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Tunisian Sensation Emel Mathlouthi to Perform in New York

Influential Tunisian vocalist Emel Mathlouthi is set to perform February 24th, 2017 at Joe’s Pub in New York City. Emel Mathlouthi is well-known for her role as a leading artist in the Arab Spring.

Born in Tunis, she was avoided by her country’s official radio stations but gained popularity through social media. She released her acclaimed first album, Kelmti Horra (My Word is Free) in 2012. Emel’s style is characterized by her commanding vocals along with a fusion of North African rhythms and modern electronic beats.

Her new album, Ensen, is scheduled for release February 24, 2017.

Joe’s Pub
425 Lafayette St, New York
Doors at 9:00 p.m., Show at 9:30 p.m.

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KCRW’s World Festival Announces 2017 Lineup

Ziggy Marley

The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association announced program for the 19th season of KCRW’s World Festival at the Hollywood Bowl. The event is a partnership between KCRW and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association. The first concert will start on Sunday, June 18, 2017.

KCRW’s World Festival at the Hollywood Bowl:

Sunday, June 18, at 7:00 p.m.

Reggae Night XVI
Ziggy Marley with orchestra
The Specials (ska)
U-Roy
Hollywood Bowl Orchestra with Thomas Wilkins, conductor
Reggae star Ziggy Marley will make his orchestral debut playing a set of his and his father Bob Marley’s music.

Sunday, June 25, at 7:00 p.m.

Seu Jorge – The Life Aquatic: A Tribute to David Bowie
Hollywood Bowl Orchestra with Thomas Wilkins, conductor

Brazilian singer Seu Jorge will celebrate David Bowie’s catalog, with an orchestra for the first time, through a Brazilian lens.

Sunday, July 9, at 7:00 p.m.

Blondie · Garbage
Sky Ferreira

Sunday, August 6, at 7:00 p.m.

Belle And Sebastian
Spoon
Additional artist to be announced

Sunday, August 27, at 7:00 p.m.

Pink Martini featuring China Forbes and Storm Large
Charo

Sunday, September 24, at 7:00 p.m.
Cosmic Journey
Solange
Plus Blood Orange and special guests King ·
Kelela · Moses Sumney · Kelsey Lu and more

More information at HollywoodBowl.com or via phone at 323-850-2000.

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Leading American Roots Festival Sneak Peek with MerleFest on the Road

Locust Honey

MerleFest, the popular American roots music festival founded by influential musician Doc Watson will offer music fans a sneak peek of this spring’s festival with MerleFest on the Road. The festival will present various artists on tour throughout the Southeastern United Sytates during March. The tour will present select artists that will perform at MerleFest 2017 or have performed previously at the festival: Mark Bumgarner, Jonathan Byrd & The Pickup Cowboys, and Locust Honey.

MerleFest 2017 will take place from April 27-30 on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina.

Tour Schedule:

Thursday, February 23 – Floyd Country Store, Floyd, Virginia.
Friday, February 24 – Gaston County Museum, Dallas, North Carolina
Saturday, February 25 – Willingham Theater, Yadkinville, North Carolina
Sunday, February 26 – Hendershot’s Coffee Bar, Athens, Georgia
Thursday, March 2 – Isis Music Hall, Asheville, North Carolina
Friday, March 3 – Down Home, Johnson City, Tennessee.
Saturday, March 4 – Van Dyke Performance Space, Greensboro, North Carolina
Sunday, March 5 – Motorco, Durham, North Carolina

More about Merlefest: merlefest.org

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Roots Music at Primavera Trompetera Festival 2017 in Spain

The Primavera Trompetera Festival 2017 will take place March 31 – April 1 at the racetrack in Jerez de la Frontera, in southern Spain. The festival will feature a wide-range of genres, including mestizo, world music and reggae. Some of Spain’s leading roots music acts will perform there along with Asian Dub Foundation and American band Balkan Beat Box.

The lineup includes Asian Dub Foundation, Eskorzo, The Zombie Kids, La Jungla Band, Miguel Caamaño Dj Set , Los Vivos, La Tarambana, Kase.O, Balkan Beat Box, Tomasito, Enseco, Loquillo, Fali Abad, Cristo el Mesías de Jerez, Marcos Cruz Dj Set, Chagar Dj Set, Bony Stuche Dj Set, Aivan Cabrera Dj Set, Dannyboy DJ Set, Cali Dj set, Miguel Campello, Guadalupe Plata, Rozalén, Ganjahr Family & Atlantic Force Band, Gordo Master, Macaco, La Raíz, Narco, Nikone, G.a.s Drummers, La Selva Sur, Nach, Fuel Fandango, Poncho K, Emeterians & Forward Ever Band, Mama Ladilla , El Chojin, Estricnina, Mala Rodríguez, Chambao, Fyahbwoy & Forward Ever Band, Green Valley, Muchachito, Shotta and Mario Díaz.

More information at www.primaveratrompeterafestival.com

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Kalani Pe’a Wins Best Regional Roots Music Album Grammy Award

Kalani Pe’a – E Walea

E Walea (Kalani Pe’a Music) by Hawaiian artist Kalani Pe’a is the winenr of the Best Regional Roots Music Album at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards.

The other finalists were:

Broken Promised Land (Swallow Records) – Barry Jean Ancelet & Sam Broussard
It’s A Cree Thing (Canyon Records) – Northern Cree
Gulfstream (Octavia Records) – Roddie Romero And The Hub City All-Stars
I Wanna Sing Right: Rediscovering Lomax In The Evangeline Country (Valcour Records) – (Various Artists); Joshua Caffery & Joel Savoy, producers

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Fantastic Negrito Wins Best Contemporary Blues Album Grammy Award

Fantastic Negrito – The Last Days Of Oakland

The album The Last Days Of Oakland by Fantastic Negrito (Believe Global/Blackball Universe) is the winner of the Best Contemporary Blues Album
at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards.

The other finalists were:

Love Wins Again – Janiva Magness (Blue Élan Records)
Bloodline – Kenny Neal (Cleopatra Blues)
Give It Back To You – The Record Company (Concord Records)
Everybody Wants A Piece – Joe Louis Walker (Provogue)

Buy The Last Days Of Oakland

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Acclaimed Tuvan Throat Singing Ensemble Alash to Perform at The ArtsCenter in Carrboro

Alash

Renowned Tuvan throat singing ensemble Alash is set to perform this Thursday, February 16 at The ArtsCenter in Carrboro, North Carolina.

Alash’s musicians are maestros of Tuvan throat singing (xöömei), an extraordinary technique for singing multiple pitches at the same time. What differentiates this talented trio from earlier generations of Tuvan throat singers is the delicate addition of modern influences into their music.

Alash collaborated with American musicians Béla Fleck & the Flecktones and the jazz collective Sun Ra Arkestra.

Available recordings include Achai, Alash and Buura.

Tickets for this concert are $22. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit artscenterlive.org or call the Box Office at (919) 929-2787.

The ArtsCenter is located at 300-G E. Main Street in Carrboro.

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O’Connor Band Wins Best Bluegrass Album Grammy Award

O’Connor Band With Mark O’Connor – Coming Home

The album Coming Home (Rounder Records) by O’Connor Band With Mark O’Connor is the winner of Best Bluegrass Album at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards.

The other finalists were:

Original Traditional – Blue Highway (Rounder Records)
Burden Bearer – Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver (Mountain Home Music Company)
The Hazel And Alice Sessions – Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands (Spruce And Maple Music)
North By South – Claire Lynch (Compass Records)

Buy Coming Home in the Americas

Buy Coming Home in Europe

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Jose Lugo & Guasábara Combo Win Best Tropical Latin Album Grammy Award

Jose Lugo & Guasábara Combo – ¿Donde Están?

The album ¿Donde Están? (En Grande Music) by Jose Lugo & Guasábara Combo is the winner of the Best Tropical Latin Album at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards.

The other finalists were:

Conexión – Fonseca (Sony Music Entertainment US Latin)
La Fantasia Homenaje A Juan Formell – Formell Y Los Van Van (EGREM)
35 Aniversario – Grupo Niche (Niche Business Enterprises)
La Sonora Santanera En Su 60 Aniversario – La Sonora Santanera (Sony Music Entertainment México)

Buy ¿Donde Están?

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Ziggy Marley Wins Best Reggae Album Grammy Award

Ziggy Marley – Ziggy Marley

The self-titled album Ziggy Marley (Tuff Gong Worldwide) by Ziggy Marley won the Best Reggae Album Grammy at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards.

The other finalists were:

Sly & Robbie Presents… Reggae For Her (Tuff Gong International, Taxi Records) – Devin Di Dakta & J.L
Rose Petals (Wash House Music Group) – J Boog
Everlasting (Dub Rockers/VP Records) – Raging Fyah
Falling Into Place (87 Music/Hill Kid/Raise Up Music/Easy Star Records) – Rebelution
SOJA: Live In Virginia (ATO Records) – SOJA

Buy Ziggy Marley

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