Sierra Leone’s Refugee All-Stars’ NPR Tiny Desk Concert
This is one you should not skip over. A phenomenal acoustic session the All-Stars recorded for the good folks over at NPR; it’s visceral and tender in all the right places. Do not even think about skipping their show at the Brighton Music Hall later this month.
I don’t know about you, but I’ve been grooving to the All-Stars’ new album for the past couple of weeks, and it seems like the energy and ebullience translates well to the stage. Here’s a session they recorded for St. Louis’ KDHX: there’s some throwback reggae that borders on ska, and some controlled highlife for your dancing needs. This is gonna be one foot-stomping show:
The newest addition to our summer series is this personal favorite of mine. Perfect timing then, that our friends at NPR Latino just had her as a guest DJ. She talks extensively about her undying love for jazz, and the importance for artists to be politically minded and socially aware. This is going to be one hell of a show.
NPR has been championing these guys since they played at this years globalFest, and they’ve done a great job in spreading the word about the thick Ethiopian groove they lay down. Here’s a video they recorded of the band playing in Austin. Dig it, and don’t forget to buy your tickets to see them this summer:
A great video of the Drops playing and giving some history on the plethora of archaic instruments they play. It’s impressive how they bring back these dead traditions and reinvent them for a modern audience.
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