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5/1/2015 Noura Mint Seymali at Johnny D's

Mauritanian vocalist and ardine player Noura Mint Seymali, backed by guitarist husband and Mauritanian Jimi Hendrix, Jeiche Ould Chighaly, Ousmane Touré on bass, and Matthew Tinari on drums put on an exciting show at Johnny D's Friday night, May 1. Both Seymali and Chighaly come from strong griot traditions, and their vocal-guitar duets, when they carried the same melody, were tight and impressive. They rocked!

4/18/2015 Rhiannon Giddens, Tomorrow Is My Turn

Rhiannon Giddens, other members of Carolina Chocolate Drops, and some new friends put on a great show at the Somerville Theatre this weekend. She displayed her talent and charm, not to mention graciousness toward the other Carolina Chocolate Drops who are now backing her up. T Bone Burnett heard them and invited her to do a solo album, the impetus for this tour, but she seems to have maintained good feeling among the whole group. Burnett wanted a bassist and drummer, so now they're touring with a bassist and drummer--something new. It works. Great musicians, great music, great evening. Tributes to Odetta, Nina Simone, Dolly Parton, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Bob Dylan, and others. What a show, what a pleasure. We were in the presence of greatness. See photos below. Thank you, World Music/CRASHarts.

3/29/2015 Zakir Hussain's Celtic Connections review

This is Charline, World Music/CRASHarts volunteer and avid supporter! Zakir Hussain and friends performed at the Somerville Theatre 3/29/2015, displaying masterful musicianship on the part of 3 Indians and 6 Celtic players from Scotland, Ireland, and Brittany in France, which is Celtic by heritage. I believe the Indians lent depth to the Celtic music and the Celts lent interest to the Indian music. The collaborations, when all 9 were playing, were the best. The rapport and mutual respect and affection onstage were infectious. The audience loved this program, brought to us from a sold-out concert at Carnegie Hall.  (From Carnegie Hall to the Somerville Theatre!  You have to love it.)  Click on Read More to see photos.

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