• Kodo Taiko Ensemble @ Zellerbach Hall (Cal Performances)

    One of the most beloved and influential taiko ensembles in the world, Kodo returns with Evolution, a breathtaking retrospective that traces the group's history by presenting signature works created from the 1970s to the present. Kodo harnesses the raw power and thunderous energy of traditional Japanese taiko drumming in sleek theatrical productions, its athletic drummers coaxing both delicate sounds and pounding fury from a whole family of drums, including the gigantic o-daiko, weighing in at 660 lbs. "Its music is a matter of flesh and blood, wood and stretched skin. Kodo can raise the roof, but the group can also show extraordinary finesse" (The New York Times). Tickets $15-76 http://calperformances.org/performances/2018-19/world-stage/kodo-one-earth-tour-evolution.php Video https://youtu.be/9nZDk-5uCdk

  • Buika @ The Miner (SF Jazz Center)

    Noir Lounge

    One of NPRs "50 Great Voices" and compared to Nina Simone, Chavela Vargas, and Cesaria Evora, Buika hails from Spain (via Miami) and sings mostly in Spanish, but her voice comes from somewhere else entirely, and speaks directly to your heart. Her music melds flamenco and jazz to create something new and moving. The very definition of tangential music! Tickets are $30-$85 https://www.sfjazz.org/tickets/productions/buika/ (Note that this event is the SUNDAY night - slightly cheaper tickets!) Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-qryg2q3lUs

  • Fatoumata Diawara & Roberto Fonseca @ The Herbst Theater, SF

    If you missed Fatoumata Diawara's absolutely stunning performance in Berkeley in October, you have a second chance! She's back! This time she is sharing the stage with Cuban pianist and composer Robert Fonseco. “The rightful heir to the Buena Vista Social Club legacy” (Time Out NY) *** BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW - IT'S SELLING OUT ALREADY *** Fatoumata Diawara (aka Fatou) was born of Malian parents in the Ivory Coast in 1982. As a child she became a member of her father's dance troupe and was a popular performer of the ancestral Wassoulou dance from her home in western Mali. Extending Mali's rich musical tradition, Fatoumata Diawara presents a joyous mix of the vibrant and understated, combining songs about love, politics, and empowerment. With arresting melodies soaring over intricate guitar and drum arrangements, and inspired by the Wassoulou tradition, jazz, and blues, Fatoumata Diawara has created her own contemporary sound. Now a musician, actress and activist, Fatou is hailed as one of the most vital standard-bearers of modern African music, Fatoumata Diawara takes her artistry to fresh and thrilling heights on her new album Fenfo, recorded in Mali, Burkina Faso, Barcelona and Paris. Boldly experimental yet respectful of her roots, it’s a record that defines her as the voice of young African womanhood – proud of her heritage but with a vision that looks confidently to the future and a message that is universal. Video https://youtu.be/4gmGL5SqhaY Roberto https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rQIHLeMVz10&feature=youtu.be Tickets are $30-$70 Show 7pm. (We'll meet/eat as well) Info and Tickets: https://www.sfjazz.org/tickets/productions/fatoumata-diawara-roberto-fonseca/