich storytelling to create a new Urban Folk sound from the streets of East Los Angeles. Las Cafeteras have taken the music scene by storm with their infectious live performances and have crossed-genre and musical borders. We open the 10th NY Gypsy Festival with just the right type of band that symbolizes the spirit of Gypsy Music.

  • Thu Oct 2

    Location: Zinc Bar, West 3rd Street, New York, NY, United States (Google Maps)

    Time: 11:59 pm to 2:00 am

    The essence of AfroCuban music is expressed in the Rumba: intoxicating polyrhythmic percussion, played on multiple drums, accompanied by call and response singing. Master percussionist Roman Diaz, the leader of the Abakuá society brought to Cuba from Calabar, West Africa, is regarded as a “living repository” of Cuba's folkoric music. As a member of the seminal Cuban rumba ensemble Yoruba Andabo, he continued the work of the legendary percussionist Pancho Quinto in creating a new definition of traditional Cuban rumba.

    Román Díaz left Cuba in 1999 to come to New York City. Since then he has been featured alongside Orlando “Puntilla” Rios in the critically acclaimed documentary Calle 54, and in ‘Dame La Mano’ the film that documents the life and times of Union City’s Esquina Habanera, the Grammy-nominated rumba ensemble Raíces Habanera and their followers.

    His mastery of the batá drum is present on countless recordings along with his rock solid groove on congas. He has always been sought after for his artistic sensibility, charisma and signature sound. As a producer, he has brought together some of the finest interpreters of Rumba from the island as documented on the CD, Wemilere. In the U.S., Diaz has collaborated with many musicians including the New Orleans jazz great Donald Harrison, Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez, Paquito D’Rivera, Juan-Carlos Formell, Oriando “Puntilla” Rios and AfroHORN.