Sat, January 16th

Barbès & Electric Cowbell present SECRET PLANET


Doors 7PM
Show 7:30PM
Advance Price $10 GA, Free with APAP Badge
Door Price

Advanced online ticket sales stop at 5pm on day of show
If available, more tickets are available at door

Barbès & Electric Cowbell present 

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For the 6th year now, 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.
Samir Langus 7:30pm
Los Crema Paraiso - 8:15pm
Dos Santos: Anti-Beat Orquesta - 9:00pm
Mariachi Flor de Toloache - 9:45pm
XIXA - 10:30pm
Alsarah & The Nubatones - 11:15pm
Buyepongo - 12:00am
Debo Band 12:45am
& DJ Bongohead & Peace & Rhythm spinning in between sets.
Electric Cowbell Recordsl is a DC based record label specializing in
boutique vinyl releases. Operating under the moniker Multiflora
Productions, it is also a multi-faceted agency that specializes in
expanding the reach of genre-bending roots-to-the-future music through
artist management, event marketing, and music releases.
Barbès is a Brooklyn club, record label(Barbès Records) and talent
agency (Barbes Agency) responsible for releasing the likes of Slavic
Soul Party, Banda de los Muertos, Chico Trujillo, Chicha Libre and
Hazmat Modine.  



SAMIR LANGUS (Innov Gnawa)  7:30



Samir Langus’ group is made up of Moroccan musicians who play Gnawa music – the southern Moroccan trance music with roots in pre-islamic animist traditions. Samir Langus 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  – an hypnotic, take on this ecstatic, trance-inducing tradition which has enthralled and inspired generations of musicians from around the world.







Los Crema Paraiso, named after a beloved Caracas' ice cream parlor, is a Venezuelan power trio made up of Neil Ochoa (Si Se, Chicha Libre), José Luis Pardo (Los Amigos Invisibles), and BamBam Rodriguez. The trio takes Venezuelan traditional music as its foundation, but infuses it with rock, funk, latin grooves and jazz. Los Crema Paraiso’s sophomore album, De Pelicula, is an update on what has been referred to as “High Speed Bossa Nova" and offers a melange of classic Venezuelan songs, rock anthems and original tracks influenced by Noel Petro, Tom Jobim, Llanera music, Medeski, Martin and Wood and Pink Floyd. 





Chicago-based Dos Santos: Anti-Beat Orquesta rocks the sounds of popular Latin American dance genres—from cumbia to salsa. Their gritty, grassroots approach captures the “golden age” of the streamlined ensembles that shook sweatbox dance floors with raw and fierce energy throughout Latin America in the 1970s —dance music anchored by piercing guitars, garage organs, and straight-ahead percussive might.


The group’s five members (Peter Maestro Vale, Alex Chavez, Daniel Villarreal-Carrillo, Jaime Garza, Nathan Karagianis) have their own storied careers in a diversity of styles—from jazz, R&B/soul, traditional Mexican folk, punk, cumbia, salsa, and electronica—in addition to a history of critical involvement in arts education and social justice organizing. 







Named after a flower used in Mexico as a love potion, Mariachi Flor de Toloache is the first and only established all female mariachi band. The seven women, play traditional Mariachi instruments such as guitarron (bass) and vihuela (5 string guitar) as well as violins, trumpets and guitar. They all dress in the muy macho traditional black charro outfits - but don't shy away from innovation and bring in an edgy approach to tradition that makes their septet as vibrant as they come. Their debut album was nominated for a Latin Grammy and the group has also been collaborating with Dan Auerbach’s The Arcs.



XIXA 10:30



Brian Lopez and Gabriel Sullivan have been at the forefront of the Tucson scene for a number of years - lending their talents to the likes of Calexico as well as both being members of Howe Gelb’s Giant Sand.
Four years ago, inspired by Peruvian Cumbia, Brian and Gabe dedicated themselves to the exploration of the hard edge, guitar-driven trippy cumbia known as Chicha. After a few years of playing as Chicha Dust - and becoming one of Tucson’s most popular band - the group renamed itself XIXA and started writing all new material, mixing their rocking past and their passion for psychedelic cumbia -  creating a sort of desert rock with a Latin edge and a strong taste for hallucinogenic experimentation.



XIXA’s EP is available on Barbes and Glitterhouse and their debut album, Bloodlines, will be released February 26th.







Alsarah & The Nubatones came together out of a collective love for Nubian music and a genuine belief that Soul transcends all cultural and linguistic barriers. Inspired by the pentatonic scale they blend a selection of Nubian 'songs of return' from the 1970s-today with original material and traditional music of central Sudan. Their set is a musical journey through diaspora and migration from an urban lense.






Based in Los Angeles, but with deep roots in South and Central America, Buyepongo draw heavily from pan-Latin music culture taking their cues from traditional "roots" music. Influenced by the traditional  sounds of Colombia, Haiti, Belize, Honduras and the Dominican Republic their  arrangements seamlessly fuse merengue, punta and cumbia. 


Growing up as young Latinos in Southern California, Buyepongo were also exposed to music of the time. From teenage punk rock angst to sample driven underground hip hop, from classic reggae to jazz and funk. Their name, which translates roughly as “to cause a ruckus,” is a nod to the Wu Tang Clan track, “Bring da Ruckus” one of their sonic inspirations.






Debo Band is a 11-member group led by Ethiopian-American saxophonist Danny Mekonnen and fronted by charismatic vocalist Bruck Tesfaye. Since its inception in 2006, the band has toured Ethiopia twice and shared stages with Gogol Bordello, Tilahun Gessesse, Khaira Arby and many more. Their last album was released on SubPop.


.“What’s amazing about Debo Band is that they play that music (Ethiopian pop) without any sort of…precious reverence… And it just totally rocks. It’s amazing.” – All Songs Considered, NPR



DJ BONGOHEAD - Peace & Rhythm


Bongohead, aka Pablo Yglesias, is a DJ, collector, producer, graphic artist and overall curator of Latin culture. He is responsible for a number of compilations put forth by Vampisoul and others and is the author of Cocinando!: Fifty Years of Latin covers. His DJ set will include vintage gems from the Afro Latin diaspora as well as new releases from his own Peach & Rhythm label.