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Grand Performances Welcomes Angelique Kidjo June 20

Posted by Billy Gil, June 11, 2014 06:37pm | Post a Comment

angelique kidjoWorld music legend Angelique Kidjo will appear June 20 at Grand Performances, the free music series at Downtown L.A.’s California Plaza. The show starts at 8 p.m. Amoeba is proud to be a sponsor of the show, and we'll be on hand with a booth and our prize wheel.

Born in Benin, the Grammy-winning Kidjo has been called “the undisputed queen of African music” by the Daily Telegraph, while NPR calls her “Africa’s greatest living diva.” On albums like 2014’s EVE, which is dedicated to the women of Africa, Kidjo blends influences from around the world, from Afropop and Carribena zouk to the soul and funk of American artists like James Brown, Nina Simone and Jimi Hendrix (the latter of whom she’s covered, singing Hendrix’s “Voodoo Chile”). Kidjo has collaborated with everyone from Alicia Keys to Philip Glass. She sings and speaks in four languages (Fon, French, Yoruba and English) and uses Benin’s traditional Zilin vocal technique, as well as jazz vocalese (a style similar to scatting, improvising by singing lyrics rather than scat syllables to pre-existing instrumentals).

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11th Annual Berkeley World Music Festival, June 22

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, May 26, 2014 05:05pm | Post a Comment

The fabulous and FREE Berkeley World Music Festival returns to Telegraph Avenue in berkeley world music festivalBerkeley on Sunday, June 22nd from Noon - 9 pm. Continuous musical performances by Bay Area’s finest artists are featured in Telegraph Avenue cafes and at the People’s Park concert (1-6 pm, sponsored by Amoeba Music).

Headliners for the People's Park dance party are Bay Area's top Motown band Pride & Joy, and Manzo Rally (members of the famed Latin band Malo and special guest grammy nominee Johnny Gunn). The award-winning AfroFunk Experience, rising stars in the Bay Area's FUNK scene, opens up this exciting party. People's Park festivities (Noon-6 pm) feature the Crafts Bazaar and a 1pm special performance by the All Nations Singers and Dancers, ending with audience participation in Native American social dancing.

An impressive world music tour will also be presented in a variety of Telegraph Avenue venues. Big Lou “the Accordion Princess” performs at noon with Eastern European and Norteno Polka, followed by The Town Quartet (Trans-Atlantic chamber music from Spain to Argentina), ViBO Simfani (Brazilian, Latin & Beyond), and Tom Chandler Trio (Middle Eastern trance). Along Telegraph Avenue, outdoor performances include Belly Dance Bazaar (a costumed cabaret from DanceVersity), Belinda Salvidge Minstrels (Old English and Irish), Spirit of ’29 (Dixieland Jazz), and Michael Masley's celestial music on his invented "Kalimbolam" and "Eggdawn Autoharp."

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CIIS Public Programs & Performances and Amoeba Music Presents Angelique Kidjo

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, May 21, 2014 07:42pm | Post a Comment

CIIS Public Programs & Performances and Amoeba Music present Grammy Award–winning Beninoise singer-songwriter Angelique KidjoAngelique Kidjo on Saturday, June 21st at the Nourse Theater in San Francisco.

Born in the West African country of Benin and raised in the busy port city of Cotonou, Angelique Kidjo was surrounded by a multi-hued world of music, dance, and art - from the rich sounds, rhythms, and story telling of traditional Beninese culture to the far-ranging fascinations of international pop, rock, blues, Latin music and jazz. Add to that the blessing of parents who honored creativity and supported Angelique's artistic goals unconditionally, encouraging her to give free rein to the talents she began to reveal as a six year old.

Expressing those talents to the fullest, she became a highly visible international artist while she was still in her 20s. Throughout the ‘90s and beyond, she has performed globally, winning honor after honor, including a Grammy, while using her visibility to campaign for women's rights, provide educational opportunities for girls, and support environmental initiatives.

On Eve, her Savoy Records debut named for her own mother as well as the mythical "mother of all living," Angelique Kidjo builds on her evolving legacy with a 13-track, three interlude set of melodically rich, rhythmically powerful expressions of female empowerment. These songs become all the more intimate and emotionally urgent with Kidjo's dynamic collaborations with traditional women's choirs from Kenya and various cities and villages in Benin. The singer and her newfound native vocalists sing in a wide array of native Beninese languages, including Fon (Kidjo's first language), Yoruba, Goun, and Mina.

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CIIS Public Programs & Performances and Amoeba Music Present Shujaat Hussain Khan

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, April 16, 2014 07:18pm | Post a Comment

CIIS Public Programs & Performances and Amoeba Music present virtuoso sitar player Shujaat Hussain KhanShujaat Hussain Khan on Friday, May 2nd at the Nourse Theater in San Francisco.

Shujaat Hussain Khan belongs to the Imdad Khan gharana of the sitar and is the seventh in an unbroken line from a family that has produced many musical masters. He is the son and disciple of the master sitarist Ustad Vilayat Khan. His musical pedigree continues back through his grandfather Ustad Inayat Khan, his great-grandfather Ustad Imdad Khan, and his great-great-grandfather Ustad Sahebdad Khan - all leading artists of their generations.

At the age of three, Shujaat began practicing on a specially made small sitar, and by the time he was six the child prodigy started giving public performances. Since then he has performed at all the prestigious music festivals in India and he has traveled around the world performing in Asia, Africa, North America, and Europe.

Shujaat has his own unique style of playing. His approach to rhythm is largely intuitive, fresh and spontaneous, always astonishing his audiences. He was recently a visiting artist at UCLA and currently lives in New Delhi, touring throughout India, the United States, and Europe each year. 

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April at CIIS Public Programs & Performances: Karsh Kale, Fatoumata Diawara & Tinariwen

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, March 10, 2014 05:48pm | Post a Comment

April is going to be a stellar month for world music as CIIS Public Programs & Performances and Amoeba Music bring you three great shows! Start spring off right with Karsh Kale: Classical Science Fiction on April 11th and follow it up with the Mali Weekend Festival, which features Fatoumata Diawara on April 18th and Tinariwen on April 19th at the Nourse Theater in San Francisco.

Karsh Kale is known as a pioneer in the world of global fusion. His career has gone through many karsh kaleavatars over the past 15 years as he jumps between being a world renowned tabla player, drummer, DJ/ remix artist, vocalist and multi instrumentalist, film composer, as well as a band leader all with equal ease. He has produced five solo albums of which his most recent, CINEMA,  won the best fusion album award in India at the GIMA (Global Indian Music Awards) in 2012 and debuted at #1 on the Itunes World Music charts. Karsh Kale has also developed a reputation as a genre-bending collaborator, which has led him to work with some of the most renowned artists from around the globe including his musical hero Zakir Hussain, Pandit Ravi Shankar, Herbie Hancock, Sting, Anoushka Shankar, Lenny Kravitz, DJ Spooky, and many many others. He was recently invited to perform at the White House and was introduced by President Obama himself. Find out more about Karsh Kale: Classical Science Fiction on April 11th HERE and get tickets HERE!

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