It was a night with endless musical choices in St. Louis as the best of the local scene offered a list of pre-Mardi Gras events in addition to our standard Friday selection of concerts, but the Sheldon had little trouble filling its concert hall. The split bill drew in a blend of aficionados from both American and African folk music for a night that beautifully illustrated familial connection in the musical roots of both continents.
What would a Mumford & Sons song, say "Below My Feet," sound like delivered by Malawian and Nigerian musicians and produced by a London DJ? Exactly like "Maso Luso," a new cover by Esau Mwamwaya, Seye Adelekan and Johan Hugo, aka the Very Best & Seye.
Cliff Hines and his quintet are all graduates of the renowned New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, the city's progressive arts high school and the book learning appears to have done them some good.
His first full-length studio release in seven years, Jimmy Cliff's "Rebirth" embodies the finest bits of '60s and '70s reggae while having a sound that is distinctly modern.
Festival International de Louisiane is a springtime music festival in Downtown Lafayette, La. bringing talented artists from all over the world to a five-day free festival.
Gypsy punk. Electronica. Hip hop. World Music. Not since listening to a random Manu Dibango CD -- left behind by an old roommate when he moved -- have I ventured into the esoteric and somewhat intimidating genre of world music.
From performing songs to entertain fellow refugees at camps in Guinea to performing at Bonnaroo, Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars have been consistent in their mission to spread a positive message through music.