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New Artist Reviews: Kiravell

Morena Duwe | Posted 08.28.2015 | Entertainment
Morena Duwe

Traveling can evoke innovations and creations unlike any other muse. The inundation of new interactions, challenges, tastes, sights, smells and sounds awaken the spirit. Singer, songwriter, and healer, Meniyka Kiravell, has dipped the quill of her mind into the bottomless inkwell of travel.

Some Recent Albums Surprise With a Mix of Music With Origins on Both Sides of the Rio Grande

Marty Lipp | Posted 08.10.2015 | Arts
Marty Lipp

While Los Lobos broke ground for highlighting both cultures on the same album, subsequent artists on both sides of the Rio Grande have mixed elements of the countries together for their own neo-traditional mestizo music.

The Santa Cruz Music Festival 2015 Announces Lineup

Morena Duwe | Posted 08.07.2015 | Arts
Morena Duwe

Many music festivals are located in outskirts, wildernesses and boonies with the idea of creating a relocated community away from the normalcy of city life. Even city festivals usually take place at a venue that though proximal to city life, makes festival-goers feel as if they are in a timeless and placeless dimension.

Jai Uttal: The King of Kirtan, Singing for the Last 50 Years As If His Life Depended on It

Ira Israel | Posted 06.30.2015 | Entertainment
Ira Israel

I love passionate people. I am inspired by people who fly without a net, who would rather perish than compromise their integrity and devotion, who do not cease from exploration, who do not have a Plan B.

Detroit's Own Blackman & Arnold Reunite For Big Show at Royal Oak Music Theatre

Kelly Frazier | Posted 05.27.2015 | Detroit
Kelly Frazier

We all know the big name artists who are the faces their respective genres in Detroit; whether its hip hop, techno, rock, jazz, or whatever. The co...

The Slow Music Movement

Erin Bernhardt | Posted 06.29.2015 | Arts
Erin Bernhardt

Song and Smith are making an effort to take the glitz and glam out of the music industry and bring performance back to its roots.

Message from Mali: There is No Life Without Music

Paul Stoller | Posted 05.27.2015 | World
Paul Stoller

We have much to learn from The Caravan of Peace and the likes of Khaira Arby and Songhoy Blues. As in Mali, there is no shortage of political and economic oppression in the United States. Considering the ever-growing celebration and extension of ignorance, intolerance, hate and social violence, the prospect for our future generates no small measure of fear.

Folk Chamber Music: Sam Lee at GlobalFEST (Video)

Michal Shapiro | Posted 05.24.2015 | Arts
Michal Shapiro

Lee's arrangement with cello, drums, violin, trumpet and yoochin (Mongolian hammered dulcimer) milks every phrase of the song for textural, harmonic and melodic possibilities. Lee's baritone voice is a wonderful folk instrument, true and flexible, and he savors the notes with real pleasure.

When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Keep Singing (2 videos)

Michal Shapiro | Posted 04.21.2015 | Arts
Michal Shapiro

It took over an hour for the sound check. Now you've got a full house enraptured by your music. You're going full throttle, the audience is totally ...

Lulacruza Creates Unique Visual Album Esperando el Tsunami

Morena Duwe | Posted 04.15.2015 | Entertainment
Morena Duwe

Water is an elemental part of human existence, keeping us clean, hydrated and buoyant. We have manipulated it, polluted it, cleaned it and harnessed its power. Some live harmoniously with it while others usurp it.

CD Review: Big Apple Blues

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 03.23.2015 | Entertainment
Christopher Zoukis

What do you get when you put a Pulitzer prize-winning poet and a famous blues guitarist in the same room? Answer: expressive, heavy duty, industrial strength blues.

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

Marty Lipp | Posted 12.24.2014 | Arts
Marty Lipp

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.

Czech's Mix Part 2: Singing in Tongues (Video)

Michal Shapiro | Posted 11.29.2014 | Arts
Michal Shapiro

I first became acquainted with the husband and wife team called DVA (two) when I saw their video "France Trance." "Quirky" did not adequately describe this humorous little gem, in which a balloon sings in faux French before "getting popped."

Czech's Mix: Crossroads Festival in Ostrava Part 1 (video)

Michal Shapiro | Posted 11.05.2014 | Arts
Michal Shapiro

The massive Colours of Ostrava Festival books major (and less major) acts from the world over. This year, there was a special opening night entitled "Crossroads" dedicated solely to currents in Czech music.

Small Islands, Big Music: Report From the AME at Cabo Verde

Michal Shapiro | Posted 10.06.2014 | Arts
Michal Shapiro

For 20 years, the World Music Expo (WOMEX) has been the premiere European destination for targeted world music marketing. But realizing that the con...

Somi: A New High Priestess of Soul

Craig Carpenter | Posted 10.01.2014 | Arts
Craig Carpenter

Cynical music fans like to talk about the things that aren't happening today; things that aren't happening in jazz, that aren't happening in R&B. A few months ago, I was invited to witness what was happening at New York's Joe's Pub, in the person of recording artist, Somi.

Summer in New York City: Keep Cool With Brazilian Music

Marty Lipp | Posted 09.14.2014 | Entertainment
Marty Lipp

Though she is uncomfortable with the label, Bebel Gilberto is, for many folks, bossa nova royalty: Her father, Joao Gilberto is arguably the founder of the quiet sophisticated distillation of samba, and her mother is the singer Miucha

Music for the Mythical Brazil

Marty Lipp | Posted 09.06.2014 | Arts
Marty Lipp

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.

Big Music from Small Places: Maya Kamaty at AME (Video)

Michal Shapiro | Posted 08.04.2014 | Arts
Michal Shapiro

My previous post on Cape Verdean Singer Neuza, resulted in a trip to the AME, The Atlantic Music Expo in Cape Verde. As impressive as the local tal...

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

Marty Lipp | Posted 07.19.2014 | Arts
Marty Lipp

In a country where the government controlled the media, his ability to reach listeners was stunted. Nevertheless, he has continued to write and occasionally perform and release albums.

Zoya: World Music Meets Indie Folk Singer-Songwriter

Anahita Bahri | Posted 07.05.2014 | Arts
Anahita Bahri

After hearing the North Indian sounds in her music, along with her entrancing vocal style and lyrics, I knew I had to spread her music and story to other music lovers.

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

Marty Lipp | Posted 06.28.2014 | Arts
Marty Lipp

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.

Pop Prophets and Religious Pluralism

Jim Burklo | Posted 06.22.2014 | Religion
Jim Burklo

A review by Jim Burklo of NATURAL MYSTICS: The Prophetic Lives of Bob Marley and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan by Varun Soni (Figueroa Press: 2014). Waves o...

40,000 Years of Singing

Barrett Martin | Posted 06.14.2014 | Arts
Barrett Martin

Any musicologist or art historian will tell you that the music and art of a culture says everything about the culture itself. When did we stop creating culture and instead started devouring it?

Lila Downs Finds Three-Part Harmony Among Countries

Marty Lipp | Posted 06.07.2014 | Arts
Marty Lipp

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.