Saturday, November 19, 2011

Bomba & Plena Evening in Cary SATURDAY (11/19)

This last-minute add to the calendar:

The Triangle's first-ever festival of bomba and plena, distinctive music and dance styles native to Puerto Rico, takes place TONIGHT, Saturday (11/19), from 6:30-10:30 pm at the Herbert C. Young Community Center in Cary.

The evening, celebrating "The Discovery of Puerto Rico," is sponsored by the Associación de Puertorriqueños Unidos de NC.

Miriam's bomba class
Bomba dancers led by Miriam Rivas at a 2009 rehearsal.

Featured performers include Baile Boricua NC, the graceful and energetic dance troupe led by Miriam Rivas, folkloric drumming by Kuumba Arts, and live music by Caribe Vibe, the sextet ensemble of Andres Leon and Billy Marrero, with special guests Jaime Roman and Lou Ramos.

I didin't find a schedule online, but Caribe Vibe says their first set will start at 8 pm. The guys say they will be playing "a little bit of everything!" so expect a wide tropical mix. Here's a video of Caribe Vibe I made back in October:

The early evening event (6:30-10:30 pm) is family friendly, with admission $6 for adults, $4 children under 12, and free for children 6 and under.


Assoc. of PR Unidos NC - calendar page

Friday, November 18, 2011

FREE CONCERT: Ilan Bar-Lavi Trio Saturday (11/19)

The young, unusual Latin jazz trio of Ilan Bar-Lavi plays a free concert in Chapel Hill this Saturday (11/19) at 5 pm in the FedEx UNC Global Education Center's Nelson Mandela Auditorium. The concert will close out this year's NC Latin American Film Festival.

This video by Martin Cohen at opens with a Bar-Lavi guitar solo:

The Israeli-Mexican guitarist is a 20-something graduate of Berklee School of Music; his own brand of avant-garde jazz blends his Latin and Middle Eastern roots.


Berklee Podcast: Ilan Bar-Lavi '09

UNC Global Event Calendar page
Presenter Event page

Bon Voyage, Kairaba: Last Show of 2011 THIS FRIDAY (11/18)


Diali Cissokho & Kairaba's
show at Tallula's tonight, 9:30 pm - midnight, is noteworthy for a couple of reasons:

This hot West African dance band, based in Carrboro, has been in the studio recently recording its FIRST CD. Door proceeds tonight ($5) go directly toward production costs to release it in early 2012.

In a few weeks, the entire band heads to Senegal and Mali, where they will spend the next couple of months touring, studying, and generally getting in touch with the Motherland. So, this will be their LAST NORTH CAROLINA SHOW of 2011.

Talulla's, with it's warm wood interior, is a SWEET VENUE for grooving, acoustic music. Located at 456 W. Franklin, next to the Carolina Brewery.



Facebook event page: Kairaba at Talulla's Friday (11/18), 9:30 pm - midnight, $5

Friday, November 11, 2011

Desert Blues: TINARIWEN This Sunday (11/13)

Tinariwen means "deserts" in Tomashek, the language of the Tuareg, a nomadic people who inhabit the Sahel regions of Northern and West Africa. It's also the name of a Tuareg band from Mali that makes hypnotic, guitar-driven "desert blues" their calling card. They play this Sunday (11/13) at The Cat's Cradle; intoxicating, Swiss singer/songwriter Sophie Hunger opens the 8 pm show.

Tinariwen on tour last month in Los Angeles. Photo (c) Timothy Norris.

Formed originally in 1979, Tinariwen broke out as an international touring band ten years ago, and has since produced five albums. Their latest, Tassili, takes its name from an Algerian region of spare beauty where they recorded outdoors and an impromptu tent studio. As that method suggests, they are returning to acoustic roots on this album. Here's a documentary about the process:

A bit more plugged in, here's a nice little rocker from their last album Imidiwan: Companions (2008):

Sit around the virtual campfire this Sunday (11/13) at Cat's Cradle; advance tix $22, day of show $25.


Cat's Cradle, Sunday, November 13, 8 pm TINARIWEN

Tinariwen artist website
Sophie Hunger artist myspace (opener)

Friday, November 4, 2011

Live Salsa at The Depot SATURDAY 11/5

A new dance space in Hillsborough opens its doors to salsa dancers this Saturday (11/5): The Depot, at 246 Nash Street, hosts a Latin Dance Party with Saludos Compay from 7:30 pm on. Jack Wolf reports there is a nice wood dance floor and plenty of space.

This dance is FREE, NO COVER; a hat will be passed for the musicians.

DJ Wolfy Jack gives the free dance lesson at 7:45; the band will play two sets starting around 8:30.

Erich Lieth takes a piano solo
Saludos Compay @ Museum of Natural Science, 2009


Triangle Salsa Meetup event page: Saturday, Nov. 5 - Saludos Compay
Saludos Compay artist website
The Depot in Hillsborough venue website

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Ivory Coast's Dobet Gnahore FRIDAY (11/4)

Dobet Gnahore. Photo (c) Michel De Bock courtesy of Rock Paper Scissors.

Seriously...have I just never noticed before, or is the Triangle awash in opportunities to hear African music right now?

NEXT on the roster: Ivory Coasts's Dobet Gnahore. She's strikingly gorgeous, an experienced professional dancer, singer and musician, and she speaks French (so therefore, local interviews and press coverage have been limited). Music style is contemporary, with influences from Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Ghana, Congo, etc. She's the daughter of Ivorian percussionist Boni Gnahore, and has three solo albums to her credit. Musically and personally, she has paired up with French guitarist Colin Laroche de Félin.


WHEN/WHERE: This FRIDAY (11/4) at Stewart Theater, 8 pm.

Indypick blurb here.


Tickets run $24-28 at Stewart Theater (NCSU still has the lowest precios populares among the area's elite arts series). Discounts apply if you are faculty, staff, or student at NCSU.

PARKING NOTE: because of some construction/campus street closings, Cates Ave. is blocked for about one block between Talley Student Center and the parking deck, but do not be deterred. You can access the usual FREE parking deck via PULLEN ROAD.

Coming soon: Touareg desert bluesmen, Tinariwen, at the Cat's Cradle, Sunday, Nov.13.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Lost and Found: Sudanese Rapper Emmanuel Jal @ Duke TODAY

Emmanuel Jal. Photo (c) Mike Tsang.

Some of you may have heard in the news recently that the United States has sent 100 military advisors to Uganda to take on the Lord's Resistance Army, a notorious group that has massacred thousands and displaced millions in Eastern and Central Africa since the 1980s. Forcing children to commit heinous crimes as 'child soldiers' is among the LRA's most warped, and well-known atrocities.

Emmanuel Jal, one of these former "Lost Boys" of Southern Sudan, escaped the LRA and is now a musician/activist spreading a message of peace to the world. The rapper and spoken word artist will participate in a FREE performance and discussion today at Duke, in the Reynolds Theater in the Bryan Center: Tuesday, Nov. 1, 7:30-9:30 pm. Doors open at 6:30; free parking and dessert reception. This event is free and open to the public.

Jal has released ten hip hop albums, with tracks in Arabic, English, Swahili, Dinka and Nuer languages. Here's the video single from his upcoming See Me Mama album, introduced by Alicia Keyes:

The event is part of a Kenan Institute for Ethics series entitled, "Uprooted, Rerouted: Stories of African Refugees Losing and Finding Home."


Event page at Duke
Facebook event page
Emmanuel Jal artist myspace