World, Latin, & Reggae, Rock & Pop

The Sway Machinery

When: Wed., March 9, 8 p.m. 2011

New York's Sway Machinery reinvents the music of the Jewish Cantorial tradition by adding touches of blues, rock and Afro-beat into the mix. Last year, it was the first Jewish band to be invited to the Festival of the Desert in Northern Mali. Afterward, band members started to incorporate soulful droning sounds into their music, which closely resembled those of another world band, Tinariwen. Then they returned to Mali to record an adventurous fusion project called The House of Friendly Ghosts. One of the featured artists on the album was Malian singer KhairaArby, who is making her San Francisco debut. She'll be fronting her own "desert blues" band as well as sitting in with Sway Machinery. At The GreatAmericanMusic Hall (859 O'Farrell, San Francisco) on Wednesday, Mar. 9. 8 p.m., $16.

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Price: $16

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