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Bigger than the Silverdome: Wonder Twins take on composer A.R. Rahman, again ...

By D'Anne & Laura Witkowski

Published: 9/29/2010

Types: Music, Ethnic/World

Back in June, the Wonder Twins set off on a journey to the Pontiac Silverdome to see Indian composer and musician A.R. Rahman's Journey Home World Tour. As they drove up that fateful day, police turned them and countless others away. Apparently a massive stage collapse had forced the cancellation of...[MORE]

Sean Blackman's world music: Five years and thousands of air miles lead to Orchestra Hall

By Pietro Truba

Published: 9/22/2010

Types: Music, Ethnic/World

Rain is pounding the roof of Sean Blackman's Clawson bungalow. He and his main collaborator Pathe Jassi are in an open attic room; tapestries decorate the walls, a sword sits by the stairway, and instruments from around the world are strewn across the floor. Jassi hands Blackman back his nylon-strin...[MORE]

Blooming talent: Motor City years were formative for Syrian-American singer Gaida

By Simone Landon

Published: 8/11/2010

Types: Music, Ethnic/World

A gaida is a bagpipe-type instrument used in North African and Balkan music. It produces a lilting, reverberating sound, not unlike Syrian-American singer Gaida's voice, but she laughs at this association. Her name should be spelled Ghaida, but Americans can't pronounce the Arabic ghrayn, which is t...[MORE]

Top Rahman: Two hundred million record buyers can't be wrong

By Meghana Keshavan

Published: 6/16/2010

Types: Music, Ethnic/World

Indian cinema has long been known for punctuating melodrama with incongruous, showstopping song-and-dance numbers, which had elicited a collective chortle in the West — until, of course, 2008's Slumdog Millionaire. The poignant Oscar-winner inspired movie masses to look east for a new sound, a...[MORE]

Squeezeboxin': Due to a long history and love affair with the instrument, the Motor City might really be the eye of the accordion storm

By Amy Elliott

Published: 3/17/2010

Types: Music, Ethnic/World

In a quiet office plaza off the I-696 corridor in Warren, John Castiglione sells accordions. The showroom's small and sort of corporate; there are no flashy displays, diamond-encrusted instruments or autographed posters for show, no polka music piped through the speakers. There aren't even that many...[MORE]

Ye olde twins of wonder: The Twinsies get all medieval on yer asses ...

By D'Anne, Laura Witkowski

Published: 8/26/2009

Types: Music, Ethnic/World

Summer's coming to an end — and you know what that means: It's time to don some chain mail and a leather corset and party like it's 1599 at the Michigan Renaissance Festival in Holly (weekends and Labor Day through Oct. 3-4, michrenfest.com). The Wonder Twins walked into the woods as jaded wom...[MORE]

Rhythm corps: The sounds that changed the beat of America

By W. Kim Heron

Published: 7/29/2009

Types: Music, Ethnic/World

Olatunji! Drums of Passion Columbia Legacy Tito Puente Dance Mania  RCA Legacy Revisionism alert: The propulsive 2 and 4 of rock 'n' roll-rhythm and blues wasn't the only big beat shaking America from the doldrums of the late 1950s, and these recent reissues are the forceful reminder.  For Ex...[MORE]

World beaters: 20 years of musical invaders

By W. Kim Heron

Published: 7/15/2009

Types: Music, Ethnic/World

Ali Farka Touré was part of a guerrilla army of artists waiting to invade the States and Europe in the 1980s. All they needed was an opening. And when the ethnomusicologists' term "world music" was appropriated by the music marketers and promoters, the Malian guitarist and his cohor...[MORE]

Dub, mon!: He's a piece of many rock 'n' roll bands, but Eric 'Beats' Hoegemeyer's digging his Deep See Sound System

By Brett Callwood

Published: 1/28/2009

Types: Music, Ethnic/World

For a man with such a big reputation, Eric Hoegemeyer's as humble a local musician as you could ever hope to meet. He's a man of many faces. For some, he'll forever be remembered as the animated drummer with the Brit-pop-y Charm Farm. Others might know him as the floppy-haired singer fronting ...[MORE]

Wim and vigor: An interview with Wim Wenders.

By Serena Donadoni

Published: 6/16/1999

Types: Music, Ethnic/World

"When you see them, you realize that you cannot even make any separation between their lives and music," German director Wim Wenders says of the Cuban musicians in his documentary, Buena Vista Social Club. "It’s just all one and the s...[MORE]

Bollywood nights: A generation of South Asians melds a new cultural mix

By Meghana Keshavan

Published: 8/22/2007

Types: Music, Ethnic/World

No vivid splashes of pink. No monsoon-drenched damsels. No lab coats, no spicy curry, no "Thank you, come again!" It's a crowd of popped collars and kohl-rimmed eyes tonight, of diamond nose studs and hair gel en masse. Timid onlookers smoke cigarettes and drink in the scene; a few couples gr...[MORE]

The beat goes on: Son of a legendary African drummer pays tribute at his father’s favorite festival

By Khary Kimani Turner

Published: 8/15/2007

Types: Music, Ethnic/World

King Sundiata Keita, the beloved forerunner of Detroit's African drum and dance community, must have decided to leave some of his spirit behind when he passed away two years ago. The reasoning behind this theory is that his son, Prince Sewande Keita, has emerged as a wicked percussionist on hi...[MORE]

Paint by colors

By W. Kim Heron, Brian Smith

Published: 7/18/2007

Types: Music, Ethnic/World

"As a child, I used to think Louis Armstrong, Bessie Smith, Nat 'King' Cole, Johnny Hodges, Frank Sinatra were living inside that gramophone," Hugh Masekela wrote in an essay on his life in music. "My uncle would wind it up and play it to me, and I used to say 'hello' to them all." And as a 13-y...[MORE]

Kwame Dawes does Detroit: And he brings Bob Marley’s soul with him

By Lolita Hernandez

Published: 2/7/2007

Types: Music, Ethnic/World

Last April, I found myself on an airplane en route to the annual Houston IFest, my CD player whirring out Bob Marley songs from the Kaya collection so that I could brush up on my reggae. The theme for the IFest, an annual event similar to the Detroit Arts Festival, was Jamaica, and, quite frankl...[MORE]

Bring on the heat: The Budos Band gives up a funky forecast for 2007

By Chris Handyside

Published: 12/27/2006

Types: Music, Ethnic/World

The weather report for New Year's Eve weekend isn't so much grim as it is irritating. The wind will likely be chilly, and sticky-cold needles of rain will fall sideways on Woodward Avenue — annoying byproducts of our inconvenient greenhouse of a winter. But here's something that warms lik...[MORE]

Mix master C: Using music and voice to unite cultures

By Brian J. Bowe

Published: 7/12/2006

Types: Music, Ethnic/World

Georges Collinet, host of the weekly public radio show Afropop Worldwide, is well aware of the mysterious power that music has to help shape people's hearts and minds. During the four decades that Collinet worked for Voice of America, he spun American rock, R&B and jazz to audiences in Afri...[MORE]

Universal language: Juana Molina transcends ‘Latin’ pigeonholes with musical grace

By Mark Richardson

Published: 6/21/2006

Types: Music, Ethnic/World

Juana Molina has a thing about American record stores. The Argentine singer and songwriter dislikes seeing her subtle and intricate music, which she assembles carefully in solitude over many months and sometimes years, reduced to a single word when it comes time to shelve her CDs. That word? L...[MORE]

Fela’s children: The rise of Afro-beat from Nigerian roots to Detroit & your ringtone

By Johnny Loftus

Published: 5/31/2006

Types: Music, Ethnic/World

In a current TV ad campaign promoting downloadable music for your cell phone, regular folks cut impromptu rugs to the latest pop hits. In one spot, a doughy middle manager frantically emulates the fluid hips of Colombian pop sensation Shakira, broken out of his workaday spell by the hitching r...[MORE]

Rebel’s rhythm

By W. Kim Heron

Published: 5/31/2006

Types: Music, Ethnic/World

When he took the Orchestra Hall stage in Detroit 20 years ago, it was part party and part political rally. Stripped to the waist, arms pumping in the air, he played sax and keyboards; he prowled the stage, spit out songs like calls to action, and directed the band and his 20-odd scantily clad, s...[MORE]

Fire flight: Roni Benise's improbable combo of Vegas show and Spanish guitar

By Michael H. Margolin

Published: 5/10/2006

Types: Music, Ethnic/World

Some have described Roni Benise's Nights of Fire! as a cross between Latin Riverdance and Cirque du Soleil. The man himself, who's in the middle of his first national tour, chooses to describe his performance as the "United Nations of music." No matter what you call it, Benise's Nights of Fire...[MORE]

Island hopping: Detroit’s reggae dance culture gets a swift kick in the ass

By Jonathan Cunningham

Published: 3/22/2006

Types: Music, Ethnic/World

Is Detroit ready for "the frogback" and "gangsta rock" and "dutty wine"? Can the Motor City catch up to reggae capitals like Toronto and Kingston? Can dancehall queen Candie and Haitian Rudebwoy help show us the way? In Jamaica, the dances change weekly — popular dancers such as Shelly ...[MORE]

Head cheese

By Metro Times music staff

Published: 3/15/2006

Types: Music, Ethnic/World

Luciana Souza's wordless vocals have such a bell-like beauty that she's been sought out for just that — she's more like another horn than a singer on Maria Schneider's 2005 Grammy-winner Concert in the Garden. But Brazilian-born Souza's also a wonder with words, a brilliant interpreter an...[MORE]

Melody unchained: All hail the king of lover’s rock

By Jonathan Cunningham

Published: 2/15/2006

Types: Music, Ethnic/World

"Lover's rock" is filled with enough romantic sexual innuendo to make anyone disrobe once the needle drops. See, lover's rock is the Jamaican version of baby-making soul. One of the genre's pioneers, Ken Boothe, is flying in straight from Jamaica and headlining an evening of total, um, genialit...[MORE]

Roots all over: Sorting through the New Year’s Eve massives

By Jonathan Cunningham

Published: 12/28/2005

Types: Music, Ethnic/World

As the last days of December disappear, tons of metro Detroiters are still searching for cool New Year’s parties where they can act a fool, stay warm and ring in 2006 at an affordable price. With ticket costs surging for the upper-echelon bashes, members of the reggae and dancehall communi...[MORE]

Spliff n’ groove: Dancehallers Half-Pint and Mad Cobra to smoke Detroit

By Jonathan Cunningham

Published: 11/2/2005

Types: Music, Ethnic/World

Detroit’s dancehall and reggae scene can be hard to find if you don’t know where to look. With zero media attention and few venues — save Trenchtown and Tropical Hut, which play reggae consistently — a person could assume that Detroit lacks a dancehall community. To some, t...[MORE]

Down and dirty

By Brian J. Bowe

Published: 6/22/2005

Types: Music, Ethnic/World

When the Dirty Dozen Brass Band was founded in 1977, co-founder and baritone saxophonist Roger Lewis says he had a premonition. “I saw a vision: If we kept on doing what we were doing that we would be going all over the world with this band.” That vision has come to pass. The Dirty Do...[MORE]

Head cheese

By Metro Times music staff

Published: 4/20/2005

Types: Music, Ethnic/World

A graduate of the University of Michigan (Class of ’77), Bart Plantenga is a music writer (contributor to the anthology Reggae, Rasta Revolution), fiction writer (“I Had Sex With Andy Warhol Until His Wig Fell Off”) and radio host of 17 years (currently on Radio Patapoe out of Amsterdam, where he ...[MORE]

Polka play

By Sarah Klein

Published: 8/11/2004

Types: Music, Ethnic/World

The musical genre of polka often invokes a serious case of the giggles (just ask Weird Al). Yet despite its whimsical nature, the dance has a rich history, and is one of the few remaining dances from the 19th century that is still practiced widely today. Depending on which polka historian you a...[MORE]

Senegal sounds

By Sarah Klein

Published: 6/30/2004

Types: Music, Ethnic/World

When our country trudged forth into war with Iraq, hundreds of prominent actors, artists and musicians were quick to display some form of protest, be it a newly penned song, a heartfelt message on a Web site, or a barbed comment delivered while accepting an award. Senegalese musical superstar Y...[MORE]

Anti-bullet orchestra: Afro-beat rabble-rousers Antibalas mix heady rhythms with political slams, and their timing is perfect

By Chris Parker

Published: 6/2/2004

Types: Music, Ethnic/World

Martín Perna is what you would call an idea man — a mix of idealism and verve. To paraphrase Robert Kennedy: Some people see things as they are and wonder why; Perna is one of those who dream of things that never were and say, why not? “My process is to see something that needs to get done that...[MORE]

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