Baraka and Friends

8:10 – 8:50 pm
Location: Central Park North Stage

At 8:10 pm the Baraka Band comprised of the Kouider brothers and Karen Aoki and friends will jam at the international festival – They will be joined by Kuwaiti American artist Plus Aziz – leader of Kuwaiziana, New Orleans based band.
Younes studied music with a master of Gnawa music in Algeria. He will be performing on the Gumbri, a traditional African bass instrument that is used for ceremonies and trance.  Amine, a local favorite, has recently released his first music album titled Tchbatch, which is available on iTunes and Spotify. He will be performing on guitar and vocals. Karen Aoki is classically trained flutist who studied with master flutists from Hungary, Japan and the US.
Together the Baraka Band will perform traditional Algerian songs and original pieces from Amine’s album, as well as reggae, flamenco and folk classics. They will be accompanied by Jimmy Moore on drums, Tim Carey on Bass and Jon Estrin on electric guitar and Asaad Saad from Syria on violin.

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