Sarah SmallKitka performs Sunday at the Jewish Music FestivalTo celebrate its 25th anniversary, the Bay Area's Jewish Music Festival has lined up a wide-ranging set of performances that illustrate the striking diversity of voices in contemporary Jewish-identified art. From the a capella beauty of ... More >>
John SnyderDJs Señor Oz and PleasuremakerWith a name like Afrolicious, the weekly Thursday-night party at the Elbo Room clearly feels a strong bond with sounds created by African musical heroes like Fela Kuti and Manu Dibango. But as Oz McGuire (a.k.a. Señor Oz) explains, Afrolicious' roots str ... More >>
Jeremiah (L) and Sila (R)S.F. Hearts Haiti: A Benefit for Doctors Without Borders @ The Independent The San Francisco scene has already rushed to raise funds for Haitian earthquake relief and -- at least in terms of music -- this may be its most international effort yet. Maisha Productions' Jere ... More >>
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EKAphotographyRoom with a Vieux: Vieux Farka Toure In this economy, who has the means to travel internationally anymore? Luckily, with all the world music acts coming through the Bay Area of late, you don't have to have a passport, visa, hotel, and plane ticket to catch some of the most scintillati ... More >>
Nigerian born producer / promoter /label owner DJ Said came into this world from the same corner of the globe as Fela Kuti, and he's just as addicted to spreading Afro Beat to the masses--although he blends those sounds into myriad dancefloor styles. After a stint in England, Said settled in the Bay ... More >>
Jah Yzer This weekend is kind of a slow one for music in the Bay Area--next week promises to be better, with many artists hitting town before or after the Sierra Nevada World Music Festival--but if you're looking for something to do Saturday night, how about "Golden Era: East Meets West Edition." S ... More >>
Laura WilliamsAfrican Blues: Vieux Farka Toure SF's esteemed world music label Six Degrees have added to their already enviable track record (which includes Bebel Gilberto, Bossacucanova, Alice Russell, and Cheb I Sabbah) with Fondo, the latest album from Malian guitarist Vieux Farka Toure. The alb ... More >>
EKAphotographyFemi KutiConfirmed artists for the 2009 Sierra Nevada World Music Festival have been announced, and tickets are now on sale. The Festival takes place June 19-21 in Boonville, Mendocino County (about a four-hour drive from SF). The lineup this year looks particularly strong (thou ... More >>
These days, there's a DJ in every band, even David Krakauer's Klezmer Madness!
Hitler, Civil War soldiers, and circus freaks: Welcome to the dances of Stephen Pelton
A profusion of styles held together with a potent, familiar legend
Three bumbling, stone-broke idiots trying to scrape up the dough to fight "weapons of mass aggravation"
The legendary Orchestra Baobab has reunited and is bringing its Pan-African sound to San Francisco
Down Home Music
Ethnocore II: Nytu (Drunken Fish)
On both recordings and turntables, DJ Cheb i Sabbah brings the rhythms of the globe to the dance floor
Ethiopiques Volumes 1-8 (Buda Musique)
Ben Goldberg Duo
Alessandra Belloni; Lifter Puller
DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid's Subliminal Minded -- The EP
Tom Ze's restless experimentalism has earned him adoration from music's cognoscenti everywhere -- except in his native Brazil
Paul Pena,who's played with everyone from Jerry Garcia to B.B. King, is coming out of the musical shadows, thanks to the award-winning documentary Genghis Blues. He's also blind, and sick, and entirely tired of living.