November 28, 2006 |
HE struts down the muddy, trash-strewn alley like a model on a catwalk, relishing the stares and double-takes from passersby. In a country where many survive on 30 cents a day, Papy Mosengo is flashing $1,000 worth of designer clothing on his back, from the Dolce & Gabbana cap and Versace stretch shirt to his spotless white Gucci loafers.
January 6, 1991 |
When you follow world music, you can often hear mature artists and have no idea of the traditions that influenced them or the groups in which they developed their music. Take Salif Keita from Mali. The albino vocalist's two Mango records melded African roots with complex arrangements and a slick, Euro-pop veneer. But what did Keita's music sound like when he was expanding on the Malian tradition to become one of African pop's premier singers? Or take soukous .
September 6, 1998 |
Nigerian-born deejay Nnamdi spins lush African, Brazilian, Latin and Indian Sufi rhythms on his program, "Afro-Dicia," Saturday afternoons from 3 to 5 on KPFK (90.7 FM). Founder of the Green Card Music label, Nnamdi is playing host at the World Music Festival Series at USC through Saturday--a free event showcasing live bands from such spots as Japan, Ireland and Morocco in two daily shows. Herewith, his latest mix. (BEGIN TEXT OF INFOBOX / INFOGRAPHIC) Playlist 1.
June 22, 2008 |
We might talk about: "Finding Amanda." It all depends on Matthew Broderick, who stars as a TV producer and former compulsive gambler trying to win back his estranged wife by searching for her 20-year-old niece (Brittany Snow), who the family thinks is working as a prostitute in guess where? Vegas! Story's by Peter Tolan of "Rescue Me" fame, so odds are 70-to-30 we'll like it. (Friday) Those in need of a chaser for the "Sex and the City" movie could talk about: "Definitely, Maybe."
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October 28, 2000 |
One of the most beloved and respected bands ever to come out of Cuba, Orquesta Aragon, is still going strong after 61 years. The group will perform a rare Los Angeles concert Thursday at the Sportsmen's Lodge in Studio City. Aragon is the kind of traditional Cuban ensemble known as a charanga, which explores the European side of Afro-Caribbean music, structuring their elegant but pungent sound on delicate layers of flute and violins.
June 18, 1998 |
Africa Fe^te, a celebration of the rich diversity of African music, kicks off a four-week national tour tonight at the Watercourt at California Plaza. The program features a brilliant array of major African artists, including Mali's Salif Keita, Zaire's Papa Wemba, Senegal's Cheikh Lo^ and Somalia's Maryam Mursal. And the price is right: It's free. This year's installment of Africa Fe^te is the extension of a series of events that began in Paris in 1978.