Brazilian Songs of the Amazon: Dona Onete, The Queen of Carimbo

Sept 27, 2016

7:00 pm

Dona Onete’s arrival on the global stage is nothing short of phenomenal. BBC News Amazonian singer Dona Onete, from Pará in Northern Brazil, released her debut album, at the wise old age of 73. The cheeky and flirtatious Dona Onete has composed over 300 songs and created her own form…

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Jagwa Music: The Mchiriku Sound from Dar es Salaam

Oct 5, 2016


Tanzania’s seven-piece Jagwa Music play nutty grooves at breakneck speed on traditional and makeshift percussion, a keyboard player who goes mad on a battered vintage Casio, breathtaking, spectacular dancers and a charismatic lead vocalist/MC who belts out songs about corruption and deprivation, survival in the urban maze, unfaithful lovers and…

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Zakir Hussain & Niladri Kumar: A Tabla and Sitar Duet

Oct 15, 2016


One of the world’s greatest percussionists, tabla legend Zakir Hussain joins forces with the young sitar maverick Niladri Kumar for an extraordinary evening of Indian classical music. A masterful improviser and classical tabla virtuoso of the highest order, Zakir’s brilliant and exciting performances have established him as a national treasure…

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Girma Bèyènè and Feedel Band: The Golden Era of Ethiopian Music

Oct 24, 2016


Girma Beyene is one of the most influential arrangers of Ethiopian music from the ‘Golden Era’ of the 1960s and 70s which combined African rhythms with American R & B, soul, funk and big band jazz. Girma was a lyricist, a music writer, arranger, vocalist, an accomplished pianist and bandleader….

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