Posts Tagged ‘Cumbancha’

touareg blues

July 22, 2011

desert blues man Bombino

It’s been so d@^^n!! hot here over the last couple of days the sweet sound of North African desert blues sounds right at home.

Tonight at Higher Ground in South Burlington, VT it’s guitarist/songwriter Bombino from Niger as the last artist in the Summer Global Music Voyage series being produced this summer by Cumbancha and Putumayo World Music. Doors at 7:30, show at 8. See you there for sure!



freshlyground in burlington tonight!

July 9, 2011

The Summer Global Music Voyage continues tonight at Higher Ground in Burlington! The second of four concerts features Freshlyground, a funk/groove/Afrobeat band from South Africa. It’s been quite a while since anything quite like this came to town. Ticket info >> here <<

novalima en la casa

June 29, 2011

Got a white handkerchief to wave? What about a jawbone, to rattle? Most important: are you ready to dance?

Don’t worry about the jawbone, if you don’t have one the band certainly will. But bring your hankie if you have one, and DO wear dancing shoes.

The first annual Summer Global Music Voyage kicks off tomorrow night at Higher Ground in Burlington – featuring a returning favorite, Peru’s hot Afro-groove band Novalima.

Their first time visiting the area was in July two years ago and they were instantly the buzz for their energy, emotion, and powerful vocals. Visually they’re really interesting too with turntables, cajons (large, speaker-like drums the players actually sit on) and – yes – that large donkey jawbone, all thumping and rattling up a storm on stage.

Here are a few pics from that Burlington debut two years ago. And if you don’t have your tickets yet for tomorrow night I’ll make it official here and say: HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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summer global music voyage

June 25, 2011

mosquito bite (photo by jj harrison)

Summer has never been my favorite season, but it seems to make other folks happy enough and of course I understand it’s necessary for nature’s annual replenishment. So I can go along with it. And, good tunes do help to forget about the heat, stickiness, and infinite bugbites of the season.

This week there’s a new series of concerts opening at Higher Ground. The first show is Thursday and the other three shows will get us through most of the next month. It’s being presented by our good friends at Putumayo World Music, the Music Voyager TV series, and VT’s own Cumbancha recording label.

Peru’s popular afro-groove band Novalima opens the series, with other shows coming from South Africa (Freshlyground on 7/9); San Francisco (Rupa and The April Fishes on 7/13); and Niger’s desert blues guitarist/singer Bombino closes the series on 7/22.

If you can go all four shows (or feel like supporting local music even if you can’t attend all four), they’re even offering a great deal: buy a “passport” for a flat $40 and you can get into all of the shows for a considerable discount over the individual ticket cost.

Yes: I will see you there, dancing in the front row and decidedly NOT thinking about sweating. Ugh, summertime.

sierra leone’s refugee all-stars in the house!

May 24, 2011

We’re lucky to have so much great music come to little ol’ Vermont. Tonight Sierra Leone’s Refugee All-Stars are playing at Higher Ground in Burlington. Doors at 7pm, show starts at 7:30.

Last time they came they filled up the room with a couple hundred dancing fans and some of the coolest grooves to hit the ballorom in a long time.

It’s not really luck that brings the Refugees here, their latest recording was released by Vermont’s own Cumbancha recording label. It was produced by the legendary New Orleans sound wizard Steve Berlin so it’s brassy, it’s a little r&b and a little bit reggae, and it’s all spunky spirit from the hearts and spirit of musicians with some very beautiful souls.

Recommended? Highly.

playlist #144 (1/17/11)-andy palacio tribute

January 17, 2011

World of Music
Pgm #144 – Honoring the memory of Andy Palacio, great Belizian musician who passed away 1/19/2008.
Catch the show on Mondays 3-5pm EDT – at 105.9FM in Burlington, VT or online at The Radiator
Andy Palacio: Wátina (I Called Out) / Wátina / Cumbancha 3 – (BELIZE)
Andy Palacio: Weyu Lárigu Weyu (Day by Day) / Wátina / Cumbancha 3 – (BELIZE)
Andy Palacio: Lidan Aban (Together) / Wátina / Cumbancha 3 – (BELIZE)
Paul Nabor: Potu Gedina / Garifuna Music-Field Recordings from Belize / ARC Music 1913 – (BELIZE)
Umalali: Yündüya Weyu (The Sun Has Set) / The Garifuna Women’s Project / Cumbancha 6 – (GUATEMALA)
Lady Lard & Isabel Flores: Wamama Wamalali / Garifuna Punta Anthology / Turtle Shell Music 2006 – (BELIZE)
Lugua & The Larubeya Drummers: Koropotia / Bumari / Stonetree 13 – (BELIZE)
Aurelio Martinez: Lumalali Limaniga (The Sound of Silence) / Garifuna Soul / Stonetree 26 – (HONDURAS)
Solomon Gi Ah: Mr. Peters’ Boom & Chime / Bakabush-The First Ten Years of Stonetree / Stonetree 27 – (BELIZE)
Mini-Musical Female Duet: Monkey Jaw Bone / Shine Eye Gal-Brukdon from Belize / Corason 118 – (BELIZE)
Brad Pattico & Co.:  Boil Di Cabbage Don / Shine Eye Gal-Brukdon from Belize / Corason 118 – (BELIZE)
Andy Palacio: Doctor! Doctor! / Til Da Mawnin! / Stonetree 10 – (BELIZE)
Andy Palacio: Til Da Mawnin! / Til Da Mawnin! / Stonetree 10 – (BELIZE)
Andy Palacio: Samudi Guñou / Keimoun / Intuition Oversees 3171 – (BELIZE)
Andy Palacio: Roots / Keimoun / Intuition Oversees 3171 – (BELIZE)
Andy Palacio: Miami / Wátina / Cumbancha 3 – (BELIZE)
Andy Palacio: Baba (Father) / Wátina / Cumbancha 3 – (BELIZE)
Andy Palacio: Gagarbadibá (Take Advice) / Wátina / Cumbancha 3 – (BELIZE)
Andy Palacio: Beiba (Go Away) / Wátina / Cumbancha 3 – (BELIZE)
Aurelio Martinez: Wéibayuwa / Laru Beya / Stonetree (demo) – (HONDURAS) *NEW – being released tomorrow, 1/18/2011*
Aurelio Martinez: Mayahuabá / Laru Beya / Stonetree (demo) – (HONDURAS) *NEW – being released tomorrow, 1/18/2011*
Paul Nabor: Nari (My name) / Paranda / Stonetree 18 – (BELIZE)
Umalali: Hattie / The Garifuna Women’s Project / Cumbancha 6 – (GUATEMALA)
Andy Palacio: Águyuha Nidúheñu / Wátina / Cumbancha  3 – (BELIZE)
Andy Palacio: Ámuñegü (In Times To Come) / Wátina / Cumbancha 3 – (BELIZE)

Special thanks to Jacob Edgar at Cumbancha World Music for allowing us to broadcast multiple tracks from Andy Palacio’s album “Wátina”

“local” music on the world stage

December 15, 2010


It’s been a good week for Vermont’s Cumbancha recording label getting some well deserved (inter)national press.

First, on Monday, National Public Radio gave Razia a nod in their article 5 New African Bands That Ruled In 2010. She’s from Madagascar, now living in New York City. “Zebu Nation”, her debut recording, was released last spring on Cumbancha’s “Discovery” label for emerging artists. I happened to be in New York last April so I stopped by S.O.B.’s when Razia and her band were having their CD release party. The house was packed and the ecological message of her music couldn’t have been more timely: it was Earth Day. Razia’s personal warmth and conviction infuse her music with both soul and urgency – she offers catchy, melodic, original songs with a first-person view of the severe environmental issues that face her native island country.

Then, for the second high profile media mention this week, last night Brazil’s Luísa Maita was featured as the “global hit” on the BBC program The World. Like Razia, Luísa released “Lero-Lero”, her first recording, on Cumbancha Discovery this past year. She also came to Burlington for a sold out performance in early November that generated a lot of buzz: Who is she? Where has she been until now?

Maita Remixed

Warmth is also a word I’d use to describe Luísa’s delivery, with traditional Brazilian bossa novas and sambas forming the core of her very contemporary, classy sound. In fact her music was so ripe for remix that that’s exactly what happened: Lero-Lero‘s late summer release was quickly followed up by her Maita Remixed album in early November, also on Cumbancha Discovery. If the original recording was hip (it was), the remix package lends urban polish to the whole project with contributions from notables like DJ Tudo, Seiji, and DJ/Rupture. The best remix albums start with strong material, so this one was destined to be memorable.

Cumbancha’s motto is ‘live local, listen global’ – an idea it embodies every day with recordings like these two.

Full disclosure: I’ve volunteered and worked part-time at Cumbancha for a little over three years now. I’ve said it before: I would be listening to and writing about their recordings even if I didn’t.

playlist #130 (10/11/10)-under the covers, pt. 4

October 11, 2010
World of Music
Pgm #130 – It’s getting chilly. Sounds like it’s time to warm up with another installment of the popular ‘under the covers’ series! Featuring great cover versions of tunes we know and love.
Catch the show on Mondays 3-5pm EDT – at 105.9FM in Burlington, VT or online at The Radiator
Nas with Youssou N’Dour & Neneh Cherry:  Wake Up (It’s Africa Calling) / Open Remix / (download) – (USA/SENEGAL)
Stochelo Rosenberg (covering Stevie Wonder): I Wish / Ready’n Able / Iris Music 3001891 – (NETHERLANDS)
Toots & The Maytals (covering Stevie Wonder): Higher Ground / Flip and Twist / D&F Music 2010 – (JAMAICA) *NEW*
Tony Allen (covering U2): Where The Streets Have No Name / In The Name of Love: Africa Celebrates U2 / Shout Factory 826663 – (NIGERIA)
Coco Freeman (featuring U2): I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For / Rhythms del Mundo / Hip-O Records 7891 – (CUBA)
Lailo (featuring Gloria Gaynor): Yo Vivire (I Will Survive) / Sexy Latin Beats / Azucar Entertainment 90011 – (USA)
Los Destellos (covering Beethoven): Para Elisa / The Roots of Chicha / Barbès Records 16 – (PERU)
Miriam Jarquín & Blues Latino:  Autumn Leaves / No Hay Palabras / 2005 – (COSTA RICA)
Grandpa Elliott: This Little Light of Mine / Sugar Sweet / Playing for Change 31841 – (USA)
Oslo Gospel Choir: Vaer Meg Naer (Kumbayah) / Salme Skatt / FX CD 272 – (NORWAY)
Bob French’s Original Tuxedo Jazz Band w/Leon “Kid Chocolate” Brown: St. James Infirmary / New Orleans Brass / Putumayo 270 – (N’AWLINS)
Ana Cañas (covering Dylan): Rainy Day Women #12 & 35 / Amor e Caos / Sony 88697182782 – (BRAZIL)
Seu Jorge (covering Bowie): Life on Mars? / The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou / Hollywood Records 62494 – (BRAZIL)
Kruno: Puttin’ On The Ritz / Gypsy Jazz Guitar / Gypsy Jazz Distributions 2006002 – (SERBIA)
The Puppini Sisters: It Don’t Mean a Thing if it Ain’t Got That Swing / The Rise and Fall of Ruby Woo / Verve 10416 – (USA)
Klazz Brothers & Cuba Percussion (covering Beethoven): Salsa No. V / Classic Meets Cuba / Sony 93090 – (CUBA)
La Fragua (covering the Beatles): Eleanor Rigby / De los Andes a los Beatles / Antara 758 – (ARGENTINA)
Easy Star All-Stars featuring Frankie Paul (covering the Beatles): Lucy In the Sky with Diamonds / Easy Star’s Lonely Hearts Dub Band / Discos CNR 21622 – (USA/JAMAICA)
Sunshiners (covering Duran Duran): Notorius / Welkam Bak Long Vanuatu / Ter a Terre 21 – (OCEANIA)
Marcia Griffiths: Sea of Love / Truly / Heartbeat 11661 – (JAMAICA)
Shinehead (covering Sting): Jamaican in New York / Sidewalk University / Elektra 61139 – (JAMAICA)
Inner Circle (covering the Police): Bed’s Too Big Without You / Spirits in the Material World / Shanachie 45067 – (JAMIACA)
The Denver Dub Collective (covering Prince): When Doves Cry / Purple Dub / 2009 – (USA)
Easy Star All-Stars (covering Pink Floyd): Us and Them / Dub Side of the Moon / Discos CNR 21606 – (USA)
Ska Cubano: Istanbul (Not Constantinople) / Ay Caramba! / Cumbancha 1 – (CUBA)
Jim Carrey: Cuban Pete / The Mask / Columbia 66207 – (USA)
Tukuleur (covering Toto): Africa / Cover the World / Putumayo 208 – (SENEGAL)

playlist #124 (8/30/10)-beyond katrina

September 1, 2010
World of Music
Pgm #124 – Remembering the Katrina landfall 5th anniversary
Catch the show on Mondays 3-5pm EDT – at 105.9FM in Burlington, VT or online at The Radiator
Nas with Youssou N’Dour & Neneh Cherry: Wake Up (It’s Africa Calling) / Open Remix / (download) – (USA / SENEGAL)
Les Charbonniers de L’Enfer: Diguedin / Wô / La Tribu 7205 – (QUÉBEC, CANADA)
The Rankin Family: Fiddle Medley / The Rankin Family / Capitol Records 99995 – (CAPE BRETON, CANADA)
The Cottars: Young Munro / Feast / Rounder 7068 – (CAPE BRETON, CANADA)
Jambalaya Cajun Band: Les Flammes d’Enfer / Cajun / Putumayo 184 – (N’AWLINS)
Cedric Watson: Cochon de Lait / Cedric Watson / Valcour Records 4 – (LOUISIANA, USA)
Geno Delafose & French Rockin’ Boogie: Bye Bye Mon Nèg / Zydeco / Putumayo 160 – (N’AWLINS)
Theryl “Houseman” de’Clouet: Ain’t No Yachts In The Ghetto / City of Dreams / Rounder 11661 – (N’AWLINS)
Mahalia Jackson: Didn’t It Rain / Gospels, Spirituals & Hymns / Columbia Legacy 65594 – (N’AWLINS)
Professor Longhair: Go To The Mardi Gras / Legends of New Orleans / Blue Marble Music 2 – (N’AWLINS)
Oswin Chin Behilia: Ata Toni / Liber / Otrabanda Records 10 – (CURAÇAO) *NEW*
Bassekou Kouyaté & Ngoni Ba featuring Harouna Samake: Torin Torin / I Speak Fula / Out Here Records 1 – (MALI)
Shantel: Fige Ki Ase Me / Disko Partizani / Essay 15 – (GERMANY)
The Lost Fingers: Billie Jean / Lost In The 80s / Sony 88697556082 – (QUÉBEC, CANADA)
Magnifico: Land of Champions / Grand Finale / Avih N/A – (SLOVENIA)
Ukulélé Club de Paris: Cabo Azulado / Manuia! / EmArcy Records 17741 – (FRANCE)
Amália Rodrigues: Los Piconeros / The Essential Collection / Manteca 59 – (PORTUGAL)
Jake Shimabukuro: Thriller / Live / Hitchhike Records 1109 – (HAWAII, USA)
Sunshiners: Every Kinda People / Sunshiners / BMG 21074 – (OCEANIA)
Trombone Shorty: Hurricane Season / Backatown / Verve Forecast 4194 – (N’AWLINS) *NEW*
Clifton Chenier: Ti Na Na /Louisiana Gumbo / Putumayo 161 – (N’AWLINS)
Devin Phillips: Wade in The Water / Wade in The Water / 2006 – (N’AWLINS)
Kimberly Rivers, aka Black Kold Madina: Trouble The Water / Trouble The Water / 2009 – (N’AWLINS)
Dr. John: Goin’ Back to New Orleans / Goin’ Back to New Orleans / Warner Brothers 26940 – (N’AWLINS)
Poncho Sanchez: Dóndé Va Chichi? / Raise Your Hand / Concord Picante 30149 – (MEXICO/USA)
John Boutté: I’ll Fly Away / New Orleans Brass / Putumayo 270 – (N’AWLINS)

playlist #117 (6/21/10)-the world cup of music

June 22, 2010
World of Music
Pgm #117 – …the show that’s like a World Cup, for your ears!
Catch the show on Mondays 3-5pm EDT – at 105.9FM in Burlington, VT or online at The Radiator
Nas with Youssou N’Dour & Neneh Cherry: Wake Up (It’s Africa Calling) / Open Remix / (download) – (USA / SENEGAL)
Sonny Rollins: St. Thomas / Saxophone Colossus / Prestige 1501 –  (USA)
Kali: L’Histoire du Zouk / Caribbean Party / Putumayo 132 – (MARTINIQUE)
The New Islanders: Caribbean Cruise / Music of the Caribbean / Intersound 8906 – (TRINIDAD)
Sunshiners (covering John Lennon): Woman / Welkam Bak Long Vanuatu / Ter A Terre 21 – (OCEANIA)
Emad Sayyah: Balla Tghanni Ya Mourkos / Bellydance from Lebanon / ARC Music 2278 – (LEBANON) *NEW*
Celia Cruz: Celia’s Oye Como Va / Siempre Vivré / Sony 489544 – (CUBA)
Mario Grigorov: Cuban Soil, Cuban Sun / Paris to Cuba / Warm & Genuine Records 1 – (BULGARIA)
Toots and the Maytals (covering Phish): Back On The Train / Dub Like An Antelope / Red Hillz Music 2009 – (JAMAICA)
Madagascar Slim: Good Life / Good Life Good Living / MS 1 – (MADAGASCAR)
Trombone Shorty: Hurricane Season / Backatown / Verve 14194 – (N’AWLINS) *NEW*
Golem!: Tell Her You Love Her / Citizen Boris / JDub 113 – (USA)
Razia: Yoyoyo / Zebu Nation / Cumbancha (demo) – (MADAGASCAR) *NEW*
Staff Benda Bilili: Je t’aime / Très Très Fort / Crammed Discs 51 – (DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO)
Long-ge: Playing Mahjong / Blues Around The World / Putumayo 253 – (TAIWAN)
The Cottars: Fare Thee Well, Northumberland & The Purple Wave / Feast / Rounder Records 7068 – (CAPE BRETON) *NEW*
Chuck Bernstein: Delta Berimbau Blues / Delta Berimbau Blues / CMB Records 102844 – (USA)
Gil Scott Heron: New York Is Killing Me / I’m New Here / XL Recordings 471 – (USA) *NEW*
Ray Vega & Thomas Marriott: Pelham Gardens / East-West Trumpet Summit / Origin Records 82561 –  (USA) *NEW*
Fela Kuti: No Agreement / The Best of the Black President / Universal 3145431972 – (NIGERIA)
Alicia Villareal: No, Oh, Oh / Se Cruza / Universal 2264 – (MEXICO)
The Hot Club of San Francisco: Spivy / Gypsyland / Lost Wax Records 501 – (USA)
La Macanita: Adiós Tristeza / The Rough Guide to Flamenco / Rough Guide 1189 – (SPAIN)
Señor Coconut: Firecracker / Yellow Fever! / Nacional Records 54124 – (CHILE)
Black Uhuru: Hey Joe / Now! Dub / Mesa 79022 – (JAMAICA)
Novalima: Coba Guarango (Toni Economides Remix) / Coba Coba Remixed / Cumbancha 11 – (PERU)

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