Soulful musical polymath Taj Mahal and guitar god Ry Cooder go way back. In the mid-60s, they played in Los Angeles band the Rising Sons, one of the country’s first integrated bands fusing rock and R&B (along with Arthur Lee’s Love). The group also featured jazz drummer Ed Cassidy (later of Spirit) and bassist Gary […]
Sir Richard Bishop has spent about as much time recording under his own name as he did with the Sun City Girls, a deftly bohemian, genre-bending avant-rock act that dissolved after the 2007 cancer death of founding drummer Charlie Gocher. For almost 30 years, the band (which also included Bishop’s brother Alan) teased at the […]
Foday Musa Suso absorbed centuries of tradition growing up in Gambia. As part of the griot caste, his family had performed a centuries-long role in Gambian society, narrating historical epics and singing praise songs while playing the kora, a harplike 21-string instrument his distant ancestors invented. Suso dreamed of bringing his music to places far […]
Just as Shankar provided the music for several films, several films have been made about the music legend.
First things first. The gyil is a traditional West African xylophone with dried gourd resonators hung below most or all of its hardwood keys. (A similar instrument is called a “balafon” in Francophone Africa.) It’s usually tuned pentatonically, and its full, luminous tone is haloed with a cicada-like buzz, created by vibrating membranes made from […]
The World Music Festival’s 21 free concerts feature a crowd of international talents—among them hallucinatory Argentine singer-songwriter Juana Molina, generation-spanning Cuban big band Orquesta Akokán, and omnivorous Congolese groove machine Jupiter & Okwess.
A reunion of Sonia Hassan and Ron Trent’s beloved Africa Hi-Fi DJ night closes the Harper Court Summer Music Series on Wednesday.
The all-day show will help usher in the shop’s new era.
The Roscoe Village world music staple is in the process of changing hands.
New finds from Astoria, Queens’ premiere world-pop blog
Eclectic music curator: “I feel a great deal of responsibility as a DJ in this town.”
Bureaucratic fumbling has diminished the World Music Festival, but its lineup still includes some highly recommendable acts
Congolese street band Staff Benda Bilili, who had to cancel a long-in-the-works Pritzker date last year due to visa problems, skip Chicago on their first U.S. tour
British DJ crew Sofrito serves up another killer comp of Caribbean, South American, and African grooves
A preview of A John Cage Festival, a posthumous party for Sandy Bull, and a birthday bash for Underground Communique