Ben Harper fans got an unexpected treat in LA Sunday when Charlie Musselwhite sat in with Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals
during their intense, sold-out show at the Music Box at the Fonda Theater.
Musselwhite is the legendary harmonica player who, with his Southside Chicago cool and slicked back look, inspired Dan Akroyd's Blues Brother
character. Charlie was called out midway in the set and later for the encore, jamming with Ben and his band on two unreleased Harper originals,
"Dressed in Black" and "Gather Around the Stone." He also played and sang with Ben on "Homeless Child," a Harper song that Charlie recorded on his
2004 Grammy-nominated release, SANCTUARY (Real World Records).
Musselwhite, Harper and the Innocent Criminals first teamed up in the studio together along with John Lee Hooker on Hooker's BEST OF FRIENDS album. Then on Charlie's SANCTUARY, Harper performed on both the title track and
"Homeless Child." Since then they have played together a few times, including as part of Ben's three night run in Paris last November. The
amazing connection between the two artists will continue as Charlie has now joined Ben's tour for the next seven dates (through the July 27 show at New York City's Irving Plaza), after which Musselwhite has to jump ship for
European commitments of his own.
Dublin was the venue for the Ninth World Harp Congress, an international festival that takes place in a different city around the world every three years. Representing all styles of harp music, from classical and traditional to improvised and world music, the festival features over 30 concerts in venues around the city, including the National Concert Hall, St Patricks Cathedral and UCD, as well as masterclasses, lectures and exhibitions. The opening concert at St Patricks Cathedral was on Sunday 17th July and revisited the ancient collaboration between harpist and poet in a tribute to Irelands bardic history. It featured readings by Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney and performances by leading Irish harpists including Siobhan Armstrong, Grainne Hambly, Jean Kelly, Diane Marshall, Maire Ni Chathasaigh and Aine Ni Dhubhghaill. Iarla was only singer performing and had created a new song for famous harpest O'Carolan.
This July sees a rare opportunity for American and Canadian audiences to catch this rising star of West African music. Daby will be performing first in Boston on 15 July and ending his tour in Chicago on 12 July. Check out full details on the Real World Records tour listings.
With a reputation as one of the best live bands around and with a growing band of fans to prove it Ozomatli are coming back to give UK audiences a treat. Check out the forthcoming tour dates - including the two V Festivals. Unmissable!
Catch Pina on not one but three different radio stations tomorrow! She will be performing tracks from her new album, Guess You Got It, as well as being interviewed on Cork Campus Radio (7.4FM), RedFM (104-106FM) and 96FM (96FM).
Both RedFM and 96FM offer live streaming via their respective websites.
The legendary artist and political activist Thomas Mapfumo from Zimbabwe will release his new album "Rise Up" on Real World Records early in 2006. Presenting new songs from the album Mapfumo and the Blacks Unlimited will be performing at Africa Calling on Saturday 2 July as part of Live 8. There could not be a more appropriate artist to walk on stage and represent his nation and its people.
Charismatic, outstanding Somali artist Maryam Mursal has brought together a unique collection of renown musicians (currently refugees in exile in England) to take part in Africa Calling this Saturday at the Eden Project in St Austell Cornwall. Peter Gabriel has personally requested Maryam's appearance at this unique event.