Mitali Banerjee Bhawmik (vocal), Meghashyam Keshav (tabla), Ramachandra Joshi (harmonium) perform Raag Miyan Ki Malhar from 5-6pm at the Ragas Live Festival 2016 in Pioneer Works.
We get to hang with Albert Mazibuko an member of Ladysmith Black Mambazo for over 30 years. Albert talks about his memories of times with Nelson Mandela, and how this angel music was both born in the mines and the land of dreams. The group plays B.B. Kings March 8th.
We’ve been tracking the explorations and evolution of one of NYC great violin players, Ken Shoji, for quite some time and broadcasting his searching improvisations on WKCR 89.9 FM frequently. Check him out on Podcasts 128, 129, 144, 173. Now we discover this video of the virtuosic jazz violinist leading his band with Fima Chupakhin on Rhodes and Dan Kurfirst on hand percussion.
This is last minute post while I am in Cuba collecting great recordings for the all you listeners of the podcast!
A great performance from Dee Harris at Ragas live guitar..more to come.
Composer, songwriter, bandleader and multiple instrumentalist Sean Cronin isn’t afraid to let the music get strange. The only thing you can count on is to be surprised… and leave with a smile on your face.
We hung out with Sean at his house as his chamber-rock ensemble Very Good was getting ready to play one of Brooklyn’s great venues, Barbes, tonight at 10pm.
Sunday Oct. 2 WKCR 89.9 FM-NY will be broadcasting the following programs produced by NYC Radio Live. Download the podcasts here.
We’ll hear a live perfomance and interview with one and only Vieux Farka Touré and later be joined by Maya Kamaty a charismatic singer and mutli-instrumentalist who brings her music all the way from the Indian Ocean.
Often referred to as “The Hendrix of the Sahara”, Vieux Farka Touré was born in Niafunké, Mali in 1981. He is the son of legendary Malian guitar player Ali Farka Touré, who died in 2006. Ali Farka Touré came from a historical tribe of soldiers, and defied his parents in becoming a musician. When Vieux was in his teens, he declared that he also wanted to be a musician. His father dissaproved due to the pressures he had experienced being a musician. Rather, he wanted Vieux to become a soldier. But with help from family friend the kora maestro Toumani Diabaté, Vieux eventually convinced his father to give him his blessing to become a musician shortly before Ali passed.
Vieux was initially a drummer / calabash player at Mali’s Institut National des Arts, but secretly began playing guitar in 2001. Ali Farka Touré was weakened with cancer when Vieux announced that he was going to record an album. Ali recorded a couple of tracks with him, and these recordings, which can be heard on Vieux’s debut CD, were amongst his final ones. It has been said that the senior Touré played rough mixes of these songs when people visited him in his final days, at peace with, and proud of, his son’s talent as a musician. He know tours internationally with many acclaimed records to his name.
Maya Kamaty, a dazzling singer and band leader from the La Reunion, a small Island near Madagaskar. After an amazing show at New York’s Sub Rosa we got to sit down with her and learn more about Maloya music from the Indian Ocean.