Music, Dance, Film, Art & Cultural Events September 30 – October 6

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As we say goodbye to September and enter the 1st week of October, it’s making out to be another beautiful summer-like week with temps in the 80s by the weekend! So many great festivals this week. It’s the last week of innovative, socially conscious theater at Radar LA festival and A Celebration of Palestinian Culture featuring film, art, dance runs all week long in LA and OC. The Hollywood Black Film Festival, German Currents Film Festival, and Cameras d’Afrique: The Films of West Africa are this week as well. For the weekend, the South African Arts Fest is a can’t miss event as well as the Eagle Rock Music Festival. Ending the weekend is CicLAvia and World Blues concert featuring Taj Mahal Trio & Vusi Mahlasela. Let’s start the week with Venice band Terraplane Sun who plays with another of our fav LA bands, The Record Company, on Monday!

MON 9/30     TUE 10/1     WED 10/2     THU 10/3     FRI 10/4     SAT 10/5     SUN 10/6



Upcoming African Shows in LA!

We are big fans of the cultures and music of Africa and its diaspora and blessed with such a vibrant African community here in LA. There are a lot of great can’t-miss African events coming up between now and November, so mark your calendars and get your tickets because some of these are almost sold-out! Want to stay in the loop on African cultural events & music shows? Check out our friends at Radio Afrodicia, Primitive Modern Arts who just recently hosted an incredible in-house performance by Wunmi, and the weekly Afro Funke.
Meet & Greet Reception honoring Miss Israel 2013 @ Little Ethiopia – Sat 9/28:
Yityish Aynaw, first African descendant to be crowned Miss Israel, is coming to Los Angeles. She is also a descendant of King Solomon and Queen of Sheba.

@ Avalon Hollywood – Sat. 9/28
: Ankara Festival is a celebration of Africa’s heritage & culture through a Fashion show, Live Performances, Comedy, Cultural Dancers, Music and Food.

Mali Fala Fun(d)Raiser @ Echo Garden Cottage and Gallery, 1858 Echo Park Ave Los Angeles, 90026 – Sat. 9/28
Please join us for our 7th annual fun(d)raiser, and help to build a village school library in Tamale, Ghana in 2014. All monies raised at this upcoming event will be used at the Bizung Music School founded by Playing for Change, where we will provide them with a much-needed library. Tax-deductible tickets are $50 in advance $60 at the door. To purchase tickets or make a donation please visit our website: Click on the Donate button where you can make your payment via Paypal. Music from Ghana featuring: Alidu and the Bizung Family. Music from Mali featuring: African Cowboy Robert Berryman. Drum circle Silent auction, Cash raffle Appetizers and drinks and much more! This will be an exciting, fun filled evening supporting a wonderful cause with the opportunity to help those in need.

Kara Mack @The Talking Stick – Sat. 9/28: Kara Mack will be back at the Talking Stick…and now featuring songs from her debut album “A Negroe’s Spiritual”. Put on your dancing shoes and be ready to get down to this amazing new project that Kara has finally released everywhere online! For the past 10 years, Kara Mack has immersed herself in the African Diaspora; going to the sources of each to study the music, dance, and culture individually. She even traveled to Guinea, West Africa in 2007 and studied during a time when the country declared martial law. It was during this time as well that Kara began to see the connections between every style and how important it was for the people who love such cultures to see the similarities as well. So sitting one night under the stars in Guinea, West Africa, she knew her first album would be called “A Negroe’s Spiritual”. A play off of the style that is the foundation of American music and the heart of her Southern roots, “A Negroe’s Spiritual” is a testimony of Kara’s life and a musical bridge connecting all African styles from around the world.

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FILTER Magazine’s 4th Annual Culture Collide Part 1: International Acts

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‘s Culture Collide music festival is probably the most underrated music festival in all of LA — since its inception in 2010, they’ve managed to bring together an impressive and unique global lineup of indie and emerging artists each year. Their motto “The World converges in Los Angeles…no passport needed” is no exaggeration. Last year, there were 80-some bands from 25 countries over a 4 day period, all for a pittance of just $20! The price for this year’s festival from October 10-12 is $30 which is still incredible — we don’t know how they manage to fly in so many bands from all over the place for that price!

When there are so many bands to see and we have to pick and choose — our preference of seeing bands is in order of how far they’ve come to play in LA so let’s start with the international bands first. Each year’s lineups are a balance of familiar headliners to emerging, obscure talents just waiting to be discovered! If you’re one of those musical hipsters who like to brag “I was listening to them long before I even knew who they were”, you won’t be disappointed with this year’s lineup. Click on the genres below to explore the many great bands coming to our shores and peep the lineup schedule!

Acoustic/Folk/Soul     Electronica      Hip Hop/Rap      Pop        Rock



Music, Dance, Film, Art & Cultural Events September 23-29

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Welcome to Fall! If you’re already going through Summer withdrawal, have no fear. The weather is still sunny and there is no let up on lots of great activities all over LA! We highly recommend Natalia Clavier’s show on Monday with Irene Diaz. The Walt Disney Concert Hall is celebrating their 10th anniversary with lots of free concerts pairing the LA Phil with special guests, including Las Cafeteras on Thursday and Herbie Hancock, La Santa Cecilia and the Youth Orchestra LA on Sunday! Thursday, my friends in the band Nobel Creatures are playing a free show to promote the last week of their Kickstarter campaign…check them out! This weekend is also the annual Watts Tower Drum & Jazz Festival, GLOW in Santa Monica, the Abbott Kinney Music Festival and the 15th Anniversary of the Turntables on the Hudson at theLIFT party. We’ll leave you with Las Cafeteras’ dreamy song Luna Lovers…they just returned from Miami after winning a contest to open for Juanes and we can’t wait to hear the magic they’re going to create with the LA Phil!

MON 9/23    TUE 9/24     WED 9/25     THU 9/26     FRI 9/27     SAT 9/28      SUN 9/29


Music, Dance, Film, Art & Cultural Events September 17-22

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Summer is ending…it’s the last week of Summer but certainly doesn’t feel like it with the late summer heat waves we’ve had! Whether you’re ready or not for Summer to end, it’s shaping up to be a special week! Tuesday, Laura Mvula is a can’t miss show! Wednesday is a special Subsuelo celebrating the birthdays of our friends, Farah Sosa and DJ Gozar, with guest DJs from Texas, NYC and Mexico City. If you miss it, you get a second shot From Friday to Sunday, our friends at PriMo Arts, the gorgeous African fashion and art space, hosts Wunmi, the Nigerian afrobeat diva who’s also a spectacular designer. She’ll be showcasing her fashion wear as well as performing in this intimate space so don’t miss out…it’s her only stop in California. On Saturday, it’s as if everyone rushed to cram their parties on the last day of summer — too much to choose from! Playing for Change Foundation is having their 3rd annual global 1Love Playing For Change Day with musicians playing around the world to support music programs for youth. The LA show in Hollywood features 3-time Grammy winner Keb’ Mo’, and many of our talented friends, like Rocky Dawuni and Mohammed Alidu. There is a huge gathering of capoeristas from around the world in LA this weekend and they’re having a fun Favela Funk party Saturday. If you want to hear live music on the beach, go to KCRW’s Beach Ball Festival with soul, funk, ska and reggae artists on both Saturday and Sunday. Sunday, 2 of Mexico’s leading ladies en musica, Lila Downs and Carla Morrison are playing! And if you’re near the Pasadena area, come to the last La Junta of the year!

TUE 9/17      WED 9/18      THU 9/19      FRI 9/20      SAT 9/21      SUN 9/22


Laura Mvula and KING at El Rey Tue Sep 17

Wow this show just snuck up on me — I only found out about it tonight thanks to the ever-connected Wamuhu of PriMo Arts. We last saw Laura Mvula at the Bootleg Theater and the UK soul and gospel singer had us instantly mesmerized with her exquisite voice and beautiful melodies, with songs ranging from the upbeat Green Garden to the intimate, haunting She. Not too long ago, Laura was answering phones as a receptionist and sending out demo tapes and the rest is history — she’s burst upon the music scene with her debut album Sing to the Moon released earlier this year.

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Wadjda: Irrepressible Girl Power from Saudi Arabia

I have been waiting all summer to see Wadjda. Ever since seeing the trailer, I was immediately drawn to this story of a headstrong, rebellious young girl defying tradition in a conservative society. It might sound like a familiar theme but in this case, we’re talking about Saudi Arabia, one of the most restrictive countries in the world, in regards to women’s rights. Considering that women are not allowed to vote nor drive and any woman can be arrested for being in public with a man not related to her, the movie breaks a lot of barriers and is a rare glimpse into a very closed society.

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