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In this issue:
1. Website notes
2. Events: Aster Aweke in town this
Saturday; other upcoming shows
- Full Afrocubism concert video available
- History for Music Lovers
- Music Planet: new BBC radio show from around the world
- Kiran Ahluwalia & Tinariwen.
1. T.O. Music Pix update
Although less active on the website, I am
still adding some event listings (not as frequently or with as much detail
as before), and will provide occasional newsletters.
2. Event notes: A few shows of some interest. Check recent updates on the
Events page for details on these and other shows.
Aster Aweke: Sat. Jan. 29
One of the superstars of Ethiopian music,
she'll be making her first appearance in town since her Ethiopian New Year's
concert in 2008. She's just released a new CD, Checheho.
Sure to be a large -- and
enthusiastic -- crowd, and definitely worth staying up for! The show is
advertised as 9pm, but somewhere between 11 and 12 is much more likely. The
venue is at 1573 Bloor St. W., just west of the Dundas West subway station.
The photo at right (with the Feb. 4 date)
is advertising her show next week in New York City at
SOB's. I took it from
their site, because... well, someone took those photos of her from my
website. The shots are from her 2008 Toronto concert. The page on SOB's to buy
tickets for the show features another of my photos from her 2006 Toronto
show. But we know it's always OK to take anything from the Internet
without permission or credit...
For those who don't know her, some
site; a video taste
A few other upcoming shows
Tich Maredza Band
The group's Zimbabwean sounds are getting a lot of play around town lately.
Many of the musicians are known from their work with other bands, including
Masaisai. They play The Ossington on the third Thursday of each month;
they're at the Tranzac this Saturday (Jan 29), and at the Imperial Pub Feb. 18.
They opened for Oliver Mtukudzi on his last Toronto gig.
Music Africa: Black History Month Free shows every Friday in February, 7pm in the Melody Bar at the Gladstone Hotel.
This year featuring Blandine (Feb 4, Congo); The Resolutionaries Marimba
Band (Feb. 11, Zimbabwe); Waleed Abdulhamid Kush (Feb. 18, Sudan); Kae Sun
(Feb. 25, Ghana). Details on shows and performers
Okavango: An African
Orchestra: Feb. 25 at the Glenn Gould Studio
A new musical project,
assembled by Nadine McNulty of Batuki Music Society, made up of
seven Canadian-based African musicians: Daniel Nebiat, (Eritrean
krar), Pasipamire Gunguwo (Zimbabwean marimba/mbira),
Donne Roberts (Malagasy guitarist), Nuudi Kooshin (Somali kaban),
Waleed Abdulhamid (bass), Sadio Sissokho (Senegalese kora) and
Walter Maclean (percussion). More info
Acoustic Africa: Mar 6 at Koerner Hall Hope everyone knows of this show, featuring acoustic sounds by Oliver
Mtukudzi, Habib Koité and Afel Bocoum. All are much better known for their
electric band sound; it should be a real treat to hear them with a different
take, especially in this gem of a hall. Last weekend at Kiran Ahluwalia's
concert there, I was surprised to see the show of hands of people who were
at their first ever concert at what many consider the best concert theatre
Ethio T.O: Mar. 25
While on the subject of Ethiopian music, watch for this show in a couple of
months at the Music Gallery featuring local Ethio sax great Girma Wolde
Girma plays with just about every local and touring Ethiopian
artist who comes to town, from Aster Aweke to Mahmoud Ahmed. This show
features him with his Ethio Fidel band. Opening is Canaille, a jazz quintet
whose music is influenced by Ethiopian
horn sounds. (They opened for Ethiopian sax legend Getachew Mekuria & The Ex
a couple of years ago).
3. OTHER NOTES
Afrocubism concert on video I've written about this project frequently enough that they don't need
another introduction. Their concert last November in New York City was my
highlight of the year.
Superb music & musicians. They performed very few concerts last year (only
three in North America), and at this point, I'm only aware of one in 2011:
at London's Royal Albert Hall in June.
But you can watch their full 1 hour, 40 minute Paris concert from earlier this month
on the great Arte Live Web website.
here. And browse the site for other concert videos.
History for Music Lovers
Very different history lessons, from a teacher in Hawaii. Check some of them
out. The video on the right: Copernicus via "Across the Universe". And did
you ever wonder how Hannibal crossed the Alps with
Sixteen Tons of
Music Planet: BBC
A new radio show available online is hosted by veteran world music
broadcasters Andy Kershaw and Lucy Duran. It's designed as an accompaniment
to a new BBC TV series, Human Planet. The hosts & crew have been travelling
the world, and have recorded music & stories "from the jungles of Papua New
Guinea to the deserts of Mali; from the heart of the Amazon to the islands
of the Pacific; from the dark winter days of Greenland to the long summer
nights of Arctic Norway; from the dried-up rivers of Kenya to the grasslands
The first three shows are still available online: check link above. Most
definitely worth a listen.
Kiran Ahluwalia, Tinariwen & Nusrat Fateh
Ali Khan Kiran's recording with Touareg musicians Tinariwen of "Mustt, Mustt",
a song made
famous by the late Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, has been getting a lot of radio
play. At her Toronto concert last Saturday, she performed it with two
singers from her opening act, Rhythms of Rajasthan. Like Tinariwen, they
were also desert musicians, although the overall sound was different than on
the Tinariwen collaboration.
Watch her music video
of the recording with Tinariwen. The original is on her new CD, Aam Zmeen: Common Ground, on which she also collaborates with
another Touareg band, Tarakaft.
Aster is playing New York on Feb. 4th, but Toronto this Saturday... and those
photos are of her in Toronto
Toronto-based Ethiopian sax player, Girma Wolde Michael. He'll
be heading the Ethio T.O. show in March, but you might catch him backing Aster
History via music: Copernicus, "Across the Universe"