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Marty Lipp
Marty Lipp has been writing about world music since slightly after the world cooled. He has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, Details Magazine, The Star-Ledger and had a world-music column for Newsday.

Entries by Marty Lipp

With New Album and Book, Kidjo Gives Voice to Women of Africa

(0) Comments | Posted October 24, 2014 | 10:30 AM

A new album, a new book, a special performance at Carnegie Hall. After 40 years in the public eye, the whirlwind that is singer Angelique Kidjo seems to have found a cruising speed that suits her.

On November 5th, Kidjo headlines a multi-performer Carnegie Hall tribute...

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Summer in New York City: Keep Cool With Brazilian Music

(0) Comments | Posted July 15, 2014 | 4:30 PM


The World Cup is over but Brazilian music has an extra period for fans in New York.

For the multi-venue Brasil Summerfest, one of the headliners is Bebel Gilberto, who plays Celebrate Brooklyn at the Prospect Park Bandshell on July 18th...

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Music for the Mythical Brazil

(0) Comments | Posted July 7, 2014 | 5:23 PM

The World Cup lets us non-Brazilians (and some Brazilians) bask for a moment again in the mythical Brazil -- land of dazzling futbol, beautiful beaches, sultry supermodels and supernatural jungles, all moving to a samba beat.

The truth, of course, lies just under the stereotype -- there is some tough...

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Album May Be "Final," But Cuban Singer Ferrer Is Not Done Yet

(0) Comments | Posted May 19, 2014 | 3:13 PM

Working through the decades in relative isolation -- a metaphorical island within the island of Cuba - Pedro Luis Ferrer has been distanced from the "star-making machinery" of popular music. But that never stopped him from simply carrying on, refining his art.

A child of the Cuban revolution, Ferrer fell...

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Rodrigo y Gabriela Show They Are Grateful to the Dead on New Album

(0) Comments | Posted April 28, 2014 | 11:50 AM

From Mexican metal band to busking in Dublin to Cuba to the White House, the unlikely story of Rodrigo y Gabriela continues with them getting back to their roots as an acoustic instrumental duo.

In a recent interview Gabriela Quintero said that after their last album, Area 52, where they...

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Lila Downs Finds Three-Part Harmony Among Countries

(0) Comments | Posted April 7, 2014 | 8:40 PM

Lila Downs was born with one foot in each of three cultures.

Her father was from Minnesota while her mother was Mexican, and Downs was brought up in both countries. In addition, her mom was very proud of her indigenous Mixtec heritage and dressed in traditional styles, which...

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Music that Round Trips Between Africa, Cuba and Spanish Harlem

(0) Comments | Posted January 22, 2014 | 11:45 PM

Back in 1992, dancers at Latin clubs found themselves spinning, quick-stepping and swinging their hips to a new song that had easily slipped into the skein of tunes that carried them across the dancefloor, but there was something distinctly different about it: the vocals, the lyrics.

The band responsible for...

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Latin-American Songwriter Creates 'App Song' and Takes it on Tour

(0) Comments | Posted October 4, 2013 | 2:58 PM

"I don't consider myself strictly a musician or a poet: I am a songwriter," said Jorge Drexler.

Drexler himself is sui generis: a half-Jewish Uruguayan former ear, nose and throat doctor and the only person given an Academy Award for a song in Spanish (his "Al Otro Lado del Rio"...

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Italian Group Revives Folk Tradition for a World Audience

(0) Comments | Posted June 20, 2013 | 7:41 PM

Mention "Italian music" to most Americans and they might think of opera, the Big Night soundtrack or some kitschy version of "O Sole Mio," but the country so dearly beloved here for its food and films also has a deep but overlooked wellspring of traditional music.

One of the performers...

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An Atypical Brazilian Pop Star Listens to Her Inner Voice for New Album

(1) Comments | Posted June 14, 2013 | 4:31 PM

In the high-energy world of Brazilian popular music, Marisa Monte has always stood apart -- a pensive pop star more interested in making beauty than shaking booty.

Since her debut live album in 1989, Monte has conquered the charts with her gorgeous, silky voice and thoughtful, gentle elegance. She...

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New Set Revisits the Rise of Tito Puente

(0) Comments | Posted May 25, 2013 | 9:18 PM

Despite decades of success and honors, Tito Puente is, in a sense, an unknown superstar. The "King of Mambo" in the late 1950s and "El Rey" throughout the salsa era that followed, Puente barely dents the consciousness of Anglo America, especially in more recent decades when salsa developed at an...

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Three Irish Stars Form New Neo-Trad Constellation

(1) Comments | Posted April 20, 2013 | 12:58 PM

In Irish music today, tradition ain't what it used to be.

While the casual listener might think any group of musicians playing "Irish sounding" music on acoustic instruments is traditional, even those venerable veterans The Chieftains were considered revolutionaries when they first performed. Since then, there have been several generations...

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Sharon Shannon and Irish Music Icons Tour U.S. for 'St. Patrick's Month'

(2) Comments | Posted March 8, 2013 | 4:48 PM

While Ireland can be damp and chilly, it's always sunny and warm when you are with Sharon Shannon.

The ever-smiling accordion player burst onto the music scene 21 years ago with her eponymous debut album, which still holds the record as the largest-selling Irish traditional music album. Her...

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Big-Band Samba Conjures Up the Brazil of Dreams

(1) Comments | Posted February 21, 2013 | 8:50 AM

It seems like it can be pretty hard to get away from samba in Brazil, but then again, why would you want to?

Like reggae in Jamaica, samba is the heartbeat rhythm of Brazil. But there isn't one type of samba: there is the samba enredo, the theme songs sung...

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Italian Pop Star Tries on a New York State of Mind

(1) Comments | Posted October 16, 2012 | 5:21 PM

The Italian explorer Christopher Columbus came to America and discovered a new world; the Italian rock star Jovanotti came to New York to discover himself.

After 25 years at the top of the Italian charts, the stadium-filling singer-songwriter Lorenzo "Jovanotti" Cherubini has moved to New York City to try on...

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Irish Fiddler Preserves and Evolves the Tradition

(1) Comments | Posted April 13, 2012 | 10:33 AM

Martin Hayes is a traditional Irish fiddler and the son of a traditional Irish fiddler, so he is well aware that traditional music is a constantly evolving form.

Hayes is a masterful fiddler who is known for his soulful playing as well as his ability to fly through a brisk...

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Acoustic-guitar Duo Rock Their Way Along an Unlikely Path to Success

(2) Comments | Posted April 5, 2012 | 2:10 PM

Listening to the sophisticated interplay of the two acoustic guitars of Rodrigo y Gabriela, it is hard to believe that they began their musical partnership in a Mexican heavy metal band.

The two musicians with their dazzling, original technique, have become international stars via an improbable story line. After their...

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Playing From the Old Heart of Flamenco

(3) Comments | Posted April 2, 2012 | 12:46 PM

Through pure determination, Paco de Lucía has become that rarity among artists: both icon and iconoclast.

It's been more than fifty years since Paco de Lucía taught himself guitar and stunned the world of flamenco as a child prodigy, then went on to develop peerless technique and controversially reshape the...

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(Almost) Samba-free Albums From Brazil

(1) Comments | Posted March 27, 2012 | 5:12 PM

I guess it could happen. Some Brazilian music fan had such a Mad Wednesday of a Mardi Gras Tuesday that he or she felt the compulsion to give up something big for Lent -- samba. Fortune, however, would have been helping this Brazilnut since two of Brazil's top stars have...

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African American String Band Plucks Joy From Sorrowful Era

(0) Comments | Posted March 5, 2012 | 5:35 PM

It was hard times for black musicians in the decades following the Civil War, but that didn't stop them from shouting out some soulful and joyous music.

Today, the young musicians of the Carolina Chocolate Drops are reviving interest in these old tunes -- not by re-creating them as precious...

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