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February 2018

RAM from Haiti at Bossa Bistro

February 21 @ 9:30 pm - February 22 @ 12:00 am
Bossa Bistro + Lounge, 2463 18th Street, NW
Washington, District of Columbia, DC 20009 United States

RAM is a drum-roots-driven powerhouse band from Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Ancient folkloric polyrhythms intertwine harmoniously with Punk Rock guitar riffs and swinging Caribbean keyboard melodies, led by the entrancing singer, Lunise, all combine for a truly magical experience on Thursdays at Hotel Oloffson in Port-au-Prince, Haiti - where RAM has consistently gigged for the last 25 years. The band derives its name from the initials of its founder, songwriter, and lead male vocalist, Richard A. Morse. The band's music has been…

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March 2018

Combo Chimbita with La Colombopercutiva at Tropicalia

March 3 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Tropicalia, 2001 14th St, NW, Lower Level - Corner of U & 14th (Enter From U St, Down Stairs)
Washington, District of Columbia, DC 20009 United States

Combo Chimbita: 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. Exploring the connections between visual identity and improvisational long-form trips, Combo Chimbita came together as a four-piece band after they started encouraging more vocals by…

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Spanglish Fly Boogaloo Party at Tropicalia

March 16 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tropicalia, 2001 14th St, NW, Lower Level - Corner of U & 14th (Enter From U St, Down Stairs)
Washington, District of Columbia, DC 20009 United States

Boogaloo! That mix of Latin and soul/R&B that emerged from the clubs, the street corners, the transistor radios and the pool halls of 1960s Spanish Harlem, "El Barrio." Inspired by Latin boogaloo, or bugalú, SPANGLISH FLY plays irresistible grooves that blend Afro-Caribbean rhythms with the fervor, the feeling, and the harmonics of 60s soul. SPANGLISH FLY "roars through covers, originals, and transformations of previously untouched soul hits" (Village Voice), paying homage to the boogaloo genre while refreshing it for a…

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Kamel Zennia and His Andalusian Connection

March 21 @ 9:00 pm - March 22 @ 12:00 am
Multiflora Productions, 2463 18th St. NW
Washington, District of Columbia, DC 20009 United States

Algerian Born, Kamel Zennia's music is inspired by the rich and different ethnic groups that exist throughout the region; from the coast of the Mediterranean and the Atlantic Ocean, to the towns in the deepest reaches of the Sahara Desert and outwards into Andalusia. The fusion of Berber( Kabyle and Tuareg, Moroccan), Gnawa, Rumba Flamenca, Algerian folk/rock are what allow this unique blend of sounds, dances and trances, to come together in this lively style. Kamel is able to blur…

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Joan Soriano Bachata Dance at Tropicalia

March 25 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tropicalia, 2001 14th St, NW, Lower Level - Corner of U & 14th (Enter From U St, Down Stairs)
Washington, District of Columbia, DC 20009 United States

Born in the rural countryside near Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic, Joan Soriano infuses steel string bachata with equal parts romance and grit. He is the star of Adam Taub’s, The Duke of Bachata, was featured in Alex Wolfe’s critically acclaimed documentary, Santo Domingo Blues, and is on The Rough Guide’s Bachata compilation. Bachata is essential to Dominican culture and draws upon a variety of influences from Africa, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean. A practitioner of palo and…

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April 2018

Betsayda Machado and La Parranda El Clavo at Tropicalia

April 7 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Tropicalia, 2001 14th St, NW, Lower Level - Corner of U & 14th (Enter From U St, Down Stairs)
Washington, District of Columbia, DC 20009 United States

Betsayda Machado is the voice of Venezuela. Raised in the small village of El Clavo in the region of Barlovento, her recent rural recordings with lifelong friends Parranda El Clavo brought new attention to Venezuelan Afro-Soul genre: 'Tambor'. A spirit-shaking percussion and voice fiesta, said to make dancers float. After their New York City debut in January 2017, New York Times' Jon Pareles called Betsayda and Parranda: "The kind of group that world-music fans have always been thrilled to discover:…

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