Santa Cruz Percolators Live on Backroads, Sun May 24th

SC PercolatorsThe Santa Cruz Percolators will be on the air at KZSC during the Backroads folk show on Sunday (5/24/15, between noon-2pm) for an interview and some live music. The Percolators play a variety of traditional dance music from around the world, featuring melodies from Appalachia, Quebec, Trinidad, Haiti, and Puerto Rico. The band includes long-time Santa Cruz residents Laurie Rivin (fiddle), Janet Dows (concertina), and Paul Rangell (guitar). Their upcoming concert and dance on Wednesday (5/27/15) at Don Quixote’s in Felton, CA will celebrate the release of their new CD “Step Out.”


Cultural celebration at UCSC

“We all smile in the same language” That’s this year’s tagline for UCSC’s Multicultural Festival.

For 36 years, this campus has been dedicated to celebrating the varied cultures of UCSC’s diverse student population with an annual festival. It’s a fun time to share your culture, and take part in someone else’s as they share with you. And what better way to discover a little piece of their experience than through our most common human enjoyments: food and music!

The Multicultural Festival will take place this Saturday, May 16th from 12pm-6pm. Open to all, a great family event!

This year’s featured artists are: Rocky Rivera and La Santa Cecilia

Rocky RiveraThe festival  takes place at Oakes College’s lower lawn.

Oakes is known for its focus on creating a safe space for students from a diversity of backgrounds, offering housing which bears the names of various leaders and cultural icons such as Harvey Milk, Queen Lili’uokalani, Frida Kahlo, Dolores Huerta, and Steven Biko; while bringing to light the issues surrounding culture and ethnicity in our world; some of which students have faced on a personal level.La Santa Cecilia

While we learn about the complexities and tensions in the world, it’s a beautiful moment when we can join together to the motto “We all smile in the same language”.

Here at KZSC we are so glad we can provide the university and Santa Cruz community with a variety of world music shows every week.

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, now 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 neighboring 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!

DakhaBrakha playing Kuumbwa Jazz April 13th

Ukranian quartet, DakhaBrakha will be playing at Kuumbwa Jazz April 13th as part of their United States tour

This Ukrainian “ethno-chaos” band creates a world of unexpected new music. Accompanied by Indian, Arabic, African, Russian and Australian traditional instrumentation, the quartet’s astonishingly powerful and uncompromising vocal range creates a trans-national sound rooted in Ukrainian culture. The name “DakhaBrakha” means “give/take” in the old Ukrainian language, and they certainly take from many world influences while giving the influence of Ukrainian culture!

You can follow their music and support the artists on bandcamp:



You can check out here the music video for their song “Please don’t cry” from their 2010 album, Light.  I highly recommend it.


Israeli and world music coming to Santa Cruz

SazNext Monday, March 16, Santa Cruzians can start off their week with music by Diwan Saz who will be performing at Don Quixote’s International Music Hall.

Diwan Saz come promoting an intercultural, harmonious message of common roots/coexistence through middle eastern music. The group will also play the Berkeley Jewish Music Festival and at the South by Southwest festival.

Diwan Saz is a group of musicians from many faiths performing the ancient music of Central Asia, Turkey, Persia, and the Holy Land in Hebrew, Arabic, Aramaic, Turkish and Persian language. Diwan Saz explores melodies from various ethnic and folk traditions.

Diwan Saz is lead by Yohai Barak, who plays Saz and Baglama. Rabbi David Menachem sings the piyutim ( sacred chants), young singer Muhammad Gadir provides folk-like vocals and Turkish singer, Lubne from the Arabic Orchestra of Nazareth adds her voice to the mix. You can see the full ensemble performing live at Don Quixote’s!

For more information on all the musicians and their performances, the website is:

Here is short preview of Diwan Saz performing “Fidayda”


La Misa Negra & Stellamara May 23rd

BBBSpring is the season for shaking it. If you’re looking for fantastic world music to get everybody’s on the dance floor, may we suggest internationally acclaimed electro-acoustic artist Stellamara? In collaboration with Colleena Shakti, Stellamara will showcase Odissi, Indian classical and contemporary dance, along with  Persian devotional dance artists Kristen Sague and Aliah Najmabadi. It’ll be an  immersion full of passion at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center, downtown Santa Cruz Friday, May 23rd.  Also coming to Santa Cruz this Friday, we have La Misa Negra! They’ve released their debut album “Misa de Medianoche” and we’ve absolutely been loving it! Playing at Moe’s Alley, this Oakland 50’s and 60’s style Cumbia group shares the stage with El Gran
Silencio, bringing you rock en Español all the way from Monterrey, Mexico. If you want a night of Latin beats, reggae and dancehall combinations, this is the venue for you.