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  • El Cid 4212 W Sunset Blvd Los Angeles, California 90029 (map)

In 1909 a man called Ivan Malabombavic packed up his wagon with two Victrolas and a megaphone and trekked across the borders of the world, collecting rare records, throwing legendary parties, and leaving behind ecstatic and exhausted dancers and revelers. This is how MALABOMBA! began.

On April 1, 2016, DJ Jason Savvy and DJ Cat Hair keep the tradition of our founder going with the MALABOMBA! 107th Anniversary Party (Part 1) at El Cid, featuring live music from SitaraSon and The Sour Mash Hug Band, plus an Iraqi dance performance from Sara El-hadithi. The legend of LET'S PARTYING lives on!

But that's not all: We'll be previewing exclusive tracks from Romanian brass legends Fanfare Ciocarlia's upcoming unreleased album, Onward to Mars on Asphalt Tango Records! What's more, we'll be giving away tickets to see Fanfare Ciocarlia LIVE at The Luckman Fine Arts Complex on April 16. And finally, to thank you for your support over the last 107 years, we're also giving one lucky attendee ₤10,000 Italian lire, CASH MONEY! Madness!

Carrying on the border-hopping tradition of Ivan Malabombavic, The Sour Mash Hug Band combines virtuosic Eastern European violin with 1920s hot jazz, Yiddish song, and even bluegrass to evoke an era and a place that never quite existed. Led by violinist and bandleader Mickey and trombone-playing chanteuse Shiri, they've honed their skills over 12 years of touring the States and Europe by bike, van, and freight train. 

SitaraSon is a Los Angeles-based group that plays a variety of popular Cuban dance music including son, boleros, descarga, cha cha cha and more. They also specialize in Afro-Cuban folkloric music such as rumba, palo, batá, guiro and comparsa. For this performance, SitaraSon will be joined by a legend of Cuban music: singer/drummer Lazaro "El Maestro" Galarraga. A native of Havana, Lázaro has recorded with the man credited with inventing mambo, bassist Israel "Cachao" López, and is a pillar in the preservation and continuation of Cuban music.

Malabombaderos will also get a taste of Old Baghdad with an Iraqi dance performance by Sara Al-hadithi of Court Of Morjana, The Art of Iraqi Dance. With two traditional daggers in hand and Iraqi folk songs rocking the speakers, she'll perform an original routine inspired by Iraqi sharqi and hecha dance styles.

Overseeing the raucous revelry will be your hosts and DJs, Jason Savvy and Cat Hair. They'll be digging deep into their crates of Balkan brass, psychedelic cumbia, bellydance jams, and klezmer remixes to keep the music going and the bodies moving all night long. To cool off your sweaty bodies, they're going to make it rain by giving away loads of prizes, including ₤10,000 Italian lire, CDs from the MALABOMBA vaults, and tickets to see Fanfare Ciocarlia at The Luckman! How do they do it? You'd be a fool to miss this!

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MALABOMBA! - L.A.'s wildest pan-global international celebration of music and dance... Since 1909!
April 1st, 9:30 PM - last call
at El Cid 4212 W Sunset Blvd LA, CA 90029
$10 cover

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