Posts Tagged ‘Sara Tavares’

African Rhythms, KFAI 05/03/12

May 3, 2012

On today’s African Rhythms with Brad and Charlie: new music from Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars, Villa Rosa and the Nazarenes (reggae from Ethiopia) along with unearthed gems from The Funkees, Rob, Orchestre Super Borgou de Parakou and much more, along with a set of rare Tanzanian sounds courtesy of Lawyer Bill. The show is available as an MP3 stream for two weeks at the KFAI site.

Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars photo by Kisha Bari


African Rhythms, KFAI 03/15/12

March 21, 2012

On this week’s African Rhythms on KFAI: Women of African Music: Great Voices from the Continent. This show, devoted exclusively to African women vocalists in honor of Women’s History Month, gave us an opportunity to play all-female groups like the Amazons of Guinea and the Mahotella Queens, superstars like Mariam Makeba, Oumou Sangaré, Cesaria Evora, and Gigi Shibabaw, and some lesser-known women who deserve to be known. Stay tuned in the coming weeks to hear superb singers we could not fit in this two-hour show, such as Monique Seka (Ivory Coast), Amina Annabi (Tunisia), Mbilia Bel (Zaire/Congo), Toto Bissainthe (Haiti), Coumba Gawlo Seck (Senegal), Mingas (Mozambique), Rasha (Sudan), and Susanna Baca (Peru). With Charlie, Joelle and Brad. Hear the show at the KFAI site.

African Rhythms, KFAI 04/07/11: Pledge Drive!

April 7, 2011

We are getting tantalizingly close to reaching our goal of $80,000. It’s the 13th and penultimate day of the KFAI 2011 Spring Pledge Drive and Charlie, Jojo and I along with Deborah and Bill continued to make the case for listener partnership with community radio. Along the way we heard a lovely new track from the Moroccan-born singer Malika Zarra (now based in New York) plus cuts from Souad Massi, Sara Tavares and Vieux Farka Toure. You can support African Rhythms and KFAI by visiting the KFAI site. Today’s show can be heard for two weeks via MP3 stream. Playlist follows.


The 10 Best Albums of 2009

December 10, 2009

It was a good year for the ladies:

Kylie Auldist/Made Of Stone (Tru Thoughts)

Mayra Andrade/Storía Storía (RCA Victor France)

Sara Tavares/Xinti (Four Quarters)

Oumou Sangare/Seya (Nonesuch)

Peaches/I Feel Cream (XL)

Rokia Traore/Tchamantche (Nonesuch)

Quantic & His Combo Barbaro/Tradition in Transition (Tru Thoughts)

Havana Cultura: New Cuba Sound (Brownswood)

Mulatu Astatke & The Heliocentrics/Inspiration Information Vol. 3 (Strut)

Brownout/Aguilas & Cobras (Six Degrees)

Each of these discs contains an abundance of tracks that will soothe, delight and inspire. While any of them would make a fabulous holiday gift, my recommendation is to treat yourself.

Other fine music from 2009: new releases from Tinariwen, Amadou & Mariam, Vieux Farka Touré (a great year for music from Mali!), Lura, Céu, Alice Russell, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, Tony Allen, Puerto Plata, and Staff Benda Bilili. Ignore the pop charts, there is thrilling music percolating all over the planet.

Reissue of the year: Big Star/Keep Your Eyes On The Sky (Rhino): You may already own most of these tracks but they have never sounded better. The live disc is a revelation as well. A worthy monument to a great (and unjustly ignored in their time) band.

(related posts: The 10 Best Albums of 2008, The 10 Best Albums of 2007)

image source: LP Cover Lover

Temposphere, KFAI 09/05/09

September 5, 2009


If it’s Saturday evening on the West Bank of the Mississippi River in Minneapolis it’s the time and place for Temposphere, a weekly musical amalgam of fresh and classic jazz, samba, salsa, dub, Afrobeat and funk. This week’s edition featured classic cuts from the likes of Donald Byrd, PM Dawn, Mark Murphy and Ennio Morricone, plus tracks from some superb recent CDs: Sara Tavares, Kylie Auldist, Quantic & His Combo Barbaro, and Brownout have all released great new records that you won’t regret tracking down. You can relive the 2 hours via MP3 or Real Audio streams at the KFAI site; the playlist is posted both there and here after the break.

image source: This Isn’t Happiness


Temposphere, KFAI 08/22/09

August 22, 2009


Tonight’s edition of Temposphere was adorned with lovely new music from such artists as Kylie Auldist, Sara Tavares, Quantic & His Combo Barbaro, and Brownout, an amazing Latin funk band from Austin, Texas. The new was bolstered by the classic: tracks from Jon Hendricks, Funkadelic, Hugh Mundell and Lorez Alexandria sounded equally bright and shiny alongside their younger siblings. As always, the show is available in full dimensional stereo (your preference: MP3 stream or Real Audio) for two weeks after the broadcast date at the KFAI site. Playlist can also be found at there or here after the break.

(image is from Pilllpat’s Flickr photostream.)


Sara Tavares: Xinti

August 5, 2009


One of my favorite CDs over the last few years has been Balancê by Sara Tavares – it’s such a constant presence in the record bag that I’ve worried about over-playing it (update: didn’t happen). Four Quarters is solving my non-dilemma by releasing her gorgeous new album Xinti on August 11. (The next conundrum that needs to be addressed is the lack of a Minneapolis date on her US tour this fall…) Videos for Bué and Ponto de Luz are up at the YouTube.

Sara Tavares: Balance

December 12, 2008

No one alerted me to the fact that the phenomenal Sara Tavares has a new live DVD/CD (Alive in Lisboa) out – come on people! We found out about it anyway, and here’s a sneak peek.

Sara Tavares

February 6, 2008

Bom Feeling, reposted because you deserve it. From the sublime album Balancé.