Monday, January 30, 2012

Feb. 4, 2012 Eddie Palmieri Latin Jazz Band 8 PM at the Annenberg Center

75th Birthday Celebration

February 4

Eddie Palmieri, known for his charismatic power and bold innovative drive, has a musical career that spans over 50 years as a bandleader of salsa and Latin jazz orchestras. With a discography that includes 36 titles, this nine-time Grammy® award-winning powerhouse pianist “has been the most consistently innovative artist in Afro-Cuban music in the United States for the past 30 years” (Boston Globe). Don’t miss this legendary Latin music icon as he takes the stage with his quintet for one night only in a very special 75th birthday celebration!
Pre-show talk with Eddie Palmieri
February 4 @ 7 PM
Come early for a pre-show talk with Eddie Palmieri hosted by Guthrie P. Ramsey, Jr., Ph.D., Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Term Professor of Music at Penn.
Tickets $20-$52.

January 31, 2012 Taller Puertorriqueño Fundraiser at Mixto Restaurant

Friday, January 27, 2012

January 29, 2012 "Mambugur and Tales of the Dogon" 3PM at CEC Theatre 3500 Lancaster Ave. Philadelphia, PA 19104 $5 Donation Admission

This is a wonderful journey of tales, epics, songs, and dances that takes the young imagination of audiences back to the "land of the Dogon" in Mali West Africa.
"Mambugur" (Grandfather) is accompanied by his
village friend and fellow musician, Malika , as they search for the "wiley" character, "Babu"!
"Hey! Have you seen Babu? I’ve been searching for him everywhere?"
"Mambugur" (Grandfather) actively engages the audience children in an interactive search, telling Ancient African creation stories, singing songs in "unwritten languages", playing music, and enlisting the aid of his wonderful African Marionette friends known as "Dogo","Bozo", "Yasama" and "Yadjugulu".
You’ve never seen African Marionettes like these before! They’re almost human!
"Hey! Do you have plenty, plenty?"
Everyone in the audience will need "plenty, plenty" if they don’t find "Babu", because excitement becomes unbridled as the great Female Dogon Chakaba (Stilt Walker)is coming along with the four-legged "beast of the harvest, known as "Tyi-Wara"!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

January 28, 2012 7:30 PM Crossroads Music presents Mali Yaro and Goumbé Star with Hadiza Mangou

Mali Yaro & Goumbé Star

Abdoulaye Boreima, known as Mali Yaro, was born in 1973 and spent his childhood in Sirfi Koira, Téra, Niger. From his earliest childhood, he loved music, especially the goumbé drum. After moving to the capital, Niamey, he played goumbé with friends, made young and old alike dance with their rhythms. In 1995, he founded the orchestra Goumbé Star, whose other members are currently Papa Rassoulalaye Gueye (rhythm guitar), Omar Tankari (lead guitar), Mahamadoul-Habibou Elh Amadou (bass), Seydou Mounkaila (percussion), Manzo Abdoulaye (drums), and Boubacar Kandou (trumpet).

Mali Yaro and the Goumbé Stars soon became the band to watch in Niger and were nominated for Best Artist of the Year in 1996. Their 2000 album “Mali Bero” paid homage to a great Djerma warrior, their second “Walambandi” adressed problems of contemporary Nigerien society, and the third, “Femme” was dedicated to women’s issues. Their newest, “Paix,” was released in 2008 at a moment when Niger dealt with a problem of insecurity in the north, and invited both the rebels and military to lay down their arms for a united and prosperous Niger.

Mali Yaro brings out the African soul in his music. His original, powerful lyrics speaking of social life, love, and above all of peace, and his rhythms move young and old alike to dance. He has toured widely in Africa, Europe, and North America and won many Nigerien and International awards and prizes
For this tour, Mali Yaro & the Goumbé Stars are joined by Hadiza Mangou, a popular Nigerien singer and songwriter known for her irresistable melodies, smooth voice, and social activism. “In my lyrics, I speak of serious things, I don’t compose at random,” she told the Nigerien cultural magazine Fofo in 2011. Many of her songs celebrate women and their place at the forefront of society, and urges parents to educate their daughters, while others praise the sacrifice and patriotism of teachers, encourage youth to overcome their inertia, and raise awareness among them about the challenges of contemporary life.
Hadiza Mangou

Hadiza Mangou began her career in 1997 as a backing vocalist with Les Tendistes, the famous orchestra of the University of Niamey, and has since released two solo albums and several singles and toured in Africa and Europe.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Jan. 26, 2012 7:30 PM "Chucho Valdés and the Afro-Cuban Messengers" at the Merriam Theater

This is on the Funsavers discount list dated 1/19/12!
Kimmel Center presents
Chucho Valdés and the
Afro-Cuban Messengers
with special guests Danilo Pérez Trio
Merriam Theater
Thursday, January 26 7:30pm
Tickets $20 to $50.
Hailed as 'the dean of Latin jazz' and 'one of the world's great virtuosic pianists' by The New York Times, multi-Grammy® Award winner Chucho Valdés has recorded more than 80 albums during his illustrious career, performing with countless jazz masters, including Herbie Hancock, Dizzy Gillespie, Wynton Marsalis, and Chick Corea.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

January 21, 2012 Francisco Mela and Cuban Safari at Chris' Jazz Cafe 8:00 and 10:00 PM

8:00 PM set $22.
10:00 PM set $20.
Chris' Jazz Cafe
1421 Sansom Street
Philadelphia Pa 19110
phone: 215-568-3131




"Understanding people and and sensing exactly what's needed to make an event successful is natural for me. Whether it is body language, smiles, dancing, age, cultural diversity or anything else, I understand people. Participating in our need for fun and celebration
is such a blessing for me.
I am glad to share these gifts with others. The more diverse the crowd and music, the more I am in my element."

Learn more at
Dance from 8-11pm with
new music & live drumming every time!

(if you plan on drumming, please arrive at 7:30

to meet with our drum coordinator, Barry Bell)

When & Where

$10 for the Dance
$5 if you come for set up
(7:30pm) or take down (11pm)

January 21st

BAIRD HALL, 3rd Floor, on the New Covenant Campus
7500 Germantown Ave.
Phila, PA 19119
(enter driveway across fromTrolley Car Diner)

Directions: The campus is large, so using the driveway closest to Baird Hall, directly across from the Trolley Car Diner, provides easy access. If you are using a GPS, the Diner address of 7619 Germantown Ave. 19119 will bring you to the correct driveway. Follow the signs to Baird Hall by forking right shortly after entering the driveway, after the security office.ew Covenant Campus is located near Cresheim Valley Drive at the Chestnut Hill/Mt. Airy border.

Call the organizer, Elise Rivers at 215-266-5757 if you need help with driving directions or have questions about the event.

Friday, January 13, 2012

January 16, 2012 12:00 and 2:00 PM Sharon Katz and the Peace Train at Longwood Gardens

Monday, January 16th, 2012 at 12:00 & 2:00 pm
The Ballroom

This performance is free with Gardens admission. First-come, first-served seating.
More about Sharon Katz & The Peace Train

Nominated for the Grammy’s “Best World Music Album” for their first US release, the exhilarating, multicultural, South African band of Sharon Katz & The Peace Train helped Nelson Mandela usher in the ending of apartheid. Making history in 1992 with her 500-voice multiracial choir, Sharon then organized a courageous tour on board a train – The Peace Train – taking 150 musicians and her friends Ladysmith Black Mambazo across South Africa to spread their musical message of peace and unity in advance of Mandela’s election as the country’s President.

Recordings include “Imbizo” on Billboard’s Highly Recommended list and Grammy nomination list for Best World Music Album; “Crystal Journey” featuring the original mass choir; “Lerato” with the legendary Afro-jazz diva Dolly Rathebe; “Nashosha” with singers from KwaZulu; “Live in NYC with Special Guest Pete Seeger;” and “Carnival!” with Sting, Elton John, Tina Turner and Madonna.

Sharon Katz & The Peace Train also use proceeds from their concert appearances to support their humanitarian work in under-developed areas of South Africa and around the world including music therapy with orphans and communities affected by HIV/AIDS; feeding programs in impoverished areas; conflict resolution work in violence-torn regions; and building schools and community arts centers.

Find out more at

Monday, January 9, 2012

January 13, 2012 Minas Quartet at World Cafe Live PHL 8:00 PM

Minas returns to World Cafe Live to present a retrospective of their entire recorded collection, from their first vinyl “Num Dia Azul” to their most recent release, “Bossa Nova Day”

Minas brought a new wave of Brazilian music to the Delaware Valley when they moved from Rio de Janeiro to Philadelphia in 1984. Today Minas is one of the most sought after Brazilian groups in the United States. Twice recipients of “Best of Philly” award, they have sold out shows World Cafe Live and also performed at The Kimmel Center,

The Mann, and the Painted Bride Arts Center, as well as at The Kennedy Center in DC and Lincoln Center in New York. Featuring songwriters Orlando Haddad on guitar and Patricia King on piano/keyboards, the duo’s voices reflect three decades of vocal and instrumental blending. Orlando has taught Brazilian music and samba percussion at The University of Pennsylvania and UArts. Minas will perform as a quartet, the duo plus bass and drums.

The retrospective will include originals by Orlando and Patricia from their five releases, Num Dia Azul (1983), Dreams of Brazil (1989), Blue Azul (1996), In Rio (2006) and Bossa Nova Day (2010). Fans can expect to hear Minasʼ signature songs such as “Strong Black Coffee,” “Calma Mulher,” “Primavera,” “Only the Moon and the Stars”, “Bossa Nova Day” and “Singing Does Away With the Blues”.

Artist's website

Friday, January 13, 2012 | Show 8pm | Upstairs Live

General Admission Seating/Standing*: $20 ($17 ticket + $3 processing fee)

Friday, January 6, 2012

January 10, 2012 Scribe Fundraiser and Screening of Harry Belafonte "Sing Your Song"

Scribe Fundraiser and Screening of Harry Belafonte "Sing Your Song", Director Susanne Rostock, editor Jason Pollard in person
Ibrahim Theater @ International House
3701 Chestnut Street 3rd Floor
Philadelphia, PA, 19104

Scribe Begins 2012 Season with Fundraiser and Screening of Harry Belafonte Sing Your Song at International House

Director Susanne Rostock and editor Jason Pollard in person for fundraiser and screening!
Tuesday, January 10 @ International House
3701 Chestnut Street
(5:30PM reception, Screening at 7)

On Monday January 10, 5:30 PM at International House, Scribe Video Center, will host a fundraiser reception to support and celebrate the beginning of the organization's 2012 season and also host a very special edition of our Producers’ Forum series that evening beginning at 7PM. Immediately following the reception, will be the screening of director Susanne Rostock’s 2011 Sundance Film Festival selection documentary Harry Belafonte Sing Your Song. The film's director Susanne Rostock and editor Jason Pollard will be in person for the fundraiser reception and screening. Pollard will also teach a Master Class The Art and Craft of Editing the following evening Jan 11, 7PM at Scribe. The fee to attend the fundraiser reception and to see the documentary is $35. For those who wish to attend the screening only, admission is 10. See combo package and a la carte prices below:

$60 reception, screening Master Class
$35 Reception and film screening
$25 for Master Class at Scribe ($15 for Scribe members)
$10 screening (To see screening only must purchase tickets through International House)

Sunday, January 1, 2012

January 6, 2012 Salsa Caliente! Three Kings Edition at The Painted Bride Art Center

The dance floor was packed, and both bands were red hot! If you missed this one, don't miss the next one on March 2, 2012.
SALSA CALIENTE! Three Kings Edition
BYOB Cabaret and Dance Party Learn/dance to Latin big bands live
Fri. January 6 | Dance Lessons: 9pm, Party: 10pm
$20 in advance, $25 day of event

“If you haven’t dance to a live Latin band, you haven’t danced salsa, embrace the heat!”
- Jesse Bermudez, Regional Latino cultural ambassador and Salsa Caliente co-producer

Philadelphia’s only BYOB cabaret concert and dance party series featuring two live Latin big bands returns for a second season at the Bride. Drawing from the buzz looming from last season’s wide appeal and diverse attendance, Salsa Caliente 2.0 continues its non-stop flight service from the fringes of Old City to the heart of Old San Juan alongside the hottest large music ensembles from the region such as Orquesta Herencia de Soneros and Papo Buda y Saboricua who performed last season. Plenty of room for dancers of all experience levels, each evening starts with FREE dance lessons from Flaco’s Dance Factory. Put some salsa on your sexy and come join the party!