Fall Arts Preview: World Music

VIEUX FARKA TOURE comes to Johnny D’s on Sept. 19.
VIEUX FARKA TOURE comes to Johnny D’s on Sept. 19.

World Music

KY-MANI MARLEYThe Marley family remains a sound bet for roots reggae. On his new album, “Maestro,” Ky-Mani, son of Bob (and it shows in the voice), uses bold, lush, production tools to flesh out the genre’s classic themes. Sept. 17. Sinclair. 617-547-5200,

LULA PENA The Portuguese singer has long avoided the spotlight but is a favorite among fellow musicians, for the emotion and depth of her approach to fado, and through it, the art of the song. This is her Boston debut. Sept. 18. Johnny D’s.

VIEUX FARKA TOURE A star in his own right, the son and heir of Malian master Ali Farka Touré presents a new collaboration, “Tourists,” with American singer-songwriter Julia Easterlin, whose Björk-like stylings form a rich weave with Touré’s desert guitar.
Sept. 19. Johnny D’s. 617-876-4275,


FANFARAI Cosmopolitan, full-fledged party music from a Franco-Algerian crew that plays innovative brass arrangements of traditional Algerian street-band sounds. Touches of reggae and other flavors intervene, all in service of the groove.
Sept. 22. Johnny D’s. 617-876-4275,

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SUDHA RAGHUNATHAN A chance to hear Raghunathan, one of the most prominent and prolific current vocalists in the Carnatic tradition of southern India, which she interprets in a light classical style, steeped in devotion. Sept. 26. Chinamaya Auditorium, Andover. 617-258-7971,

MARC ANTHONY & CARLOS VIVES There will be crowd-pleasing anthems, abundant sing-alongs, and a near-certain full house when tropical-salsa superstar Anthony and Colombian Latin-pop legend Vives hit the Garden on their “Unido2” joint tour. Oct. 9. TD Garden. 800-745-3000,

VICTOR MANUELLE Another big Latin show, this one from the Bronx-born, Puerto Rico-raised Manuelle, for two decades a leading figure in the New York salsa tradition, with a penchant for smoothing it out with a ballad. Oct. 11. Orpheum. 617-482-0106,

CIMARRON The distinguished Colombian band, led by harpist Carlos Rojas, is devoted to both preserving and innovating on the llanera sound of the country’s central plains, a cattle-raising land whose ruggedness and big sky the sound conveys. Oct. 17. Johnny D’s. 617-876-4275,


DABY TOURE After a few years away from the spotlight, the sweet-voiced Touré, who is based in Paris and hails from a rich Senegalese musical tradition, refreshes his elegant pan-African pop on a brand-new album, “Amonafi.” Oct. 22. Red Room at Café 939. 617-747-2261,

BADI ASSAD Brazilian singer and guitarist Badi Assad offers an eclectic, occasionally edgy, style of MPB (música popular Brasileira, a glorious catch-all of a genre), with the technical skill of a jazz singer; lately, she’s been mixing a few songs in English.
Oct. 22. Scullers. 866-777-8932, www.scullers

JAASIEL SANCA A rising star on the Cape Verdean scene with an appealing rasp to his voice, singer-songwriter Sança covers the gamut of the archipelago’s folk styles, such as morna and coladeira; his debut EP came out last year. Oct. 23. Berklee Performance Center. 617-747-2261,

It’s billed as the “Adios Tour,” so this is a last chance to see the Cuban band that emerged from the late-’90s album and film, with the divine Omara Portuondo and guitarist Eliades Ochoa, among others, still going strong. Nov. 1. Symphony Hall. 617-876-4275, www.worldmusic

ARSHAD ALI KHAN Only 31 but with a deep grasp of Hindustani classical tradition, Arshad Ali Khan sings in the Kirana school (which produced the master Bhimsen Joshi); his art bodes well for the style’s generational renewal. Nov. 1. Wong Auditorium, MIT. 617-258-7971,


BABA ZULA A quintessentially Istanbul band, cosmopolitan, innovative, and quirky, inspired by Turkish and Western psychedelic rock; its spaced-out sound, prone to incantations and ululations, lends itself to trance and dub remixes. Nov. 5. Johnny D’s. 617-776-2004, www.johnnyds

SOWETO GOSPEL CHOIR Formed in 2002, the Soweto Gospel Choir quickly vaulted to the top of South Africa’s cultural exports, conveying the country’s rich vocal traditions and inspirational, syncretistic messages. (Matinee show.) Nov. 15. Symphony Hall. 617-482-2595,

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