El Foukr R’Assembly Live on NYC Radio – Podcast 197

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In a stunning display of North and West African fusion, El Foukr R’Assembly, a group traveling all the way from Algeria performs live on WKCR.  The musicians from Algeria, Burkina Faso and Ghana come together for two explosive sets of music

A taxi-driver & a farmer, a graphic designer, a sound engineer and an art-major student, Oualid Khelifi as the producer and filmmaker had met them lin 2014 at various parts of Algeria before suggesting a long term project around docfilm and experimental AfroFusion music linking the Maghreb with the rest of Africa.
So far, the project has recorded, documented or produced 18 African musicians from Algeria, Niger, Ghana and Burkina Faso.

Todays show features

Amine Lehchili,
Abdelhak BenMedjbari
Justice Nii Adjiri aka Shikome
Adama Diarra
Labib Benslama
Younes Kati
Nazim Bakour

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Akshara – Ragas Live Festival # 2 Podcast 195

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itunes-button1The second set of the historic, Ragas Live Festival 2016, live at Pioneer Works.  Akshara (lit. imperishable, immutable, inalterable) is comprised of: Bala Skandan (mridangam), Arun Ramamurthy (violin), Trina Basu (violin), Jay Gandhi (bansuri), Kabilan Jeginathan (kanjira), Max ZT (dulcimer), Shivalik Ghoshal (tabla).

Akshara is an exciting dynamic percussion group rooted in Indian classical musical traditions. Comprised of virtuosic performers in Carnatic and Hindustani classical genres, Akshara performs an energetic blend of classical Indian melody and rhythm highlighted with solo and scale-based improvisations. The group performs original compositions by Bala Skandan, demonstrating the powerful and complex rhythmic structures inherent in South Indian classical music.

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Recorded by James Clark mixed by Sameer Gupta

Ragas Live Festival 2016 is produced with the support of The Rubin Museum of Art

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Brooklyn Raga Massive’s Ravi Shankar Tribute – Ragas Live Festival # 1 Podcast 194

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itunes-button1The blazing first set of the historic, Ragas Live Festival 2016, live at Pioneer Works.  Comprising of members of Brooklyn Raga Massive – Neel Murgai (sitar), Sameer Gupta (tabla), Arun Ramamurthy (violin), Eric Fraser (bansuri), Trina Basu (violin), Michael Gam (bass), Samarth Nagarkar (vocal) – the Ravi Shankar Tribute ensemble inaugurates the Brooklyn Ragas live festival by playing several of Pt. Ravi Shankar’s compositions.

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Ragas Live Festival 2016 at Pioneer Works

Ragas Live Festival 2016 is produced with the support of The Rubin Museum of Art

Recorded by James Clark, mixed by Sameer Gupta.

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Awa Sangho/California Honeydrops

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As we recover from our legendary 24 hour Ragas Live Festival this weekend, we share two great past  episodes with talents that will be performing very soon.  We’ll hear some of Awa Sangho and the BRM’s All Stars blistering set as the group is set to return to the Rubin Museum of Art on  August 12th.  Hear her full set Pioneer Works here.  And we’ll revisit our chat with Lech Wierzynski
of the California Honeydrops who play the knitting factory tonight.  More to come!

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King Sunny Ade – Podcast 193

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itunes-button1Wow! A chance to talk with a legend of African Music, King Sunny Ade!   For me this is a dream come true, there are few musicians as influential as King  Sunny Ade who brought the Juju music of Nigeria to the world.   Here we  speak with him in depth about his life and the roots of his music.

King Sunny Ade came on the scene in 1966 and made his first big record in 1967. He became an international star across Africa during the mid-1980s, touring and gaining a significant audience in the United States and Europe as well.  He is known as “the Minister of Enjoyment” or “the King Of Juju Music.”

If you are new to the music, I  highly recommend you start with his Juju Music or Synchro System albums.  Also for the roots of this music search for “apala” music .  Much gratitute to World Music Institute for arranging this interview!  This episode is supported by the Rubin Museum of Art.

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Eric Krasno Podcast 192

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Eric Krasno is the amazing guitarist/producer with artists ranging from  Soulive and Lettuce (both of which he co-founded)to  Norah Jones,  50 Cent, Aaron Neville, Phil Lesh, Derek Trucks, and, well, the list keeps going!

To celebrate the upcoming release of his new album, Blood From A Stone, we got to hang with Eric at his home studio, hear him play some guitar and share what he’s learned so far in an incredibly prolific career.

The new album comes out July 8th.
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