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

Michal Shapiro | Posted 09.29.2014 | 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 09.05.2014 | 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.

Bored with American Hip Hop, R&B and Funk? Go EAST, Music Lover

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 05.16.2014 | Entertainment
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

It's becoming harder and harder to find American R&B that satisfies my soul. I grew up on Chicago's Southside during the 50s and 60s. I danced dow...

From Another Green Isle: Cape Verde's Neuza at SOB's (VIDEO)

Michal Shapiro | Posted 04.28.2014 | Arts
Michal Shapiro

I expected a somewhat bare bones acoustic presentation from this, but as soon as I walked into sound check, I heard a fully electrified band warming up. The signature cavaquino (Portuguese ukulele) was there, but so was a synthesizer and a full kit.

Music that Round Trips Between Africa, Cuba and Spanish Harlem

Marty Lipp | Posted 03.24.2014 | Arts
Marty Lipp

The band responsible for "Yay Boy," the first salsa hit sung in the west African language of Wolof, was called Africando.

5 Reasons Why You Should be Listening to International Hip-Hop

Christopher Emdin | Posted 03.15.2014 | Arts
Christopher Emdin

Despite what has become of hip-hop culture in the United States, my trip to South Africa reawakened my love for the music and the culture. That trip showed me that hip-hop's purity still exists.

Amira Sings Balkan Sevdah at WOMEX 2013 (Video)

Michal Shapiro | Posted 02.15.2014 | Arts
Michal Shapiro

Amira is certainly one of the best known of the new generation of Sevdah artists. Raised in Bosnia-Herzegovina, she learned most of the songs in her repertoire from her mother. She also displays the kind of bel canto interpretation that characterizes the form.

Mundial Montréal #3: (Part Un) 'World Music Affaires!'

Marlon Regis | Posted 02.04.2014 | Entertainment
Marlon Regis

Without a chance to brush up on my poor speaking or understanding of French, I was whisked away from LA to Montréal, Canada after an invite came into my inbox to attend the 3rd annual world music conference/festival Mundial Montréal.

Mundial Montréal #3: (Part Deux) 'Along Boul. St-Laurent'

Marlon Regis | Posted 01.27.2014 | Entertainment
Marlon Regis

The sounds of the world are just that, and Saltarello's haunting harmonies from the Middle-Ages crossing into contemporary compositions, threw us into their Northern French Canadian region of Abitibi, cold and far, far away!

Two Harps That Beat As One: Catrin Finch and Seckou Keita (VIDEO)

Michal Shapiro | Posted 01.25.2014 | Arts
Michal Shapiro

As far as I know, the collaboration between Seckou Keita and Catrin Finch is the first one to pair the kora with another harp. And upon hearing this duet, one actually wonders what took so long.

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

Marty Lipp | Posted 12.04.2013 | Arts
Marty Lipp

Taking the concept to the next stage literally, Drexler applies the technology to a live audience setting, picking audience members to come on stage and choose the parts of the songs, which he then has to sing in real time.

Six Picks for the Week Ahead From The Family Savvy

Sarah Bowman | Posted 08.20.2013 | Los Angeles
Sarah Bowman

With some worldly music and film suggestions, an excellent chance to get your family ready for 4th grade history superstar Junipero Serra, and a flat-...

Diablo Love: Tomás Doncker & Alfred Preisser Bringing the Music of Howlin' Wolf to the SummerStage

Bessie A. Winn-Afeku | Posted 10.07.2013 | Arts
Bessie A. Winn-Afeku

It's Faust meets Romeo and Juliet. It's soul, funk, gospel and the blues. It's the music of the late Howlin' Wolf brought to life on stage. It is what you want to experience when you want to be taken away even for just a moment by a live musical and theatrical performance.

Dancing Till Dawn in Warsaw

Michal Shapiro | Posted 09.05.2013 | Arts
Michal Shapiro

There's something shakin' in Poland these days. Musicians who are curious about their folk legacy (the real one) have been discovering its joys, and are passing that joy along to a whole new generation of young people. And they are dancing up a storm... to the Mazurka.