Central Park SummerStage
A day of global rock featuring Algerian raï-punk, Cambodian–infused psychedelic rock, and guitar-driven soundscapes direct from the Lower East Side.
After leading the French rock band "Carte de Séjour," Rachid Taha began a solo career influenced by many different styles: raï, techno, rock and punk. The Algerian-born, Paris-based artist’s breakthrough album, Diwan, features remakes of songs from the Maghrebi and Arab traditions. His second album, Tékitoi, brought him great acclaim and in 2005 he performed with Robert Plant, Patti Smith and Brian Eno.
Dengue Fever is an eclectic six member band that innovatively combines Cambodian pop music and psychedelic rock and features the dynamic charisma of frontwoman Chhom Nimol. Traditionally their songs were sung in Khmer, but on their third album they began to introduce English lyrics into their tunes. The band is the subject of Sleepwalking Through the Mekong, a documentary chronicling the band’s visit to Cambodia.
From 1988-1996 they were called The Veldt. Today with some new members and a new idea they are Apollo Heights. White Music for Black People, their debut album delivers an unforgettable soundscape, with driving beats, skillful instrumentation and a mixologist’s approach. A US tour with TV on the Radio and appearances with Oasis, The Pixies, The Cocteau Twins, and Jesus & Mary Chain indicate that Apollo Heights are to be closely watched.
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