Natu Camara’s adoring fans regard her as “the Tina Turner of Guinea.” In her music and during high-octane shows, the impassioned singer-songwriter substantiates the weighty nickname. In the early 2000s, Camara led West Africa’s first all-female hip-hop group, the Ideal Black Girls (IBG), which released Guinèya Moumonèra (It’s Not a Shame to Be a Woman) — a multiplatinum opus advocating for women’s rights. Camara’s solo career is a musical evolution that showcases her unique blend of afro-rock, pop, and soul that speaks to the range of heroes influencing her individual sound: Miriam Makeba, Nina Simone, Mory Kante, Fela Kuti, and Baaba Maal. This is an outdoor event; rain or shine, under a tent. Tickets are sold by the “pod” of 2-8 people; $56-$238 per pod.
Opening with a concert by a gamelan ensemble, Music at Fishs Eddy continues with music for guitar and harpsichord. Artistic Director Joyce Lindorff talks about the history of the festival, and about its venue, the Old Pioneer Church.
Violinist Chris McKhool joins us to talk about his band, the Sultans of String, who will be performing at the Hangar Theatre on May 11. The band members come from many musical traditions and present a wide range of styles in their concerts. For this concert, they welcome sitarist Anwar Khurshid.
This year’s Binghamton Porchfest has expanded to one hundred and ten musical groups on forty porches around Binghamton’s West Side on Sunday, August 27 from noon to seven. Organizer Chris Bodnarczuk takes time out from his preparations to talk about the Porchfest phenomenon that started in Ithaca and has spread across the nation. http://wskg.org/audio/porchfest17.mp3
Photo credit: Patti Schwartz for Binghamton Porchfest
World Music performer Don Baragiano is performing on Wednesday, January 25 at Cyber Cafe West, 176 Main Street in Binghamton. A graduate of the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, he first became fascinated with non-Western music while working for the US Treasury Department in Saudi Arabia. He tells us about performing World Music with a band and by himself, and we hear a little of his album ‘Releasing the HOW’. http://wskg.org/audio/baragiano.mp3