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Category: World
January 6, 2015 at 5:03 AM

A sparkling release from one of West Africa’s greats | New Recordings

Kassé Mady Diabaté, ‘Kiriké’ (Six Degrees)

This splendid, sparkling album featuring one of Mali’s great griots, whose family name will be familiar to anyone with even a casual interest in West African music, finds Kassé Mady Diabaté in the studio with an all-star cast: Ballaké Sissoko, kora (harp); Makan Tounkara, ngoni (lute); Lansiné Kouyaté, balafon (marimba); and — unusually — French cellist Vincent Segal.


Comments | More in World | Topics: Ballake Sissoko, Kasse Mady Diabate, Kirike

November 6, 2014 at 3:17 PM

Slack key masters Ledward Kaapana & Cyril Pahinui headline Seattle fest | Concert preview

Hawaiian slack-key fests are an annual affair in Seattle, but before you go all ho-hum, note that both Cyril Pahinui and Ledward Kaapana are on the bill this year. That’s a whole lotta slackin’. Pahinui, 64, is, the son of slack-key legend Gabby Pahinui and approaches this sweet, slow-motion traditional music with much…


Comments | More in World | Topics: Concert Preview, Cyril Pahinui, Ledward Kaapana

October 30, 2014 at 12:04 PM

No masks, no monkey business, just great music: Flaco Jimenez, Los Texmaniacs | Concert preview

Never mind Halloween. Friday, Oct. 31, Town Hall’s Global Rhythms series hosts an act that requires no masks or monkey business, when the great Tex-Mex accordion master Flaco Jimenez joins San Antonio conjunto Los Texmaniacs in a concert of traditional as well as rocked up Tejano fare that should be an unqualified treat.


Comments | More in World | Topics: Concert Preview, Flaco Jimenez, Global Rhythms

August 21, 2014 at 5:50 PM

Dafnis Prieto to join world musicians in special quartet | Concert preview

(Courtesy of Maya Illusion)

Maya Illusion: Osam Ezzeldin, Ganesh Rajagopalan, Dafnis Prieto and Jayanthi Raman (Courtesy of the artists)

An unusual world-jazz collaboration featuring one of the most exciting drummers in jazz and an Indian master violinist is afoot Friday, Aug. 22, in Seattle, thanks to the Seattle chapter of the Association for India’s Development (AID).

The concert features the newly formed quartet Maya Illusion, which features Cuban drummer, composer and MacArthur “genius” fellow Dafnis Prieto, who has played with Roy Hargrove, Claudia Acuña and Chucho Valdés and performed last year at the Earshot Jazz Festival. Maya Illusion also showcases renowned Indian violinist Ganesh Rajagopalan, who recently has been serving as honorary artistic director of Rasika, an arts and cultural school in Hillsboro, Ore.


Comments | More in Jazz, World

August 5, 2014 at 5:00 AM

Triple Door to host Brazilian Nights | Concert preview

(Arie Pytel)

Brazilian group En Canto performs in the opening show of the Brazilian Nights series (Arie Pytel)


OK, let’s get this out of way up front: Brazil tanked in the World Cup.

Can we move on?

Because there’s good Brazilian news — especially for music lovers.

Thanks to the support of Pedro Costa, the Honorary Consul of Brazil in Washington State — and the grass roots elbow grease of vocalist Adriana Giordano of the local group En Canto — Seattle is hosting three top-notch concerts at the Triple Door this summer and fall.


Comments | More in World | Topics: Alessandro Penezzi, Brazilian Nights, Concert Preview

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