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Transfixing Estonian Fiddler Maarja Nuut to Perform at Play Circle in Madison

Maarja Nuut
Maarja Nuut

Fiddler Maarja Nuut is set to perform at Fredric March Play Circle Theater in Madison, Wisconsin on Saturday February 4, 2016.

Maarja Nuut is a fiddler, vocalist and composer and singer from northern Estonia, who combines traditional folk music influences with electronics.

Her first solo album, “Soolo,” was released in 2013 and put her on the world music map in Europe. Since then, she has performed at numerous events and festivals across Europe, including the influential WOMEX international world music showcase and conference in Spain and Eurosonic Noordeslag.

Her second album was released on June 3rd 2016, titled “Une meeles.”

Maarja Nuut - Une Meeles
Maarja Nuut – Une Meeles

Tickets are available online, by phone at 608-265-ARTS (2787) or in person.


Superb World Music and Roots Programming at Savannah Music Festival 2017

Earls of Leicester
Earls of Leicester

The Savannah Music Festival 2017 will present an impressive set of world music and American roots sounds. The festival will take place from March 23 to April 8, 2017.

The lineup includes acclaimed Québécois traditional ensembles Le Vent du Nord and De Temps Antan; Canary Island timple (a small Spanish guitar) maestro Germán López; Dom Flemons; Foghorn Stringband; Caleb Klauder & Reeb Willms; cellist and vocalist Leyla McCalla; Haitian vodou drum and dance ensemble Chouk Bwa Libète; dobro maestro Jerry Douglas with celebrated bluegrass band the Earls of Leicester; Molsky’s Mountain Drifters; Irish accordionist Máirtín O’Connor; Geno Delafose & French Rockin’ Boogie; Holt & Coleman; banjo player Noam Pikelny; Sufi singer Sanam Marvi; 80-year-old virtuoso multi-instrumentalist Hermeto Pascoal; mandolinist Danilo Brito’s choro quintet; Edgar Meyer & Mike Marshall; and admired Ukrainian band DakhaBrakha with an original score for the 1930 Dovzhenko silent film, Earth.

Tickets to the 2017 festival are available online at, by phone at 912-525-5050 and in person at 216 E. Broughton Street in Savannah.


Ismail Lumanovski, Tamer Pinarbasi & Ara Dinkjian to Perform at Roulette

The Secret Trio - Photo by Onur Gunay
The Secret Trio – Photo by Onur Gunay

The Secret Trio is set to perform at Roulette on Saturday, December 3, 2016. The Secret Trio is an ensemble featuring three remarkable musicians rooted in Turkish, Balkan Roma (Gypsy) and Armenian music. The three artists came together to create a new form of chamber music. Not bound by a single tradition, they perform original pieces and traditional melodies that incorporate the microtonal modes and improvisation of the Middle East, dance rhythms of the Balkans, and elements of jazz,rock, and classical music.

The trio includes Ismail Lumanovski, a virtuoso clarinetist and member of the New York Gypsy All-Stars; Tamer Pinarbasi, a master kanun (zither) player and a member of the New York Gypsy All-Stars; and Ara Dinkjian, one of the world’s finest ud (fretless lute) players, who is best known as the founder of the highly influential and groundbreaking instrumental group Night Ark.

The Secret Trio was formed in 2010 and has two albums on the Traditional Crossroads label: Soundscapes (2012) and Three of Us (2015).

Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave at 3rd Ave near BAM & Barclays Center, Brooklyn
Tickets at
Tickets: $30; seniors, students $26


Fado Star António Zambujo to Perform in London

António Zambujo
António Zambujo

Acclaimed fado artist António Zambujo is set to perform on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at Union Chapel in London. Stranger Stranger will be the supporting act.

António Zambujo is fado vocalist and Portuguese guitar player. He was raised listening to Cante Alentejano, a regional genre that inspired him while growing up in Beja, Portugal. At the age of eight he studied clarinet at the Baixo Alentejo Regional Conservatory. At that time, Zambujo becae fascinated with fado. He was shaped by Amália Rodrigues, Maria Teresa de Noronha, Alfredo Marceneiro, João Ferreira Rosa, Max and others. He regularly sang for his family and friends and won a local fado contest at the age of 16.

After completing his clarinet studies, Zambujo moved to Lisbon. Mário Pacheco, the renowned Portuguese guitar player and composer, straightway added him to his company at the prestigious Clube do Fado in the Alfama neighborhood.

Zambujo’s discography includes O mesmo Fado (2002), Por meu Cante (World Village, 2004), Outro Sentido (World Village, 2007), Guia (World Village, 2010), Quinto (World Village, 2012), Lisboa 22:38 – Ao Vivo no Coliseu (Universal Music, 2013), Rua Da Emenda (2014) and Até Pensei Que Fosse Minha (Universal Music, 2016).

Zambujo won the prestigious Amália Rodrigues Foundation award as best male fado singer in 2006. He has toured comprehensively in Europe and South America, including several sold-out concerts in Paris and Rio de Janeiro.

Union Chapel
Compton Terrace
N1 2UN
020 7226 1686


Savannah Music Festival Announces 2017 Program

Leyla McCalla
Leyla McCalla

Savannah Music Festival announced the 2017 lineup. The festival will run from March 23 to April 8, 2017. Concerts will take place Savannah’s historic district.
The Savannah Music Festival (SMF) features world music, folk, jazz and classical music.

“Our organization is entering its 28th season committed to facilitating world-class celebrations of the musical arts. This year’s lineup is more artistically diverse than any prior season, spotlighting the power of live music throughout fine art, pop fare and folk art,” said Savannah Music Festival Executive & Artistic Director Rob Gibson.

Highlights include a Piano Showdown with Cuban virtuoso Chucho Valdés, Panamanian star Danilo Pérez and Savannah Music Festival Associate Artistic Director Marcus Roberts. The world music and American roots program is also impressive, featuring acclaimed artists from the USA, Canada, Haiti, Ukraine, Canary Islands (Spain) and Brazil.

Tickets to the 2017 festival go on sale at 10am EST on November 11, 2016, online at, by phone at 912-525-5050 and in person at 216 E. Broughton Street in Savannah.


Acclaimed Spanish ensemble La Banda Morisca to Perform at Roulette in Brooklyn

La Banda Morisca - Photo by Ana Solinis
La Banda Morisca – Photo by Ana Solinis

La Banda Morisca, one of Spain’s finest world music acts, is set to perform on Saturday, November 19, 2016 at Roulette in New York City.

La Banda Morisca is based in Jerez de la Frontera, one of the cradles of flamenco. The group plays a mix of traditional flamenco, Arab-Andalusian melodies and rock. The concert will include material from La Banda Morisca’s recent album, Algarabya.

La Banda Morisca - Algarabiya
La Banda Morisca – Algarabiya

The ensemble includes José Maria Cala on vocals; José Cabral on ud, banjo, guitarra morisca; Antonio Torres on saxophones, tarota, gralla Juan Miguel Cabral on bass; Andrés Tomás Rodriguez on percussion, drums; and Belén Lucena on violin.

Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave at 3rd Ave near BAM & Barclays Center, Brooklyn
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Oliver Mtukudzi to Perform at The Opera House in Toronto

Oliver Mtukudzi
Oliver Mtukudzi

Acclaimed Zimbabwean guitarist, vocalist and composer Oliver Mtukudzi is set to perform on Friday November 11th at The Opera House in Toronto.

Oliver Mtukudzi, also known as “Tuku”, is a virtuoso guitarist with a deep and splendid voice. He sings in Zimbabwe’s dominant Shona language as well as Ndebele and English.

Oliver Mtukudzi’s discography includes: The Oliver Mtukudzi Collection: The Tuku Years, Paivepo, Shanda, Nhava, Tuku Music, and Vhunze Moto.

Tuku is a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for Eastern and Southern Africa, focusing on Young People’s Development and HIV and AIDS Prevention.

Doors: 21:00 / Show: 22:00
The Opera House, 735 Queen St E.
Advance at


RAM to Perform at Little Haiti Cultural Center in Miami


Haitian roots (misik rasin) band RAM is set to perform on November 5, 2016 at Little Haiti Cultural Center in Miami. RAM is based in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti. RAM 6: Manman m se Ginen, the new album from RAM includes many moods and styles, rooted in vodoo rhythms.

RAM started performing in 1990, and released its first album, Aïbobo, in 1993. The band’s music features traditional vodoo lyrics and musical instruments, for instance rara horns and petwo drums, into modern dance music and rock sung in Kreyol and English.

Buy RAM 6: Manman m se Ginen


Trio Da Kali and South African Guitarist Derek Gripper to Perform at Zankel Hall


On Saturday, November 12 at 8:30 p.m., Carnegie Hall in New York city will present a two-part program in Zankel Hall, featuring renowned South African guitarist Derek Gripper and Trio Da Kali, an ensemble of jeli (oral historians / praise singers) musicians from the Mandé culture of southern Mali.

Guitar maestro Derek Gripper recently explored new directions in African music and began transcribing the kora music of Malian masters Toumani Diabaté and Ballaké Sissoko for classical guitar. Mali’s fertile musical traditions are also represented on this program by artists Trio Da Kali, featuring Hawa Kassé Mady Diabaté, known for having one of the best griot voices in the country; master bala (xylophone) player Lassana Diabaté, and acclaimed bass ngoni (lute) player Mamadou Kouyaté, all whom have come from a long line of distinguished jelis (griots).

Tickets are available at the Carnegie Hall Box Office, 154 West 57th Street, at 212-247-7800 or by visiting the Carnegie Hall website,