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.

The show of the moment... The Nile Project

The Nile Project was a hit at this years globalFEST and for good reason (Read the review here). Consisting of musicians from 11 countries along the Nile Basin, the Nile Project was founded in 2011 by Egyptian ethnomusicalogist Mina Girgis and Ethiopian-American singer Meklit Hadero to address the Nile Basin's cultural environmental challenges. Designed to captivate local audiences but feel equally accessible to international listeners, the Nile Project uses music to inspire curiosity about the cultural, social, and environmental challenges of the world’s longest river. 


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