Vieux Farka Touré Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis Tuesday, July 9, 2013 We were not dancing enough. That appeared to be Vieux Farka Touré's chief concern between songs. If the Malian guitar hero's heavily accented English made it hard for him to explicitly tell us to move more, his amused yet ... More >>
Femi Kuti and Positive ForceCedar Cultural Center, MinneapolisWednesday, June 26, 2013A Femi Kuti concert is unlike any other concert. The dancing, the shaking, the emotions that start on stage and infiltrate the audience with an almighty power. It's the kind of thing that gets a huge crowd at the C ... More >>
From an early age, Femi Kuti got a crash course in music and the chaotic adventures that came along with having a politically outspoken and celebrated father. As a 15-year-old, he began performing with Fela Kuti, and absorbed raw energy of Afrobeat music.Continuing the Afrobeat tradition, Femi has ... More >>
Bombino Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis Tuesday, June 11, 2013 Americans have plenty of Tuareg desert blues to chose from these days. That sounds really weird, even in an age where we've grown accustomed to digital abundance glutting our most niche musical tastes. But following in the wake of no ... More >>
It's finally starting to feel like May again, and this week is packed with shows. Friday Daughter visits the Fine Line with label-mate and local opener, Jeremy Messersmith. The Amsterdam hosts their second annual Girls Got Rhythm Fest featuring Cherie Currie, The Avengers and many more stretching ov ... More >>
The Cedar Cultural Center has long been a somewhat unsung musical jewel of the West Bank of Minneapolis. But lately, the venue has been receiving some well-deserved praise for consistently hosting compelling, eclectic performances by genre-bending bands and musicians that run the gamut from indie-ro ... More >>
The Cedar Cultural Center has long ago established itself as one of the best world music venues in the country, and in fact, was named just that earlier this year in a nationwide poll. Tonight they launch a new music series, African Summer on the West Bank, which will go a long way towards assuring ... More >>
By Rachel Lee JoyceRelated: Cedar Cultural Center named best world music venueOn August 5, 1991, I was crammed in butts-to-nuts with 1199 fans in the First Avenue Mainroom to see the Nigerian Afrobeat legend himself, Fela Anikulapo Kuti. Years of underage fandom had passed, and I was finally old ... More >>
Two Nigerian musical legacies shared the stage at the Zoo Thursday night.
Polyglot guitarist (and former Bar Mitzvah session man) Tim Sparks pulls a chair up to the rebbe's table
Medea Bali gives a kecak kick to Euripides' shtick
Taj Mahal and Toumani Diabate bridge the Delta and Mali with their gorgeous new album, Kulanjan
From playing for the Pope to inaugurating The Body, Guinean-born master drummer Fodé Bangoura is both international legend and local discovery
Márta Sebestyén & Muzsikás work in Budapest to preserve their country's oldest folk traditions. The only things distracting them are world tours, earnest foreign musicians, and unexpected Grammy awards.