June 14, 2018 | Hyde Park Youth Percussion Ensemble @ Concert in the Park. Boston, MA. 5:00-6:00pm. http://www.concertinthepark.org/
April 10, 2018 | Five College West African Music Ensemble @ Mount Holyoke. South Hadley, MA. 7pm-8pm. Led by Faith Conant, featuring the Gnonlonfoun Family.
March 24, 2018 | Kotoko Brass @ Strand Theater. Dorchester, MA. Doors at 6pm, show at 7pm. Opening for Take 6. https://www.facebook.com/events/155334855249814/
March 17, 2018 | Kotoko Brass @ Burgy Grange. Williamsburg, MA. Show starts at 6pm.
It's time for another Collider!!! CHOQUE NUMERO DOS!
This one is going to be a real treat. Betsayda Machado, the heralded new queen of Venezuelan Afro-Soul, is coming to the Williamsburg Grange. Her band, La Parranda El Clavo -- which includes three cocoa farming brothers, a mother and son team, and Machado's sister -- have never played in Western Mass. The reason that you've never heard of them is that they've only recently acquired visas and started touring internationally. But they have been playing together in their little village of El Clavo for over thirty years. "La Parranda" literally means party, and their music makes dancers float in the air.
"The kind of group that world-music fans have always been thrilled to discover: Vital, accomplished, local, unplugged, deeply rooted" -- NY Times Jon Pareles
Now here's where it gets interesting. The drums of Afro-Venezuelan music are primarily derived from West Africa. And our second performance for the evening, Kotoko Brass, will be taking us back to the Motherland. Inspired by the thunderous royal court rhythms of Ghana, Kotoko fuses the lively drum music of West Africa with the celebratory brass band sound of New Orleans and the West African brass band sound of Ghana, Benin and Nigeria.
PLUS: The Peace & Rhythm DJs will be keeping it funky between sets.
Bottom line: Its going to be a genuine COLLISION and an unforgettable party.
This time around we're thrilled to team up with the Pioneer Valley Worker's Center, whose mission is to build power for low-wage and immigrant workers throughout Western Mass. All proceeds from the event go directly to them.
Get your tickets early!! Space in the Grange is limited and judging by last year's Collider, this show will sell out.
NOTES: Kids under 12 do not need a ticket. Handicapped access not available at the Grange, unfortunately :(
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February 24, 2018 | Kotoko Brass @ House of Blues. Boston, MA. 5:30pm-11:00pm.
CRASHfest, Boston’s global music festival, transforms the House of Blues into an indoor music festival with three different stages, lounge areas, and a kaleidoscope of sounds and cultures that brings an eclectic and worldly spin to the Boston music scene. Global street food, international beer, and custom cocktails will be available for sale.
The 2018 lineup features:
RUBBLEBUCKET - Indie-pop dance-band with reggae influences
VIEUX FARKA TOURÉ - Malian guitarist dubbed “The Hendrix of the Sahara”
MOKOOMBA - Afro-fusion from Zimbabwe
ZESHAN B – Chicago soul singer with Indo-Pakistani roots
FLOR DE TOLOACHE - Explosive all-female mariachi band
TAL NATIONAL - High energy rock ‘n’ roll from Niger
INNOV GNAWA - North African blues with the pulse of Latin percussion
NEWPOLI - A modern take on music from the Mediterranean
SÓ SOL - Musicá Brasileira with an Americana twist
KOTOKO BRASS - Afrobeat & reggae with New Orleans style brass
Copresented with World Music/CRASHarts www.worldmusic.org.
More info and tickets at http://cncrt.ly/lIV
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Sept. 9, 2017 | Northeast Ghana All-Stars @ Drum Boogie Festival. Woodstock, NY. For the 2017 Drum Boogie Fest, we’re organizing the premier Ghanaian drummers and dancers in the northeastern US for an exciting performance of dances representing Ghana’s various musical traditions — Ewe, Ashanti, Dagomba, and Ga. The performance will feature Ashanti royal drummer and Tufts/Wesleyan professor Attah Poku, hand drumming expert Francis Akotuah, renowned Ewe dancer Koblavi Victor, Ahenema Cultural Troupe members Gloria Nyame and Yaw Kusi, Brandeis professor Ben Paulding, and more. http://www.drumboogiefestival.com/
Berklee College of Music | 921 Boylston Street, Boston, MA
"Hosted in collaboration with MusicXChange and Bridge the Gap, this is the final event of the MusicXChange Ghana project. This performance will be a multidisciplinary event featuring music, dance, and traditional Ghanaian culture artists such as the Agbekor Society, the Berklee Global Jazz Institute Faculty Band, Woman of the World, Boston Conservatory Dancers Group, and Berklee's African Ensembles. Join us for a special night of music, drumming, and dancing that features musical performances, video projection, and a short presentation about music therapy in Ghana. Traditional food will be served" (Berklee.com)