World music

Global mashup: Nine-piece world music act Califa hits the Bay

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With nine members currently blending Afro Balkan and Middle Eastern sounds and dance moves, Califa certainly refrains from limiting itself. The new Los Angeles-based ensemble – which features members of Fishtank Ensemble, Plotz, and Ballet Asaneh – is something of a world music supergroup. It's a blend of other acts, and of live music, live dancing, and obscure instruments. Read more »

Strength of song

The Creole Choir of Cuba — and other global music acts — hit SF

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In Cuba, there is just one group that specializes in traditional Haitian songs — the Creole Choir of Cuba. "Some of the songs in our repertoire are those we learned from our parents or grandparents, others we learned during the many visits we have made to Haiti," says choir director Emilia Diaz Chavez, through translator Kelso Riddell.Read more »