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Saturday, February 6, 2016
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:
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)
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) / Grupo Agora deu Samba (0:03:38 )
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.
/ Purity and Danger
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:
/ Monkey Mind
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)
/ Various Artists: Indian Talking Machine: 78 RPM Record and Gramophone Collecting on the Sub-Continent
/ Sublime Frequencies
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)
Sat. 2/6/16 6:07pm
just saw ziggy stardust last eve at the ruba in philly. this adds so well to the tribute. thanks rob
Sat. 2/6/16 6:16pm
loving these covers! modern love seemed like a natural as a raggae tune.
Sat. 2/6/16 6:17pm
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
Heya Rob and Saturday peoples.
Sat. 2/6/16 6:26pm
Hi everyone, thanks for listening!
Sat. 2/6/16 6:39pm
This is gorgeous music. Thanks for bringing it Rob W.
Sat. 2/6/16 6:41pm
Thanks very much geezerette!
Sat. 2/6/16 7:54pm
this is great.
Sat. 2/6/16 8:15pm
Ah, wonderful music Mr. Weisberg.
Sat. 2/6/16 8:32pm
That was Awesome, Rob!
Sat. 2/6/16 8:38pm
Thanks Mdurek, maestroso, katie and everyone!