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UnampliFire #2 to Present Folk and World Acts in London

Martin Carthy
Martin Carthy

The Nest Collective has announced the second edition of UnampliFire. The new event, called UnampliFire #2 will take place at St Marks – Dalston in London on November 26th, 2016.

UnampliFire will present the artists with no amplification, no soundchecks, and no waiting around – just pure, unadulterated music. The lineup includes Seckou Keita, Martin Carthy, Green Gartside (of Scritti Politti), Cosmo Sheldrake, London Bulgarian Choir, Men Diamler, The Nightjar, Ríoghnach Connolly (The Breath, Afro Celt Soundsystem), Snufkin, Samantha Whates, Flats & Sharps, and Fran Foote (Stick in the Wheel).

Time: 16:00 – 00:00
St Mark’s Church, E8 2LG



The Breath to Perform in Liverpool

The Breath
The Breath

Contemporary Irish folk music group The Breath is set to perform on Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at The Capstone Theatre, Liverpool Hope University Creative Campus.

The Breath is Stuart McCallum (former guitarist of The Cinematic Orchestra), Irish singer Rioghnach Connolly, and McCallum’s fellow Cinematic colleague, pianist John Ellis, along with drummer Elliot Bennett.

Born out of Manchester’s fertile music scene, they mix Irish folk influences with mesmerizing guitar riffs, anthemic themes and powerful hooks.

The Breath - Carry Your Kin
The Breath – Carry Your Kin


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La Negra, Radio Cos and Niño de Elche to Perform at WOMEX

Radio Cos
Radio Cos

Spanish artists La Negra, Radio Cos y Niño de Elche are set to perform at world music showcase WOMEX in Santiago de Compostela (Spain), October 19-23. The three acts are presented by Sounds From Spain, a platform designed to promote Spanish music overseas.

About the artists

Flamenco artist Amparo Velasco, known as La Negra, has worked with artists such as José Mercé and Vicente Amigo. She combines jazz, African rhythms and Latin beats with flamenco roots. She recently released an album titled Colore (Colors).

Vocalists and percussionists Xurxo Fernandes and Quique Peón are Radio Cos, a well-known band from Galicia. They reconfigure Galician traditional music, fusing sounds of the countryside with other elements. They wll be joined by Pedro Lamas on bagpipe and soprano sax, Nikolay Velikov on violin and Xan Pampín on accordion.

Francisco Contreras, known as Niño de Elche, is an unconventional singer and multidisciplinary artist. His compositions combine flamenco vocals and guitar with poetry, improvisation, rock and electronics, among others. His new album is titled Voces del Extremo, (Voices of the Far).

La Negra and Radio Cos will play at the official WOMEX stage at Plaza de la Quintana. La Negra is scheduled for October 21 at 21:00. Radio Cos will perform on and October 22 at 21:45.

Meanwhile, Niño de Elche will appear at Atlantic Stage (Teatro Principal) on October 20 at 22:30, sharing the bill with Nakany Kanté, Narf & Timbila Muzimba, Xabier Diaz and Xarnege.


globalFEST Announces 2017 Lineup

World music festival globalFEST announced the lineup of showcase artists scheduled to perform on January 8, 2017 at Webster Hall in New York City.

The artists include Congolese rumba band L’Orchestre Afrisa (D.R. Congo/USA); Afro-Venezuelan artist Betsayda Machado; Washington DC’s go-go band Rare Essence; Ranky Tanky’s Gullah Sea Island music; Cuba’s legendary Septeto Santiaguero; the electro-Angolan roots sound of Batida; Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Indo-Pak Coalition; Korea’s SsingSsing; African nu-soul singer Jojo Abot; and the mesmerizing Estonian avant-folk violinist and singer Maarja Nuut.

Additional artists will be announced at a later time.

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Headline photo: Betsayda Machado y La Parranda El Clavo


Bickram Ghosh’s Drums of India to Perform at The Schimmel Center in New York City

Bickram Ghosh
Bickram Ghosh

Indian percussion virtuoso Bickram Ghosh and his Drums of India are set to perform on Saturday, October 22, 2016 at The Schimmel Center in New York City. The band includes Bickram Ghosh on tabla, kanjira, body percussion, and handsonic; Gopal Barman on srikhol; Suresh Vaidyanathan on ghatam and morsing; and Abhisek Mallick on sitar.

Ghosh is one of India’s finest tabla players and a l-known figure in the world of Indo-fusion music. He toured the globe with the legendary Pt. Ravi Shankar. Ghosh later formed his tremendously successful band Rhythmscape.

Bickram Ghosh has over 100 albums to his credit. His most recent is Maya – Bickram Ghosh’s Dedication to Ravi Shankar.

He’s also a prolific film composer and together with Sonu Nigam, received an Oscar nomination for Best Original Score for the Bollywood film ‘Jai’. In 2012 he was awarded the prestigious Banga Bhushan award, the second highest civilian State award , and in 2015 the Maha Sangeet Samman, the highest musical recognition in West Bengal by the Chief Minister of Bengal Smt. Mamata Banerjee.

The Schimmel Center
3 Spruce Street – New York, NY 10038
(Between Gold St and Park Row)


Flamenco Maestro Tomatito to Perform in Los Angeles

Tomatito, one of the finest Flamenco guitarists, is set to perform with his sextet on Friday, October 21, 2016at Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles.

José Fernández Torres, better known as Tomatito, is one of today’s most respected flamenco guitarists. He’s known for his mastery of traditional rhythms, his classic work with singer Camarón del la Isla, and his groundbreaking fusions of flamenco with other genres.

Tomatito’s sextet includes José del Tomate on guitar; Piraña on percussion; Kiki Cortiñas and Morenito de Íllora on vocals; and José Maya, one of the most exciting flamenco dancers today. Maya is one of the most impressive dancers in Spain today, a powerful figure in flamenco’s new generation.




Tomatito has won a total of five Grammy Awards (one with jazz pianist Michel Camilo) and a Latin Grammy for his albums “Aguadulce” and “Soy Flamenco”. He has collaborated with many artists from around the world, including Elton John and Frank Sinatra, and has influenced a whole generation of young guitarists. His latest album is “Soy Flamenco.”



Friday, October 21, 2016; 8:00 p.m.
Wilshire Ebell Theatre
4401 West 8th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90005
(Bet. Wilshire Blvd. & West 8th St. on S. Lucerne Blvd.); 800.595.4849

Headline photo: Tomatito by Edu Hernández


Fado Star Mariza to Perform at The Town Hall in New York City



Acclaimed Portuguese vocalist Mariza is set to perform Saturday, October 15, 2016 at The Town Hall in New York City.

The fado singer will be presenting her new album Mundo (World) that features classic songs honoring the late fado legend Amalia Rodrigues and legendary tango singer Carlos Gardel, as well as new songs written for her by the Grammy-winning Spanish producer Javier Limón. On Mundo, Mariza sings in Portuguese and Spanish.



8:00 p.m.
The Town Hall


Sahba Motallebi and T.J. Troy at Music Vault Academy in Laguna Hills

Sahba Motallebi
Sahba Motallebi

Iranian tar and setar maestra Sahba Motallebi and percusionist T.J. Troy are set to perform on Saturday, October 15 at The Music Vault Academy in Laguna Hills, south of Los Angeles.

Sahba Motallebi is one of the leading performers of the tar and setar, lute-style stringed instruments that are fundamental in Persian classical music. For the past years, Sahba has lived near Los Angeles.

T.J. Troy plays percussion from various parts of the world. He is one of the most multidimensional and sought after percussionist in Los Angeles. He is principal percussionist for MESTO, an internationally recognized orchestra specializing in Middle Eastern Classical Music.

Music Vault Academy
25255 Cabot Rd #100, Laguna Hills, CA 92653
Tickets are still available at or by calling 949-257-2744.


Rokia Traoré to Perform at Symphony Space

Rokia Traoré
Rokia Traoré


Acclaimed Malian singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Rokia Traoré is set to perform on Sunday, October 30, 2016 at Symphony Space in New York City.

Rokia Traoré mixes the sounds of Mali with desert blues, folk, and other musical traditions. On her 2016 album, Né So, Rokia invited John Parish (PJ Harvey, Eels), John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin), and Devendra Banhart to help her communicate her deep sorrow at the state of chaos in her native Mali.


Rokia Traoré - "Né So" (Nonesuch Records, 2016)
Rokia Traoré – “Né So” (Nonesuch Records, 2016)


Rokia continues the strong modern legacy of female singer-songwriters from Mali such as Oumou Sangare and Fatomatou Diawara, and takes the desert blues and folk traditions of her homeland to new realms,” says World Music Institute artistic director Par Neiburger, “Rokia’s style is distinct, and her vocals and musicianship make her a singular artist who appeals to even those not familiar with or previously exposed to African music.”



Sunday, October 30, 2016, 8:00 p.m.
Symphony Space
2537 Broadway
Tickets: $35 / $45 / $55


KCRW 89.9 FM & Afro Funke’ to Present “Africa Rising” in Los Angeles


Radio station KCRW 89.9 FM and Afro Funke’ will present the African world music showcase “Africa Rising” Saturday, October 15, 2016 at The Ford Theatres in Los Angeles.

Ghanaian-born Rocky Dawuni will present his Afro Roots combination of reggae, Afrobeat, highlife and soul, along with special guests. Dawuni’s most recent album is “Branches of the Same Tree.”

WONDEM, an Ethiopian influenced music ensemble led by Los Angeles native Dexter Story will be joined by Congolese-Belgian vocalist Marie Daulne of Afropop group Zap Mama.

Saturday, October 15, 2016 at 7pm
Ford Theatres
2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East
Hollywood, CA 90068
(just off the 101, between Hollywood and Universal Studios in the Cahuenga Pass)