World Music

Femi Kuti And The Positive Force At Central Park Summerstage, Sunday, June 23rd, Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | June 25, 2013

Femi is neither a great politician nor a great songwriter but he is a great band leader and he is a great son.

Dropkick Murphy's At Terminal 5, Wednesday, March 13th, 2013 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | March 15, 2013

they were simply brilliant Wednesday night. A 90 minute plus extravaganza of Celtic vibes with two lead singers, all the muscle in the world and, after 17 years, complete control of their environment: they sing about drinking, Boston, revolution, Ireland, drinking and sports in Boston and drinking and girls and being irish and drinking

Tomas Doncker Band To Play Their Global Soul At BB King's On Friday!

By Iman Lababedi | February 19, 2013

As politically hardcore as Outernational, but with age and compassion and understanding as well as anger lining it, this unbelievable album mixes the old with the new, the east with the west and soul and funk… I don’t think I can overstate the case

Ravi Shankar: Sitar Great, George Harrison friend, Great Tuner Upper

By Iman Lababedi | December 13, 2012

RIP Ravi, a good life, I hope you come back as a musician again.

Rhythms Del Mundo Take Western Pop And Give It African Beats

By Iman Lababedi | November 30, 2012

The album, Rhtyhms Del Mundo: Africa starts with a misstep, the Coldplay remix of”Viva La Vida” doesn’t work and neither does Beyonce. But it is clear sailing after that, with Plan B a seamless meeting of forms and Mumford and Sons “Timsel” the highlight of the entire enterprise.

Joe Strummer And The Mescaleros "The Hellcat Years" Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | August 25, 2012

As a songwriter, he is unfocused and is often a bore on record. Overwriting and over arranging, his world music lacks so much that made the Clash great. He was a great singer, a great great live performer and a great man. And now he is St. Joe.

Viva Los Reggaetoneros!

By Helen Bach | August 23, 2012

Reggaetoneros earned their salt when the authorities cancelled a Zona Rose concert and they let all hell break loose, don’t mess with a show- simple as that

Mahmoud Ahmed: Ethiopia's Greatest Singer Interviewed

By Iman Lababedi | August 10, 2012

I usually sing from my heart, totally immersed in my world, and I think that’s why I am able to touch the audience differently

SMOD At Levitt Pavilion MacArthur Park, Friday, August 3rd, 2012, Reviewed

By Alyson Camus | August 6, 2012

The songs of the Malian trio were indeed bouncy and animated, filled with their three-voice harmonies, which suddenly turned into brilliant hip hop delivery, but their rap was not aggressive, it was fluidly blending with their rhythms, so that there was no real change during the song.

Ethiopian Guitarist Selam Woldemarian On 40 Years At The Top Of East African Soul Music

By Iman Lababedi | August 3, 2012

Mr. Woldemariam is a world class musician but equally a world class man. Through a life filled with revolution and reversals, he has maintained the highest levels of integrity

"Loch Lomond" Folklore From My Scottish Family

By Iman Lababedi | February 10, 2012

I am pleased to inform you the tunelessness of my singing skipped two generations, as my Great-niece, 10 year old Miriam, proves with her lovely version of the very same song that I once magically missed every note with