Videos selected by Sohrab Saadat Ladjevardi
Date: August 28, 2010
Venue: Joe’s Pub August 28, 2010
Text by Jim Hoey
1. The Mighty Alpacas ( before called The Energizers)
Date: Monday June 14, 2010
Venue: Otto’s Shrunken Head (538 East 14th. Street between Avenue A and B)
Ticket: no cover
4 gentlemen came together just recently to entertain New Yorkers in a free approach towards music. Their music is created in the moment and sounds very fresh. The members are: Shakira’s percussionist Ravish Momin www.ravishmomin.com, Iranian saxophone sensation and leader of THE TEHRAN-DAKAR BROTHERS‘ Sohrab Saadat Ladjevardi www.myspace.com/sohrabsaadat, New York’s most in demand session trumpeter Lex Samu www.lexsamu.com. and Stumblebum Brass Band founding member and tuba player Jesse Dulman www.youtube.com/watch?v=zW9HfTX9jlw
Salif Keita‘s voice is one other mortals can only aspire to. A searing tenor that somehow sounds gritty and glorious all at once, it’s a complicated instrument that transcends language barriers, and with its subtle shadings offers solace and succor, joy and even redemption. It’s not for nothing that Keita is known as the golden voice of Mali.
Given Salif Keita’s incredible talent, it was inevitable that one day music would take him back to his homeland, despite the hardships he once faced there. Recently, that inevitability came to pass. With a 35-year career behind him, Keita returned home to record his latest release, M’Bemba, in Bamako in the studio “Moffou” he had built by the River Niger.