On July 11 Brooklyn, New York, will play host to the launch event of the “Is America Part of The World?” outdoor music festival at the Bklyn Yard. Produced by Nation Beat, Beleza NYC and Electric Lila, the event features four of New York’s premiere music-mixocologists: Forró in the Dark, who dig deep into the sounds of northeastern Brazil, while singing in English, Portuguese, and Spanish; Nation Beat, who create a 21st century fusion between thunderous Brazilian maracatu drumming and New Orleans second line rhythms, bluegrass, and country-blues; Red Baraat Festival, who meld the infectious North Indian rhythm Bhangra with brass funk, dhol, percussion, horns and traditional Punjabi songs; and DJ Nickodemus, who explores the intersection of urban & regional sounds with funk, jazz, hip-hop, house & dub, all seen through the eyes of a New York native.
In 2007 New York-based, Brazilian-influenced band Nation Beat was invited to perform at a "world music” festival where they were asked to not play their songs that were in English, specifically their American country songs (the same ones that Willie Nelson sang with them at Farm Aid). This inspired Nation Beat band leader Scott Kettner to bring together musical acts who blur the lines of world music, as well as foster a platform of discussion and debate about this widely accepted term that he considers controversial and very vague.
Saturday, July 11 2009
2pm – 9pm
Forro In The Dark
Red Baraat Festival
at the Bklyn Yard
388 – 400 Carroll St.(by the Gowanus Canal in Carroll Gardens)
Limited $10 adv tickets available until June 15, $15 afterwards at www.brownpapertickets.com
$18 at the door
All ages – Kids enter for free
More information at: www.isamericapartoftheworld.com
Author: World Music Central News Department
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