We are honored to present renowned master musician Ustad Eltaf Hussain Sarahang as part of Tropicalia's 2-year anniversary weekend celebration.
Ustad Eltaf Hussain Sarahang, son of Ustad Mohammed Hussain Sarahang of Afghanistan represents the best in the Indo-Afghan tradition of vocal classical music. Born in Kabul in 1955, Ustad Eltaf Hussain learned classical music from his grandfather Ustad Ghulam Hussain Khan and his father Ustad Mohammad Hussain Sarahang. He has been trained by Ustad Amanat Ali Khan and Ustad Fateh Ali Khan of Pakistan and by Professor Deodhar and Ustad Abdul Rehman Khan of Bombday.
Ustad Eltaf Hussain’s professional career began with his appointment as the Royal Musician in the court of King Zahir Shah of Afghanistan. He also tought classical music in the Universite of Kabul. Additionally, Ustad Eltaf Hussain served as Director, Classical & Ethnic Music Program, Kabul radio & Television, Afghanistan. Ustad Eltaf Hussain Sarahang as also his illustrious father, Ustad Mohammad Hussain Sarahang has received honors and affection from the government and the people of India.
Ustad Eltaf Hussain is the recipient of two fellowship in classical music from the Indian Council of Cultural Relations (ICCR), Ministry of External Affairs, and Govt. of India. He has also been featured in several prestigious musical programs sponsored by the Department of Culture, Govt, of India. In Addition, Ustad Eltaf Hussain has been featured in Shriram Shakarlal Festival and in musical programs organized by Jawaharlal Nehru University, Benaras Hindu University, Embassy of France, New Delhi and other apex govt./non-govt. organization in the country.
Ustad Eltaf Hussain’s Music has also been highly appreciated by audiences in the west. He has given annual concerts in all the major American cities of the east and west coasts of U.S.A, as well as in Canada, Great Britain and in Europe. Ustad Eltaf Hussain has also charmed the people of Tashkant, Indijan, Bokhara, Samarkand and Moscow with his sparkling music.
In 1996, Eltaf’s “extraordinary concert” rendered in the University of California, San Diego was telecast to wide audience in the San Diego Country. An articulate man, Eltaf has been interviewed by the BBC and other broadcasting agencies in U.S.A and in Europe.
Ustad Eltaf Hussain has recently completed a highly successful musical tour of Europe where he performed for audiences in Bonn, Hamburg, Stuttgart, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Munchen and Vienna, The highlights of this tour was a concert organized by the Consul General of India in Frankfurt(24 October, 2002) and the one arranged by the mayor of Munchen, (12 October, 2002).
Ustad Eltaf Hussain Sarahang’s classical music is marked by a clear voice productions, a pithy “vistar” with a variety of rhythmic “Behalavas” and intricate “tans” which are the hallmarks of the Patiala gharana of vocal music. The Ustad also has a rich repertory of Hindustani, Persian and Pashto music. He also specializes in rendition of Sufi music.
On his arrival in India in November, 2002, Eltaf has given a concert in Puri where he was honored with the prestigious title of “Sangeet Kala ratna” by Prachin Kala Kendra, Chandigarh. He has also regaled the participants of “The first international Persian Congress” organized by the Persian Scholars Association (December, 2002) with his rendition of Sufi Kalams. The Ustad Hazarat Nizamuddin aulia in New Delhi (Feb/2003).
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FRESH OFF THE PRESS. The "Better Late Then Never" CD RELEASE of Joe Keyes & The Late Bloomer Band.
Joe Keyes is equal parts front man, poet and band conductor. The Freehold, NJ, native found his orchestra in late 2009 in The Late Bloomer Band, a concoction of Baltimore-area musicians. The band takes audiences back to the days of Miles Davis and early P-Funk, when big bands were lead by strong forces of individuals. The band’s brand of live improvisation and musical sophistication presents a different experience at every show.
While Keyes draws inspiration from musical mentors Gil Scott-Heron, George Clinton, Joe Bowie and Sun Ra, The Late Bloomer Band brings a modern interpretation to funk, jazz, rock and a variety of other genres.
The Late Bloomer Band’s members, in their mid-20s, help keep 54-year-old Keyes young and come from locally established bands.
Having grown together musically, the band’s polished tightness has landed collaborations with George Clinton and members of Parliament/Funkadelic.
Also live shows featuring original Fishbone members Angelo “Dr. Madd Vibe” Moore and Norwood Fisher.
Staying true to their musical roots in Colombia's Pacific coastal region, Explosion Negra combine such rhythms as chirimia, currulao and porro with modern dancefloor elements like hip hop and dancehall to create a unique sound that appeals to music lovers everywhere. Asheru, born Gabriel Benn, is an African American hip hop artist, educator, and youth activist. He is widely known for performing the opening and closing themes for the popular TV series, The Boondocks, as well as his pioneering and innovative efforts to forward the Hip Hop Education movement.
Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad with guests Mighty Joshua, Dub Architect
Doors: 8 PM
21+ $10 adv / $12 at door
Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad (PANDA!) is a quintet from Rochester, NY. Their psychedelic roots reggae album “In These Times” made iTunes Best of 2012 list. Over the past six years, PANDA! has performed 800 shows, put out a collection of live albums, and released a roots Americana record titled “Country” (2012).
"The band's five masterful musicians weave layers of complex music within a reggae framework and may be one of the most diverse bands in the genre." - JamBase
Opening the show will be an inspired roots reggae crew from Richmond, Virginia. Mighty Joshua- Mighty Joshua moves listeners by opening minds and activating bodies through song. He encourages positive change with lyrics that raise consciousness in his community and beyond. With the debut of his first solo album, Joshua expresses himself through a spirited self-titled life inspired compilation.
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2001 14th St. NW Washington, DC
Corner of U St & 14th (Enter on U St at street level, walk down stairs)
After their debut in DC 2 years ago at the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center and an inspiration album release party at Tropicalia in March 2014, Alsarah & the Nubatones are returning for a special celebration in Washington DC, aka 'little east-africa' to continue the vibe.
So on Sept 19 at 8pm, you are all cordially invited to Tropicalia for a very special evening of Nubian soul.
The group's debut album titled Silt / طمي was released world wide on March 11, 2014 on Wonderwheel Recordings. The Nubatones original composition Soukura (it’s late) is the first release off the album.
Hear the album- https://wonderwheelrecordings.bandcamp.com/album/soukura-ep
Inspired by the pentatonic scale and western soul music, and struck by a collective love for Nubian music, Alsarah and the Nubatones revisit Nubian songs of return, as well as popular songs from northern Sudan and southern Egypt, from the 1970s until today. While linguistically there has been a rapid arabization of that region, its retention of its musical culture has been steadfast.
Afrofunk Festival with Hardproof Afrobeat Orchestra, Funk Ark, & Peoples Champs at Tropicalia
While still in primary school in his hometown of Gao, Oumar Konaté touched the spirit of his classmates with passion for music and song. On the strength of his talent with an old bucket, helmet, and drum, Konaté performed nightly outside the family’s front door conducting his first band. While still in high school, he accompanied the Orchestra of Gao on their national tour.
Oumar Konaté went on to enroll at the prestigious National Institute of Arts in Bamako. He recorded his first album « Lahidou » (« The Oath » ; video link below). That recording brought him to the attention of many well-known African artists. Konaté has accompanied several of those Malian artists: Vieux Farka Toure, Kounkako Sata, Roberto Magic, Alpha Diakité, Sidi Touré, Khaira Arby, Leila Gobi. He is a featured player on many recordings including Sidi Toure’s hailed 2011 album « Koima », and Leila Gobi’s 2010 « Menaka » for which he also composed the arrangements.
In 2008 Oumar Konaté performed at the National Biennale in Kayes, Mali as guitarist and arranger for the National Institute’s orchestra. In 2009, he represented Mali at the UNESCO festival in Gambia. That same year, Konaté received his Diploma from the Institut Universitaire de Formation des Maîtres where he has continued as a teacher.
In the summer of 2010, Oumar Konaté was invited to perform at the Mali Voices Festival in Sweden. In 2011 he was asked by band leader Boncana Maiga to be guitarist and arranger for « Tounkagouna », a monthly musical variety program broadcast on several television networks : CFI, ORTM, TV5, etc. In January 2012, Konaté appeared at the Festival au Desert - Essakane in Timbuktu, Mali. In that same year he toured throughout the US and Canada with Khaira Arby and her band. Konaté then followed up with a solo US tour in 2012 playing at NY’s Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival receiving a rave reception. In November 2013 Konaté toured Europe with Vieux Farka Toure.
Oumar Konaté currently lives in Bamako Mali with his family, his wife and a newborn son. His next album, Addoh, is scheduled for release May 2014 on the Clermont label. North American tours are scheduled for 2014.