For more shows throughout the weekend, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which we update daily.
Antoine Pratt Boubacar Traore w/Zongo Junction The Bell House Tuesday, September 27 Better than: Eric Clapton's probably inevitable African blues record. Sly Stone offers one possible method for dealing with celebrity: get famous, sell your royalties and squander your money, drop out of sig ... More >>
Catch the dazzling vocals of Khaïra Arby
Quoc Pham "Acoustic Africa" featuring Haibib Koite, Oliver Mtikudzi and Afel Boucoum BB King Blues Club Wednesday, April 6 Better than: Buying a plane ticket to Mali. Western listeners (that's us, if you were wondering) often need comparisons to dig deeper into "world music." If that's w ... More >>
Vampire Weekend. Photo by Soren Solkaer Starbird.There's no feeling indifferent about this band. For fans, Vampire Weekend's sophomore album, Contra (out Tuesday, and reviewed by our own estimable Rob Harvilla here), is enough to make January feel like July--a sugary refinement of the band's ... More >>
Diabate and the Symmetric Orchestra, elsewhere.One of my favorite listening moments of last year came at the tail end of kora player Toumani Diabate's stunning solo display, The Mande Variations. After an elaborate showcase that wound through a classical piece commemorating Alexander the Great and a ... More >>
Toumani Diabaté's kora fusion bridges the gap
African rebels fight intolerance with guitars
With Mark Morris, Jacob's Pillow tumbles toward the end
"A mechanic, technician, chauffeur, and farmerall that is before music."
Malian marrieds take their most recent newfound success as their long-established due
Indie-rock heavy hitters get confused figuring out why they're doing it, doing it, doing it
Just because you can spell 'forbearance' correctly doesn't mean you'll get a gold star
NYU's Renaissance Man Contemplates the Fate of the African Expat
When Who's on First Is What Matters
Global Music in the U.S. Faces the 21st Century