Nation Beat, Brooklyn Qawwali Party & Tall Tall Trees play “Is America part of the World III” on December 10

“IS AMERICA PART OF THE WORLD?” Continues with Third Installment at Littlefield
Four American-rooted, genre-defying acts look beyond America’s borders for inspiration and world beats

Nation Beat drummer/bandleader Scott Kettner and event producer Mehmet Dede have always challenged the notion of “world” music through the shows they put on. The duo launched a series of events in 2009 to foster a platform of discussion and bring together bands, who blurred the lines of world music while moving hips. The series, “Is America part of the World?”, was described by National Geographic Music as “Brooklyn’s new Global Music series” and garnered attention online and in print. Brooklyn Courier-Life noted that “the concert isn’t so much a question, as a statement to the conventions that define the world music category,” and The Lucid Culture blog raved about the “impressively energized crowd” at its events.

After two successful concerts at the Bell House and the BKLYN Yard the event now moves to another Brooklyn hotspot, Littefield. In the past year, the series hosted such venerable artists as Forró in the Dark, Rupa & The April Fishes, Red Baraat and DJ Nickodemus. On December 10, four more acts will present an eclectic night of dance, beats and sounds of the East, West, North & South. Nation Beat serve their Brazilian Carnival-meets-New Orleans Mardi Gras cocktail, while eleven-piece eclectic jazz orchestra Brooklyn Qawwali Party bring out the thunderous Qawwali songs and Tall Tall Trees hold it down with their banjo-driven folk rock for fans of indie rock and world music alike. One of New York’s finest mixocologist DJ Turmix provides the funky Soul, Brazilian, Nu-jazz, Breaks and Boogaloo tunes. Join us on this joyous holiday celebration and our last party of the year.

Is America part of the World? III
Friday, December 10 2010

Nation Beat
Brooklyn Qawwali Party
Tall Tall Trees
DJ Turmix

at Littlefield
622 Degraw, Brooklyn, NY 11217
(718) 855-3388

More Info at
$10 adv tickets available at, $13 at the door
21+ w/ ID

Brooklyn Here We Come!

Only a few days are left for the second installment of the “Is America part of the World?” show at the Bell House with the magnificent Rupa & April Fishes and the lively Nation Beat on Fri, Nov 13. Buy your tickets here and see what we have in store for you:

Flyer for the Next Show at the Bell House, 11/13


Next Show with Rupa & The April Fishes at the Bell House

Hot off the press!!! We continue our “Is America Part of the World?” series with Part Deux in November. Musical nomads Rupa & The April Fishes will join Nation Beat as we celebrate the American heritage from San Francisco to New York in Brooklyn at the Bell House.

Rupa & The April Fishes will be traveling to NY behind their new album “este mundo,” due out on Cumbancha on Oct. 27. The San Francisco-based musical agitators are specialists in crossing borders and building bridges, and on “este mundo” they effortlessly mix elements of Gypsy swing, Colombian cumbia, French chanson and Indian ragas to create a sound Time Out has called “global agit-pop.” Brooklyn based Nation Beat plays American music from both the North and South. They are rhythm gatherers, harvesting the fruit of 500 years of cultural cross-breeding from northeastern Brazil to the deep American South often breaking out into massive carnival parties at their live shows. Banning Eyre from Afropop Worldwide calls them “a revelation…the most original and alluring fusion band I’ve heard in years.”

Friday, November 13, 2009

Is America Part of the World? – Part 2 with
Rupa & The April Fishes
Nation Beat

at The Bell House
149 7th Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11215

$15 tickets at
21+ w/ ID


Pictures from the BKLYN Yard Show

A BIG thank you to all the artists, friends and those in attendance who turned the launch party of “Is America Part of the World?” into a colorful outdoor event at the BKLYN Yard last Saturday. Hundreds of people of all ages including kids filled the grounds throughout the day dancing to Brazilian and Indian beats, playing, chilling out in the yard and getting down to the impromptu jam session at the grand finale. We’ll be rolling out a video documentary about the first event shortly, followed by details of the second installment later this Fall. Here are the pictures from the event (click on the images to see more).


See You at the BKLYN Yard Today

Advance online sales are over, but more tickets will be available at the door.

See you at the BKLYN Yard today. Doors 2pm, we go until 9pm. Bring friends & family – it’s going to be in the upper 70s with the sun smiling.

Surprise a friend with a free ticket

Want to surprise a friend whose birthday is coming up with a free ticket? Attending the “Is America part of the World?” event with a large group? You can now buy 3 tickets online in advance, and you will get the 4th one for free!

Tickets now available at

(Please note: This promo is only valid with advance orders, it is not available at the door. This promo cannot be coupled with different orders. Your ticket order has to be in denominations of 3, i.e. 3, 6, 9 tickets. One free ticket for every 3 tickets)

“Is America part of the World?” Teaser Video

“World-weary Nation Beat refuses to be boxed in”


Article published in the Brooklyn Courier-Life

By Meredith Deliso

A couple of years ago, Nation Beat, a Brooklyn-based band inspired by Brazilian music, were invited to play at a world music festival. When the organizers asked them not to play any of their English-language songs, the reason why was: it’s a world music festival.

“Our response was, well isn’t America a part of the world?” remembers Scott Kettner, the percussionist for and founder of the band. “It was a big controversy. They finally folded and let us play what we play.”

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