Pirineos Sur World Music Festival Returns to its Roots

Manu Dibango
Manu Dibango
Huesca, Spain – The renowned Festival Internacional de las Culturas Pirineos Sur world music festival will celebrate its 15th Anniversary this year with some of the most popular artists that have participated in past editions. Khaled, Manu Dibango –who will receive a tribute in the form of an exhibition-, Alpha Blondy, Ojos de Brujo and Eliades Ochoa are some of the artists that will perform between July 13 and 29 at the Lanuza auditorium.

The festival director, Luis Calvo, explained in a press conference that the selection was made with the help of music critics who are friends of the festival. He also mentioned “the special effort made by the artists to participate in this special event, despite the fact that the budget has not increased.”

Pirineos Sur also includes new artists such as Portuguese singer Mafalda Arnauth; Guinea’s Circus Baobab; and Turkish musician Mercan Dede; as well as a Pirineos Sur’s original production featuring rappers from Aragón (the Spanish autonomous community in northern Spain where Pirineos Sur takes place) and southern France. There will be a total of 17 days of music with performances by 53 artists at the festival venues, which are located at the Lanuza natural auditorium, the Sallent de Gállego arena and the Panticosa residence.

As in previous editions, Pirineos Sur will feature workshops, street celebrations and events for children. Sallent de Gállego will host the exhibition “Dos kilos de café” (Two Kilos of Coffee), which recognizes the lifetime achievements of Congolese musician Manu Dibango and his relationship with Pirineos Sur. The exhibition includes objects from Dibango’s personal collection.

The festival is organized by the Diputación Provincial de Huesca (provincial government) and is sponsored by Ibercaja, La Zaragozana, Cacique and JB.

The festival is expected to draw an international audience of 50.000 world music fans.

Program:

Concerts
July
13 Orientes – Auditorio Natural de Lanuza
KHALED [Algeria] – Mercan Dede [Turkey]

July
14 Mestizos – Auditorio Natural de Lanuza
Ojos de Brujo [Spain] – BAJOFONDO TANGOCLUB [Argentina-Uruguay]

July
15 Iberia – Auditorio Natural de Lanuza
Enrique Morente [Spain] – Mafalda Arnauth [Portugal]

July
16 – Sallent de Gállego ZAS [Zaragoza Acción Sonora] [Aragón, Spain]

July 17 – Sallent de Gállego MALLACÁN [Aragón, Spain]

July
18 – Sallent de Gállego RONA HARTNER [Romania]

July
19 – Sallent de Gállego 17 HIPPIES [Germany]

July
20 Áfricas 1 – Auditorio Natural de Lanuza
Salif Keita [Mali] – TONY ALLEN [Nigeria]

July
21 Áfricas 2 – Auditorio Natural de Lanuza
CHEICK LÔ [Senegal] – SEUN KUTI & EGYPT 80 [Nigeria]

July
22 Cubafrica – Auditorio Natural de Lanuza
Manu Dibango [Cameroon] – Eliades Ochoa &
Omara Portuondo [Cuba]

July
23 – Sallent de Gállego DIAPLES D’A UERBA [Aragón, Spain]

July
24 Encuentros (Encounters) – Auditorio Natural de Lanuza
KTU: KIMMO POHJONEN [Finland], SAMULI KOSMINEN [Finland], TREY GUNN-KING CRIMSON [England] & PAT MASTELOTTO-KING CRIMSON [England]
RANDY WESTON [USA] & MASTER MUSICIANS OF GNAWA [Morocco]

July
25-26 – Sallent de Gállego CIRCUS BAOBAB: LES TAMBOURS SAUTERS [Guinea]

July
27 Mirando al Este (Looking East) – Auditorio Natural de Lanuza
Fanfare Ciocarlia [Romania] & JJony Iliev [Bulgaria]
Esma Redzepova [Macedonia]
Warsaw Village Band [Poland]

July
28 Hip Hop [Producción del Festival] – Auditorio Natural de Lanuza
PASSI-BISSO NA BISSO, STOMY BUGSY, LES SALES GOSSES [France] & RAP’SUSKLEI, HAZHE, KARTY “ER NENE”, XHELLAZZ-VIOLADORES DEL VERSO, ÓSCAR, FUETHEFIRST “DIMECRES”, LOTO OSCURO [Aragón, Spain]

July
29 Africa Reggae – Auditorio Natural de Lanuza
Alpha Blondy [Ivory Coast] – ISMAËL WONDER [[Ivory Coast]

Exhibition
TRES KILOS DE CAFÉ The History of Manu Dibango
July 16 – 30.

Workshops- Sallent de Gállego
14-15-16 Percussion
21-22-23 Compás (beat) and Flamenco Percussion with CONSTANCIO PRADAS [Spain]
28-29 Belly dance with Vientre con NUR [Spain]
28-29 African Percussion with LAMINE MAMADOU [Senegal]

Workshops – MERCADO Sallent de Gállego
15 Cajón, jembé and Latin percussion with BANDA DEL SURDO [Spain]
20 DJ with LORD SASSAFRAS [Spain]
22 Dulzaina with DULZAINEROS DEL BAJO Aragón [Spain]
25 Txalaparta and capoeira with ZORABIOK [Spain]
27 Batucada with TIMBALAO [Spain]

Street celebrations – Market Sallent de Gállego
14-15 BANDA DEL SURDO [Spain]
21-22 DULZAINEROS DEL BAJO Aragón [Spain]
24-25 ZORABIOK [Spain]
27-28 TIMBALAO [Spain]

Children Activities – Sallent de Gállego Market

14-15 BANDA DEL SURDO [Spain]
20-21-22-23 DECÚBITO SUPINO [Spain] Workshop: “Peripecias y equilibrios circenses”
24 CARMEN CONGUANTES [Spain] “Contando con los cinco continentes”
28 SEFARAD Aragón, [Spain] “Cuentos de la judería”
29 FIREWALK THEATRE [Spain] “Cuentos al otro lado del mundo”

For more information go to www.pirineos-sur.es.

Author: World Music Central News Department

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