From the early sixties until the mid-seventies, Les Ambassadeurs were the flagship band of new African music. Their style, mixing ancestral art, salsa, jazz and funk, lit up “world sono”. The return of this super-group, with the EP Rebirth, does not simply take us back to a golden age. It also symbolizes values of freedom and authenticity encapsulated in a sound, the unchanging, haunting groove of Mandinka pop music. The EP is available July 10 on CD and vinyl!
The artists will also donate all profits from "Rebirth" to the Salif Nantenin Keita Foundation in Paris and its center in Kouloubléni, Mali where young Albinos - who are feared, despised, rejected and worse in Africa - can find safety, medical care, education and training.
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WATCH "MALI DENHOU" VIDEO
Check out the current tour schedule for the Prince of Zydeco, CJ Chenier:
7/1 - Lake George Arts Project: Shepard Park - Lake George, NY
7/2 - Payomet Performing Arts Center - Truro, MA
7/3 - Iron Horse - Northampton, MA
7/9 - Dartmouth: Hopkins Center for The Arts - Hanover, NH
7/12 - La Fête de Marquette - Madison, WI
8/30 - Summertime Blues Festival - Nanaimo, BC
"dexterity, stamina, and goofball energy [is] necessary to maintain those keys and buttons with the insistent fury of Chenier on torrid blues-based tunes such as Joe Williams' 'Baby Please Don't Go'...His ensemble was elastic and energetic enough to keep up with him, a credit to their grit and fortitude."
- Philadelphia Inquirer (Ardmore Music Hall, 5/20/15)
In parallel with his internationally recognized work as a musician, Titi Robin has continually sought out practical ways to deepen his exploration of the literary and the poetic. A leading instrumentalist and an exemplary creative artist, as much due to the all-embracing nature of his music as to his philosophy of combining aesthetic pursuit with real experience, he is joined by Mehdi Nassouli on Taziri, who blends his Moroccan traditions with Robin's Mediterranean sound world. The African origins of the blues are just one of the many influences perceptible on this album as Robin takes us on a philosophical journey that allows us to hear the beauty of the world.
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World fusion favorites Lo'Jo have two US concerts this summer, with more TBD:
7/12 - La Fete de Marquette - Madison, WI
7/18 - Finger Lakes GrassRoots Festival - Trumansburg, NY
Check out the group's latest release, the double-disc 310 Lunes, a celebration of their 32nd anniversary as a band!