Vivalda Dula: “Henda Mua Ngola”

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Vivalda Dula: “Henda Mua Ngola”

Posted by on Sep 19, 2014

All this week, the Song of the Day features artists playing at this weekend’s Wobeon Fest–the Austin world music festival taking over Ironwood Hall on Saturday.

For someone nicknamed the “Queen of the Drum,” perhaps its unsurprising that Vivalda Dula was a dancer first. The Angolan artist got her start with several Angolan and African dance companies, and she also comes from a long lineage of musicians. Her great-grandfather played the African xylophone and the thumb piano, while she picked up storytelling from her grandfather and dancing from her mother. Fittingly, “Henda Mua Ngola” is a wistful, nostalgic look back at both her home and family.

Catch Vivalda Dua at Wobeon Fest starting at 6 p.m. on the main stage.

Taj Weekes: “Rain Rain”

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Taj Weekes: “Rain Rain”

Posted by on Sep 18, 2014

All this week, the Song of the Day features artists playing at this weekend’s Wobeon Fest–the Austin world music festival taking over Ironwood Hall on Saturday.

Taj Weekes takes a pan-Caribbean approach to his form of reggae. The singer was born in St. Lucia, but his band members come from across the region: Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, Barbados, and more. Even his subject matter looks across class and nationality differences; in Weekes’ hands, New Orleans is as much a part of the Caribbean community as the other island nations. “Rain Rain” was originally released on the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, and the song critiques the handling of the crisis, all set to a roots-inspired reggae beat.

Catch Taj Weekes at Wobeon Fest starting at 12:30 a.m. on the main stage.

Hoba Hoba Spirit: “Dark Bendir Army”

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Hoba Hoba Spirit: “Dark Bendir Army”

Posted by on Sep 17, 2014

Photo by Kim Metthai Leland

All this week, the Song of the Day features artists playing at this weekend’s Wobeon Fest–the Austin world music festival taking over Ironwood Hall on Saturday.

Since forming as a duo in Casablanca in 1998, Hoba Hoba Spirit has sought to redefine Moroccan music, both in the Arab world and beyond. The rhythms and melodies can be traditional, but the guitar playing is purely psychedelic, recalling greats like Jimi Hendrix and Jimmy Page. Their songs are often satirical and dark, like today’s song of the day. “Dark Bendir Army”–featuring the bendir, a drum indigenous to North African music–tells the tale of a man with amnesia and no passport trying to figure out where he came from.

Catch Hoba Hoba Spirit at Wobeon Fest starting at 9 p.m. on the main stage.

Farah Siraj: “Min Ghairak”

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Farah Siraj: “Min Ghairak”

Posted by on Sep 16, 2014

All this week, the Song of the Day features artists playing at this weekend’s Wobeon Fest–the Austin world music festival taking over Ironwood Hall on Saturday.

Jordan’s Farah Siraj is her country’s musical ambassador, and it’s easy to hear why. Though she’s attuned to Jordanian musical traditions, Siraj often sings in Spanish and incorporates both flamenco and bossa nova into her songs. It’s a global approach, and she’s performed all across the globe, including at the United Nations, Nobel Prize Hall, and for countless heads-of-state and dignitaries. Today’s song of the day is a pining ballad about long distance love called “Min Ghairak,” or “Without You.”

Catch Farah Siraj at Wobeon Fest starting at 7 p.m. on the main stage.

Dendé: “Liga Desliga”

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Dendé: “Liga Desliga”

Posted by on Sep 15, 2014

All this week, the Song of the Day features artists playing at this weekend’s Wobeon Fest–the Austin world music festival taking over Ironwood Hall on Saturday.

Since the age of fourteen, Dendé has been obsessed with rhythm and percussion. The Brazilian musician has incorporated styles from all around the world into his sound, including funk, Brazilian folk music, and traditional Afro bloco, which is a combination of Brazil’s samba with Jamaican reggae. Dendé has appeared on stages across the world, including Lincoln Center in New York and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and he’s also collaborated with fellow world music acolyte David Byrne. Today’s song of the day chronicles a poor woman’s fight against the electric company–it’s called “Liga Desliga,” or “Connect Disconnect.”

Catch Dendé at Wobeon Fest starting at 11:20 p.m. on the main stage.