Tag Archives: Alsarah & the Nubatones

A Rare Chance to See Haunting Large-Ensemble Turkish Music in the West Village

Source: New York Music Daily

One of the most serendipitous developments in New York music this year is that Seyyah, who might be this city’s most epic Turkish band at the moment, have been playing more lately. Which is more impressive than it seems, considering that percussionist/singer Jenny Luna has been plenty busy with her own similarly haunting Turkish-Balkan band Dolunay. Pretty much everybody else in Seyyah plays with other bands as well. Tanbur lute player Adam Good is also in Dolunay, and lends his prowess on many stringed instruments to numerous other groups including sizzling rebetiko metal band Greek Judas. Oudist ...

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A Tantalizing Taste of Golden Fest Last Night at Trans-Pecos

Source: New York Music Daily

It’s not likely that the WNYU folks had Golden Fest in mind when they booked three of New York’s most exciting bands to play Trans-Pecos last night. But the triplebill of riveting Macedonian duo Glas, hotshot oudist Kane Mathis and haunting Turkish band Dolunay are all vets of the annual Brooklyn mecca for sounds from across the Balkans and the Middle East as well. Golden Fest 2018 takes place next January 12 and 13; this was a hint of the kind of wild intensity and stark rapture that will be in almost absurd abundance there that weekend.

Glas, the ...

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Roskilde Festival lineup + Arcade Fire European tour dates

Source: Brooklyn Vegan

The lineup for Danish music festival Roskilde Festival has been released, and features a lot of the big names to be seen at other festivals this summer. The main headliners are Foo Fighters, A Tribe Called Quest, Arcade Fire, Justice, Moderat/Modeselektor, Solange, Trentemoller, The Weeknd, and The XX

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globalFEST 2017 in pics

Source: Brooklyn Vegan

globalFEST took over the three rooms of Webster Hall for yet another year and filled the venue with five hours of powerful music and joyful dancing…

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A Slinky, Catchy New Album from Nubian Dance Band Alsarah & the Nubatones

Source: New York Music Daily

Alsarah & the Nubatones call their music “East African retro pop.” That designation may be historically accurate, but it hardly does justice to the Sudanese-born singer and her band’s enchanting blend of slinky Middle Eastern sounds, starkly bluesy folk and propulsive dance grooves. They’ve got a new album, Manara – streaming at Bandcamp – and an album release show on Nov 30 at 7:30 PM at the Poisson Rouge. Advance tix are $12, but get ’em now – the band pretty much sold out Flushing Town Hall, a much bigger venue way out in Queens, earlier this year – ...

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Alsarah & the Nubatones Put on a Transcendent, Relevant Dance Party in Flushing

Source: New York Music Daily

If the 7 train had been running between Queens and Manhattan Saturday night, “East African retro pop” stars Alsarah & the Nubatones would have sold out Flushing Town Hall. Even with the transit nightmare, they came awfully close. By the time the stragglers had found their way to Northern Boulevard, there were only a few balcony seats left. It was a dance party, but it was also a profoundly relevant performance, shifting between hypnotic African grooves and otherworldly, microtonally-tinged Middle Eastern-flavored tonalities.

The group opened with a lingering, suspenseful solo by oudist Brandon Terzic. A student of the late, great ...

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Alsarah & the Nubatones Put on a Transcendent, Relevant Dance Party in Flushing

Source: New York Music Daily

If the 7 train had been running between Queens and Manhattan Saturday night, “East African retro pop” stars Alsarah & the Nubatones would have sold out Flushing Town Hall. Even with the transit nightmare, they came awfully close. By the time the stragglers had found their way to Northern Boulevard, there were only a few balcony seats left. It was a dance party, but it was also a profoundly relevant performance, shifting between hypnotic African grooves and otherworldly, microtonally-tinged Middle Eastern-flavored tonalities.

The group opened with a lingering, suspenseful solo by oudist Brandon Terzic. A student of the late, great ...

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The Nile Project Give Multinationalism a Good Name

Source: New York Music Daily

The Nile Project blend slinky, pulsing grooves from Egypt and Ethiopia as well as from Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda – the Nile is a long river! The acoustic dance-folk jamband were first assembled by Egyptian wedding dj and ethnomusicologist Mina Girgis and Ethiopian-American soul-folk pioneer Meklit Hadero for the purpose of raising awareness about the marginalizing effects of disputes over water throughout the Nile Delta.

Just two weeks after the group first jammed together, they had the nerve to record their debut performance at Lincoln Center – and then release it as an album, Aswan, streaming at Spotify. In ...

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The 100 Best Songs of 2014

Source: New York Music Daily

If you count youtube clips, how many songs were “released” in 2014? Five million? Ten million? Considering the vast amount of material that’s out there, you can’t consider this page to be gospel any more than you can any other blog’s best-of-2014 list.

But it is a seriously good playlist. At first it seemed like a good idea to simply pull all of these songs into a Spotify playlist and call it a night, but that didn’t work since a lot – perhaps the majority – of the artists here aren’t on Spotify. But you can follow the links on this page ...

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