King Sunny Adé and His African Beats at the N.C. Museum of Art

June 25, 2015
8:00 pmto10:00 pm

King Sunny Ade and his African Beats

King Sunny Ade and his African Beats


King Sunny Adé and His African Beats
Thursday, June 25, 2015 | 8 pm
Joseph M. Bryan, Jr., Theater in the Museum Park
North Carolina Museum of Art

Doors open at 6:30 pm

King Sunny Adé was born into the royal family of Ondo, in Nigeria, and shocked his parents by embarking on a career in music. But it was a decision that made him a superstar in his homeland and took a style of Nigerian social music known as juju to worldwide acclaim.

The legendary band leader, composer, and guitarist helped pave the way for many of the great Afro-pop bands of our times, including past NCMA standouts Youssou N’Dour, Salif Keita, Baaba Maal, and the Mahotella Queens. Adé has been a bold innovator, adding guitars, percussion, keyboards, synthesizer, and even Hawaiian-style pedal steel to create a “gently hypnotic, polyrhythmic mesh of burbling guitars, sweet harmony vocals, swooping Hawaiian guitar, and throbbing talking drums” (Rolling Stone).

Don’t miss a rare opportunity to dance the night away with one of Africa’s all-time musical greats along with 20 master musicians and percussionists.

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Dancing encouraged in front of stage.

Get your tickets here!

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Zansa: Find Your Cool Summer Concert Series

August 7, 2014
7:00 pmto8:30 pm

Zansa
The music of Zansa (a Nouchi slang word from Ivory Coast meaning “combination” or “blend”) is a synthesis of traditional and modern styles of West Africa. The Asheville-based ensemble melds modern afropop with African folk music, African drumming, and the fiery dance-oriented Ivorian street music called Zouglou. Zansa is led by 33rd generation West African musician Adama Dembele, whose family lineage is recognized internationally as “Djembeso” or House of the Djembe. With Zansa, he has continued to develop and expand his sound, now singing in French, Baoule, Bambara, and English, creating a multicultural mix of original songs, traditional stories, and impassioned music. This final night of the “Find Your Cool” Summer Concert Series is made possible in part by Friends of World Music.

Where: CCB Plaza, 201 N. Corcoran St. Durham. Rain site: The Pinhook

FREE

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Africa Unplugged: Find Your Cool Summer Concert Series

July 17, 2014
7:00 pmto8:30 pm

Africa Unplugged
Africa Unplugged, led by Atiba Rorie, blends the best of traditional African music with everything that’s funky and NOW. They take the stage with all the purpose and power of Burning Spear and good times of a New Orleans brass band. Made possible in part by Friends of World Music.

Where: CCB Plaza, 201 N. Corcoran St. Durham. Rain site: The Pinhook.

Downtown Durham

FREE

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Pavelid Castaneda CD Release Party at CASBAH!

December 21, 2013
8:00 pmto11:00 pm

Pavelid Castaneda CD release party

Pavelid Castaneda CD release party

Pavelid Castañeda CD Release Concert: “Fiesta en Naranjal”

Chapel Hill harpist Pavelid Castañeda, originally from Bogotá, Colombia, will celebrate the release of his new CD: FIESTA EN NARANJAL, featuring original compositions that combine Latin American folklore and jazz. Pavelid’s son Edmar, himself an international touring artist based in New York City, produced the album and will make a rare trip to the Triangle to join his father in the ensemble.

The show is Saturday, December 21st, at 8 PM at Casbah in Durham. Buy your tickets now!

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Khalat Africa featuring Diali Cissokho

August 8, 2013
7:00 pmto8:30 pm

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Khalat Africa featuring Diali Cissokho closes out Downtown Durham’s “Find Your Cool” concert series next Thursday at CCB Plaza. The show starts at 7 PM.

Don’t miss this outstanding opportunity to see a FREE show of some of West Africa’s finest music, right here in the Triangle!

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Orquesta GarDel plays Durham June 27th!

June 27, 2013
7:00 pmto8:30 pm

Orquesta GarDel plays Downtown Durham Inc.’s “Find Your Cool” concert series Thursday, June 27 from 7-8:30 p.m.

Don’t miss this free, unforgettable show, sponsored by Friends of World Music!

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Downtown Durham’s “Find Your Cool” Summer Concert Series

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Downtown Durham Inc. will launch its free “Find Your Cool” Summer Concert Series at CCB Plaza, Thursday, May 9, 7 p.m. From soul to salsa, African to Americana, “the plaza with the bronze bull” will be bustling with local bands, locally-brewed beer from Bull City Burger and Brewery and people of all ages, ready to start the weekend a day early.

Twenty years ago, when Downtown Durham Inc. was a young organization, formed to serve as a catalyst for downtown revitalization, an after-work concert series was one of its first projects to revive the city center. Today, Durham is “America’s #1 Creative Class Metro” according to The Atlantic. “Downtown Durham is thriving with new restaurants, bakeries, shops and venues opening every month. I’m thrilled DDI is bringing back a regular music series, and honored, as a long-time Durham resident and fan, to be a part of it all” says Downtown Durham Inc. Special Events Coordinator and series organizer Tess Mangum Ocaña.
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Kishi Bashi to open for Tinariwen

Norfolk-based violinist Kishi Bashi will be opening for Tinariwen’s October 20th show at The ArtsCenter in Carrboro.

Check out their amazing video for Kishi’s catchy song Brignt Whites. For tickets to the show, visit The ArtsCenter website.

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Raleigh Irish & Music Fest

September 29, 2012
11:00 amto7:00 pm

Please join the Ancient Order of Hibernians and friends as we gather in Downtown Raleigh’s Moore Square on Saturday – September 29th from 11am – 7pm as we bring a wee “Taste of Ireland” to the heart of Raleigh.

This Raleigh Irish Fest will be a day of traditional Irish music with special guests from Ireland, a host of local Irish musicians, champion Irish Dancers and the skirl of Raleigh’s favorite pipe band Wake & District.

via Raleigh Irish & Music Fest – Home.

NOTE: Clicking on the link will cause loud bagpipe music to begin playing!

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Across Latin America, Making Cumbia Modern : NPR

Juan Campodónico



Betto Arcos returns once again to weekends on All Things Considered to share what he’s been spinning on Global Village, the world music show he hosts on KPFK in Los Angeles. This week, Arcos has brought Guy Raz four 21st-century interpretations of cumbia, a traditional music from Colombia and Panama. But Arcos’ contemporary playlist stretches beyond the humid north of South America, featuring garage-rock cumbia from Mexico City, subtropical cumbia from urban Uruguay and more.

via Across Latin America, Making Cumbia Modern : NPR.

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