Sat, January 5th

APAP: Barbès & Electric Cowbell present SECRET PLANET

world music TICKETS

Doors 7:00PM
Show 7:30PM
Advance Price $10 General Admissions / Free with APAP Badge
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Barbès, Multiflora and Electric Cowbell Present:

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For the 9th 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 South Africa, Niger, Turkey, Lebanon, Cuba, Greece, Peru - and New York. Because it seems more and more apparent that New York really is its own country. 

And don't be dazzled by the geographical diversity - if one thing these musicians have in common is being from various part of the planet, the other thing they have in common is a creative impulse never impeded by stylistic or geographical boundaries. Music of the world is not always world music. 


7:30 - 
Toomai String Quintet with Miss YaYa
8:15 - Yeni Nostalji 
9:00 - The Bil Afrah Project
9:45 - Mdou Moctar
10:30 - (secret planetary guest) 
11:15 - Yonatan Gat & the Eastern Medicine Singers
12:00 - La Mecánica Popular
12:45 - Greek Judas

& DJ Junf GA Spinning until 2am
and the Independent Grand pop up vinyl shop

Free admission with an APAP badge

Cuerdas Cubanas

The Toomai String Quintet is an ensemble devoted to playing a variety of musical styles from around the world, creating its own string arrangements, and commissioning new works. In tonight’s performance, Toomai plays selections from their new album, Cuerdas Cubanas (2018), featuring modern string arrangements of legendary Cuban songs. Joined by special guest vocalist Miss Yaya, the ensemble pays homage to the great artistic lineage of Ernesto Lecuona, Israel "Cachao" López, Beny Moré, and Celia Cruz.
Toomai’s members are: violinists Alex Fortes and Emilie-Anne Gendron, violist Kallie Ciechomski, cellist Hamilton Berry, and bassist Andrew Roitstein.


Front-woman Christina Marie, a singer of Lebanese descent, writes in Turkish - her second home, and began Yeni Nostalji in 2014 with a famed Turkish baker by singing songs around his kitchen table in Richmond, Va. Their original repertoire is equally influenced by Leonard Cohen, Morrissey, Dolly Parton and the vintage soundscape of Turkish radio. The band has collaborated with musicians from the Richmond Symphony, worldwide brass sensations “NO BS! Brass” and salsa band “Bio Ritmo”. Yeni Nostalji released their debut album last May via Ropeadope Records.


The Bil Afrah Project celebrates one of the Middle East’s most legendary albums: Ziad Rahbani’s Bil Afrah. The instrumental song suite recorded by Rahbani’s ensemble in 1975, features some of the Arab world’s most beloved standards, as well as the dazzling taqasim (improvisations) for which the Arabic tradition is so well-known. Renowned in the Arab world, the album is a favorite of aficionados and an inspiration to musicians, and its songs are performed often. But rarely, if ever, has the Bil Afrah suite been performed in its totality, live and in sequence featuring violins, bass, qanun (zither), oud (fretless lute), buzuq (fretted lute), and Arabic percussion. Famed percussionist Michel Merhej, an original particpant in the recording, leads the band.


In the crowded scene of Tuareg guitarists, Mdou Moctar stands apart from his peers. Playing in the repertoire of desert guitar popularized by groups like Tinariwen and Bombino, Mdou is pushing the boundaries of the genre.
Mdou Moctar hails from a small village in the Azawagh desert of Niger, a remote region steeped in religious tradition. As a child, he taught himself to play the a homemade guitars, cobbled together out of planks of wood. It was years later before he found a “real” guitar, teaching himself in secret. In an area where guitar music was all but prohibited, he quickly rose to the status of local celebrity amongst the village youth. In 2015, he co-wrote and starred in the first ever Tuareg language film, “Rain the Color Blue with a Little Red In It,” a Saharan remake of Prince’s “Purple Rain.”
Rooted in traditional, with borrowed polyrhythms of traditional « takamba » and lyrics sung in the style of old nomadic poets, his guitar playing is wild and unrelenting, equal parts nomadic bard and Eddie Van Halen. 

[The Secret Band ]

Our secret planetary band will be revealed in a few weeks - this African band has been dubbed the best live band in the world by European press - and for good reasons.. 


Guitarist Yonatan Gat first made his mark with his band Monotonix which was hailed by Spin magazine as "the most exciting live band in rock’n’roll”. With his solo projects, Yonatan has embraced a more esoteric approach - melding Middle Eastern, free jazz, surf and Latin influences with his raw approach to sound and signature psychedelic solos. His new project is a collaboration with the Eastern Medicine Singers, a group of Algonquin Native American drummers Yonatan’s concerts tend to be mesmerizing events which are as much about music as they are about communing with the audience. Typically, the band eschews stages and sets up in the middle of the audience, adding a definite primal energy to the experience. New York Press once described him as “Jimi-Hendrix-meets-Godzilla"


La Mecánica Popular plays its own brand of psychedelic salsa. The NYC based Latin experimental group, led by Peruvian musician and researcher Efrain Rozas is steeped in the roots of 1970’s-era Salsa Dura, yet incorporates a heavy dose of modern gadgets; a unique blend of processed Peruvian-style guitar licks; experimental synths, sounds and textures. The group hopscotches between social dance and experimentalism, between popular culture and the avant-garde. with Efrain Rozas - guitar, keys and electronics; Felipe Wurst - guitar; Joel Mateo - timbales, Guillermo Barrón - congas and Dan Martínez - bass.
“a crackling melding of past and future in an intoxicating and visceral mix that transcends clichés.” by “an extraordinarily talented composer, “ NPR.


Inspired by a certain infamous Newport incident, the members of Greek Judas take the Greek Rebetiko repertoire to electric extremes with loud saturated guitars, guttural singing and overall Greek noise. Rebetiko - sometimes referred to as “Greek Blues”, is the music Greek refugees brought back to Athens and Pireus from Asia minor in the 1920’s. Songs were about drugs, gangsters and poor career choices and had titles such as "Why I Smoke Cocaine", "Two Mangas in Jail", "The Smugglers” and I’m A Junkie".... Members of Greek Judas keep it real by turning their amps up, and keep it greek by wearing oversized masks. 

(Mexico City)
spinning from 7:00pm until 2am

Mexican DJ Junf is the host of radio shows Makenwa as well as Radio Pocaju Internacional - both on pioneering Mexico City’s station Ibero 90.9. Junf specializes on the afro-influenced sounds of the western hemisphere with selections of cumbia, porro, soukous, champeta, merengue, calypso and forays into afro-beat and funana.