Posts Tagged ‘Casbah’

Remembering Paul Hawkins, Pioneering D.C. Percussionist, Bandleader, and Dancer

Paul Hawkins, a D.C.-born percussionist, bandleader, and dancer who was for decades a mainstay of Washington's Latin jazz scene, died on Feb. 9 of congestive heart failure in Myrtle Beach, S.C. He was 79.
A life-long D.C. resident, Hawkins was involved in the D.C. music scene from the 1950s—when he was winning dance contests at Turner’s [...]

Algeria’s El Gusto Orchestra Makes Its D.C. Debut Tonight

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 [...]

Free “Metro Mambo: Casbah to Zanzibar” Concert and Lecture Saturday

Back in November, WPFW Sunday night DJ Jim Byers kicked off the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum’s “Metro Mambo: Latin Music in DC” series of concerts and  lectures with a special program titled “Mambo in Mexico.”  I contacted him then about the program and posted an interview here.
Byers will be back at the same museum on [...]

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