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Saturday, February 6, 2016 Options
Akoko Nante Ensemble - NYC's African Drum Juggernaut


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Percussion juggernaut Akoko Nante Ensemble bases its powerful music on folk traditions of Ghana. But their dynamic sound also reflects the angst and energy of growing up in Queens, New York.

Akoko Nante celebrates the release of their superb debut CD Nkrabea / Destiny with two shows in Harlem: At The Shrine, 2271 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd tonight (Saturday February 6th) at 9; and at Silvana, 300 W 116th St on Saturday night February 27th.

Note: There is no cover charge for shows at the Shrine and Silvana, both wonderful venues by the way - but please support the musicians when they pass the hat!

Akoko Nante Ensemble Links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AkokoNanteEnsemble

Web: http://www.akokonantemusic.com

Instagram: http://www.pikore.com/akokonantemusic

Massive thanks to our illustrious engineers, Mario Santana and Jon Flores.


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TICKET GIVEAWAY - for another drum-related show!

Speaking of drumming: We have two pairs of tickets available to see the potent Turkish / Middle-Eastern inspired percussion-driven ensemble, Raquy Danziger & DÜM, Friday February 12th at 8:30 pm at the Theatre at Brooklyn Music School, 126 St. Felix Street (off Flatbush Ave). Featuring special guests: Uzbeki frame drummer extraordinaire Abbos Kosimov and dancer Dalia Carella.

Raquy Danziger specializes in Turkish Split Hand darbuka drumming, a fairly new style - similar to Indian Tabla technique - that gives Turkish drummers increased speed and dexterity. In addition to lots of pure percussion pieces, DÜM also features Raquy on the spike fiddle, kemenche.

To enter the drawing for a pair of tickets, email me, Rob W, here. Please give your name as it appears on your drivers' license or other photo ID, and please put "TIX" in the subject line. Note that ticket winners may be added to the show's email list but may opt out at any time. The deadline to enter is Sunday, February 7th at 11:59 pm. Winners will be notified on Monday, February 8th, 2016.

This Week's Playlist:

(* = new)

Seu Jorge: Five Years Options / Life Aquatic Sessions / Hollywood Records (0:00:00 )
GIG: Feb 16, 18-21, 23, 25-28 - two shows nightly at the Blue Note, 131 W 3rd St

Grupo Agora deu Samba: Astronauta a Marmore ("The Marble Astronaut" - a Portuguese language version of David Bowie's "Starman" originally adapted by Brazilian band Nenhum de Nós in 1989) Options / Grupo Agora deu Samba (0:03:38 )

Sunshiners: Modern Love Options / Sunshiners / Sony (0:10:03 )
From Vanuatu. They did a lot of rock covers on their two albums - most like this not too surprising, but check out their version of the Cure's In Between Days.

Ranario Acido: The Man Who Sold the World Options / Ranario Acido (0:13:45 )

Rokia Traoré: Obike Options / Né So / Nonesuch / * (0:19:55 )
March 23 (Wed) Highline Ballroom, 431 W 116th St

Noura Min Seymali: Tikifite Options / Tzenni / Giltterbeat (0:25:07 )
GIG: TONIGHT Pioneer Works, 159 Pioneer St, Brooklyn, with 75 Dollar Bill - showtime 7 pm

Akoko Nante Ensemble: Bamaya Options / Live on WFMU (0:34:03 )
GIGs: Tonight at the Shrine, 2271 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd at 9 pm, and Saturday Feb 27 at Silvana, 300 W 116th St.

Akoko Nante Ensemble: Tse Tse Kule Options (0:48:06 )
Live on WFMU, with special guests, The WFMU Studio B Control Room Chorale - Jon, Mario, Rob

Akoko Nante Ensemble: Kpanlogo (Live on WFMU) Options (1:11:24 )

Trio Papa Kouyaté: Bourou Options / Various Artists: Musique Sans Paroles / Syllart / Sterns / * (1:32:31 )
New reissue

West Bridge Band: Baluhya Options / Kibera Esbera (Kenya) / Electric Cowbell / * (1:40:14 )

Osei Korankyre: Y3 Nna Options / Seperewa of Ghana: Emmere Nhyina Nse / Akwaaba Music / * (1:43:55 )

Adama Yalomba: Harkass Options / Waati Sera / Studio Mali Recordings / * (1:47:15 )

Sway Machinery: Magein Ovus Options / Purity and Danger (1:51:53 )
GIGs: Sat Feb 13 at Congregation Kol Israel, 603 St Johns Pl, Brooklyn at 8 pm; Sun Feb 14: Barbes, 376 9th St., Park Slope, Brooklyn: Valentines Ball: Sway Machinery + Hearing Things + The Fraternal Order of the Society Blues: 9 pm.

Raquy Danziger and DUM: Azeri Options / Monkey Mind / * (2:02:11 )
GIG: Friday February 12th at 8:30 pm at the Theatre at Brooklyn Music School, 126 St. Felix Street (off Flatbush Ave) - we have free tickets to give away - follow the instructions on this page to enter the drawing!

Mssrs. Vyas Bros.: Jalatharangam-Mandolin Duet: Bhupali (1929) Options / Various Artists: Indian Talking Machine: 78 RPM Record and Gramophone Collecting on the Sub-Continent / Sublime Frequencies / * (2:08:49 )
GIG: Feb 7 (Sun) Anthology Film Archives, 32 2nd Ave, East Village: Audio Verite: Robert Millis: Indian Talking Machine - CD / Book Release event: Multimedia presentation (music / video / photography / film / talk)

Ana Alcaide and Gotrasawala Ensemble: Madya Options / Tales of Pangea / Arc Music / * (2:13:47 )

Stelios Petrakis Quartet: Sivytos Options / Avgi Ts Avgis - Live in Heraklion Walls / Buda Musique (2:16:56 )

Christos Baniakas: Eseis Padia Vlahopoila (You Young Vlach Children) Options / Various Artists: Why the Mountains Are Black - Primeval Greek Village Music, 1907-1960 / Third Man / * (2:20:29 )

Meredith Monk: Urban March (Light) Options / Mercy / ECM (2:23:50 )

Cheikh Ould Mahmoud: Karr N'Temass Options / Nouakchott Wedding Songs / Sahel Sounds / * (2:36:23 )

Manatsoa: Manja Lava Options / Various Artists: Outlier: Recordings From Madagascar / Sublime Frequencies / * (2:39:56 )

Tatyana Makharadze & G. Bugadze: Lale Options / Various Artists: Excavated Shellac: Strings - Guitar, Oud, Tar, Violin, And More From The 78 RPM Era / Dust to Digital / * (2:42:37 )

Mark Stone: Atenga Omwana Options / Kakaire / Jumbie / * (2:47:16 )

SK Kakraba: Darifu Options / Songs of Paapieye / Awesome Tapes From Africa / * (2:56:47 )




Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 2/6/16 6:07pm common:

just saw ziggy stardust last eve at the ruba in philly. this adds so well to the tribute. thanks rob
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 2/6/16 6:16pm dale:

loving these covers! modern love seemed like a natural as a raggae tune.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 2/6/16 6:17pm common:

agreed dale!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 2/6/16 6:19pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

- always wondered how literal Seu Jorge's versions of the Bowie were. They are wonderful. If Bowie's attitudes were Extraterrestrial - they were certainly International.
  Sat. 2/6/16 6:25pm Carmichael:

Heya Rob and Saturday peoples.
Avatar    Sat. 2/6/16 6:26pm Rob W:

Hi everyone, thanks for listening!
Avatar Sat. 2/6/16 6:39pm geezerette:

This is gorgeous music. Thanks for bringing it Rob W.
Avatar    Sat. 2/6/16 6:41pm Rob Weisberg:

Thanks very much geezerette!
Avatar    Sat. 2/6/16 7:54pm katie:

this is great.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 2/6/16 8:15pm maestroso:

Ah, wonderful music Mr. Weisberg.
Avatar Sat. 2/6/16 8:32pm Mdurek:

That was Awesome, Rob!
Avatar    Sat. 2/6/16 8:38pm Rob W:

Thanks Mdurek, maestroso, katie and everyone!
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