Archive for the ‘Music’ Category

Kids: Should Junior Learn Mandarin or Cantonese, With or Without Horns?


Microsoft Word - 猫.docxIf the answer is Mandarin with horns, you’re in luck. Starting February 21, 2013, Hands On! offers your child, certainly now poised for world domination, Mandarin classes while playing instruments. Hands On! is a new music-language curriculum for kids four months, to four years old. The wee one will be able to “differentiate between eastern and western auditory experiences.”

HandsOnHands On! has three Manhattan locations, one in Tribeca, two on the Upper West Wide.
Tribeca: 212 227 7375
Upper West Side: 212 724 3124 and 212 496 9929



Music: Afrobeat Alert!


FELAsmA new Fela Kuti CD, The Best of the Black President 2, will be released by Knitting Factory Records in early February. It features 12 tracks, including a 16:41 minute version of “Sorrow Tears And Blood,” previously unreleased. The two CD set clocks a total of 155 minutes of tremendous music. If you’re the liner notes type, you’ll be happy to know the musician Akon and Afrobeat historian Chris May wrote a 16 page booklet about Fela Kuti and the history of Afrobeat. Have a look and listen to this fabulous 1978 Fela Kuti concert in Berlin.

The Best of the Black President 2 will be available in early February 2013. Order it via

Music: Mo’Glo Radio, Midnights on 91.5 FM


Yes, some people still listen to the radio. Tune into 91.5 every midnight and you’ll be treated to Mo’Glo, the music show that features Modern Global Music. You’ll hear Baile funk from Rio de Janeiro’s favelas, Afro-Peruvian electronica of Novalima or the Sri Lankan–British rapper M.I.A.’s off-kilter dancehall.

What exactly is Modern Global Music? “It’s kids making music outside the studios, on their laptops, mixing their parents’ music with what they hear on the streets,” says DJ Darek Mazzone, the curator of Mo’Glo. “New York is actually one of its epicenters, from all the different populations coming in and out of the city.”

Expect a different DJ every night on Mo’Glo, live or prerecorded, local or transmitted from a roving set of DJs spread around the globe.

For more information: Mo’Glo