Opening with Mari Boine – with her inspirational "Sow Your Gold". Laura MacKenzie's new tribute release – some deeper tracks from Lila Downs' newest and a return to Sergent Garcia, from France & Rocky Dawuni's "Branches of the Same Tree". Unity is the theme. The second hour closes with a set of Brasilian sounds and one closing track – a followup from Farah Siraj, who stunned us at The Cedar a few weeks back.
Opening on the theme of refugee status in a globalized world… cross-cultural integration continues. Maryan / Maryam Mursal is highlighted early since she is ending her residency through the Cedar Cultural Center this weekend. Other refugees from Algeria (Souad Massi), Mauritania/Senegal (Daby Toure') round out the set. An extended set of women follows after a couple tracks from Vusi Mahlasela of South Africa. By request – Ana Tijoux & Shadia Mansour get some airplay – followed by three Turkish women and a few middle eastern vocalists – Yael Badesh, Farah Siraj, & Yasmin Levy – c
Opening with Brasilian music, both new & old, from a range of artists. Then GB takes a turn through the Middle East… with some free commentary on recent events and spin. Artists from Jordan, Turkey, and Iran – lead into a quick ticket giveaway to two Portuguese divas coming to the Dakota – that very same evening – Carminho & Sara Tavares ! Enjoy !!