August 1, 2013 – Novalima is Back!

Chicago Tour 2011
Chicago Tour 2011

Is that time of the year again! For 3 straight years Agúzate Productions has joined forces with Sound Culture to bring you Novalima, one of the most critically acclaimed Peruvian groups to ever grace the stage. This year we’ve added The Old Town School of Folk Music to the mix, creating a solid partnership to expose a wider Chicago audience to the Afro-Peruvian Electronica phenomenon. Novalima will be playing only one show next Thursday, August 1, 2013 at Old Town School of Folk Music’s 4544 N. Lincoln location. Get your tickets here.

Novalima earned a Latin Grammy nomination for best Latin alternative Album in 2009, and reached number 1 spots on USA CMJ Radio charts, as well as in Canada and European World Music Charts. In 2011, Novalima signed with ESL Music, the label owned by Thievery Corporation, to release “Karimba” its new production, in January 2012.

Juan Medrano Cotito
Juan Medrano Cotito

Karimba brought even wider recognition to this innovative group, while furthering their mission to inspire new generations to appreciate and respect the Afro-Peruvian contribution to the world of music. With a fresh and innovative sound that stands on a centuries-old foundation of soul and heritage, Novalima promises to keep Afro-Peruvian expression thriving long into the future.

 

 

 

Wapa TV Coverage of “Alive and Kicking” – 9 Days to Reach our Goal!

As we approach the final days of our crowdfunding campaign, Wapa TV explores the origins and progress of the documentary “Alive and Kicking: The Story of Chamaco Ramírez”, including interviews with directors Eduardo Cintrón and Omar Torres-Kortright, accompanied by Chamaco Ramírez Jr. Remember we only have 9 days to reach our goal. Become a part of the team that brings this story to the silver screen. Visit our project, make a donation of any amount and receive a cool collector’s item as a reward.

Message from Wanda and Chamaco Jr. Only 12 Days Left!

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A message from Wanda and Ramón Luis “Chamaco Jr”. Thirty years after the death of their father, we’re getting closer to making this documentary a reality. Discover the lost story of a salsa legend. Visit our project at www.antrocket.com/aliveandkicking. We have 13 days to reach our crowdfunding goal. Thanks for the support!

The story of Chamaco Ramírez has been a mystery throughout the years. While experts call him “one of the best salsa singers of all time”, his contributions to the genre are largely unknown today. 30 years after his murder, Chamaco is “Alive and Kicking” thanks to a groundbreaking documentary produced by Agúzate. View our trailer and visit our project page here.

 

 

Chicago Gives a Warm Welcome to Mima

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Last Wednesday, May 15th, 2013 was Mima’s Chicago Debut at the Old Town School of Folk Music. Some fans traveled for hours across state lines to witness this rare intimate performance by one of Puerto Rico’s brightest stars. She received a standing ovation after two 45-minute sets filled with the beautiful melodies and lyrics that have established her as an iconic figure in her native Puerto Rico. We would like to thank Indio, Sobremesa Supper Club and SRBCC for their support of this show co-produced by Agúzate and Old Town School of Folk Music. Check out our picture gallery by Rafael Franco.

 

 

Havana Blue Ticket Winner Announced

Our friend David Linton just won a pair of tickets to Havana Blue. Don’t miss this amazing World Premier!

“Both Chaves and Davis (and the dancers and musicians who work under their direction) have made important contributions to Chicago’s cultural life. It’s a pretty safe prediction that with ‘Havana Blue’ they will create an important and exciting work of cross cultural and cross discipline expression.” -Arte Y Vida

For tickets, click here

 

Fernandito, My College Years and Nueva Trova…

By Omar Torres-Kortright

It’s hard to remember the mid 1990’s at the University of Puerto Rico without the music of Fernandito Ferrer. For us who lived those times at the UPR, Fernandito’s voice and guitar somehow represented the causes that most struggling students identified themselves with: the right to free education, independence and freedom of expression.

I was a fan of Silvio Rodríguez, El Topo and Roy Brown long before Fernandito emerged in the scene in 1996. However, I can say that I fell deeply in love with Nueva Trova after listening to Fernandito singing Silvio’s classic “Ojalá” in San Sebastián Street, surrounded by the artists, musicians and poets that are now leading the scene in the island. Then I realized that Fernando’s original compositions can be as captivating as those made famous by the Nueva Trova giants of Cuba and Puerto Rico.

I recently received a call from Fernandito. He invited me to his show this Friday, April 12, 2013 at La Bruquena. It’s been a long time since his last appearance here. I will definitely be there to check it out. I can’t think of a better way to bring back good memories and learn about Fernandito’s new musical projects. No se lo pierdan.

Bajofondo Does it Again!

By Omar Torres-Kortright

There are few artists that can pack a show on a cold Monday night in Chicago, let alone two shows. But when Bajofondo scheduled their US tour for the release of their new album “Presente” and offered the least popular night of the week for their Chicago performance, Old Town School of Folk Music’s Mateo Mulcahy did not hesitate. After all, Mateo produced Bajofondo’s 2009 show at the House of Blues for the Mar Dulce Tour with great success. The main risk of this presentation had to do with a different formula this time around, which included a smaller seated venue, two shows instead of one, and that day of the week that every promoter dreads.

The efforts around this show included a collaboration with WYCC’s Musicology Series recorded live at The Old Town School of Folk Music. The good news for those who missed the show last Monday is that it was recorded for posterity and it will air sometime in the month of April along with a number of other live shows that comprise this incredible live music series. That’s precisely why Bajofondo (who normally don’t play at seated venues) agreed to perform at the Gary & Laura Maurer Theater, one of Chicago’s most intimate concert halls. The result of this unique agreement was an up-close-and-personal (almost religious experience) for the fans.

Enjoy the pictures (by Omar Torres-Kortright) and don’t miss the Musicology Series at OTS.

The inaugural season of Musicology: Live from the Old Town School of Folk Music debuts Friday, April 19, 2013 on WYCC at 9:00 PM (CST) immediately following Austin City Limits.

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