Fantastic bands flying in from around the world is one of our favorite things about the South by Southwest music festival. We’re leading a virtual tour of international music at the festival.
THURSDAY, MARCH 17, 2016
A-Wa (Tel Aviv, Israel): The Israeli sister trio sings in English and Hebrew, too, but the tightly structured Yemenite folk harmonies they deploy on a new single “Habib Galbi” are their secret weapon. Twelve songs on their new album, produced by Balkan Beat Box lead Tomer Yosef, are based on an ancient tradition of Yemenite women’s chanting. Add an electronic backbeat and you have one of this year’s underground sleeper hits. (midnight, Flamingo Cantina; Also 1 a.m. Friday, Russian House.) — D.S.S.
Kalàscima (Alessano, Italy): Ancient Italian folk plus psychedelic trance will surely make for an energetic and captivating live performance. (11 p.m. Flamingo Cantina; 1 a.m. Wednesday at Russian House) — N.F.
Noura Mint Semayli (Nouakchott, Mauritania): Named the best female artist of North Africa, this songstress delivers an impressive mashup of Moorish psychedelic pop-rock. (10 p.m. Hotel Vegas Patio; midnight Friday at Palm Door on Sixth) — N.F.
Vaadat Charigim (Tel Aviv, Israel): Gauzy, swirling psychedelia from a band that will return to town for Levitation later this spring. (8 p.m., Hotel Vegas Patio. Also: 11:15 p.m. Tuesday, Barracuda Backyard; 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Hotel Vegas Patio) — D.S.S.
Altimet & Kawan Band (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia): Soulful hip-hop meets Malaysian folk. (11 p.m. Russian House; 2 p.m. Saturday at the International Day Stage at the Austin Convention Center) — N.F.
Mandoo Entertainment/Hip-hop From Asia. Curious about how far hip-hop, the defining sound of urban America, has spread? This showcase is headlined by KOHH, a hard-hitting spitter from Tokyo and includes artists from Vietnam, Taiwan and South Korea. (Music starts at 7:55 p.m. Palm Door on Sixth Street) — D.S.S.