- Welcome to the end of winter! Here s a spring preview of African events in the Boston area. MARCH FRI 3/2 – PLAYING FOR CHANGE – Berklee PerformanceMessage 1 of 1 , Mar 1 12:48 PMView SourceWelcome to the end of winter! Here's a spring preview of African events in the Boston area.MARCHFRI 3/2 PLAYING FOR CHANGE Berklee Performance Center BostonPlaying For Change, the multimedia project and global sensation that has united musicians and touched millions around the world since its 2004 launch, is embarking on the 'Back To Our Roots' Tour. The tour's goal is not only to bring musicians together of all backgrounds, but to inspire, educate, and empower them through the creation of music and art schools in developing communities.The 2012 Playing For Change Band lineup includes several musicians from Congo, Zimbabwe, and South Africa. More info: www.berkleebpc.com or 617-747-3161 or www.playingforchange.orgFRI 3/2 -- ZILI MISIK CD RELEASE PARTY -- Church -- BostonZili Misik is a 7-piece all female band that performs music from the African diaspora. Opening acts include Full Tang and Federator No. 1. More info: www.churchofboston.com or www.zilimisik.comSAT 3/3 GHANA ASSOC OF GREATER BOSTON INDEPENDENCE DANCE (Ghana) -- Sons of Italy WatertownDinner dance from 6pm - midnite with DJ Kojak to celebrate 55th independence anniversary of Ghana. GAGB will also hold a flag raising ceremony at Lowell City Hall on Sat 3/10 from 11am - 2pm.More info: Ghana_mass@...SAT 3/3 -- LAMINE TOURE (Senegal) -- Beehive -- BostonSenegalese percussionist and composer Lamine Toure intense performances mix Senegalese mbalax, funk, and reggae. http://beehiveboston.comSAT 3/17 -- LADYSMITH BLACK MAMBAZO (South Africa) -- Sanders Theatre -- CambridgeMore info: www.worldmusic.orgFRI 3/30 -- MAMADOU (African rock) -- Johnny D's -- SomervilleAPRILSAT 4/7 -- BOMBINO (Niger) -- Johnny D's -- SomervilleOmara "Bombino" Moctar, a young Tuareg guitarist and songwriter, was raised during an era of armed struggles for independence and violent suppression by government forces. His electrifying jams capture the spirit of resistance and rebellion while echoing with guitar riffs reminiscent of fellow Africans Tinariwen and Ali Farka Touré not to mention rock and blues icons such as Jimi Hendrix, John Lee Hooker and Jimmy Page. Already a superstar in the Tuareg community, with the release of Agadez on Cumbancha Discovery Bombino's stature as one of Africa's hottest young guitarists has been revealed to the world. Showtime 10pm. www.johnnyds.comSUN 4/15 -- TOURE-RAICHEL COLLECTIVE (Mali - Israel) -- Somerville Theatre -- SomervilleCollaboration between Malian Vieux Farka Toure (son of Ali Farka Toure) and Israeli musician Idan Raichel. Presented by www.worldmusic.orgMON 4/23 -- RODRIGO Y GABRIELA w/ C.U.B.A. (Mexico / Cuba) -- Orpheum Theatre -- BostonMexican guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela's latest project, and tour, is with 13-piece group of musicians from Havana, Cuba.SAT 4/28 -- MACROTONES & ZILI MISIK -- Johnny D's -- SomervilleDouble bill with the Afrobeat/funk Macrotones and New World Soul/Afro Roots of Zili MisikMAYTHU 5/3 -- Eduardo Roca Salazar aka "Choco" (Cuba) -- Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center -- CambridgeLatin Art Space presents an artist reception with Afro-Cuban painter Eduardo Roco Salazar (Choco) whose works will be on display at the Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center. Reception from 6-9pm. Latin Art Space specializes in Cuban and African art. More info: www.latinartspace.comFRI 5/4 -- KHAIRA ARBY (Mali) -- Johnny D's -- SomervilleThe "Timbuktu Diva"
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