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The Huffington Post
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Haiti: Hunger and Hope
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Belo's Event Calendar

-Thursday Jan 8, 2009- Private Event
Nigel Baker presents  Haiti: Hunger and Hope benefit-
Proceeds go to EDEYO Foundation

-Friday Jan 9, 2009
- SOB's - NYC
Showcase open to APAP members

-Sunday Jan 11, 2009- Moomia - NYC
Belo with his guitar-Unplug part 2

-Monday Jan 12, 2009 - Highline Ballroom - NYC
413 W 16th St. NYC- Private Event
APAP members showcase presented by Eye for Talent
Show: 7:30PM-8:00 PM (30 minutes showcase)

-Sunday Jan 18, 2009

Harman Center for the Arts -Washington, D.C.
The African Diaspora Inaugural Ball

-Monday Jan 19, 2009 - NYC

Jamrock Magazine Event

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The African Diaspora Inaugural Ball in D.C.


The African Diaspora Inaugural Ball
Sunday Jan 18, 2009
Harman Center for the Arts -D.C.

Join us for The African Diaspora Inaugural Ball-an elegant evening in celebration of education and culture.  On January 18th, 2009, the Harman Center for the Arts located in the heart of Penn Quarter in Washington, DC will host the Diaspora's biggest stars including Grammy-award nominated singing sensation, LES NUBIANS (, Haitian socially conscious singer/songwriter BeLO (, and special guest, Grammy Award winner and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, ANGELIQUE KIDJO (

The evening will also highlight the diversity of Washington DC's cultural heritage including entertainment by Brazilian samba percussion group, Batala, an energetic East African Dance troupe, and a live South African band.

The red-carpet event will bring together important members from the entertainment, political, humanitarian and business worlds in celebration of the inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama and the accomplishments of the African Diaspora in the United States.

Our theme-"I AM THE CHANGE: Educating, Empowering and Engaging the Next Generation of Leaders,"- highlights the importance of investing in the education and empowerment of the next generation.  Proceeds will go to The Batonga Foundation, founded by Angelique Kidjo and dedicated to providing secondary and higher education to girls throughout Africa; and First Book, a nonprofit organization committed to providing new books to children in low income communities in the US.

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S.O.B.'s French Caribbean Concerts
special guest:


Doors: 11 PM
Show: 12 AM & 2 AM
Admission: $15.00 General Admission

The Huffington Post

Gabriel Beltrone
Posted December 26, 2008 | 11:36 AM (EST)

Top 10 Global Artists to Check Out in 2009

I have not had a chance to listen to all of the music the world has to offer (yet) and therefore cannot pretend to offer you the very best 10 global artists from 2008. That being said, in addition to the artists featured over the past month, here are 10 figures from around the globe who graced us with good sounds in 2008, and who are worth watching in the new year. Without further ado, and in no particular order...

1)BelO is a socially-minded, Haitian-born singer-songwriter powerfully delivering jazz and world beat inflected reggae in French and Creole. His tours overseas have brought him to New York, Paris, and 11 African nations, in addition to his numerous performances throughout Haiti. He released his second LP, "Reference," in June.

2)Novalima is a multinational collective of Peruvian musicians playing electro infused Latin beats on a mini-battery of congas, cajons and like percussion. Their third album, "Coba Coba," was released in Peru this past October, but isn't due on the international market until January 2009.

3)Jazzanova is a Berlin production outfit best known for pioneering jazz house. In October, they trumpeted, so to speak, their fluency in a different vernacular with their eminently soulful, much-anticipated sophomore album, "Of All the Things."

4) Momokomotion is a former Bangkok indie-punker now crafting raw but catchy electro-pop tunes in Japan. She released ""Punk in a Coma" in January, with a full set of remixes (dubiously but not impossibly) slated for this December.

5) Tomer Yosef is an Israeli M.C. spitting verses and wailing choruses in Hebrew on top of grinding, modal beats. In August, he released "Laughing Underground," his solo debut.

6)Noble Society is a grime dancehall group that reaches from Brooklyn to Guyana (as vaguely referenced in my Dec. 5 entry for WMC). In October, they released "Take Charge," recently named among iTunes Best Reggae Albums of 2008.

7) Zuco 103, a trio based in Amsterdam, calls itself "Brazilectro." This unique style, as showcased in their October release "After the Carnaval," layers brazilian guitar, cavaquinho and cuica timbres (among others) over funky grooves to swaddle vocals that alternate between English to Portuguese.

8) Nneka is an oil-politics aware hip-hop songstress with one foot in resource rich Nigeria, where she was born and raised, and the other in Germany, where she has lived since she was nineteen. In April she released her second LP, "No Longer at Ease."

9) Mhee Noi is an explosive, irreverent Thai punk band, who appropriately invokes said tradition to indict police corruption and Thai society writ large. (Alas, their first full length album, Kluay Kak, seems to be only available at present if you happen to be in Bangkok, or able to read Thai).

10) Menino DiJa, a Rhode-Island resident rapping in Kriolo and English, released
the video for Tentason, a track featuring fellow Cape Verdean Shokanti. The YouTube profile for the video promises an album "soon," so be sure to keep your eyes open and your ears peeled...

Special thanks to World Music Promotions, Nomadic Wax Records, Modiba Publishing+, Mo Glo Radio, DJ Santo, and HuffPost readers Simeon Chapin and Alain Mpenda for helping expose me to this music.

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Changing Gears Ent.
BelO unplug Part 2
 by popular demand
Sunday January 11th, 2009
157 Lafayette Street
New York, NY

Panorama world 2008

De Belo � Wasis Diop

26/12/2008 - 
Cette ann�e encore, les musiques d'Afrique, des Cara�bes et de l'Oc�an indien ont su faire avantageusement parler d'elles. Retour partiel et subjectif sur un agenda bien rempli au fil des mois par du plaisir musical en abondance, malgr� quelques sujets de tristesse.

Crise, guerres et remous divers ont beau faire, il restera toujours de belles musiques pour tenir le coup, envers et contre tout. Notamment celles qui font voyager, inventent des microclimats, sugg�rent des promesses de d�paysement, toutes ces musiques dites "du monde". Dans le climat de catastrophisme ambiant, c�t� ventes de disques, la world r�siste plut�t bien. D'apr�s les derniers chiffres publi�s par l'Observatoire de la Musique, au troisi�me trimestre, les ventes de ce secteur ont baiss� de 3,3 %, contre 10% pour la vari�t� internationale, 19,2 pour le jazz et le blues, 21,5 % pour le classique.
Le premier trimestre a �t� marqu� par le retour au disque de l'Orchestre National de Barb�s, avec Alik (Soudani / Wagram). Un retour r�ussi pour le r�jouissant collectif franco-maghr�bin dont le troisi�me album se faisait attendre depuis Poulina, paru en 1999. Une p�pite pour les oreilles, le cœur et l'�me a surgi dans l'hiver finissant, The Mand� Variations (World Circuit-Harmonia Mundi), l'envol magnifique en solitaire de Toumani Diabat�, le grand ma�tre malien de la kora.

C�t� surprises et d�couvertes, on retiendra en d�but d'ann�e le Burkinab� Victor D�m�, r�v�l� par ici � 45 ans avec son premier album (chez Makasound), apr�s 30 ans de carri�re en Afrique. Egalement nouveau, le groupe toulousain Le Tigre des Platanes, "relecteur" fut� de la musique �thiopienne, qui s'est associ� � la chanteuse azmari Et�n�sh Wassi� pour enregistrer Z�raf (EthioSonic-Buda Musique).

L'ouverture du second trimestre est marqu�e par la remise en question d'un fameux dicton. On avait toutes les raisons de se d�couvrir en avril pour danser jusqu'� ce que sueur s'ensuive avec le premier album de Seun Kuti, guerrier de l'afro-beat, qui a repris avec panache le flambeau de son illustre papa Fela (Many Things, chez T�t ou tard).

Le printemps renaissant a amen� avec lui les albums de Mounira Mitchala, Prix D�couvertes RFI en 2007 (album chez Marabi), de la voix des Comores Nawal (Aman, distribu� par Dom). Des notes cristallines sculptant le silence, une musique limpide et envo�tante offrant l'hospitalit� au r�ve, c'est ce qu'offre avec ses cordes (oud, kora et valiha) le trio 3MA de Driss El Maloumi, Ballak� Sissoko et Rajery (album paru chez Contrejour-Harmonia Mundi).

L'�l�gant gentleman s�n�galais Wasis Diop, qui �tait revenu dans le paysage l'ann�e derni�re en assurant la direction artistique et musicale d'un op�ra africain (Bintou W�r�, pr�sent� au Th��tre du Ch�telet, � Paris) propose un nouvel album tress� d'une m�lancolie raffin�e.  Musique sobre et d�licate, voix chaleureusement enveloppante (Judu B�k / ThinkZik ! / Pias).

Autre �cho chantant de la diaspora musicale s�n�galaise, Tour� Kunda, groupe pionnier de la vague africaine des ann�es 1980, vient en mai rappeler qu'il n'a pas dit son dernier mot (Santhiaba, album bien trouss�, chez Wagram). Ce m�me mois sort le disque de Larbi Dida (chez S Records / EMI Music), l'une des grandes voix arabes de Paris, qui s'est r�v�l�e au sein de l'ONB.

Et puis enfin, il y a le nouveau pari stylistique de Rokia Traor� qui am�ne la musique malienne vers des inventions captivantes (Tchamantch�, Universal Jazz).

Juste avant le bel �t�, voici l'Ha�tien Belo, Prix D�couvertes de RFI en 2006 (R�f�rence, Aztec Musique) et   Mario Lucio, �patant cr�ateur de musique du Cap-Vert, une musique qui a des racines et des ailes (Badyo, Lusafrica / Sony BMG).

La saison d'�t� apporte son cort�ge de festivals, de moments de belle aisance, o� la musique se joue et s'�coute � l'air libre. Pas pour tout le monde. Konono n�1, que Bj�rk a invit� sur son nouvel album, le groupe congolais le plus en vue de l'�poque, nomin� aux Grammy Awards 2008, se voit interdit de tourner en Europe pour cause de refus de visas.

En septembre paraissent les albums de la chanteuse et joueuse de mbira du Zimbabwe Chiwoniso (chez Cumbacha), celui du R�unionnais Davy Sicard (Kabar, Up Music) et la nouvelle œuvre f�d�ratrice du guerrier moderne mandingue Cheikh Tidiane Seck (Sabaly, Universal Jazz).

Outre par la voix de Sicard, l'Oc�an Indien fait �galement entendre son chant gr�ce au Comorien Maalesh (Yelela, Marabi / Harmonia Mundi). Des musiciens aventureux lancent des ponts entre l'Afrique et le jazz (Lansine Kouyat� et David Neerman, chez No Format, Ablaye Cissoko avec Volker Goetze chez Obliqsound, le Kora Jazz Trio, chez Rue Stendhal) ou l'Afrique et la musique �lectro (le joueur de kamal� n'goni Issa Bagayogo, avec le tr�s r�ussi Mali Koura, sur Six Degrees).

C�t� valeurs s�res (artistique ou marchande), Femi Kuti(Day by Day, Label maison / Pias), Bonga (Bairo, Lusafrica), Pierre Akendengu� (V�rit� d'Afrique, Lusafrica), Amadou & Mariam (Welcome To Mali) d�boulent sur la m�me p�riode, juste avant que l'hiver ne se croit tout permis question temp�ratures. 

Au del� de ces multiples propositions qui ont donn� du go�t musical � l'ann�e, 2008 restera marqu� par la disparition d'une ic�ne du continent noir, d'une voix forte et guerri�re. Dans la nuit du 9 au 10 novembre, Miriam Makeba, Mama Afrika, est d�c�d�e brutalement en Italie. La chanteuse y livrait encore un de ces combats qui ont donnaient du sens � sa vie. Elle chantait en soutien � l'�crivain italien Roberto Saviano, menac� de mort par la mafia.

 Le coup de cœur 2008 de Rokia Traor�

The Mande Variations de Toumani Diabat�
Au del� de sa virtuosit� � la kora, Toumani fait preuve d'une grande intelligence musicale. A mon sens, elle lui permet de faire de sa connaissance de la culture ancestrale de griot joueur de kora un concept exploit� de mani�re totalement moderne. Avec, en plus, cette sensation de l'absence de limites � cet instrument. Ce jeu unique de Toumani me donne l'impression d'une musique malienne, africaine, qui vient de loin mais est vivace, actuelle, en mouvement.
Patrick  Labesse



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