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Mdou Moctar: Desert Blues in Oakland, April 18

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, March 17, 2019 06:38pm | Post a Comment

Akounak: Purple Rain, Mdou Moctar

MATATU's Nomadic Cinema series continues with Mdou Moctar: Purple Rain on Thursday, April 18th at 7pmAkounak: Purple Rain, Mdou Moctar at Oakland's Red Bay Coffee, the largest Black specialty coffee roaster in the nation. Nigerien musician Mdou Moctar and his band perform following a screening of his film Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai, also known as the Tuareg Purple Rain! This is his third appearance with MATATU, after two consecutive sold-out years. Get your tickets now!

The robust rock tradition among the Tuareg people — a Berber group with origins around the southern Sahara — has long been represented internationally by artists like Bombino and Tinariwen. Moctar, a singer-songwriter, offers a subtler, more intimate variation on their desert blues with his most recent albums Sousoume Tamachek and Blue Stage Sessions.

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World Cup Sale at Amoeba SF & Berkeley

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, July 2, 2018 02:12pm | Post a Comment

Attention citizens of the world! You don't have to be a soccer fan to celebrate Amoeba's World Cup Sale. Get 20% off all used CDs and LPs in our World Music sections at Amoeba SF and Amoeba Berkeley, now through July 15, 2018. Music from all around the world is at your fingertips at Amoeba Music!

Mdou Moctar: Tuareg Acid Western Film & Desert Blues Performance, May 24

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, May 10, 2018 08:38pm | Post a Comment

Zerzura

The MATATU performance series presents Mdou Moctar: Tuareg Acid Western Film & Desert Blues Performance on Thursday, May 24 at 7:30pm at Oakland's Starline Social Club. The night pairs Zerzura, a feature-length film shot in the Sahara desert starring an entirely African cast, followed by a live performance featuring Nigerien musician Mdou Moctar and the film's star Ahmoudou Madassane. Tickets are available now HERE!

Zerzura is a folktale transposed into an acid western, a collaborative achievement - written and developed with a Tuareg cast, and shot in and around Agadez, Niger. Once an important stop for trans-Saharan camel caravans, it has today reestablished itself as a hub of movement, but for different reasons. Migrants from all over the continent pause here on their trek North, bound for mythic cities in Europe. Tales of riches in the desert abound, and men sell their houses for gold detectors. Young Tuareg leave home to seek their fortune in the fractured Libyan state. As people leave, their stories return, becoming wildly exaggerated versions of truth.

Taking its cues from the ethno-fiction proposed by Jean Rouch, Zerzura mixes folktales with documentary to explore Saharan dreams and imagination. The film was developed and written collaboratively on site with a local team. The images were shot over the subsequent two weeks with a cast of non-actors in improvised performances. Stylistically, Zerzura exists between cultures, an attempt at transcultural cinema. Narrated throughout with improvised instrumental guitar from protagonist Ahmoudou Madassane, the score sets the tone for a fever dream of a journey.

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Hugh Masekela Top 5: In Honor of Pioneering Musical Ambassador / Activist “Father Of South African Jazz” Who Passed @ Age 78

Posted by Billyjam, January 23, 2018 05:58pm | Post a Comment


1: Hugh Masekela Grazing In The Grass: The Best of Hugh Masekela (Sony Special Products)

2: Hugh Masekela Home Is Where The Music Is (Verve)

3:Hugh Masekela The Collection (Universal Records UK)

4: Hugh Masekela Hope (Triloka)

5: Hugh Masekela & Herb Alpert Main Event Live (Herb Alpert Presents)

The above selective top five list includes albums currently available from Amoeba by Hugh Masekela; the  78 year old pioneering world music ambassador who passed today (Jan 23, 2018) after succumbing to a ten-year battle with cancer. The South African artist pioneered connecting the musical dots between the township music of his native land with American jazz, pop and beyond. A trumpeter, flugelhorn player, singer and composer, Masekela began playing music as a young teenager, but would go on to build an influential decades-long career that began with 1950’s jazz (swing, bop), be distinguished by his early sixties exile to the USA as part of the anti-apartheid campaign, and to go on to become widely revered as the “Father of South African jazz.”

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Ten Great World Music Reissues & Previously Unreleased Archival Gems of 2017

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, December 20, 2017 05:10pm | Post a Comment

By Michael Henning

Baba Zulu

10. Baba Zula - XX (Glitterbeat)

Excellent compilation of psychedelic bellydance dub jams from Turkey. If you need more reasons to check this out despite reading that description, then perhaps the fact that Mad Professor produced some of this record will help convince you to investigate. Comes as a 2-CD set (2nd disc is of dub versions) or with the material from the first CD spread out over a nice 2-LP set, plus a CD of the dub versions. Truly innovative global fusion of the highest order, these folks should be way more popular than they are here in the USA, and here's your chance to help remedy that.
The Photographs of Charles Duvelle

9. Charles Duvelle & Hisham Mayet - The Photgraphs of Charles Duvelle - Disques OCORA and Collection PROPHET (Sublime Frequencies)

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