December 7, 2017
Thursday, Doors & DJ: 6:00 PM | Anewal 7:30 PM
Rockwood Music Hall
196 Allen Street, Manhattan
$30 advance/$35 day of show | 18+
Standing room, limited unreserved seating
Anewal is the new trio of Alhousseini Anivolla, former lead guitarist and singer of the famous desert blues band Etran Finatawa from Niger, which brings together traditional African songs of the Tamashek people of the Saharan desert in a new soundscape. With Anewal, Alhousseini continues his mission as an ambassador for cultural diversity in a changing world.
Anewal uses hypnotic two-chord jams, trance inducing beats, biting blues-infused guitar with Alhousseini’s warm vocals sung in his local vernacular. He’s an incisive and remarkably subtle guitarist, varying his attack on the strings, adding minute levels of natural distortion, with his incisive, blues-infused phrasing.
Anewal aims to create awareness of the cultural richness of its people and the many cultures of Niger.
Rarely have such weighty expressions of desperation, frustration and anger felt so gentle.” - Afropop
dj.henri from radioafricaonline.com will spin music before the concert.
For many years, dj.henri has been spinning an African and Caribbean groove at (le) poisson rouge, SOB’s, Brooklyn Bowl, Symphony Space, City Winery, and other NYC clubs — opening for acts like Salif Keita, Femi Kuti, Vieux Farka Toure, Tinariwen, Aster Aweke, Antibalas, and Diblo Dibala. dj.henri’s radio station Radio Africa Online is the longest-running station playing African and Caribbean music online. His hugely popular Radio Africa Online Mixes are also featured in the iTunes Store and elsewhere, generating 70 Terabytes of traffic annually.
This concert is part of our Desert Blues Series.