All posts by Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced "Musica NA", a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.

Cuban Los Jubilados, an Attraction in Bahia

(Prensa Latina-Cumbancha) Salvador, Brazil – “No musician retires,” stated Cuban artist Juan Gualberto ‘Bebeto’ Ferrer, one of the founders of Los Jubilados, a band shaping up as the successor of the famous Buena Vista Social Club
. “Much less he is driven away from music, which goes along with you forever, beyond your age,” the 78-year-old ‘Bebeto’ stated in Salvador, Bahia, where the Cuban musicians are the main attraction of the 5th Cultural MarketSalvador, Brazil.

No musician retires,” stated Cuban artist Juan Gualberto ‘Bebeto’ Ferrer, one of the founders of Los Jubilados, a band shaping up as the successor of the famous Buena Vista Social Club. “Much less he is driven away from music, which goes along with you forever, beyond your age,” the 78-year-old ‘Bebeto’ stated in Salvador, Bahia, where the Cuban musicians are the main attraction of the 5th Cultural Market

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Silvio Rodríguez Sings in Caracas for the Bolivarian Revolution

(Prensa Latina-Cumbancha) Caracas, Venezuela – Cuban singer songwriter Silvio Rodríguez performed last weekend in Caracas, in a concert in support of the Bolivarian Revolution led by President Hugo Chávez, the Venezuelan government reported. The concert “Una canción de amor a la revolución” (A Love Song for the Revolution), was part of the activities organized to celebrate the 5th anniversary of Chávez’s electoral victory.

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Cuban Musicians Mourn Pianist Rubén González

(Prensa Latina-Cumbancha) Havana, Cuba – Cuban musicians are again mourning after the death of pianist Rubén González, one of the most famous members of the popular Buena Vista Social Club, who died Monday in Havana at the age of 84. The musician, 1997 Grammy award winner for the album of the above-mentioned project, died in his house from heart and lung failure, after a long illness. Rubén González, considered a “piano man” of Cuban music, had retired from the stage a year ago, since he suffered from general degenerative osteoarthritis that confined him to bed months ago and led him to death, according to the doctors assisting him.

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The World Music Scene in Boulder

by Joel Davis and Angel Romero

The college town of Boulder (Colorado) is nestled against the Flatiron
mountains, 48 km west of Denver.
Boulder
‘s picturesque setting alone distinguishes it from other urban
communities in the Rocky Mountain states. The city has been a favorite
destination for artists, musicians and other bohemians for many years. 

RADIO

KGNU 88.5 FM. World music is a significant
part of the station’s 63 hours/week of freeform programming. Specialty shows
include: African Roots, Saturday, 4p-6p MT; Musica Mundi, Wednesday,
7p-9p; and One World, Sunday, 10p-midnight. e-mail:
music@kgnu.org

Radio 1190 (KVCU) 1190AM. One of the
nation’s best college radio stations. Mostly indy music, hip hop, electronica
during the regular rotation but some world music is creeping in. Great specialty
programming.
TerraSonic, Saturday, 10a-noon MT. e-mail:
joel@conduitmusic.net.RECORD LABELS

Silver Wave Records. The label
initially started as a new age and jazz label, but soon it developed into one of
the finest contemporary Native American music labels.

RESEARCH CENTERS

The American Music Research Center (AMRC) is a rare music repository dedicated to exploring the rich tradition of American music. The AMRC shares its resources with students, faculty, scholars, and the public through concerts, symposia and lectures, publications, and other scholarly activities. E-mail: AMRC@colorado.edu.

SCHOOLS

Bantaba Dance and Drum Studio
provides African dance and drumming classes. 691-B S. Broadway, Boulder, CO
80305. Phone: +1 303-499-6484. E-mail:
bantaba@dancingcircle.com.

Naropa University has a
BA in Music, focusing on
the study of music history, jazz and world music traditions, giving students an
appreciation of the richness of the world’s music heritage. Phone: (303)
546-3548, (800) 772-6951. E-mail:
admissions@naropa.edu
.

University of Colorado at Boulder,
The College of Music
.Admissions and Advising. Phone: +1 (303) 492-6352.
E-mail: ugradmus@colorado.edu.

VENUES

World music artists have appeared at the following venues:

Boulder:

Boulder Theater,
2034 14th St.,Boulder,
303-786-7030.
Fox Theater,
1135 13th St., Boulder, 303-443-3399
or 303-447-0095.
Trilogy,2017
13th St., Boulder, 303-473-WINE.
Bantaba Dance and Drum Studio
University of Colorado Grusin School of Music

Denver (and suburbs):

Red Rocks
Amphitheatre
, Morrison, 303-640-7300 or
303-640-7334.
Swallow Hill Music Hall

[Photo 1 courtesy of the Boulder Convention & Visitors Bureau. Photo 2) Robert Mirabal, a Silver Wave Records artist].

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Upcoming Karsh Kale Dates

Wednesday December 10
KOLLECTIVE
-Featuring an extended DJ sets by Karsh Kale and Derek Beres
"Be there as Karsh opens the archives"
Doors: 9:00pm
Cover: NONE
Venue: KUSH: 183 Orchard St b/w Houston and Stanton, NYC
Notes: Smoking Permitted

Saturday December 13
KOLLECTIVE
WHISPER
"Karsh Kale performs live acoustic tabla with Jojo Mayer’s Prohibited Beatz and
Whisper Residents. Karsh performs with the legendary Prohibited Beatz in a
stunning century old converted feather factory."
Doors: 10pm
Cover: $10
Venue: The Feather Factory – 178 Walworth Street, 2nd Floor, Brooklyn, NYC (Dumbo)
Notes: Smoking Permitted, More info call: 718 596-1441Monday December 15
DEEP SPACE featuring DJ Francois K
With Guest DJ sets by Karsh Kale
"Dub and Massive collide on the dancefloor."
Doors: 10:30
Cover: $5.00 before 11pm/$10 after.
Venue: CIELO – 18 Little West 12th Street, NYC
(b/w Washington and 9th Ave)

Wednesday December 17
KOLLECTIVE
-Featuring DJ Sets by Karsh Kale and Derek Beres
with special guest: DJ Rekha
(BASEMENT BHANGRA, MUTINY, BOLLYWOOD DISCO BEAT BAZAAR)
Doors: 9:00pm
Cover: NONE
Venue: KUSH: 183 Orchard St b/w Houston and Stanton, NYC
Notes: Smoking Permitted

Friday December 19
DISTANCE
-Featuring DJ Sets by Karsh Kale
Doors: 7:30pm
Cover: $15
Venue: Knitting Factory, LA – 7021 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA
Notes: For more info call: 323 463 0204

Wednesday December 31
-Featuring DJ Sets by Karsh Kale, Dub Gabriel and Derek Beres
"Celebrate 2004 massively"
Doors: 8pm
Cover: $30 presale (Advance Tix Call: 212-677-7328), $40 at the door
Venue: KUSH: 183 Orchard St b/w Houston and Stanton, NYC
Notes: Advance Tix Call: 212-677-7328
Smoking Permitted

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Cuban Musician Rubén González Dies at 84

Havana, Cuba – The Cuban Music Institute in Havana confirmed today that pianist Rubén González died in the Cuban capital. Details were not provided about his death. Funeral services were scheduled for Tuesday.

Rubén González was one of Cuba’s best pianists. He became very well known in the late 90s for his contribution to the Buena Vista Social Club phenomenon.

Rubén González was born in Santa Clara in April of 1919. By the time he was fifteen,he had graduated as a pianist from the Cienfuegos Conservatory. He moved to Havana in 1941 and soon began to play with all the major orchestras: La Orquesta Paulina, Conjunto Camayo, Los Hermanos, Mongo Santamaría, etc. He later recorded with the legendary Arsenio Rodríguez.

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Polo Montañés in Wax

(Prensa Latina – Cumbancha) Havana, Cuba – By: Laura Mendoza (World Data Service)

Havana.- The late singer Polo Montañés, revered in Cuba for his modesty,
which he maintained in spite of his popularity abroad, will be the first figure
in wax to be exhibited in the planned Wax Museum in the City of Bayamo, capital
of the eastern province of Granma. It took brothers Leander and Rafael Barrios,
who define themselves as popular artisans, a year to complete the figure of the
musician, who died in a car accident at the end of November, 2002. This incident
shook Cubans to the extent that many people from all over the country attended
the burial of the singer songwriter in his Candelaria, Pinar del Rio birthplace.
The excellent replica of Montañés, shows him standing, wearing a white shirt
and dark pants with his country hat on his head. The music of Montañés continues
to be played by his band with the integration of singer Yoslier Charponier. The
18-year-old Yoslier is a resident of the Las Terrazas Community in Pinar del
Rio, where Polo lived. The house of the singer is currently a museum in which
some of his belongings are exhibited, including his hat, belt, lighter and some
of his medals and trophies. Polo’s band recently returned from a promotional
tour in Colombia, where they will return soon to record an item titled "Cuestion
de Suerte", which includes unpublished songs of Polo and several members of the
band, currently led by Amaury Romero Borrego, a nephew of Polo.

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Oum Kolthoum – The Anniversary Tribute

Lubna Salame - Oum Kolthoum - The Anniversary Tribute
Lubna Salame – Oum Kolthoum – The Anniversary Tribute
Tel Aviv, Israel – World music label Magda has released a recording titled Oum Kolthoum – The Anniversary Tribute by Lubna Salame, soloist of the Nazareth Orchestra.

This is a special tribute album in honor of the 100th anniversary of the legendary Egyptian singer Oum Kolthoum [also known as Umm Kulthum], the Diva of Arab music.

Oum Kolthoum – The Anniversary Tribute includes innovations to her greatest songs – “Enta Omri”, “AI-Atlal”, “Ghanni Li Shwayya Shwayya” and many more.

The emotion and strength emerging through Lubna Salame’s vocal work are similar to Oum Kolthoum’s practice. In her singing, Lubna gives the familiar songs fresh and interesting new life, while keeping her own unique taste and depth.

The Nazareth Orchestra with Lubna Salame was recorded live at the “Peace Festival” in Tel Aviv, June 2003.

Buy Oum Kolthoum – The Anniversary Tribute

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2003 Kora All African Music Awards, Winners Announced

Sandton, South Africa – The list of winners of the
KORA All African Music Awards
was announced last night, Saturday, December 6th at the Sandton Convention
Center in Sandton, near Johannesburg, South Africa. African musicians from
around the world were recognized for their artistic accomplishments. Zimbabwe’s Oliver Mtukudzi received a lifetime achievement award.

Here is the
complete list of winners: Best Artist – West Africa – Male

Kojo Antwi – Nfa Me Nko Ho – Ghana


Best Artist – West Africa – Female

Suzanna – Nha Sonho sonho – Cape Verde


Best Artist – East Africa – Male

George Okudi – Wipolo – Uganda


 Best Artist – East Africa – Female

Chamsia Sagaf – Loléya – Comores


Best Artist – Central Africa – Male

Douleur – Gloire aux femmes – Cameroon


 Best Artist – Central Africa – Female

1 Mbilia Bel – Welcome Mbilia bel – R.D. Congo

2 Tshala Muana – Malu – R.D. Congo


Best Artist – Southern Africa – Male

Oliver Mtukudzi – Hear Me Lord – Zimbabwe


 Best Artist – Southern Africa – Female

Busi Mhlongo – Umthwalo – South Africa


 Best Artist Or Group Traditional

Machesa Traditional Group – Tshipidi – Botswana


Best African Group

1 Quartier Latin – Affaire D’ Etat — D.R. Congo

2 Anti-Palu – Deni – Ivory Coast


Best African Video

Jeff Maluleke – Mambo – South Africa


 Best African Arrangement

Yvonne Chaka Chaka – Zibuyile Izinkomo – South
Africa


Best African Gospel Female Artist

Rebecca – Iyahamba Lenqola – South Africa


Best African Gospel Male Artist

Lundi – Lundi – South Africa


Best African Gospel Group

Notre Dame de la Salette – Tata Lekumu – Gabon 


Most Promising African Female Artist

Barbara Kanam – Bibi Madeleine – D.R. Congo.


 Most Promising African Male Artist

Jean-Paul Samputu – Ange Noir – Rwanda


  

Most Promising African Group

Macase – Ojem – Cameroon


Revelation Of The Year

Eben & Family – L’hymne – Gabon 


Most Promising Artist of the African American Diaspora

Ludacris – Stand up – U.S.A. 


Best Female Artist of the African American Diaspora

Angie Stone – Brotha – U.S.A. 


Best Male Artist of the African American Diaspora

R Kelly – Step in the name of love – U.S.A.


Best Video of the African American Diaspora

R Kelly – Step in the name of love – U.S.A.


Life Time Achievement Award



Oliver Mtukudzi
– Zimbabwe 


Europe/ Caribbean Diaspora

Avalon – D.R. Congo – Sweden


Special Judge Award

Soumbil  and Notre Dame de la salette Ivory
Coast and Gabon


 Previous winners for the 2002 KORA Awards have included
Hugh Masekela for Best African Musician, Alicia Keys for Best African American
Diaspora Artist, and Koffi Olomide’ who won the KORA Award in several
categories.

The Kora Awards and EMI/CCP Records
launched a 16 track Compilation CD earlier this year, which is a selection of
the finest tracks performed by previous winners of the KORA.

[Photo of Oliver Mtukudzi].

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