by Tom Nguyen
Eclectic week of music, friends: JAIN from France and Princess Nokia* play sold-out shows. BIA and Los Rakas in town too. So much beautiful fusion of jazz, ambient, soul, blues and world music: Josef Leimberg & The Astral Progressions, Low Leaf & Mia Doi Todd, José James*, Dexter Story and Marcel Camargo leading a whole cast of talents in Celebrating African Heritage, Yemen Blues and CharlElie Couture*. East LA’s Quetzal album release show at JACCC and Buyepongo, 4th Annual Mariachi Women’s Festival, La Chamba, and a new favorite, El Santo Golpe, bring tropical heat to the IE. Aloe Blacc, Cambalache & Jornaleros Del Norte will sing to show support for Pasadena voting to become a sanctuary city, Ron Finley aka the Gangsta Gardener will talk about activism at California African American Museum, the Hammer Museum hosts Her Dream Deferred: On the Status of Black Women. Hollywood Carnival celebrating Caribbean music & dance launches this Friday and much, much more happening all across SoCal this week! *Enter our ticket giveaways!
Troubadour (West Hollywood)
Wed. Mar. 23, 9pm, $15-$18, All ages
The French singer with Madagascan roots, who grew up in UAE and the Congo, plays a sold out show at the Troubadour.
Globe Theatre (Downtown)
Fri. Mar. 24, 10pm, $25, 21+
“Her full length debut project Metallic Butterfly, saw Frasqueri shape shift into the artist we now know as Princess Nokia. Heavily influenced by DrumNBass and NYC house, Butterfly was an ode to Afro-futurism, anime, comic books, love and Frasqueri’s now signature afro-indigenous urban feminism….It’s the ease with which Frasqueri slips in and out of identities and musical influences that makes her so interesting. She leaves nothing at the door and no label is sufficient: Nuyorican, African, Taina, Bruja, Queer, The Supreme, Ghetto, Tomboy, Bronx Bred, Harlemite, Santera, Goth, Bitch, Nerd, Rapper, Singer, Punk, House, Hip-Hop, Funk, Soul, Trap, Drum-n-Bass; Frasqueri proudly and defiantly embodies all of these simultaneously, while giving a middle finger to anyone who tries to put her or her music in a box.” – Mayda del Valle, EnClave.LA Continue Reading →