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Cultural celebration at UCSC

"We all smile in the same language" That's this year's tagline for UCSC's Multicultural Festival. What better way to discover a little piece of their experience than through our most common human enjoyments: food and music! This year's featured artists are: Rocky Rivera and La Santa Cecilia. The Multicultural Festival will take place this Saturday, May 16th from 12pm-6pm. Open to all, a great family event! The festival takes place at Oakes College's lower lawn.
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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…

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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…

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Israeli and world music coming to Santa Cruz

Next 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…

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La Misa Negra & Stellamara May 23rd

Spring 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…

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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…

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Sukhawat Ali Khan November 16th

This 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…

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Annais ♥

As we welcome back new and returning banana slugs for the school year, we here at The Great 88 would like to take the time to remember a very special member of our KZSC family who is missed very, very…

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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…

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World Rhythms Workshop June 22

The Summer Equinox approaches. What better way to bring in the season than to make some music? Matthew Montfort of the world music group Ancient Future and author of "Ancient Traditions: Rhythmic Training Through the Traditions of Africa, Bali and…

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La Conquête du Monde

Have you ever played the board game 'Risk'? It's actually pretty fun. This game, invented by French film director Albert Lamorisse, was originally released as La Conquête du Monde in 1957, and it is one of the longest board game you will ever play. Monopoly…

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World Music Show Feb. 19

This and next month are full of African and African-influenced music events in Santa Cruz. Tuesday the 19th, world fusion band Toubab Krewe will perform at Moe's Alley. Toubab Krewe specializes in upbeat instrumentals that draw from African blues, rock,…

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“Discovering” Jacques Brel

As I perused our station's labyrinth of a record collection in search for some "European" music a couple of days ago, I found a record from an artist with a name that rang a bell, but with a track-list that…

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An Electric Pow Wow (free download!)

Take some dubstep-influenced beats, overlay them with Native American tribal vocals, and you get Pow Wow step, the genre A Tribe Called Red uses to describe their debut self-titled album. Hailing from Canada, the Native American DJ crew combines the…

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Weezer…in Hebrew!

It is very common for contemporary World Music artists to remake popular American songs while still staying true to their culture. With YouTube, it's been easier than ever to find up-and-coming artists sharing their cultural talents in a more mainstream…

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