Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Music festival strikes again

This past summer, Nation Beat challenged notions of “world music” with its festival, “Is America Part of the World?” at the Bklyn Yard.

On November 13, the festival strikes again, with part 2 coming to the Bell House in Gowanus.

Representing the two coasts, the night will feature Nation Beat, based out of Brooklyn, and San Francisco’s Rupa and the April Fishes.“Is America part of the World?” aims to challenge the way we think about “American” and “World” music with artists that are home-bred and world-traveled, providing a platform for these artists and their fans to come together and celebrate a new era of music and culture that celebrates the fruits of cultural exchange.

With Nation Beat, Northeastern Brazil meets the American South, and Brazilian Carnival meets New Orleans Mardi Gras as the band fuses maracatu rhythms and forro with NOLA funk and blues. Musical agitators Rupa and the April Fishes are specialists in crossing borders and building bridges, and on “Este Mundo” they effortlessly blur the boundaries of genre and geography to create a sound with international spices, mixing in elements of Gypsy swing, Colombian cumbia, French chanson and Indian ragas.

It happens November 13 at the Bell House (149 7th St.) starting at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15. For more information, call 718-643-6510.


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