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The Global Sounds of TransAtlantic Festival 2017 in Miami Beach This Weekend

Miami’s TransAtlantic Festival will take place today, April 21 and tomorrow April 22, 2017 at North Beach Bandshell in Miami Beach. The annual world music festival will showcase talent made in Miami tonight and African-rooted music tomorrow.

April 21 lineup

A.C.H.E. Afro Cuban House Experiment featuring DJ Oscar G, Oba Frank Lords & Katiahshé. The classic sounds of Miami house combined with Yoruba ache, with live percussion and dance.

 

 

April 22 Program

Malian guitar master Vieux Farka Touré will present his enthralling style of desert blues.

 

 

The reggae, jazz and Sudanese mix of Sinkane.

 

Symbi Roots, an all-female rara group, direct from Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Their transcendent and vibrant live show has fans in Haiti and the Caribbean.

 

North Beach Bandshell
7275 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach 33141
Tickets Available at TransAtlanticFestival.com or call (305) 672-5202

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La Linea – The London Latin Music Festival 2017 Starts This Week

La Linea – The London Latin Music Festival 2017 starts tomorrow, April 18 and will run until Saturday, April 29.

Line-Up

Julieta Venegas (Mexico)
+ Gizmo Varillas
Tue 18 April Barbican Centre

Orkesta Mendoza (USA)
+ DJ Scratchy
Fri 21 April Rich Mix

António Zambujo (Portugal)
+ Juanita Euka
Fri 21 April Cadogan Hall

Estopa (Spain)
SOLD OUT
Sun 23 April O2 Shepherds Bush Empire

Violetta’s Last Tango (Argentina)
Tue 25 – Sat 29 April Wiltons Music Hall

Totó la Momposina y sus Tambores (Colombia)
Fri 28 April Cadogan Hall

Eliane Correa & En El Aire Project (Cuba)
+ The London Lucumi Choir
Sat 29 April Rich Mix

More at lalineafestival.com

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Orkesta Mendoza to Perform in UK in 2017

Orkesta Mendoza

American band Orkesta Mendoza will be touring the UK in the next weeks. The band is led by multi-faceted artist Sergio Mendoza, who is also a member and co-producer of acclaimed Southwestern music band Calexico, and an arranger and founding member of Mexrrissey.

Orkesta Mendoza plays borderless music that includes the entire Americas (North, Central, South), embracing mambo and cumbia with same interest as psychedelic pop, twang rock and analog electronics.

The band will present its new album ‘¡Vamos A Guarachar!’ (Glitterbeat Records), released at the end of 2016.

UK Tour (La Linea):

Friday, 21 April – Rich Mix, London
Saturday, 22 April – Belgrave Music Hall, Leeds
Sunday, 23 April – Band On The Wall, Manchester
Monday, 24 April – Sage Two, Gateshead
Tuesday, 25 April – Komedia, Brighton
Wednesday, 26 April – Cambridge Corn Exchange, Cambridge

UK Festival Performances:
Friday, 28 July – WOMAD Charlton Park, Wiltshire
Saturday, 29 July – Camp Bestival, Lulworth Castle, Dorset

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The Indomitable Voice, the Life of Mariem Hassan

Mariem Hassan – The Indomitable Voice

The Indomitable Voice is the title of a new book about the late Mariem Hassan, one of the greatest singers from the Western Sahara in past decades. The authors are Zazie Schubert-Wurr and Manuel Domínguez. The writers will present the book on Saturday, March 18, at 12:00 noon at the Sin Tarima bookstore in Madrid, Spain. They will be joined by Agaila Mohamed, Mariem’s youngest daughter.

The book describes in real time the 18 years in which the authors accompanied Mariem Hassan during her professional activities as a singer, as well as her effort as cultural ambassador of the Saharawi people around the world.

Intensely illustrated, the 264-page books collects a total of 1,060 images. The package includes a CD with unreleased songs and a DVD with unreleased audiovisual material that provides a profile of the artistic and human stature of Mariem Hassan.

Librería Sin Tarima
Calle de la Magdalena 32
Metro station Antón Martín, Madrid

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Soleá and Kiki Morente to Perform in Cordoba

Soleá and Kiki Morente

Flamenco vocalists Soleá and Kiki Morente are set to perform at Teatro Góngora in Cordoba on Thursday, March 23, 2017.

The siblings will present their show “Dos corazones a un tiempo”. The lineup includes Soleá and Kiki Morente on vocals; Jj Machuca on piano; David Carmona on flamenco guitar; Pedro Gabarre on background vocals, percussion and dance.

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EXIB Música 2017 Showcase to Return One More Year to Portugal

The 4th edition of the Iberoamerican showcase EXIB Música 2017 will take place in Portugal once more. The 2017 event will be based in Évora with additional activities in Arraiolos and Montemor-o-Novo. The expo focuses on the Spanish and Portuguese-speaking countries in the Iberian Peninsula and the Americas. It will be held June 7-10, 2017.

The program will be based on the premises of the Expo: impulse, commitment, diversity, industry and identity.

The program will feature 18 showcases from all Iberoamerica as well as 12 Off-EXIB concerts representing the music of the Portuguese regions. The expo will include a professional area with booths to disseminate information and generate networking.

The 4th edition of EXIB Música comes with important international collaborations as well as reflections on the space of musical management in the Creative Economy.

The program will also include the launch of projects, laboratories on music, meetings, masterclasses and documentaries of Ibero-American music.

More at exibmusica.com

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Acclaimed Flamencos and Mestizos Series Returns to Madrid This Week

The SGAE Foundation will present a new edition of its much-admired Flamencos and Mestizos series March 9-12, 2017 at Sala Berlanga in Madrid.

The showcase will feature performances by La Shica, Pablo Rubén Maldonado & La Susi; Enrique Heredia ‘Negri’, Genara Cortés, Toñi Fernández and the bailaoras (dancers) Macarena Ramírez, Leilah Broukhim and Antonio Molina ‘El Choro’.

Flamencos and mestizos will open on Thursday, March 9th with two shows that defy tradition. First, with the heterogeneous style of La Shica, which will present a form of flamenco fused with alternative genres such as punk, rock or funk. She will be joined by the young bailaora (dancer) Macarena Ramírez, whose wild performances steer away from orthodoxy.

On March 10, the Berlanga Hall will host Pablo Rubén Maldonado (piano) & La Susi (vocals). They play flamenco that rather than fusion is evolution. The double bill will also feature Enrique Heredia ‘Negri’, one of the finest vocalists of new flamenco.

Singer-songwriter Toñi Fernández and bailaor (dancer) Antonio Molina ‘El Choro’ will dive into Flamenco roots to endow them with new meanings on Saturday, March 11.

Vocalist Genara Cortés and dancer Leilah Broukhim will present the final performance of the current edition of the Flamencos and Mestizos series on Sunday, March 12 with a show that demonstrates that flamenco does not recognize borders.

Flamencos and mestizos is a showcase series created to provide a window to emerging artists who straddle the border between deep flamenco and mestizo flamenco through music and dance. This is the fifth installment of this series started in 2015, directed by producer, composer and singer Paco Ortega.

Sala Berlanga is located at Calle de Andres Mellado, 53, 28015 Madrid.
Time 21:00 (9:00 pm).
Tickets: €5.50 euros

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Austrian Band Alma Wins German World Music Award

Austrian act Alma won the 2017 German World Music Award “Festival-Ruth.” The Ruth is one of the four yearly awards from Rudolstadt-Festival, the biggest German World Music Festival TFF Rudolstadt.

Alma (meaning soul in Spanish) includes five musicians from Austria, four women and one man, with roots in Jazz, folk and classical music. Their music crosses boundaries, incorporating Alpine and Transalpine sounds from Central Europe.

The band will release its third album, titled Oeo, in June 2017.

The lineup includes Julia Lacherstorfer on violin, vocals; Evelyn Mair on violin, vocals; Matteo Haitzmann on violin, vocals; Marie-Theres Stickler on diatonic accordion, vocals; and Marlene Lacherstorfer on double bass, vocals.

Alma

Recent Alma-Videos:

 

 

 

A first Oeo teaser:

 

 

More at: www.almamusik.at

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Ultra High Flamenco Quartet to Perform at Flamenco Festival in New York and Miami

Ultra High Flamenco

Ultra High Flamenco Quartet will perform in New York City in March 18th as part of the international Flamenco Eñe tour. “It is inevitable to feel that this is a special occasion. UHF is a band in which each musician embraces a different genre; to show it at Joe’s Pub is a joy“, reveals Pablo Martín Caminero, bass player of the ensemble. The next day, the Adrienne Arsht Center Carnival Studio in Miami will present this avant-garde sound.

Playing at Flamenco Eñe was an incredible opportunity. It has allowed us to make our debut in the United States, to travel to the most important markets of
the world and to evolve as a band. All that we owe to Flamenco Eñe
“, adds Caminero.

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Rising Flamenco pianist Alfonso Aroca to Perform in Chicago and New York

Alfonso Aroca

Flamenco pianist Alfonso Aroca will debut in Chicago on March 10, 2017 with his project Orilla del mundo (Shore of the World). The following day, he will play at the Flamenco Festival in New York.

I really want to perform there because I know the public will appreciate my project. It is a flamenco that fuses with other styles, but always respecting the tradition,” says Aroca, proud to have participated in the SGAE Foundation’s Flamenco Eñe initiative. “Flamenco Eñe has been a great impetus for the careers of artists that move away from traditional flamenco and who belong to disciplines not so well known abroad.”

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