Sunday night was a great night for the mansion neighborhood and for the state of New York, as folks from Albany and New York City came for the Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars. For a two day notice, this show was well attended.
This show had everybody dancing, including all three performers. In addition to the headliners, Marafanyi: Drum, Dance and Song and Taina Asili also performed, and each set had a portion of their show devoted to someone from the group dancing. The first two acts were drum-related acts that properly got the audience ready for the power of the Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars.
NAME: Taina Asili
BAND AFFILIATION: Taina Asili y la Banda Rebelde, Asili & Vaccaro
1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … Menudo, a Puerto Rican boy band. But I am sure my parents bought the album for me. The first record I ever went to the store to purchase on my own was a 45 record by Tears for Fears. It in no way reflects on my musical interests now, but it does say something about what a child of the ’80s I was.
2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … Cyndi Lauper when I was five years old. I’ll never forget how wild she was on the stage. Again, another reflection of my oh so ’80s childhood, but I still think Ms. Cyndi is fabulous.
3. THE FIRST MUSICAL INSTRUMENT I EVER OWNED OR PLAYED WAS … a violin when I was in second grade. I loved the violin, and played it until I was in ninth grade. I played European classical music, but my mother always wanted me to learn how to play charanga, a Latin style of playing often performed by a violin or flute within a song. It sounds like a bird dancing above the song. I never quite advanced to playing charanga, but playing violin really helped me understand music theory.
Taina Asili y La Banda Rebelde performing at The Sanctuary for Independent Media, Troy, 3/27/10. (Photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk)
Are you ready for your close-up?
Did you miss your chance to strut your acting chops as an extra in “Salt”?
Well, back in March, Nippertown’s own righteous world music ensemble Taina Asili y La Banda Rebelde released their debut album, “War Cry.” Now the band is getting ready to shoot their debut music video for the song, “It’s in Our Hands.” And they need your help.
The band will be filming the music video today on Grand Street in Albany, between Wilbur and Myrtle streets. The street will be blocked off to traffic for a huge “block party” scene, which is scheduled to be filmed from 3-5pm today.
“We would love for folks from the community to come down and be a part of the shoot,” says Asili.
The band is seeking “many people of diverse ages/races/ethnicities/genders” to be extras in the block party scene. Families with children are welcome. No acting experience is required.
There’s no pay, either, but it sure sounds like a great party – and you’re invited.
Asili and her band are currently in the midst of a month-long, coast-to-coast tour. But they’ll be back in town in time for an intimate duo show – featuring Asili and guitarist Gaetano Vaccaro – at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy at 12noon on Thursday, April 29. Admission is free.
Nippertown’s premier world music warriors Taina Asili Y La Banda Rebelde charged into the Sanctuary For Independent Media last Saturday to celebrate the release of their debut album, “War Cry,” and it was a full-blown, packed-to-the-max party, to be sure. Actually, it was a double-barreled party – not only a CD release party, but also Asili’s birthday bash.
The explosive six-piece outfit fronted by dynamic vocalist Asili brilliantly fused together a plethora of international musical styles – ranging from Afro-Caribbean beats, Jamaican reggae, American rock, Brazilian samba, Spanish flamenco and urban hip-hop – into a performance that simply defied categorization.
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