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When harp meets hip-hop

Joe Driscoll and Sekou Kouyate at UD By Rusty Pate Photo: Joe Driscoll & Sekou Kouyate’s debut album Faya was released in 2014 Sometimes, the most inspired collaborations arise from the most unlikely of pairings. Joe Driscoll and Sekou Kouyate don’t really share many common experiences. Kouyate grew up in Conakry, Guinea. He plays the kora, […]

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Hyper folk intoxication

Pakistan’s Khumariyaan brings hyper folk Music to UD By Gary Spencer Photo: Khumariyaan will perform at University of Dayton’s Boll Theatre on Oct. 2; photo: Ammar Shareef American poet Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “Music is the universal language of mankind.” And since Emerson uttered this mantra, many musical artists have taken this assertion to […]

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Music without borders

Indo-Canadian Kiran Ahluwalia at University of Dayton By CC Hutten Photo: Krian Ahluwalia brings her unique interpretations of world music to University of Dayton’s Boll Theatre on Jan. 26; photo: Rez AbbasiIt’s not often dreams come true, but for Kiran Ahluwalia, hers keeps becoming reality. Truly a worldly artist, Ahluwalia creates music that transcends cultures across […]

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Dervish does Dayton

Emerald Isle-style at Stivers By Benjamin Smith Photo: Irish folk outfit Dervish  returns to Dayton for a performance at Stivers School for the Arts on Friday, March 22 Although Dayton arguably contains more lepers than leprechauns, most Gem City citizens will leap at the chance for a little Irish entertainment, especially during the month of March. […]

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Song of South Africa

Ladysmith Black Mambazo at Miami University’s Middletown Campus By Leo DeLuca Photo:  Ladysmith Black Mambazo founder Joseph Shabalala [front] brings the group he founded over 45 years ago to Miami-Middletown campus on Feb. 13 Ladysmith Black Mambazo – the South African male choral group first widely recognized for their appearance on Paul Simon’s classic 1986 Graceland […]

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And the beat goes on … for over 80 years

University of Dayton Arts Series and Cityfolk present “Cuban Connections”  By Joe Aiello When I was in my teens, I had my first run-in with a set of bongo drums. You know, the kind that are in a pair, stave-constructed of wood, about eight inches high, joined together by a small slab of wood, with […]

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Good medicine

Fatoumata Diawara brings comforting compositions to Dayton By Tim Anderl Some artists are a jack of many trades, but clearly excel at one.  In comparison, charismatic and versatile talent like Fatoumata Diawara, who at 28-years-old has already had wildly successful careers as a dancer and actress, and who is a rising star in African music, […]

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News of the weird: 05/26

By Chuck Shepherd Is This a Great Country or What? There’s hardly a more “generic” song in America than “Happy […]

A berry good time

Annual Strawberry Festival returns By Tara Pettit Photo: The Troy Strawberry Festival [June6-7] offers strawberry-themed vendors, activities and live entertainment; […]

Advice Goddess: 5/27

By Amy Alkon Smells Like Bean Spirit My girlfriend of a year is 51 and lovely in most areas – […]

Chew on this: 05/26

Grill smart By Jayne Powers Every day, we make decisions about our health regarding the food we eat. Sometimes, we […]

News of the weird: 05/19

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Donating for dollars Already, healthy people can donate blood, sperm and eggs, but now […]

Advice Goddess: 5/19

By Amy Alkon All the single m’ladies I read your manners book and loved it. I just feel that for […]