Amoeba Music is proud to once again be part of the Berkeley World Music Festival, which offers a full day of FREE live concerts in Berkeley, starting from 12pm at Caffe Mediterraneum and ending at 9pm at the Village. Performances are featured in Telegraph Avenue cafes and shops, near UC campus, and at People’s Park. This year, the Festival celebrates ten years of showcasing the Bay Area’s rich world music scene with an amazing line-up!
At Amoeba Berkeley:
|The Dogon Lights - Live at Amoeba Berkeley on 6/22 at 6pm|
Join us at Amoeba Berkeley at 6pm that evening for a special Berkeley World Music Festival performance from The Dogon Lights (Pronounced "Doe-Gone”). This dynamic galactic groove machine is from right here in the Bay Area. A high-energy world fusion group, Dogon Lights creates an infectious and energetic dance atmosphere transporting the listener straight to the stars.The band members play traditional Moroccan and West African harps, lutes, shakers, and djembe drum with electric bass, guitar, synthesizer, drums, sax, and flute. The West African tones and upbeat rhythms blended with electro hip-hop beats and Jimi Hendrix-inspired guitar provide layered dimensions to this exciting music.
The band’s name honors the Dogon people of Mali and their belief that they and all creation are descendants from the twin star system Sirius.
The core band features talented multi-instrumentalists and members of the award-winning band Hamsa Lila (Vir McCoy, Evan Fraser, and John Schroeder), along with percussion and vocals by Bongo Sidibe and Kwic Time. Bongo Sidibe, a native of Guinea, and master Djembe drummer, adds his vocals for traditional and original songs. Kwic Time is a unique and soulful hip-hop drummer and native of Oakland. Rooted in the ancient and expanding to the future, the sky’s the limit for this remarkable band.
The Festival showcases the Bay Area’s diverse world music scene. The People’s Park concert ranges from the US to North Africa and the Indian continent. West Coast sensation Tri Tip Trio opens with Cajun, Zydeco, and blues. Tunisian MC RAI, who pioneers a new generation of Arabic music, follows with a blend of rock, urban “rai” and “chaabi” folk music. Baraka Moon, with Stephen Kent and Sukhawat Ali Khan, headlines with ecstatic Sufi riffs. KPFA music host Stephen Kent is the world’s premiere exponent of the didgeridoo.
Visitors will also be treated to an impressive world music tour in a variety of Telegraph Avenue venues. Ashling with trailblazing chanteuse Melanie O’Reilly opens the Festival at Noon with Gaelic - Irish music, followed by renowned multi-instrumentalists Tim Rayborn and Shira Kammen's program of Medieval and World Folk traditions. The legendary Vukani Mawethu Chior fills the Berkelry Art Museum’s scupture garden with South African harmonies.
Telegraph Avenue’s Amoeba Music hosts Dogon Lights (Psychedelic Afro-Fusion) while Moe’s Books provides a still backdrop for inspired Jeff Whittier’s classical North Indian flute. Cafes offer the sublime LES GWAN JUPONS (Vintage Caribbean Folk-Jazz) and the stunning Georges Lamman Ensemble (Arabic violin). Along the street is Sadza Marimba and Mbira (Zimbabwean Dance Music), Michael Masley (World Kalimbalom), and Belinda Salvidge (Celtic & American Fiddle). For the festival finale Agapi Mou plays traditional Greek music. With extraordinary performances, plus craft fair in People’s Park (Noon – 6 pm), there’s something for everyone!
Not to be missed is the separate After Festival Party at Ashkenaz featuring the multi-faceted vaudeville troupe Vagabond Opera (Klezmer and Gypsy Jazz) from Portland, Oregon.
Find out more HERE!