Barbes & Electric Cowbell Present
an APAP showcase
SATURDAY JANUARY 7th @ DROM
7:00pm to 2:00am
For the seventh year, Barbès Records and Electric Cowbell Records present a Manhattan showcase
timed to coincide with the APAP conference.
APAP is an annual rite that, every January, brings musicians from around the world to New York.
This year's Secret Planet's lineup continues our tradition of showcasing new talent unlikely to remain secret for very long.
This year's edition includes artists playing their own version of music from Morocco, Puerto Rico, Sierra Leone, Ethiopia, Tuva, Venezuela, Brooklyn, Cuba and Toronto.
And don't be dazzled by the geographical diversity or think of it as World Music. Most musicians involved have no idea what World music is.
Eva Salina & Peter Stan
Battle of Santiago
And the Independent Grand pop up vinyl shop
Free admission with an APAP badge
LADAMA is a music ensemble comprised of five women from across the Americas who strive to engage youth and women in the process of music-making, sound design, composition and audio production. They aim to address gender inequality and unequal representation of women in all aspects of music education, industry and business.
As musicians, they collaborate to create original compositions, drawing from traditional elements such as joropo, cumbia, bullerengue, maracatu and others - bringing together these disparate elements while writing non-traditional music. LADAMA has toured across both South and North America.
With Maria Fernanda Gonzales (Venezuela) bandola; Lara Klaus (Brazil) percussion; Daniela Serna (Colombia) percussion; Sara Lucas (U.S.) guitar
Alash takes its name from the Alash River, which runs through the musicians' native region of Tuva. The ensemble members are graduates of the Kyzyl Arts College and students of Kongar-ool Ondar, the renowned master throat singer featured in the movie Genghis Blues.
The musicians have all been trained in traditional Tuvan music since childhood, but they sometimes add non-traditional instruments, such as guitar or accordion, and draw upon their knowledge of western harmonies to expand their musical possibilities.
In 2004, Alash won first prize at the International Symposium "Khoomei," throat singing competition. They have since toured around the world, collaborated with the Sun Ra Arkestra, given a Ted Talk, and appeared on Bela Fleck’s grammy winning album Jingle All The Way.
“utterly stunning” The Washington Post”
Eva Salina & Peter Stan
Old Songs, New World
A stunning duo with effortless chemistry, Eva Salina & Peter Stan bring their playful, dynamic energy to vintage Balkan Romani songs. In February 2016, Eva released LEMA LEMA, her brass-studded breakout tribute to Romani legend Šaban Bajramović. Recorded in New York and Serbia, LEMA LEMA and Eva have received praise from and appeared on NPR, WNYC, fRoots, Songlines, Transglobal World Music Chart, and hit #2 on CMJ's New World & Jazz Radio Charts.
Eva's new album with Peter Stan, currently underway, is a portrait of one of Romani music's most poignant, powerful women, and will be released in 2017 on Vogiton Records. Eva and Peter are available internationally during the 2017-2019 season for performances, residencies, and workshops.
Miramar plays mostly boleros, sung in duo form by Rei Alvarez and Laura Ann Singh and arranged by Chilean-American pianist and organ player Marlysse Argandoña.
In the Latin world, Boleros are the ultimate expression of love and suffering and hold cross-generational and cross-national appeal. With a majority of Miramar’s members having roots in Puerto Rico, it was only natural that the group paid particular attention to Puerto Rican boleros. Their debut album (out on Barbès Records) is a tribute to Sylvia Rexach, a maverick composer and writer who was an emblematic figure of San Juan’s bohemian scene of the 40’s and 50’s. Rexach died in 1961, at the age of 39. Her songs have since become part or the Puerto Rican canon, but she remains mostly unknown outside of her native island.
To paraphrase a certain presidential candidate, Dedication to Sylvia Rexach is an act of love by children of the Latin diaspora who feel a strong connection to their parents’ heritage.
The New York-based group of Moroccan musicians plays Gnawa music – the southern Moroccan trance music with roots in pre-islamic animist traditions. Led by master Maalem Hassan BenJaafer, Innov Gnawa uses traditional instrumentation such as the lute-like Sintir and the large castanet type Krakebs to accompany its ancient chants. Their approach is resolutely innovative though – an hypnotic, take on this ecstatic, trance-inducing tradition which has enthralled and inspired generations of musicians from around the world. This past year, the group has collaborated with artists as diverse as Randy Weston, Maku and Le Cirque du Soleil - broadening their scope and their audience
Janka Nabay is the king of Bubu – Sierra Leone’s brand of electro-pop. Back in his hometown of Sierra Leone, Janka electrified traditional Bubu music by adding drum machines and synthesizers and giving it a frantic edge that made him a national hero. Now based in the US, Janka has hooked up with musicians from Brooklyn and DC (where he lives) who call themselves the Bubu Gang. Janka and his musicians share a similar fascination with the old and the new, mixing modern beats and analog keyboards with call and response vocals, improvisation and touches of 70’s psychedelia. The collaboration seems to capitalize on the best of all worlds and the result is musically stimulating and just as danceable as Janka Nabay’s early hits. Their will release a new album on Luaka Bop in 2017.
BATTLE OF SANTIAGO
Toronto-based group the Battle of Santiago combines classic Afro-Cuban rhythms and vocals with a distinctly Canadian post-rock spirit and sensibility. The result is a singular sound that tells a universal 21st Century story, transcending borders while staying rooted in one city’s immigrant experience.
The Battle of Santiago's Revolucion Perpetua multimedia show, developed with chilean-born artist/designer Patricio Davila, integrates digital visual art, live musical performance and audience interaction. The result is a one-of-a-kind organic audio / visual installation. Their new album, La Migra, will be out in March of 2017.
Underground System, is a female-fronted group of modern Afrobeat deconstructionists. Originally steeped in the West African pioneered Afrobeat aesthetic, the group is now just as likely to tip their hats to the South Bronx girl group ESG as they are Fela Kuti,
The group's first single ‘Bella Ciao’ – a retro-futuristic dance floor-ready interpretation of an anti-fascist Italian anthem - has had an impressive run. There were remixes from electronic wunderkinds Archie Pelago and MC Kool A.D. (Das Racist). The tune attained cult status on the dance floor all along the Mediterranean when it was played and later remixed by Leo Mas, the resident DJ of Ibiza’s infamous summer(s) of love.
Underground System’s power and ability to package so many disparate influences with a unifying voice owes a lot to the physical presence of what is one of the most diverse and dynamic crews of players. The energy the band exudes is confident, raw, and uninhibited. The female front line flips the script on the stereotypical male dominated afrobeat and big band culture in a perfectly nonchalant way.
spinning until 2am
From the early days of Giant Step, to today's Turntables on the Hudson parties, Nickodemus has been a key element in the NYC dance music scene for over 10 years. As a DJ & a producer, he explores the intersection of Urban & World Music with sounds of Funk, Folk, Jazz, Hip Hop, House & Dub- all with a message of peace, awareness & love for the dance. He also runs Wonderwheel Records- a Brooklyn based record label. Rooted in the eclectic dancefloor sounds of the globe, the roster includes Alsarah and the Nubatones, The Pimps of Joytime, Zeb aka The Spy From Cairo, Nickodemus, The Real Live Show, Pernett, and many more collaborators and family friends from all over the world!.