February 28, 2017
The 10-piece ensemble unit, having developed an excellent reputation for their exceedingly original concerts, has been playing shows for nearly three years now and late last month, held a show in Karachi in which they played material from their new album. Apart from emerging at the peace jam in Sehwan Sharif alongside Ali Gul Pir this weekend, the band is also gearing up to play shows across the United States next month, courtesy of Center Stage...
February 27, 2017
The U.S. Department of State has a long history of promoting culture as a means to create connections with people around the world. Musicians, dancers and artists have traveled beyond their borders for more than 75 years on State Department-sponsored exchange programs. We believe in the power of the arts to help us advance our top foreign policy objectives, from championing human rights to supporting resilient societies.
October 17, 2016
...the department is hosting the group through Center Stage, a public diplomacy initiative of the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The program creates a cultural dialogue with artists from other countries by bringing them for music tours in the U.S. and exposing them to a different audience, Auer said.
October 12, 2016
Red Wing has been invited to help provide a real Midwestern USA experience for a group of musicians coming to town next week. Ifrikya Spirit, a music group from Algeria in West Africa, will arrive Thursday and participate in several public events leading up to their concert...
October 10, 2016
Why is it that the music that gets the most people dancing at a concert is invariably the most rustic-sounding? You can crank a drum machine to concrete-crushing levels, but what people who like to cut a rug really want to hear is acoustic sounds. In their Lincoln Center debut last night, Algerian band Ifrikya Spirit ignited a raucous dance party. What was it that sent a posse of a couple dozen middle-school kids spinning in a line amid the rest of the dancers gathered in the center of the atrium space? A slinky, hypnotically circling gnawa number, frontman Chakib Bouzidi playing gimbri – the three-string North African bass lute – and intertwining riffs with his bandmate Rafik Kettani, who’d switched from percussion to sousanne, a slightly more trebly two-string model.
September 22, 2016
In the play “Et’effeh” (literally translated to mean ‘apples’), in search of apples and his lost job, but finding only political corruption and social stratification, a poor man vents his frustrations to an unwilling public restroom attendant.
September 14, 2016
Taking its name from the scream of French fighter engines, Jagwa Music’s original African street sounds embrace the mchiriku musical style, which originated 20 years ago in the poor suburbs of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The band takes only limited cues from global pop or hip hop and is influenced more by East Africa’s coastal traditions, such as Arabic-inspired taarab music and chakacha dance music.
August 31, 2016
For all the times that we’ve heard the phrase “African music,” it can be easy to forget that we’re talking about an entire continent here. The reality is that the African continent consists of more than 50 countries, different environments—from the deep desert of the Sahara to the central African rainforests—and radically different cultures—from ancient civilizations to modern metropolises.
July 21, 2016
A quick glance at Democratoz, and you might just see the typical jam band or reggae group. And that’s fine with them as they tour the United States for the first time, landing in New York for a show Friday night at The Shrine in Harlem. It’s as close as they’ll get to being just another band, because in reality, they’re not. What they do is a lot more important than that, as the Oran, Algeria natives don’t sing about partying or last night at the club.
July 15, 2016
Known for their eclectic mix of Algerian rai, rock and reggae, the seven members of Democratoz came together in 2011 shortly after Algeria’s 19-year-long state of emergency. Now five years later, the group is beginning their first tour of the US sponsored by Center Stage, an exchange program of the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.