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Upcoming World Music Shows: Omar Faruk Tekbilek & Ana Moura

Posted October 12, 2014 by | 0 Comments
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There are two forthcoming shows I am excited about and I wanted to share my enthusiasm.
The first is Turkish virtuoso and sufi artist Omar Faruk Tekbilek. He comes here for two rare shows.
Saturday Oct 25, 2014 at 8 pm – click here for details. Location: Westwood Hills Church, 1989 Westwood Blvd, LA, CA 90025
Sunday Oct 26, 2014  at 7 pm – click here for details. Location: Hoson House, …

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Show #76: Guitar Summit

Posted October 10, 2014 by | 0 Comments
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Today’s show is about guitars; not all guitars, no blues, no country-western or western swing, etc. There are several styles featured, however, including Indian slide, surf guitar Cuban tres, French manouche (gypsy jazz), and an amazing live version of the Brazilian classic “Asa Branca”.
We begin with the new album by Bill Frisell. It contains mostly surf guitar classics from the 1960s. Then a stupendous version of …

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Show #74: Malian Music Plus Happy Birthday Ray Charles & John Coltrane

Posted September 26, 2014 by | 0 Comments
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This week we feature some great music from Malian father and son duo Toumani and Sidiki Diabate and Rokia Traoré. The Diabates were supposed to have a show with Traoré tonight on Friday 9/26 to UCLA’s Royce Hall, but they sadly had to cancel. Fret not, Rokia Traoré will still be performing and will extend her performance by 90 minutes. For more details or refunds, visit …

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The Boy from Ipanema: Caetano Veloso

Posted September 14, 2014 by | 0 Comments
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Brazilian superstar Caetano Veloso was actually born in the small Bahian town of Santo Amaro da Purificaçao. His mother died there a few years back at the age of 105. Hopefully Caetano and his kid sister Maria Bethânia will inherit her genes for longevity.
I reviewed his autobiography Verdade Tropical (Tropical Truth) for the LA Times Book Review when the English version came out in 2002 (click …

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Chappottin: Legendary Cuban Band Plays LA

Posted July 29, 2014 by | 2 Comments
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It’s an embarrassment of riches–of a good thing I mean!
Two weeks ago, the New York group Tipica Novel wove its Cuban charanga magic at the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach. The group is celebrating their 50th birthday this year. Now we have another legendary Cuban group who is also celebrating its 50th birthday, Conjunto Chappottin y Sus Estrellas coming to Skirball Cultural Center this Thursday on …

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Moorish Grooves Come to LA

Posted July 22, 2014 by | 1 Comment
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It’s not every day, week, month or year that you get a concert of deep Mauritanian blues in Los Angeles. But that very thing happens Thursday at the Skirball Cultural Center at 8pm. For more details, click here. I remember another compelling Mauritanian singer, Dimi Mint Abba, was booked by the World Music Institute in New York City. That was around 20 years ago. …

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Stromae: Belgian Singer Takes Europe by Storm

Posted June 23, 2014 by | 2 Comments
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A few months ago, my old friend Redha Hazourli sent me a video of a new Belgian musician named Stromae–an anagram for Maestro–singing a song, “Formidable” (translates to “great” in French) out on the streets during the early morning commute. He pretends to be drunk as he tells everybody, “Tu etait formidable,” (“You are wonderful”). All this started when he observed a clochard (French …

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Billy Hart Quartet at The Blue Whale

Posted June 18, 2014 by | 0 Comments
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I don’t often promote local appearances by visiting jazz superstars, but I’m going to make an exception. Billy Hart Quartet: Mark Turner (tenor), Ethan Iverson (piano), Ben Street (double bass), and Billy (drums) is a sensational and beautiful group. I can’t stop listening to the new ECM album, One is the Other. I mentioned it in a recent Rhythm Planet show as music that’s part …

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Pipa Player Wu Man

Posted June 16, 2014 by | 0 Comments
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Chinese born and U.S. based Wu Man has taken the pipa (a traditional Chinese lute) and brought it to concert stages around the world as well as introducing it into Western pop and other music styles. She was cited by the Los Angeles Times as “the artist most responsible for bringing the pipa to the Western World.”
The pipa (pronounced pee pah) is one of China’s oldest instruments. …

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Show #59: Brazilian Futebol & Music

Posted June 13, 2014 by | 0 Comments
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I bought a caxirola the other day. This is the official noisemaker for the 2014 World Cup games hosted in Brazil. Alas, they’ve already been banned from the games because supposedly they can be hurled like missiles and could hurt somebody. Nonetheless, it’s time for World Cup! This week’s show celebrates Brazilian Futebol and its music.
I’ve been to Brazil numerous times. Once I went up to …

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