Tag Archives: African

New World Rhythms Hit Congo Square

“NEW WORLD RHYTHMS” HIT CONGO SQUARE THIS WEEKEND It’s often said that all American music comes from Congo Square and this weekend, a lot of it is coming back. On Saturday and Sunday, March 23-24, the Jazz & Heritage Foundation presents the Congo Square New World Rhythms festival at Armstrong Park, with brass bands, Mardi [...]

The Gravy: In the Kitchen with Bill Summers

“I have a system, and I like to stick to it—it’s not having one. This is an expensive meal, this. It cost me $50 to buy all this stuff. I like to cook with palm oil, and it’s really not good for you. It’s saturated. So I cut it with olive oil, which is good [...]

Festival Exotique: Festival International de Louisiane Brings Cultural Tidbits from Around the Globe to Cajun Country

As April rolls around and the thoughts of most New Orleanians turn to Jazz Fest, another wonderful music and arts celebration—Festival International de Louisiane—is also shifting into gear. One of the best-kept musical secrets in Louisiana, Festival International is held in Lafayette during a six-day period (this year running from April 21-26). This free festival [...]

Reggae Riddums Festival Food and Crafts

Exotic fare and crafts are the premier attractions of New Orleans festivals, and continuing the tradition of the Jazz Fest’s Congo Square, Reggae Riddums serves up some of the best. Festival Director Lucille Fortin is an experienced connoisseur of Caribbean food—she’s also been the Assistant Food Director of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Fest [...]

The Neville Brothers, “Brother’s Keeper” (A&M Records)

Set to hit the streets on August 7, The Nevilles’ latest is probably the most-anticipated album in recent New Orleans history. And this album was well worth the wait. Personally, this reviewer was thrilled when Daniel Lanois decided to get involved with The Nevilles, and even happier when Yellow Moon hit the charts and gave [...]