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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: https://dakhabrakha.bandcamp.com/

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

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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: www.diwansaz.com

Here is short preview of Diwan Saz performing “Fidayda”

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

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Seabright Stringfest April 19th

The 3rd annual Seabright Stringfest is a cavalcade of continuous acoustic music.  This FREE event features 10 bands: Earl, Adrienne, Myles (oldtime rags); The Wakerobins (Americana/oldtimey); Theo and Dave (traditional Irish); Happy Chappies (traditional world music); The Percolators (Quebecois, oldtimey and traditional world music); Ragged But Right (oldtimey); Suzanne and Jim (traditional Americana roots); Redwood Ramblers (oldtimey); Earl White Stringband (oldtimey) and Bean Creek (bluegrass). The Seabright Stringfest takes place his Saturday, April 19th from 11 am-10 pm on the Seabright Brewery/Java Junction Patio in Santa Cruz.

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Hugh Masekela March 24th

Top 40 radio played the instrumental “Grazing in the Grass” to death in 1968. Many adventurous music fans got to see South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela the year before right here. Masekela and his band were featured performers at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967. He also provided the trumpet solo for The Byrds’ “So You Want To Be A Rock & Roll Star”. Fast forward to an incredibly diverse career – helping to free Nelson Mandela, joining Paul Simon on the breakthrough world music of “Graceland”, working on the Broadway musical “Sarafina”, writing his biography – and you begin to see what a treasure Hugh Masekela has been to the world of music and South African culture. Join his 75th Birthday Celebration at the intimate Kuumbwa Jazz Center in Santa Cruz Monday, March 24th. Showtimes are 7 and 9 pm; best get tickets in advance for this birthday party.

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Sukhawat Ali Khan November 16th

bbb2This talented 11th generation Sufi singer followed custom and tradition; he was trained at a young age by his father. After working with many different musicians while touring around the world, Ali Khan has skillfully blended Western influences into his traditional Sufi and classical Hindustani training.  Now embarking upon his Bay Area Laaj Tour, Ali Khan will be at The 418 Project in downtown Santa Cruz Saturday, November 16th at 7 pm. If you are an alert KZSC world music show listener, you might just win a pair of tickets…stay tuned!