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Antibalas & Zap Mama at the Byham Theater 2/4

January 16, 2015

ANTIBALAS & ZAP MAMA

PERFORMING FIRST-EVER UNIFIED NATIONAL TOUR

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 4 | BYHAM THEATER | CULTURAL DISTRICT

Pittsburgh, PA— The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust presents two world music trailblazers in concert on Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at 7:30pm at the Byham Theater, located at 101 Sixth Street, downtown Pittsburgh.

The concert will bring together the premier afrobeat band, Antibalas, in a collaborative tour with Zap Mama, Marie Daulne’s international polyphonic vocal group, that returns for their first US tour since 2009.

Antibalas, founded in 1998, evolved out of the same Brooklyn-based musical nucleus as Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, and emerged onto the world music scene around 2000. After years of heavy international touring the band rose to greater prominence in 2007 for its role in the musical direction of the Broadway musical FELA!

About the Artists

Antibalas (Spanish for “bulletproof”), is a Brooklyn, NY based big band inspired by the golden age of West African and Afro-Caribbean musical styles of the 1970s as well as the jazz and improvised music traditions of their native New York. Members of Antibalas are sought-after session and touring musicians, regularly recording and performing with a spectrum of artists including the Roots, TV on the Radio, Jovanotti, Arcade Fire, Allen Tousaint, David Byrne and St. Vincent, Angelique Kidjo, and Betty Lavette.

Zap Mama, is an all-female troupe of afropop vocalists based in Europe who first created a sensation in the US world music scene in 1991 with their critically-acclaimed self-titled release on David Byrne’s Luaka Bop label. Marie Daulne, known worldwide as the creative force behind Zap Mama, redefines the word “vocalist” by creatively expressing sound and storytelling through tone and pure voice. Melding afropop and with American and European urban music using ethnic polyphonic vocal structures, Zap Mama is a world-music revue that can transport the listener around the globe in the course of a song.

Tickets and info: http://trustarts.culturaldistrict.org/production/43189/zap-mama-and-antibalas


Pinkney Hall: January Themes

January 3, 2015

In addition to songs by artists with shows in Pittsburgh and songs from new releases, our January playlists will have the following themes:

January 2 – On the first show of 2015, we will play music by folks who  departed this life in 2014.

January 9 - Next weekend will be the Golden Festival in Brooklyn, which features “live Balkan, Roma (‘Gypsy’) music and beyond.” On the 9th, we’ll have our own mini-festival, playing music by bands that will appear this year at the Golden Festival. (See: http://goldenfest.org/)

January 16 - No show; I’ll be in Brooklyn.

January 23 -  Anything goes!

anuary 30 - Guitar greats.


New Year’s Eve Broadcast with Jay Thurber

December 29, 2014

Despite popular demand, Pittsburgh’s WRCT-FM (88.3) will again ring out the old year by turning back the clock 40 years.

In a radio tradition that’s now more than a decade old, and which is tolerated by tens of dozens of listeners, WRCT’s resident oldies guru, Jay Thurber, will count down the top tunes of 1974 this Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon.

The broadcast also will be available online at www.wrct.org.

The countdown by Kindly Uncle Jay, Your Radio Pal™, who hosts an oldies program on WRCT on Saturday afternoons (www.jaythurbershow.com), will include 1974-current news reports, commercials and other announcements.

The “number one song of 1974″ — as calculated by Jay from a completely scientific (ha! ha!) formula — will be unveiled just before 12 noon.


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