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jazz fest: at the world tent

April 29, 2011

This week’s news from the News from the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival completed the schedule that was announced a couple of weeks ago at the press conference.

We learned that day that Toubab Krewe would be one of the groups playing at the World Tent on June 11th. But the rest of the lineup hadn’t been finalized yet – who would it be? Not surprisingly, in keeping with the Festival’s tradition (and Festival Director Brian Mital’s personal passion) for reggae at the World Tent, the acts that will join Toubab are Midnite (from the Virgin Islands), Jamaica’s Bushman, and the Jamaican roots group The Abyssinians.

Here’s a look at the lineup. Music gets underway at 3:30 that afternoon.

festivus for the (jam-baddest) restivus

July 18, 2009

Presenting the opening night grande finale for Festivus for the Restivus: Toubab Krewe. Steeped in the jam band tradition of the Grateful Dead and Phish, trained in Mali, and based in Asheville, North Carolina, these folks are a tight band combining traditional West African instruments and the groove of Western pop aesthetics. Their set began around 1:40am. It was so much fun I didn”t even realize the time until quite a bit later when it was time to leave for the night.

Before I forget to mention it, you’ve probably noticed by now in the pictures here that the Festivus stage was very striking. It really was. Nice job, folks, for all of the attention to creating a complete experience with the visual and audio. The great stage decoration and lighting were as memorable as the music.

Festivus wraps up tomorrow with Earl “Chinna” Smith  and Friends (11-Noon) and (Noon-1:30) the Jazz Criminals.


festivus for the (fire-starting) restivus

July 18, 2009

Festivus for the Restivus, Act IV: thanks to the bonfire (very nice on a wet night) and the fire artists, intermission flew by as Oumou’s crew cleared out and Toubab Krewe was just about ready to come on for the finale.

festivus for the restivus

July 18, 2009

2009-JUL17-FestivusThe experience has been described as Vermont’s own Burning Man…like, in its early days when the concept was simple, the construct was modest, and the richest thing about it was its inspiration.

National Geographic Music included it in this year’s list of the summer’s best North American music festivals, describing the festival as “punching above its weight” for being able to attract performers like Mali’s Oumou Sangaré, “the Wassoulou Queen”.

But what is the Sol Harvest Festivus for the Restivus, really?

At its core, it is three days of non-stop music played by some of the best musicians in the world. It’s also bonfires, on-site camping that creates a real community for a few days, singing and dancing until all hours of the night, and a positive vibe that’s as tangible and saturating as the rain that fell on the event’s opening last night.

Part of that comes from the ‘family’ feel to the whole thing. Festivus, now in its seventh year, is the inspiration of  Toubab Krewe bassist David Pransky, and the event is held on the 93-acre Pransky family land in Cabot. To get there you turn off of state highway 215 onto Pransky Road, follow the signs and the cars, pass the house, and shortly arrive at the wide-open fields that host the festival.

7/17/09 - Festivus opening night

7/17/09 - Festivus opening night

Driving in last night around 9:30pm on the dark and winding muddy road, the comparison to Field of Dreams was inescapable with its portentous echoes of “If you build it, they will come…”

Parked in a grassy field, and then followed the music and the light streaming through the trees on the  short walk up to the grounds. Had to watch it with the mud! More than one person – and a wayward car, and a golf cart – struggled for traction on the rain-slippery path. Can’t say we weren’t warned, the gatekeeper cautioned, “it’s been that kind of summer.”

Later in the evening David Pransky shared a few thoughts on Festivus, “we’ve come full circle”, he said, noting the poetry in the evening’s lineup with the fact that while the St. Croix-based reggae group Midnite had closed last year’s festival, they opened this one. And they are so good, singing with conviction and spirituality that set just the right tone for the night and the rest of the weekend. I wish I had gotten there in time to hear the whole set from the beginning, but the four or five songs I caught were excellent.

When the Midnite set ended the music immediately continued in the adjacent tent with Burlington’s energetic Jeh Kulu Dance and Drum Theatre. It’s occasionally occurred to me as being interesting that Jeh Kulu are West African drummers and dancers of the highest skill, working in one of the Northernmost, whitest population states in the country (98% white). It’s a fact, but only that.

Festivus in the rain

Festivus in the rain

Another fact is that Vermont is also home to the most artists and artisans per capita of any state in the US.

These are among the myriad of complexities and seeming contraditions (that aren’t) that contribute to this being the most artistically and creatively stimulating place I’ve ever lived. I have to believe these things also contribute to the vision and support that enables a top-notch world music festival like Festivus to take place in rural dairy farmland like Cabot.

Stay tuned, coming in the next posts: the fun continues with a rainy bonfire, Oumou Sangaré, and Toubab Krewe closing down opening night.

playlist: #62 (3/2/2009)-AFRICA, pt. 2 ‘Wake Up (It’s Africa Calling)’

March 2, 2009
World of Music
Pgm #62 – 3/2/09 – “exploring Africa”, pt. 2 – featuring the new “Open Remix” recording, a partnership between IntraHealth and Grammy-winning Senegalese singer/humanitarian Yousou N’Dour. Free downloads of hot remixes. Get the music, get the mission. Make a contribution to IntraHealth – and, better healthcare in Africa.
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Gaudi & Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan: (Theme song) Bethe Bethe Kese Kese / Dub Qawwalli / six degrees 657036-1137 – (PAKISTAN/UK) 
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Chiwoniso: Kurima (“Planting”) / Rebel Woman / Cumbancha 8 – (ZIMBABWE) 
Alpha Yaya Diallo: Fissiriwaly / Deep Roots/Future Grooves / Wicklow 1 – (GUINEA/VANCOUVER, B.C.) 
Tartit: Aï Hele Dumahele / Ichichilia / Network 36584 – (MALI)
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TODAY’S FEATURED RECORDING:
Youssou N’Dour featuring Neneh Cherry: Wake Up (It’s Africa Calling)-REMIX / Open Remix / http://www.intrahealth.org/open/ / (download) – (SENEGAL) *NEW*
Gavin Hardkiss featuring Youssou N’Dour & Neneh Cherry: Wake Up (It’s Africa Calling)-REMIX / Open Remix / http://www.intrahealth.org/open/ / (download) – (SENEGAL) *NEW*
Afrissippi featuring Youssou N’Dour, Neneh Cherry & Guelel Kumba: Wake Up (It’s Africa Calling)-REMIX / Open Remix / http://www.intrahealth.org/open/ / (download) – (SENEGAL) *NEW*
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Angélique Kidjo: Malaïka / Logozo / Mango 162539918 – (BENIN) 
Vusi Mahasela: A Prayer For Our Time / The Voice / ATO Records 11 – (S. AFRICA) 
Les Amazones de Guinée: Reine Nyepou / Wamato / Sterns Music 1106 – (GUINEA) 
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TODAY’S FEATURED RECORDING:
Duncan Sheik featuring Youssou N’Dour & Neneh Cherry: Wake Up (It’s Africa Calling)-REMIX / Open Remix / http://www.intrahealth.org/open/ / (download) – (SENEGAL) *NEW*
Q-Burns Abstract Message featuring Youssou N’Dour & Neneh Cherry: Wake Up (It’s Africa Calling)-REMIX / Open Remix / http://www.intrahealth.org/open/ / (download) – (SENEGAL) *NEW*
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Lobi Trahore: Tiekoroba / Mali Blue / DixieFrog 8574 – (MALI) 
Miriam Makeba: Soweto Blues / Welela / Mercury 838208 – (S. AFRICA) 
Soweto Gospel Choir: Pride (In The Name of Love) / In the Name of Love: Africa Celebrates U2 / Shout Factory 10608 – (S. AFRICA) 
Orlando Julius: Selma to Soweto / Sound Affects-Africa / P&C Mr. Bongo Records 45 – (NIGERIA) 
Sierra Leone’s Refugee Allstars: Compliments for the Peace / Living Like a Refugee / Anti- 86837 – (SIERRA LEONE) 
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TODAY’S FEATURED RECORDING:
Beef Wellington: Wake Up (It’s Africa Calling)-“Fantabulous REMIX” / Open Remix / http://www.intrahealth.org/open/ / (download) – (SENEGAL) *NEW*
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Baka Forest People: Call of the Forest / Rhythm Tree / March Hare Music 20 – (CAMEROON) 
Dobet Gnahoré: Intro Pygmé & Youné / ano neko / Contre Jour 14 – (IVORY COAST) 
Papa Wemba: Mi Amor / Best Of / Suave 6942139 – (CONGO) 
Malouma: Nebine / Nour / Marabi France 46819 – (MAURITANIA) 
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Tarika: Koba (Franglais Mix) / Rough Guide to Music of the Indian Ocean / Rough Guide 1086 – (MADAGASCAR) 
Cesaria Evora: Angola / The Very Best of Cesaria Evora / Bluebird 63984 – (CAPE VERDE) 
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TODAY’S FEATURED RECORDING:
Toubab Krewe & DJ Equal featuring Umar Bin Hassan, Youssou N’Dour & Nenah Cherry: Wake Up (It’s Africa Calling)-REMIX / Open Remix / http://www.intrahealth.org/open/ / (download) – (SENEGAL) *NEW*
Nas featuring Youssou N’Dour & Neneh Cherry: Wake Up (It’s Africa Calling)-REMIX / Open Remix / http://www.intrahealth.org/open/ / (download) – (SENEGAL) *NEW*
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