Posts Tagged ‘live performance’


Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman perform “52 hz” at EFEx from Michal Shapiro on Vimeo.

This duo was another pleasant surprise at the English Folk Expo. Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman have returned to the performance circuit after a stint of intensive parenting. This may have broadened the subject matter of Roberts’ songwriting –although they also performed several traditional ballads– and I was very much taken with this poignant song, a very different approach to the subject of the whale within a folk setting.

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More on Big Music from Small Places: Maya Kamaty at AME from Michal Shapiro on Vimeo.

My previous post on Cape Verdean Singer Neuza, resulted in a trip to the AME, The Atlantic Music Expo in Cape Verde. As impressive as the local talent was, there were plenty of great acts drawing from the environs. I’m working on a longer mini-doc on the event (stay tuned!) but want to present one of my favorites right away, a singer songwriter from the island of Réunion.
Apologies up front that you are going to hear camcorder sound on this, but I think you will be able to get the basic feeling of being there and the excitement that this act generates.
Maya Kamaty is the daughter of Gilbert Pounia, front man for the band Ziskakan, one of the most popular groups on the island. They create music that is a heterogeneous blend of European, African and Indian elements (representing the population of the island) with a tasty dose of modern pop elements. So it is no wonder that Ms. Kamaty’s music contains all of these elements as well. “Ziskakan” is, by the way, celebrating their 35 years in music together, no mean feat for a band.
Although her songwriting is quite strong, I am presenting her performing a song her father wrote, “Vavang.” The two actually collaborate on occasion, but I can assure you Ms. Kamaty is a fine songwriter in her own right, and I’ll present one of her originals at a later date. In case you are wondering, she is playing a “kayamb” – a flat, square rattle made from sugar cane tubes and seeds, and a common instrument in both Maloya and Sega music, the two main genres of the island.

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Neuza sings “Caela” at SOB’s from Michal Shapiro on Vimeo.

Neuza sings “Caela.” From her US debut concert at SOBs, NYC, in February of 2014. Her new CD on Lusafrica is “Flor Di Bila.”

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Here’s where you’ll find my weekly original world music video blogs that appear on Huffington Post, as well as an archive starting in April of 2009.

This is also the place where you will find video that is exclusive to my site. I’ve traveled to places like Uzbekistan, Morocco, and Taiwan and no matter where I go I have found amazingly talented and creative people working in every genre from the deepest traditions to the cutting edge.

It’s been incredibly rewarding to interview them and to capture some of what they do on video. Enjoy what you see and hear, and let me know what you think. I welcome your feedback.