Photo by Banning Eyre
Posted by Banning Eyre (Afropop Worldwide), December 22, 2014:
Mali’s pre-eminent singer/songwriter/bandleader came to New York this fall with an unusual act. In the past, he has brought blazing electric ensembles from Paris or New York, and, in recent years, a superb, mostly Malian band featuring acoustic African instruments. This time, the group was smaller still, even more acoustic, and they performed seated, like court musicians entertaining royalty. The music was transcendent, mixing Keita hits like “Tekere” and “Mandjou” with Mande traditional songs like “Sunjata,” the praise song for Salif’s 13th century ancestor, Sunjata Keita.
Being the pioneer of Iran underground music movement, Kiosk is praised for its quite unprecedented yet unpretentious lyrics – described by BBC as “stinging political satire hidden within the blues and folksy sound” – that highlight the paradoxes of Iranian society and the incompetent political system. Its unique blend of musical styles, from rock n’ blues to gypsy jazz to Iranian folk, keeps Kiosk an inexhaustible force of the alternative in contemporary Persian music.
Catch Kiosk’s 2014 north American tour premiere on Sunday September 28th (live information below), where you will have the chance to experience the band’s live performance of their fresh released album, Call a Cab (Zang Bezan Azhans).
Ali Kamali (bass)
Arash Sobhani (vocals, guitar)
Ardalan Payvar (accordion, keys)
Mohammad Talani (guitar)
Tara Kamangar (violin)
Yahya Alkhansa (drums)
Interview by Sohrab Saadat Ladjevardi (February 16, 2014)
Lautaro Burgos (photo by Sohrab Saadat Ladjevardi)
What do you know about Argentina? What do you about her history and culture? Have you heard of Argentinian musicians, such as Mercedes SoSa, Astor Piazzolla, Gato Barbierei, Lalo Shifrin,.. or Lautaro Burgos?
Lautaro Burgos is a drummer from Argentina who lives in Williamsburg and has been playing in New York for some time He’s not only a great drummer, but also a very bright and enjoyable person to speak with. After watching this video, dear reader, I’m sure that you want to see Lautaro in one of his next concerts. You may also be inspired to travel to Argentina!
Interview by Sohrab Saadat Ladjevardi (DooBeeDooBeeDoo’s chief editor), August 20, 2013
All photos by John Pietaro
Sohrab Saadat Ladjevardi (S): John, let’s talk about your festival “baby” first: the annual Dissident Arts Festival 2013. Why and when did you start this festival?
Interview by Sohrab Saadat Ladjecardi
All photos and videos courtesy of Abjeez
Sohrab (S): This is the second time I’m interviewing you and Abjeez. Do you remember the first one (http://www.doobeedoobeedoo.info/?p=7693), which I did with you and your sister?