Despite writing a book, NPR’s Bob Boilen managed to see 506 bands take the stage in 2015. Among his top-10 favorites are DakhaBrakha—the only world music band to make his coveted list!

Here’s why, in Bob’s own words:

When I look geographically at the music I love, it tends to be based either on the East Coast, the south, the U.K. and Iceland. Geography is something that defines the sound of music and when I hear the Ukrainian music of DakhaBrakha and hear their out-of-this-world harmonies and rhythms, I’m reminded how narrow the avenues of creation can be. DakhaBrakha simply touched my heart deeply when I heard them at GlobalFEST in 2014 and the group’s U.S. return, at the Sixth and I Synagogue this year, conjured emotions of longing and uncertainty with songs sung in a language I don’t understand, but in ways music can universally convey. You can watch them play my desk or keep an eye for their 2016 return.

See who else made his list

 

Riot Artist APAP Showcases!

‪Looks like APAP is nearly upon us again! As in past years, we once again have some wonderful artists showcasing for you this year: DakhaBrakha, Emel Mathlouthi, Maarja Nuut, and Cambalache!

Please join us on Saturday evening at the New York Hilton Midtown and on Monday night at the Brooklyn Bowl!

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Monday night APAP 2016 showcase at Brooklyn Bowl

In addition to our annual Saturday Hilton showcases, we are proud to announce our Monday night 2016 APAP Showcase at Brooklyn Bowl!

Join us, Cambalache, Emel Mathlouthi, Maarja Nuut, DakhaBrakha, and The Battle of Santiago on Monday Jan 18, 2016. Doors open at 6pm. Show starts 7pm. Free w/ APAP badge. Dinner available.

Music OMH Reviews Dakhabrakha at WOMAD

Ukrainian quartet Dakhabrakha provide yet another WOMAD moment with their enchanting, theatrical show that is given extra poignancy given recent events in their home country. Oddly beguiling, occasionally deliberately atonal, their incredible vocal harmonies collide with furious drumming. Their music takes on an electronic shape, the tent becomes a church – the crowd push to rave. Ukranian raps and accordians deliver a crescendo that stuns WOMAD to a moment of rare silence.

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