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KPCC TUESDAY REVIEWSDAY: Aki Kumar

Aki Goes to Bollywood, is an unexpected and unexpectedly wonderful meeting of American blues and Indian pop. The meeting happened, though, in California’s Bay Area. The project is part of the Little Village Foundation’s mission to uncover the hidden cultures and music of the state. Other releases have covered folk, blues, mariachi and Latin American [...]

KPCC TUESDAY REVIEWSDAY: Aki Kumar2018-07-02T02:31:27+00:00

PRI’S THE WORLD: Aki Kumar “I wanted to be bigger than Bill Gates — but I fell in love with the blues”

LISTEN TO THE COMPLETE INTERVIEW Aki Kumar moved to Silicon Valley at the age of 18. His goal, like many others, was to be a successful software engineer. But, something happened along the way. Kumar discovered the blues — the music of Howlin' Wolf and of blues clubs in the San Francisco Bay area. Eventually, [...]

PRI’S THE WORLD: Aki Kumar “I wanted to be bigger than Bill Gates — but I fell in love with the blues”2018-07-02T01:41:35+00:00

ELMORE MAGAZINE: Marcel Smith ‘Everybody Needs Love’

The eclectic nonprofit record label Little Village Foundation, which exists to shine a light on underground artists in and near California, has found its voice. From a young age, Marcel Smith’s dynamic vocals—transitioning from smooth, tender and soulful to raw and feverishly uplifting in short order—have electrified churchgoers for years with undeniable conviction and passion. [...]

ELMORE MAGAZINE: Marcel Smith ‘Everybody Needs Love’2023-05-22T21:19:12+00:00

METRO ACTIVE: Bollywood Blues: Channeling Memphis and Mumbai, Aki Kumar Crafts a Bi-Continental Sound

The blues is a beguiling art form. Tangled up in this country’s legacy of slavery and oppression it is first and foremost a folk tradition. It requires no formal training to play and can be sung without instrumental accompaniment. And yet, its simplicity often obscures its power and scope. Though it is most certainly a [...]

METRO ACTIVE: Bollywood Blues: Channeling Memphis and Mumbai, Aki Kumar Crafts a Bi-Continental Sound2018-07-02T01:53:17+00:00

NO DEPRESSION: The Little Village Foundation finds music that needs to be heard

… More recently, I’ve learned that the greatest musicians and songwriters may live right across the street. That’s also the view of veteran blues keyboardist and founder of Little Village foundation Jim Pugh, who told me that great talent is too often hidden in our towns and cities, far from the spotlight so often reserved [...]

NO DEPRESSION: The Little Village Foundation finds music that needs to be heard2018-07-03T22:51:29+00:00

SF GATE: Hardly Strictly Bluegrass: Best moments from Sunday

(Luna Soleil dances with a hula hoop during the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass music festival in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, California, on Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016.) Little Village Foundation Presents ... Veteran keyboardist and producer Jim Pugh brought out some of the Bay Area’s finest to not one, but two stages for three hours [...]

SF GATE: Hardly Strictly Bluegrass: Best moments from Sunday2023-05-22T20:29:15+00:00

SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE: Aki Kumar fuses blues and Bollywood

Aki Kumar was sure the whole idea was a big mistake. Born and raised in Mumbai, he discovered the blues after moving to the United States, and quit his day job as a software engineer three years ago to focus on his burgeoning career as a harmonica player and vocalist on the South Bay blues [...]

SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE: Aki Kumar fuses blues and Bollywood2023-05-22T20:28:38+00:00

SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS: San Jose: Talent scout has knack for finding gifted musicians just ‘across the street’

Seven old-school Sugar Pie DeSanto songs, three Filipino folk songs and a lot of traditional blues. Out of Delano, Calif., youth mariachi band Mariachi Mestizo, led by Juan Morales, will release “Te Doy La Libertad.” Sixteen boys and girls between the ages of 9 and 18 sing and play their hearts out for a vintage [...]

SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS: San Jose: Talent scout has knack for finding gifted musicians just ‘across the street’2023-05-22T20:27:42+00:00