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.

World Music Showcasing at Folk Alliance

Silver Spring, USA – The North American Folk Alliance will be having a world music showcase again in 2002. It is accepting showcase applications for the 14th Annual International Folk Alliance Conference in Jacksonville, Florida, February 21-24, 2002. The postmark deadline is June 2, 2001, so you have about a month to prepare your application package.Application forms are available to download from the Folk Alliance website (www.folk.org) or they’ll be glad to mail or fax you one if you call the office at (301) 588-8185.

In Jacksonville the showcases will take place at the beautiful and historic Florida Theatre, one block from the Adams Mark, the conference hotel. Be sure and indicate the appropriate category for your submission on the application form: world music.

If you have any questions, call (301) 588-8185 or email the Folk Alliance at fa@folk.org

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Selection to Showcase at Strictly Mundial 2001

Salvador, Brazil – The Instituto Cultural Casa Via Magia, in partnership with EFWMF – European Forum of Worldwide Music Festivals, is delighted to announce that it has opened the selection process for artists and groups that wish to be part of its artistic showcases, which will be held at Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, from December 4-9, 2001.

All artists/groups interested need to send any material for evaluation to Instituto Cultural Casa Via Magia. The deadlines are May 20, 2001 for the first selection or until 15 June 2001 for a second and final evaluation. Any material regarding the artist/group are interesting, but it will be indispensable CDs for musical performances, video for plays or dance, and photos for any kind of exhibition.

More information about it is available at www.viamagia.org

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Septet Groups In Havana

Compay Segundo
Compay Segundo
(Prensa Latina) Havana, Cuba – As a special moment in Cuban culture, the 6th National Septet Gathering “Ignacio Piñeiro” takes place on May 12-14 in  several of Havana’s theaters. Musical groups from the whole country will perform at “Echale Salsita” patio, Havana’s Amphitheater, the Music and Friendship Houses and the America Theater these days.

The meeting will be dedicated to honor Cienfuegos septet Los Narajos’ 75th founding anniversary and Santiago de Cuba’s “Estudiantina Invasora”. About this issue, popular “tres” player Pancho Amat stated that the event has two essential objectives: a) to maintain the memory of a rhythm -the “son”- and b) to give life to the fantasy of  “son” music.

Compay Segundo, Pancho Amat y su grupo, Jóvenes Clásicos del Son, Coto y su Eco Caribe, Barbarito Torres y su piquete, Matamoros, Hermanos Bravo, Cana Santa, Charanga Gold Star, Jomaly and Hilda Gorria y su Acento Cubano are included among the groups.

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Top World Music Artists at Barbican Center, London

Youssou N'Dour
Youssou N’Dour
London, England – In the urban sprawl, permanence and longevity is out and change is the only constant. Cultures meet. Traditions merge. Hybrids flower. Over the past years some cities have emerged as particularly fertile breeding grounds, continually throwing out new forms | new styles | new musical futures.

With a finger on the pulse of major metropolises around the world, Urban Beats will feature legendary super groups along side emerging DJ talents from five such cultural crossroads with each artist throwing light on how their music is formed and influenced.

Urban Beats 5th – 12th May Barbican – London

Saturday 5 May
DAKAR
Vivian N’Dour, Orchestra Baobab
MC – Youssou N’Dour

Sunday 6 May
NEW YORK
Arto Lindsay, Vinicius Cantuaria, Blonde Redhead
Clubstage: DJ Spooky, Anti-Pop Consortium

Bank Holiday Monday 7 May
CARACAS
Los Amigos Invisibles, Guaco, Gurrifio, Los Vasallos del Sol
Freestage: Bandola Recia

Friday 11 May
TOKYO
Buffalo Daughter, Cicala Mvta, An Chang Project
Freestage: Takashi Hirayasu & Bob Brozman

Saturday 12 May
LONDON
Badmarsh + Shri, Trilok Gurtu, Joi
MC: JC001
Freestage: State of Bengal, Dohl Foundation, Bollywood Brass Band plus others

For details of main stage and Freestage artists who are still being confirmed, visit the festival web site: www.barbican.org.uk

BBC Radio 3 will be recording some of the concerts for future broadcast as well as audio and video webcasting much of the Freestage and Clubstage activity via the Radio 3 site – www.bbc.co.uk/radio3

All concert are on sale now from the Barbican Box Office on 020 7638 8891 or can be booked on-line at www.ticketweb.co.uk

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Benefit Album Encuentros con La Habana

Encuentros con La Habana
Encuentros con La Habana
Madrid, Spain – The solidarity of some of the best Cuban and Spanish singer songwriters enters a new stage with  Encuentros con La Habana (Havana Encounters) on the Autor label. The profits from the benefit album will be used to support educational projects at Cuban music schools and conservatories. The album is a collaboration between the SGAE (Spanish Performing Rights Society), the Cuban Ministry of Culture, the Havana Music College and the Mollet del Vallés (Barcelona) City Council.

The recording will be presented at the next edition of the international record trade show,  Cubadisco 2001, that will take place in the Cuban capital May 16-20.  Pablo Milanés, Ketama, Carlos Varela, Joan Manuel Serrat, Habana Abierta, Ismael Serrano, Polito Ibáñez, Víctor Manuel, Santiago Feliú and Fito Páez are the groups and artists that have participated so generously in this project. 

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Dance Day April 29th 2001 in Bangkok

Bangkok, Thailand – UNESCO originally initiated “Dance Day” back in 1982, every year since; the event has been held on 29th April in all major metropolitan areas throughout the world.

Dance Centre school of performing arts has taken the initiative to launch this major artistic event in Bangkok and invite you to support “Dance Day”. The Program will also include a variety of dance, music, choral, and other performing arts. There are booths for the public to participate in related performing arts activities.Highlights of performance “Six Thinking Hats” based on the book written by Dr. Edward de Bono and performed by: “The Company of Performing Artists” Thailand.

“Ekarong Unplug.” A concert by Sinnapa Sarasas and Jirapan Ansvananda.

Venue: The Emporium.

The Program starts at:
Dance Day – 5.00 PM
“Six Thinking Hats” – 7.00 PM, Admission is free.
Dance Centre school of performing arts, 
“The Company Of Performing Artists”Thailand, 
53/3 Sukhumvit Road, Soi 33, Klongton, 
Bangkok Thailand.
Phone: 259-8861
Phone/Fax: 258-9227.
E-mail address: info@dance-centre.com

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Exiled Artists Refuse Contacts With Fellow Cubans

Pablo Milanés
Pablo Milanés
(Prensa Latina) San José, Costa Rica – Exiled artists refuse contacts with the island’s fellow countrymen, stated singer-song writer Pablo Milanés in San José (Costa Rica).

During a press statement, after successful performances in Nicaragua and Costa Rica, the musician indicated that he has invited famous singers such as Celia Cruz and other artists to sing together with him, but they have rejected his invitation. He said that artists who live in Cuba are ready to establish direct dialogue with their fellow country people who are living in the exile, but they have too much pressure and much self-censorship.

Some sectors of the Cuban exile in Miami are opposed to the attendance of Cuban groups at the Latin Grammy Awards, to be held in this southern city of the United States. 

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Transglobal Underground’s Latest CD

TransGlobal Underground -  Yes Boss Food Corner
TransGlobal Underground – Yes Boss Food Corner
Los Angeles, USA – On April 17 the global music collective known as TransGlobal Underground released its new album on Mondo Rhythmica/Ark 21 Records. With this album, Yes Boss Food Corner, TransGlobal Underground once again defies tradition. The recording features a brilliant combination of dance music, traditional world music, dub and hip hop.

The group’s ever changing current line-up is currently formed by Coleridge as prime mover and DJ, Alex Kasiek on keyboards and guitars, Hamid Man tu on drums and programming, Sheema Mukherjee on classical sitar, Tuup is the lyricist and Shamanic poet, Doreen Thobekile on vocals and Gurhit Sihra on Indian percussion.

Buy Yes Boss Food Corner

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Popular Cuban Musician Remembered

Carlos Puebla - Complicidad
Carlos Puebla – Complicidad
(Prensa Latina) Bayamo, Cuba –  The artistic creation of Manzanillo singer songwriter Carlos Puebla (1917- 1989) places him among popular Cuban music’s top musicians, said National Music Museum’s music researcher Blanca Cilia Reyez in Bayamo this week. Cilia Reyez recalled that the songwriter of “Quiero hablar contigo” composed about 1,500 songs, “guajiras”; “tangos”; anthems; marches; lullabies; “sones”; “claves” and “boleros”, with three thematical lines: socio-political, love and humor.

Puebla composed 200 “bolero” and love songs, thus demonstrating the use of stylistic resources of popular Cuban music, added Cilia Reyez.

On his compact disc “Complicidad“, recorded in 1989 for the Abdala record label, Carlos Puebla collected 13 love songs, sang by Cuban young “trovadores”.  

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