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Barbes and Electric Cowbell present Secret Planet 2018

January 13, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - January 14, 2018 @ 2:00 am

For the 8th year, Barbès Records and Electric Cowbell Records present a Manhattan showcase timed to coincide with the APAP conference. APAP is an annual rite that, every January, brings musicians from around the world to New York. This year’s Secret Planet’s lineup continues our tradition of showcasing new talent unlikely to remain secret for very long. This year’s edition includes artists playing their own version of music from Thailand, Ethiopia, India, West Africa, Colombia, The Middle East, and great American music cities like Cleveland, Brooklyn, and Washington, DC. And don’t be dazzled by the geographical diversity or think of it as World Music. Most musicians involved have no idea what world music is.


Christylez Bacon & Nistha Raj’s Bhairavi Beatbox 7:30
Kaleta & Super Yamba Band 8:15
Bulla en el Barrio 9:00
Drunken Foreigner Band 9:45
Mourning A BLKstar 10:30
Combo Chimbita 11:15
Anbessa Orchestra 12:00
Hearing Things 12:45

& DJ Sonido Chicodelico spining until 2am
and the Independent Grand pop up vinyl shop

Free admission with an APAP badge
$10 admission general public


Christylez Bacon & Nistha Raj’s Bhairavi Beatbox 7:30PM
Since 2011, Grammy nominated Progressive Hip-Hop artist Christylez Bacon and Indian violinist Nistha Raj have been performing together exploring the spaces between North Indian (Hindustani) classical music, acoustic Hip-Hop, and Go-Go music from Washington, DC. Bacon, known for his beat-boxing, rhyming and storytelling and Raj, known for mixing Indian Classical Music with modern sounds are the perfect fit. Together they create an entirely new sound. Christylez Bacon frequently performs with artists of diverse backgrounds as part of what he refers to as his “mission towards cultural acceptance and unification through music.” Bacon invited Raj to collaborate on his “Washington Sound Museum” concert series in 2011 because he felt their genres worked well together. ” I enjoy the fact that this 12th Century Indian Classical music fuses with Hip-Hop and Go-Go so well. Also, I love learning all the technical aspects of the music and translating them into beatbox.” Nishta Raj notes her favorite part of the collaboration being the an accessibility to a wider audience. “As a musician, I get to push the boundaries of how traditional classical music can be presented by finding the intersections and commonalities between seemingly disparate genres. When we perform, I love looking out into the audience and seeing all ages, backgrounds, races, nationalities, etc being appreciative of the music and enjoying in the same space collectively.”

Kaleta and Super Yamba Band 8:15
Brooklyn Afro-Funksters Kaleta & Super Yamba Band are fronted by Afrobeat legend Leon Ligan-Majek a.k.a. Kaleta. The composer, singer, guitarist, percussionist and producer from the West African country of Benin Republic lived his adolescent life in Lagos, Nigeria where Afrobeat was born. Kaleta performed and toured the world with the two most popular musicians from Nigeria, Fela Kuti and King Sunny Ade, along with Majek Fashek and recently Lauryn Hill. Now based in New York City, Kaleta was overjoyed to find Super Yamba Band and hear their take on the vintage, psychedelic sounds of his native country in the 70s and 80s. Super Yamba takes it’s cues from artists like Orchestre Poly-Rythmo, El Rego and Gnonnas Pedro, all legends in their own right for pioneering the classic styles of Afro-Funk in Benin. Touching on rare grooves such as “Vodoun” or “Sato,” Super Yamba Band have dialed in the nuances of a timeless sound that will move everyone in the room to dance. Super Yamba Band’s live shows with Kaleta are absolutely explosive. Afropop Worldwide said “their ace-up-the-sleeve: the singer Kaleta, whose James Brown grunts have got to be some of the best in the business.” With Kaleta at the helm Super Yamba Band have recently exploded onto stages at Paste Magazine’s Emerging Music Festival, World Music Institute’s Masters Of African Music Series, Felabration NYC 2017, Millpond Live Festival and more, giving audiences an unforgettable experience of world-class Afrobeat.

Bulla en el Barrio 9PM
Bulla En El Barrio is an effort to open a space in New York City to deeply explore the bullerengue tradition born in Colombia in the Urabá and Atlantic region of the country. From its early days, bullerengue has been a tool for women to express themselves through music and dance; for this reason, women’s leadership and their power to engage communities into creative processes characterize bullerengue. This is why Bulla En El Barrio also aims to unite communities and encourage them to generate a spontaneous celebration of life through music, dance and the stories that these songs tell. Bulla En El Barrio started in October 2014 and is currently comprised by fourteen people who have been consistently meeting to learn and practice bullerengue. The hope is to continue creating a communal and intimate cultural bond with all the communities where we perform. The group has performed at prominent venues, community organizations and festivals. Most recently opening for Susana Baca at Pioneer Works (Brooklyn). Bulla En El Barrio currently holds an artistic residency performing the last Monday of each month at Barbés Bar Bar in Brooklyn. https://www.facebook.com/carooliveros2015/

Drunken Foreigner Band 9:45PM
Drunken Foreigner Band is a Brooklyn-based ensemble that makes a sprawling electrified iteration of the Akha and Lam Lao musics of Thailand and Laos. The majority of the band’s music was learned from cassette tapes of the largely-vocal music traditions, gathered by keyboardist Dave Kadden on his trips to Southeast Asia. Comprising members of Sunwatchers, Invisible Circle and other experimental Brooklyn outfits, they are releasing their debut LP “White Guy Disease” on January 12, 2018 on Electric Cowbell Records. Check out some tracks from their forthcoming full-length: https://electriccowbellrecords.bandcamp.com/album/white-guy-disease

Mourning [A] BLKstar 10:30PM
Creating songs of both eulogy and revolution, the expansion of 21st century black consciousness is felt in waves through Ohio’s Mourning [A] BLKStar. A force that has deep conviction, purpose, and weight, songs are voiced through the lens of Afrofuturism, chopped up drum grooves, stark melodies, and historic sample pulls. Mourning [A] BLKStar is bringing forth a conversation that aligns with the political and emotional state of this world, drawing together modern day spirituals of reverence and despair. Formed behind the vision of group leader Ra Washington, BLK Muzak paints a vivid picture of the complexities surrounding the human condition. Taking on influences as wide ranging as Eddie Gale’s late ’60s spiritual jazz opus Ghetto Music and the world-renowned works of poet, playwright and essayist June Jordan, BLK Muzak is life through sound. With the group comprising vocalists LaToya Kent, Kyle Kidd, and James Longs, a full spectrum of knowledge and harmony is offered. Scintillating vocal runs spiral over smoldering synth bass and hard hitting snares and kicks. An arena where the presence of a Dead Prez and a Gil Scott-Heron are pulled into the same tapestry of culture. The name of the group finds a shared passageway to multiple worlds and reflects the importance of the music, showing honor and acknowledgement to the lives that’ve died at the hands of police, along with the beauty and expressive legacy of African-American artistry.

Combo Chimbita 11:15PM
Rooted in Colombia and based in New York, Combo Chimbita lives in the future. After playing together for years, these first-generation New Yorkers—powerhouse vocalist Carolina Oliveros, synth and bassist Prince of Queens, guitarist Niño Lento, and drummer Dilemastronauta—began experimenting with different traditional musical styles during their late night residencies at Barbès in Brooklyn.

Anbessa Orchestra 12AM
Anbessa Orchestra is a 7 piece group based in NYC that draws it’s inspiration from the beautiful music of Ethiopia. Playing arrangements of Ethiopian funk tunes from the 60’s-70’s as well as original music with Ethiopian influence.

Hearing Things 12:45AM
Hearing Things is a trio that features fellow jazz Musicians J.P. Schlegelmilch – a keyboardist who lays down raunchy and distorted organ and drummer Vinnie Sperrazza. Together the trio play a kind of Middle Eastern flavored surf rock with old-school R&B honking and striptease-worthy themes. It’s a blast of fun, the craftsmanship of the players never getting in the way of the grooves and hybrid melodies.

w/ Special Guest DJ: Sonido Chichadelico (Piero Cespedes) Lima, Peru | Brooklyn NYC [Master of Psychedelic Salsa y Cumbia Peruana]


January 13, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
January 14, 2018 @ 2:00 am


85 Ave A
New York, NY 10009 United States
(212) 777-1157