Standout Track: No. 4, “Unspoken,” from Love & Life Stories, the first studio album from veteran soul group Father's Children since 2007. The ensemble’s two remaining original members, Brandywine, Md., resident Ted (also known as Hakeem) Carpenter and the Bowie-based Qaadir Sumler, penned the melancholy slow-burner, about a man’s longing for an old flame who [...]
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How D.C. Filmmakers Documented the Last Festival in the Desert Before Northern Mali Succumbed to War
Three years ago, Andrea Papitto, then the head of a nonprofit in Ghana, called her D.C.–based pal Kiley Kraskouskas, whom she had met at New York University seven years before. Papitto told her about a trip she took to the Festival in the Desert, an annual Malian music event set in the sand dunes [...]
Looking for music on WAMU? Thanks to a recent shift at the D.C. NPR affiliate, that just got tougher. Last weekend, amid major changes to WAMU 88.5.'s weekend schedule, the American University-based station moved Mary Cliff's Saturday night Traditions program to the significantly tinier Bluegrass Country 105.5 FM.
Last weekend the 50,000-watt station began a transition to a new weekend schedule [...]
You couldn't blame most locals for overlooking the fact that the D.C. suburbs recently lost one of its best venues for Caribbean music. As the Prince George's Newsletter quietly noted in May, the building that long housed Bladensburg's Crossroads Nightclub was sold to J & J Medical Health Care & Equipment for $1.2 million. Outside of the local Caribbean [...]
In 2003, the Ireland-based architect Safinez Bousbia was visiting her native Algeria when she encountered a craftsman working on a mirror in a Cashbah shop. Noticing old photos pinned to another mirror, Bousbia asked about them. The craftsman turned out to be accordionist Mohamed Ferkioui, who proceeded to tell Bousbia the story of the Muslim and Jewish [...]
Last weekend, a number of D.C.-area Caribbean troupes took to Baltimore with their feathered costumes, pan drums, flamboyant floats, and booming island music for the anticipated Baltimore Washington One Carnival. For any D.C. residents in attendance, the sight may have been bittersweet.
From 1993 to 2011, the D.C. Caribbean Carnival parade took place on Georgia Avenue NW. [...]
The D.C. area is already home to the United States' largest Ethiopian population, but this week brings a surge of Ethiopian culture thanks to the 30th Ethiopian Sports Federation in North America (ESFNA) Tournament that runs through July 6. Take note, Horn of Africa fans: This is going to be one of the year's best chances [...]
In 1995, David Byrne's Luaka Bop label released Afro-Peruvian Classics: The Soul of Black Peru, a compilation that begins with a song by then-lesser-known vocalist Susana Baca. Since gaining global attention, the singer has won two Latin Grammys, served as Peru’s Minister of Culture, and from 2011 to 2013 was the chair of the Inter-American Committee on [...]
When Emy Tseng moved to D.C. in 2009, she had to adjust to two new worlds: her day job at the Department of Commerce, and her nighttime role as a bossa nova and jazz vocalist in a new music scene. A Taiwanese-American who learned classical piano as a child and began singing traditional early music [...]
Greg Tate always thinks big. Readers of the Village Voice probably remember Tate for his music writing—as a critic at the paper from 1987 to 2003, Tate tossed street slang, academic lingo, and literary and historical references into his music criticism. An Ohio-born, D.C.-raised Howard University grad, Tate co-founded the Black Rock Coalition and wrote [...]