The band’s from Philadelphia, and the music’s a mixture of the Yoruban world in the Americas: hard to sort out what’s left over from all the slaveries around all these American parts and what’s new — but it’s beautiful. There are electric guitars and drums and acoustic basses and big coros and songs to the Orishas redone, and a sense of grace that comes out in the layering of voices and instruments. The band’s led by Shawn Hennessey, a guitarist and percussionist and he’s done a great job; there’s not much like this, and I want to keep listening to it. Also, it balances between form and freedom, and never falls over in its openness. Not predictable and most certainly special. Peter Watrous (Descarga.com)
Art Museum, Philadelphia PA
Fania All Stars, Los Van Van, David Byrne, Jobim, Caetano Veloso, Afro-Cuban All Stars, Paul Simon, Abbilona, Gilberto Gil, David Bowie.