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Tal National, the most popular band in the West African country of Niger.

Tal National: Moe’s Alley May 5th

In a journey that began with selling their CDs on street corners to becoming the most popular band in Niger, Tal National is promoting their new album Zoy Zoy and on tour, playing Moe’s Alley May 5th.
Tal National’s members represent the different cultural groups of Niger, their music is a mix of traditional and originals, with a rhythmic complexity that separate them from their Afrobeat contemporaries of Nigeria. The album Zoy Zoy was recorded in Niamey, Niger’s capital, using a remote recording rig in a dusty makeshift studio. Despite this or perhaps because of it, Tal National thrives in a country parched of resources but teeming with music and rhythm!
If you want to enjoy the high energy of a live performance by this Nigerien group, check them out at Moe’s Alley on Tuesday!
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Fanfare Ciocarlia: Moe’s Alley July 20th

Fanfare Ciocarlia – whose name translates as “lark’s song”, are from the village of Zece Prajini in north eastern Romania. With humble beginnings as musicians performing  at local weddings, this group is full of vigor and daring. They are known for such idiosyncrasies as their well  worn instruments, impromptu blasts from horns and clarinets, and going sheet music-less.  A great driving,  staccato and high energy style, they bring to all their music and interpretations. Fanfare Ciocarlia makes their Santa Cruz debut  “for a Saturday night Balkan Brass dance party” at Moe’s Alley Saturday, July 20th. Doors open at 7:30; music at 8:30 pm.

here, is Fanfare Ciocarlia’s special twist on the “007” James Bond theme