Women’s voices are prominent this week… Dee Dee Bridgewater, Nina Simone, & Meklit Hadero open the program. Another Masekela set in honor of this week’s visit to the Dakota – alongside Cheikh Lo from Senegal and a preview of the Garifuna Collective of Belize coming to the Cedar soon. Another preview of the hot new Kobo Town release too.
I can never get enough of African women’s voices. So I open with a set of seven songs before moving back in to preview mode for upcoming concerts from Africa. Primarily from Belize – I check out top cuts from three releases of the Garifuna Collective; Watina, Umalali, & Ayo.
SheBeats event Thurs. at the Fine Line Music Cafe featured with percussionist, Hope Medford and friends, in studio 4 in first hour. Also a preview of Femi Kuti’s return to Mpls. @The Cedar, June 26 – followed quickly by Amadou & Mariam on Friday, June 28. Check it out — great live music !