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Madison World Music Festival Reveals 2017 Line-Up

The 14th annual Madison World Music Festival lineup was announced this week. The festival takes place September 15 and 16 in Madison, Wisconsin (USA). Venues include the Memorial Union Terrace and Fredric March Play Circle as well as the large stage in the Willy Street Fair.

The concerts are all free and open to the public, sponsored by the Wisconsin Union Theater and UW Credit Union.

Friday, September 15:

Memorial Union:

4:00, Opening: Wisconsin Dells Singers, Ho-Chunk, Terrace

4:45, Bang Data, Latin Alternative, Terrace

6:45, Flor De Toloache, women mariachis, Terrace

7:15, Trio Brasileiro (Brazil), Fredric March Play Circle

8:45, Orkesta Mendoza (Tucson/Latin America), Terrace

(And: Wild Rumpus Stilt Walkers)

Saturday, September 16:

Willy Street Fair:

2:15-3:00 Immigré, Madison, Afro-funk

3:45-5:00 Bideew Bou Bess (Senegal)

5:45-7:00 Ladama (Latin America)

7:45-9:00 Vox Sambou (Haiti)

Memorial Union Terrace:

8:30: The Skatalites (Jamaica)

headline photo: Vox Sambou (Haiti)

for more details go to madison-world-music-festival

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WOMEX 2017 Reveals First Set offWOMEX Showcase Artists

La Banda Morisca

World Music Expo WOMEX has revealed the first batch of offWOMEX showcase artists. These acts will be performing October 25-29, 2017 in Katowice, Poland. Additional artists will be announced in the next days.

Line – Up:

47Soul (Palestine/UK)
Alaw (UK)
Havana D’Primera (Cuba)
Juan Mari Beltrán (Spain)
La Banda Morisca (Spain)
Lankum (Ireland)
Txarango (Spain)
Wesli (Haiti/Canada)

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Cuban Star Daymé Arocena to Perform at Skirball Cultural Center 2017 Sunset Concerts Series

Acclaimed Cuban vocalist Daymé Arocena is set to perform on Thursday, August 17, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. A singer, composer, and choir director, Arocena’s inspiration comes from jazz, soul, classical music, and Cuban musical traditions. This is a free admission concert available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Her most recent recording is Cubafonía

The evening will begin with DJ Carlos Niño of dublab at 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, August 17, 2017, at 8:00 p.m.
Skirball Cultural Center
2701 N. Sepúlveda Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90049
(310) 440-4500

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World Music institute to Present Masters of African Music

Mahmoud Ahmed

The World Music institute will present top African world music artists in New York City as part of its Masters of African Music series.

Acclaimed Ethiopian acts Mahmoud Ahmed and Hailu Mergia are scheduled to perform on September 15, 2017 at The Town Hall. Both artists appeared in the influential Éthiopiques compilation series that highlighted the finest Ethiopian artists over the past 20 years. Recording available: Ethiopiques, Vol. 7: Ere Mela Mela.

Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 are set to perform on September 20, 2017 at the Brooklyn Bowl. Seun Kuti is one of the sons of Afrobeat trailblazer Fela Kuti. He leads his father’s band Egypt 80. recordings: From Africa With Fury, Seun Kuti + Fela’s Egypt 80, and A Long Way To The Beginning.

Jazz Epistles featuring celebrated South African musicians Abdullah Ibrahim & Ekaya and Hugh Masekela will perform on April 19, 2018 at the BAM Opera House.

Tickets are available at www.worldmusicinstitute.org, or by calling 212-279-4200.

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New York’s World Music Institute Reveals The 2017-18 Season

The World Music Institute (WMI) has announced the 2017-18 series of concerts. The world music programming includes over 40 performances by musicians from 28 countries.

Some of the highlights include acclaimed Ethiopian stars Mahmoud Ahmed and Hailu Mergia; the New York debut of Tuareg rising star, guitarist Mdou Moctar and his band; Portuguese Fado star Mariza; Lebanese singer-songwriter Yasmine Hamdan; Hindustani bansuri master Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia; Afrobeat/techno duo Tony Allen & Jeff Mills; Chinese pipa virtuoso Wu Man; Malian kora masters Toumani Diabaté & Sidiki Diabaté; South African jazz legends Abdulla Ibrahim and Hugh Masekela; Ibibio Sound Machine; Canadian Inuk artist Tanya Tagaq; and a special collaboration between Kronos Quartet and Soo Yeon Lyuh, master of the haegeum (Korean two-string fiddle).

Wu Man

Venues include intimate spaces such as Littlefield and The David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center as well as large-scale stages like BAM Opera House, Apollo Theater and The Town Hall.

For a more details, tickets and complete list of events go to www.worldmusicinstitute.org, or call 212-279-4200.

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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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Top World Music Talent at Concert of Colors 2017 in Detroit

The 25th edition of the Concert of Colors festival is set to take place July 12-16, 2017 in Detroit. The free five-day festival will present world music genres such as African, reggae, and Latin along with electronica, soul and jazz artists.

The acts on Wednesday, July 12 at Third Man Records include gospel act Nikki D. Brown and the Sisters of Thunder, gospel band Pure Heart Travelers and Detroit-based musician and producer Warren Defever.

The African artists scheduled to perform include Zimbabwean band Mokoomba on Saturday, July 15 and Sunday, July 16, and Ghanaian reggae star Rocky Dawuni. Mokoomba is touring North America in support of its new album, Luyando.

Latin music will be represented by East Los Angeles band Las Cafeteras, the Big 3 Palladium Orchestra and Colombian global electronica act Sidestepper. Las Cafeteras will also present a free workshop and performance at the Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation at 12 p.m., Friday, July 14.

The festival will also include additional free workshops, forums, film screenings and after parties. For the complete lineup and schedule go to www.concertofcolors.com.

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Guitarists Jose Maria Bandera and Amir John Haddad to Celebrate Paco de Lucía’s Final Work

Canción Andaluza, the last album released by guitar maestro and Paco de Lucía will be presented live for the first time as a tribute led by two world class guitarists, Paco’s nephew José Maria Bandera (a regular member of Paco’s band) and Amir John Haddad (El Amir). The concert will take place at the IV Encuentro Internacional de Guitarra Paco de Lucía on July 18th, 2017 in Paco de Lucia’s birthplace, Algeciras (Spain).

Canción Andaluza focused on popular Andalusian music known as copla. It received two 2 Latin Grammy awards in 2014 for Best Flamenco Album and Best Album of the Year.
The lineup for this special concert includes José María Bandera on guitar; El Amir on guitar and bouzouki; Josemi Garzón on double bass; and Israel Katumba on percussion. Celebrated flamenco singer Arcángel is scheduled to appear as special guest.

July 18th, 2017
Parque María Cristina, Algeciras
10:00 p.m.

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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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