L'Orchestre Afrisa International - Millennium Stage (October 11, 2016)
Noted as one of Africa’s most popular bands, L’Orchestre Afrisa International performs its signature Congolese African rumba soukous music. Presented in collaboration with the Richmond Folk Festival.
Play video Derrick Hodge - "Mulgrew Miller Tribute: Solitude"
Derrick Hodge - "Mulgrew Miller Tribute: Solitude"
Bassist and composer Derrick Hodge performs selections from his debut Blue Note Records recording, Live Today, with Federico Peña, keyboards, Michael Aaberg, keyboards, Keyon Harrold, trumpet, and Mark Colenburg, drums. Having served as sideman to the likes of Terence Blanchard and Robert Glasper, Hodge firmly steps out as leader as the New York Times states, “with roots in gospel, jazz and R&B….bearing earnest intentions and a glow of transparent optimism.” Part of Blue Note at 75.
Play video The Soul of Afghan Music: Homayoun Sakhi and Salar Nader - Millennium Stage (June 29, 2016)
The Soul of Afghan Music: Homayoun Sakhi and Salar Nader - Millennium Stage (June 29, 2016)
Afghan music represents the confluence of cultural influences whose sources lie to the east, north, and west of present-day Afghanistan. This program features two of its most celebrated proponents: Homayoun Sakhi is the outstanding rubâb player of his generation and Salar Nader is a highly sought-after percussionist. Together, they are brilliant virtuosi endowed with charismatic musical presence, personality, and inventiveness. Presented by the 2016 Smithsonian Folklife Festival and the Aga Khan Music Initiative.
Play video Lionel Loueke - "Nonvignon"
Lionel Loueke - "Nonvignon"
Benin-native guitarist and vocalist Lionel Loueke--a current Blue Note Records artist whose most recent release Heritage was produced by labelmate Robert Glasper—performs with bassist Massimo Biolcati and drummer Ferenc Nemeth. Loueke stands out in a crowded field of musicians with his trademark sound which “fuses traditional African music with modern jazz harmonies, unique vocal inflections, and complex time signatures” (NPR). Part of Blue Note at 75.
Play video Nana Malaya - "Funga Alafia"
Nana Malaya - "Funga Alafia"
The Millennium Stage partners with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority to present some of the best D.C. area street performers in a MetroPerforms! Showcase. The Millennium Stage is a FREE performance series and part of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. It features a broad spectrum of national and international performing arts companies, from dance and jazz, to chamber music and folk, comedy, storytelling and theater, every day of the year. Performances always begin at 6pm. You can join us in person or visit us online at http://www.kennedy-center.org/millennium/ There, we broadcast each night's performances LIVE as well as make over 2,500 past performances available in our video archives. For more information about Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, please visit http://www.kennedy-center.org/explorer/artists/?entity_id=96513&source_type=B
Play video SsingSsing - Korean Folk Meets Glam-Rock
SsingSsing - Korean Folk Meets Glam-Rock
SsingSsing welds two disparate elements: glam-rock and deep-rooted Korean folk. This eccentric six-member Korean band skillfully blends these styles and presents them in a contemporary and accessible context with components of ballads, pop, and spiritual rituals. To view the full Millennium Stage performance, please visit: https://youtu.be/try0HdDq12U Subscribe to The Kennedy Center! http://bit.ly/2gNFrtb
Play video Eugenia León and La Santa Cecilia - "Gracias a la Vida"
Eugenia León and La Santa Cecilia - "Gracias a la Vida"
Mexican icon Eugenia León and La Santa Cecilia perform "Gracias a la Vida" at The Kennedy Center. From "¡Viva Cesar, Viva Kennedy!" -- The intersection of the work and ideals of Cesar Chavez and John F. Kennedy were explored in a memorable evening of diverse performances presented at The Kennedy Center. Subscribe to The Kennedy Center! http://bit.ly/2gNFrtb