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Marin County's DocLands Documentary Film Festival, May 10-14

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, May 1, 2017 07:56pm | Post a Comment

Doclands Film Festival

Presented by the California Film Institute, the inaugural DocLands Documentary Film Festival will run in Marin County May 10–14. DocLands is a non-competitive and inclusive festival that will showcase documentary film in a variety of genres and with a diversity of content, highlighting films that transcend the traditional definition of the documentary.

Amoeba Music is proud to be part of the first-ever DocLands, sponsoring these two unique films:

NariNari
Wednesday, May 10, 7pm at Smith Rafael Film Center
DocLands Documentary Film Festival kicks off with the California premiere of Nari, a stunning short documentary blending film, archival footage, and animation accompanied by live narration and an original score featuring vocals, Indian percussion, and Gingger Shankar's unique double violin, with Carlo Ribaux on drums and Vivek Maddala on guitar and keyboard. Nari tells the life stories of the two extraordinary artists who helped bring Indian music to the West in the 1970s through their close collaboration with Ravi Shankar and The Beatles' George Harrison. Tickets.

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Nejla Ates: the Exquisite Turkish Delight

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, April 27, 2017 08:48pm | Post a Comment

Nejla Ates

By Kai Wada Roath
Ambassador of Confusion Hill and host of the Super Shangri-La Show


Nejla Ates"She had a ruby on her tummy and a diamond big as Texas on her toe
She let her hair down and she did the hoochie-coochie real slow
When she did her special number on the zebra skin
I thought she'd stop the show…"
~ "Little Egypt" by The Coasters

If you have flipped through Middle East or Belly Dancing records, you most likely have seen her…for she is hard to miss. As Sandra Warner was the enchantress for Martin Denny’s album covers, Nejla Ates, “the Turkish Delight,” was the “Honk-honk, hubba-hubba, Ee chee wa waa!” album cover model of Middle Eastern records in the 1950s.

A fellow Pisces, born March 7, 1932, Nejla lived a life of wild seduction, exotic belly dancing, and love drama. (If you are a Pisces too, join the Bay Area Pisces Power group on Facebook!) Dancing at night clubs around the world in the 1950s, Nejla was said to have "left a trail of broken hearts from Istanbul to the Bronx, with stops in Paris, Miami, and Las Vegas.”

Princes, oil tycoons, famous singers, and actors would fall madly in love with her, knowing full well that her side-hobby was stealing taken men, even from Zsa Zsa Gabor.

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KRONOS FESTIVAL 2017 at SFJAZZ Center, February 2 - 4

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, January 30, 2017 05:20pm | Post a Comment

Kronos Festival 2017

Kronos Quartet
Kronos Quartet. Photo: Jay Blakesberg

San Francisco’s Kronos Quartet and their nonprofit Kronos Performing Arts Association will present KRONOS FESTIVAL 2017: Here and Now at the SFJAZZ Center, Thursday, February 2nd - Saturday, February 4th. With six concerts over three days, Kronos’ third annual hometown music festival will showcase the innovations of the Bay Area’s contemporary music community. With Kronos taking center stage for three evening concerts, as well as a Saturday morning family concert, performances will feature some of the region’s most engaging composers – from Minimalism pioneer Terry Riley to renowned Indian violinist Kala Ramnath – and transcendent guest musicians – from the breathtaking Persian singer Mahsa Vahdat to the ethereal sounds of traditional Vietnamese instrumentalist Vân-Ánh Võ.

This year’s festival will highlight the ingenious and arresting work of Iranian-American composer and San Francisco resident Sahba Aminikia, who will serve as the festival’s artist-in-residence. His work will be featured throughout the festival, as well as at an intimate afternoon survey that concludes with a conversation with the 35-year-old composer. “My music is inspired by human stories around me,” says Aminikia. “I am struck by generalizations about cultures unknown to us. We hear mostly about hardship and oppression, despite the fact that people of every nation find their own balance between hardship and pleasure. I would like to demonstrate a drop of the ocean of beauty that exists in every one of these cultures, including those in my home country. To make strong human connections and build understanding, I do this by telling stories. I am a storyteller. My compositions are, in fact, like One Thousand and One Nights: a human story within a human story within another human story.”

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Grand Performances in DTLA: Ginkgoa & Mbongwana Star

Posted by Amoebite, July 17, 2016 06:06pm | Post a Comment

L.A.’s “Best free outdoor Summer concert series," Grand Performances, continues its 30th season throughout July and August with Grand Performances, Los Angeles, L.A.a lineup reflecting the city’s diversity. Catch these free shows at California Plaza in Downtown L.A. and stop by Amoeba's booth to say hello!

Join us at Grand Performances on Friday, July 22 for the hot club cabaret sounds of Ginkgoa, and on Saturday, August 6 for Mbongwana Star's electro-infused Congolese dance music. Spin our prize wheel, get gift certificates, and more! Both shows start at 8pm. 

Check out Grand Performances' full schedule HERE.

 

Ginkgoa Mbongwana Star
Ginkgoa Mbongwana Star

 

Shop Amoeba SF's Recently Expanded Brazilian CD Section!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, May 4, 2016 07:28pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba Music San Francisco has the BEST selection of Brazilian music on CD! From classic artists like Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil to younger artists like Ceu and Silva, from MangueBeat from Pernambuco to Blocos from Bahia, Amoeba SF is the place to stock up on your Musica Brasileira!

Amoeba Music San Francisco tem a mais melhor seleção de Musica Brasileira em CD na Bay Area!! De classicos como Caetano e Gil a artistas contemporaneas como Ceu e Karol Conka; de Manguebit pernambucana a blocos da Bahia, Amoeba Music é o lugar para estocar o seu Musica Brasileira!!

Plus, looking to hear some great Brazilian music live in San Francisco? Check out AfroBrazilian Night at Rickshaw Stop on Thursday, May 19th, featuring sets by The Afrofunk Experience, Antonio Guedes, and Batala San Francisco. More info HERE!
 

Amoeba San Francisco's Brazilian Section

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