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Stephen Marley and son, Jo Mersa Marley to Perform at 2017 Reggae Sumfest in Jamaica

Downsound Entertainment has announced a special performance by Stephen Marley together with his son, Jo Mersa Marley at Reggae Sumfest in Jamaica. The two artists are scheduled to perform on Saturday night, July 22, 2017 at Catherine Hall in Montego Bay.

Stephen Marley’s self-produced solo albums include ‘Mind Control’ (2007), ‘Mind Control Acoustic’ (2008), ‘Revelation Part I: The Root of Life’ (2011) and ‘Revelation Part II: The Fruit of Life’ (2016).
 


Jo Mersa Marley, Bob Marley’s 26-year-old grandson has a debut release titled ‘Comfortable’ that includes dancehall, R&B and Electronic Dance Music (EDM).

More at www.ReggaeSumfest.com

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Jake Shimabukuro Celebrates the 4th of July with “America the Beautiful”

Jake Shimabukuro

Hawaiian ukulele master Jake Shimabukuro celebrates the 4th of July with his version of “America the Beautiful” videotaped at Garden of the Gods Park in Colorado.

The song was originally written as a poem by Katharine Lee Bates after she visited Garden of the Gods in 1893.

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Lotus World Music & Arts Festival 2017 Announces Lineup

The 24th Lotus World Music & Arts Festival has revealed the 2017 program. The festival will take place September 28 – October 1, 2017 in Downtown Bloomington, Indiana (USA).

2017 Program

Trio de Kali
Soulful Mandé griot traditions, Mali

Alash
Traditional Tuvan throat-singing, Tuva (Russia)

Giri & Uni Peters
Brother-sister bluegrass duo, USA

Ladama
Pan-American music & cultural collaboration Venezuela-Colombia-Brazil-USA

Sahba Motallebi & Naghmeh Farahmand
Iranian String & Percussion, Iran

De Temps Antan
Traditional Québécois, French Canadian

Meklit

Meklit
Stylish Ethio-jazz, Ethiopia

Iberi
Traditional Georgian choral polyphony, Republic of Georgia

Rachel Sermanni
Scottish Singer-Songwriter, Scotland

Irene Atienza & Douglas Lora
Spanish & Brazilian vocals and guitar, Brazil

Lo’Jo: Fonetiq
North African, Gypsy, and French folk fusion, France

Isabel Berglund
Collaborative textile art installations, Denmark

The Outside Track
Scots, Irish, & Cape Breton folk fusion, Ireland

Väsen
Modern Swedish string music, Sweden

Alex Cuba
Cuban pop Singer-Songwriter, Canada Cuba

Kaia Kater
Appalachian African-American, Canada

Betsayda Machado y La Parranda el Clavo
Afro-Venezuelan parranda traditions, Venezuela

Pascuala Ilabaca y Fauna
Chilean singer-songwriter, Chile

Sam Bartlett
Cranky Storyteller, USA (Lotus Dickey Artist)

More at www.lotusfest.org

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Musicport Festival Announces 2017 Program


British world music festival Musicport has announced its 2017 lineup. The festival takes place October 20th – 22nd, 2017 at Whitby Pavilion, West Cliff, Whitby.

This year’s program includes:

Afro Celt Sound System: masters of Celtic fusion.

Benjamin Zephaniah & The Revolutionary Minds: Pioneering dub reggae poet, writer, social commentator and music maker with new album “Revolutionary Minds.

Trio Da Kali (Mali): A Malian super group with an impressive roster. Singer Hawa is the daughter of the great Kass Mady Diabaté, still one of West Africa’s great voices. Lassana Diabaté, formerly with Toumani Diabaté’s Symmetric Orchestra, is a master of the ancient West African wooden xylophone, the balafon, while ngoni player Mamadou Kouyaté is the eldest son of the instrument’s greatest exponent, Bassekou Kouyaté.

Tcha Limberger’s Kalotaszeg Trio (Hungary): A trio showcasing specifically the folk music played by Gypsies in a small region of Transylvania with a universally respected cultural heritage. The three main repertoires played are Hungarian, Romanian, and Gypsy. Led by the remarkable fiddler Tcha.

Kefaya: Ecstatic Indo-prog led by the virtuoso talents of Giuliano Moderelli & Al McSween both who trained at Leeds College Of Music. Winner of Songlines 2017 Newcomer Award.

Maia Barou (Japan/France): The daughter of a Japanese painter and a French author/producer, the flute is her first instrument but she sings using a special technique from a small island in the South of Japan, mixing it with modern and electric sounds.
Maarja Nuut (Estonia): Charismatic fiddler and singer from Northern Estonia. Her music combines traditional dance tunes, songs and stories with live electronics to create an intricate layered soundscape in a space where minimalism and experimental music meet the village musical traditions of pre-war Europe.

Joanne Harris & Storytime Band: The internationally acclaimed author of Chocolat brings a new live show to the festival, featuring dark tales from her forthcoming collection and projections, original music and song from the band she has been a member of since college.

Amaraterra: A London-based group of expatriates from Salento in southern Italy, whose songs in the pizzica dance style speak of love, longing and passion.
Andy Kershaw: A late night DJ set from the broadcaster journalist and foremost advocate of the type of music Musicport promotes.

Maya Youssef

Maya Youssef Trio (Syria): Virtuoso Syrian kanun player Maya whose virtuosity and unique innovative approach to playing the kanun, originally a traditional instrument, have expanded her audiences to international platforms.

Rafiki Jazz: A UK ensemble spanning four continents with refugee artists at its heart.

Jamie Smith’s Mabon (Wales): One of the UK’s finest Celtic music acts.

Omar Puente’s Cuban Sextet: Omar is a Cuban-born violinist and jazz musician, currently living in England.
Fistful of Spookies: UK contingent of the phenomenon that is the Spooky Men’s Chorale. The Spooky Men’s Chorale emerged the Blue Mountains of NSW fifteen years ago and armed with no more than their impressively cavernous vocal chords, a nice line in deadpan, improbable facial hair and an ill-matched set of hats, have been gleefully wooing audiences throughout Australia, NZ and the UK ever since.

Himmerland (Denmark): A group of five travelling musicians who come from Denmark, Poland and Ghana, in West Africa who met in beautiful wide-skied northern part of Jutland called Himmerland. They compose their own music and infuse it with all the different traditions that run in their blood and travel the world performing it.
Bollywood Jazz Project: A joyous collision of styles as virtuoso jazz musicianship meets the technicolor drama of Bollywood for a journey through cinematic sound and created developed here in Yorkshire.

Orchestra of Samples Addictive TV perform their latest audio visual. The duo has won international acclaim for the project described as “a glimpse into the very essence of music” and “ingenious and compelling”. 200 musicians from more than 25 different countries are sampled, combined and reimagined into extraordinary unique fusions that cross multiple styles and cultures alongside live musicians.

Pete Williams & His Band: Founding member of Dexys Midnight Runners, Pete with his band of merry Midlanders deliver songs of mystery, imagination, love, loss, joy and memory that come down on you like a ton of feathers.

Ian Prowse: All-Liverpudlian musical hero and frontman of both Pele & Amsterdam and a solo artist of renown who has worked with Elvis Costello, John Peel & Christy Moore amongst many others in his long career.

Rory McLeod & The Familiar Strangers present internationally popular performer Rory’s songs in a fresh and exciting new musical environment and bring a musical depth and range to compliment Rory’s outstanding talents as wordsmith his engaging and earthy performing qualities.

Kathakali Theatre Company: (India) Drama, dance, music and ritual are combined in the classical Indian art form kathakali. Featuring eminent artists from Kerala, South India. Stunning both visually and aurally this sacred theatre erupts on stage with striking images that expose the magical world of South India.

O’Hooley & Tidow: A West Yorkshire duo who we have seen develop from the start and who have now become one of the must-see acts on the circuit.

Hardeep Singh Kohli: Comedian, broadcaster, journalist, and chef. In addition to being a BBC Radio 4 favorite, Hardeep’s broadcast credits include shows ranging from Celebrity Masterchef & The One Show to Question Time & This Week. He has also won a BAFTA for his work as director. Here he’ll run cookery stage and DJ.

Bob’s Blundabus: The double decker bar & venue home to clowns, storytellers and comedians and our onsite fringe venue.

Grace Petrie: Folk singer, songwriter, and activist from Leicester who first exploded on to the national protest scene in 2010 with the emotive anthem Farewell to Welfare, which captured perfectly the spirit of the new wave of dissent in austerity Britain.

Bar Steward Sons Of Val Doonican

Hattie Hatstar: Acoustic-comedy-punk-folk-cabaret

Leasungspell: Teesside poet Bob Beagrie’s epic poem set in the wilds of Northumbria in the year 657 AD.

More information at Tel: 01947 603475 to book or visit: www.musicportfestival.com
www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/musicport-festival

headline photo: Trio Da Kali

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Applications are Open for Music Action Lab 2.0

Applications are now open for Music Action Lab 2.0, a program described as a one month of nonstop creativity, music, and social innovation. The lab is targeting musicians seeking to use their music for peace building and social change, creating a new musical language based on social justice principles.

During four weeks, Fellows will learn leadership skills, design innovation, and social entrepreneurship from international experts, and create entirely collaborative new music under the mentorship of professional recording artists that will conclude in a series of live concerts and a full album.

Thanks to its core programs partners, the San Francisco 49ers Academy, Fellows will experience state-of-the-arts multimedia studio space and the opportunity to mentor local area youth. Fellows will also debut their music in Mexico at the international poverty alleviation “un-conference” Opportunity Collaboration, in front of an audience of hundreds of thinkers and leaders in social change.

For more information and to apply go to http://giantstepsmusic.org/music-action-lab

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Mokoomba Announces 2017 North America Summer Tour

Mokoomba

Popular Zimbabwean world music act Mokoomba will be touring the United States and Canada again this summer. The group from Victoria Falls is currently touring in support of its new album, Luyando.

Tour Dates:

7/14-16: Detroit, MI: Concert of Colors

7/19: Nuits d’Afrique, Montreal, QP

7/21-22: Grassroots Festival, Trumansburg, NY

7/23: Mountain Stage, Charleston, WV

7/26: Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH

7/27-30: Lowell Folk Festival, Lowell, MA

8/1: Kennedy Center Millenium Stage, Washington DC

8/5: Erie Art Museum Festival, Erie, PA

8/6: Musical Instrument Museum, Phoenix, AZ

8/9: Stanford University, Stanford, CA

8/10-13: Edmonton Folk Festival – Canada, Edmonton, AB

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