Brooklyn Roots: Upcoming Concerts

Brooklyn Roots series is coming up Friday January 19th with Melvis Santa with an Afro-Cuban Rumba in the magestic chapel of the Mercy Home.

Tickets and information is only available here at the Airbnb link…

 

www.airbnb.com/experiences/107627

 

The next week is music from the Vodou tradition from Haiti the Ayibobo Trio

Available at the same link

Field Recordings from Mali! (Oumar Konate, Noura Mint Seymali and more) Podcast 237

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This is a remaster of a broadcast I did in 2012 when I had just returned from almost a month in Mali making field and studio recordings. Very special stuff:

Here’s the original intro:

I’m back from the Sahara, and, as promised, have a ton of recordings to share with you.  This special show was originally broadcast on WKCR on 89.9 FM-NY and features rough mixes of studio recordings with up and coming guitarist and pop star Oumar Konate, Griot Royalty Noura Mint Seymali from Mauritania recording exclusively for us in her flat in Timbuktu, artists from Niger informally jamming in their tents and the Festival Au Desert and much, much more. We’ll hear this Takamba band in the photo above- they use a car battery and a PA and the flute ends up sounding just like Jimi Hendrix…

 

Blick Bassy – Podcast 238

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Hailing from Cameroon, but living now in France, singer and multi-instrumentalist,  Blick Bassy is creating a fresh, new sound with stunning vocals, banjo and luscious soundscapes from his bandmates.  His new album, Akö with his comrades Clément Petit on cello and Johan Blanc on trombone, are raising eyebrows with their totally original tribute to Skip James.    Blick sings in his native tongue,  Bassa, one of very few.  We caught up with Blick Bassy and hung backstage after an incredible show at Lincoln Center’s David Rubenstein Atrium.