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Lotus World Music & Arts Festival Announces 2016 Lineup

The annual Lotus World Music & Arts Festival will take place September 15-18 in Bloomington, Indiana. The four- day festival includes eight downtown venues with internationally recognized artists representing over 20 countries, including Zimbabwe, Israel, Ghana, Sudan, Argentina, Ethiopia, Finland, Hungary, and Mongolia.

The lineup this year includes Finnish folk music, Canary Islands’ timple, classical Indian sarod, reggae, American roots and folk music, east African afropop, Yemeni folk-electronica, and more.

Aallotar (Finland) – US Finnish-American folk music
Adonis Puentes (Cuba) Contemporary Cuban son
Alsarah & The Nubatones (Sudan/US) East African retro-pop
Altan (Ireland) Irish folk music
Anda Union (Mongolia) Mongolian folk music
Anna & Elizabeth (U.S.) American roots & folk
A-Wa (Israel) Yemenite folk & electronic dance
Ayaan Ali Bangash (India) Classical Indian sarod
Baladino (Israel) Sephardic & Mediterranean fusion
Federspeil (Austria) Austrian brass
Fémina (Argentina) Urban fusion from Patagonia
Fendika (Ethiopia) Traditional Ethiopian music and dance
Fiddle River Stringband (USA) community dance Old-time & community dance
Germán Lopéz (Spain) Timple from the Canary Islands
Lautari (Poland) Polish ethno-jazz
Lotus Dickey Tribute (USA) Honoring an Indiana music icon
Maryann Talia Pau (Australia) One Million Stars founder
Mokoomba (Zimbabwe) High-energy Afro-fusion
Movits! (Sweden) Swedish swing & hip-hop
My Bubba (Sweden/Iceland) Minimalist folk music from Scandinavia
Palenke Soultribe (Colombia/USA) Afro-Colombian electronica
Riyazz Qawwali (USA) South Asian Sufi devotional music
Rocky Dawuni (Ghana) Reggae
Solo & Indrė (Senegal /Lithuania) Senegalese kora/Lithuanian kankles
Söndörgő (Hungary) Balkan tamburitza
The Dhol Foundation (UK/England) Dhol & Bhangra percussion

More information at

Headline photo Anda Union


Israeli Electronic Folk Trio A-Wa to Perform in Los Angeles Skirball Cultural Center


Israeli electronic folk band A-Wa is set to perform Sunday, September 25, 2016. The group includes sisters Tair, Liron, and Tagel Haim who mix their voices and timeless Yemenite folk songs with modern electronic rhythms.

A-Wa was formed by the Haim sisters who grew up in the small desert village of Shaharut in the southern Israeli Arava Valley. After years of experimenting and recording new musical works in English, Hebrew, and Yemeni-Arabic for YouTube, the Haim sisters recruited Balkan Beat Box producer Tomer Yosef. Wearing signature fashion that combines urban aesthetics and traditional Middle Eastern garb, A-Wa’s 2015 music video for “Habib Galbi” (“Love Of My Heart”) went viral in the Middle East and has since attracted more than four million views on YouTube.

A-Wa’s debut album, A-Wa, is inspired by traditional love and protest songs of Yemenite women. A-Wa’s music also explores commonalities with their Arab neighbors, including language (the band usually sings in Yemeni-Arabic).

Sunday, September 25, 2016, 8:00 p.m.

Tickets available on site, online at, or by phone at (877) SCC-4TIX.


offWOMEX Showcases Confirmed

Anelis Assumpção - Photo by Renato Stockler
Anelis Assumpção – Photo by Renato Stockler

WOMEX 2016 organizers confirmed the offWOMEX showcase program which will bring artists from Canada, Mexico, Chad, Puerto Rico, Brazil, Japan and Portugal. WOMEX 2016 will take place in Santiago de Compostela, Spain during October 19 – 23.

List of offWOMEX artists at WOMEX 16:

Anelis Assumpção (Brazil)

Boogat (Canada/Mexico)
Latin Quebecois rapper, writer, producer.

H’Sao (Chad/Canada)
band of brothers merging global influences into Chadian roots.

iLe (Puerto Rico)
Calle 13’s little sister vintage Latin styles with post-nostalgic sheen.

Les Tireux d’Roches (Canada)
Québécois story-tellers.

Maltese Rock (Japan)
Avant-garde activists furthering positive social change with gypsy-punk-rock-enka-tinged Okinawan minyo.

Nomade Orquestra (Brazil)
Sao Paolo big-band’s widescreen mergings of Afro-beat, Ethio-jazz, reggae, hip-hop and psychedelic funk.

Quique Escamilla (Mexico/Canada)
Toronto-based Mexican singer who blends huapango and ranchera with country-and-reggae.

Reyfado Lisboa (Portugal)
Ensemble of young fado artists.


Celtic Connections 2017 Announces First Acts

Acclaimed world, folk and roots music festival Celtic Connections 2017 has announced some of the acts scheduled to perform in 2017. Although the full program will be revealed in October, tickets for Billy Bragg and Joe Henry’s concert at Celtic Connections 2017 are now on sale. Celtic Connections 2017 will take place from Thursday. January 19 to Sunday, February 5.

Billy Bragg and Joe Henry will be performing songs included on their album Shine A Light, that was recorded on a four day railroad trip across the United States, along with favorites from their own back catalogs on January 26 at the Old Fruitmarket.


Billy Bragg and Joe Henry - Shine A Light
Billy Bragg and Joe Henry – Shine A Light


In March 2016 Billy Bragg and Joe Henry, accompanied by their guitars, boarded a Los Angeles-bound train at Chicago’s Union Station seeking to reconnect with the culture of railroad travel and the music it inspired. Wandering along 2,728 miles of track over four days, the two musicians recorded classic railway songs in waiting rooms and at trackside while the train stopped to pick up passengers.



The UK’s number one star in the blues rock world Joanne Shaw Taylor, will be playing at the O2 ABC on January 20.

The following night The Felice Brothers will bring their classic American folk-rock and country-rock music to the O2 ABC, playing songs from their well-received album, Life in the Dark.


The Felice Brothers - Life in the Dark
The Felice Brothers – Life in the Dark


Australian guitarist Tommy Emmanuel will appear at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on January 23.

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Headline photo: Billy Bragg and Joe Henry


Reggae Star Alpha Blondy to Perform at SummerStage in Manhattan

Alpha Blondy
Alpha Blondy

African reggae star Alpha Blondy is set to perform at Marcus Garvey Park in Manhattan on Tuesday, August 16. Admission is free.

Since his first success in the 1980s with the pan-African hit “Opération Coup De Poing (Brigadier Sabari),” Alpha Blondy has taken his unique form of reggae to music fans across the globe.

His latest release, 2015’s Positive Energy, features acclaimed musicians such as Jamaican artists Ijahman Levi and Tarrus Riley, the zouk master Jacob Desvarieux, and promising young Congolese singer Pierrette Adams.

Doors and Show: 7:00 p.m.


The Music of Modern Africa at SummerStage in New York City

Three exciting African music acts, Mbongwana Star, Batida and Young Paris are set to perform on Sunday, August 14, 2016 at Central Park in Manhattan. Admission is free.

Mbongwana Star comes from Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Founding members Coco Ngambali and Theo Nzonza (of Staff Benda Bilili fame) assembled members of a new generation of Kinshasa musicians exemplifying the concept of “mbongwana,” or “change.” Together with Parisian producer Doctor L (Tony Allen, Stomy Bugsy), Mbongwana Star has created a sound that mixes traditional Congolese rhythms with rock bass and electronics made from recycled and reconstructed instruments. Their album is titled From Kinshasa.

Batida is Angolan artist Pedro Coquenão along with more musicians, images and people masked that sings and dance on stage. Dois is his latest album released on the British Soundway Records last year.

Milandou Badila, known as Young Paris, delivers a cross between rap and electronic dance music and samples heavily from traditional African drum beats. Along with five of his ten brothers and sisters, Young Paris performs live shows that merge dance and performance art.

DJ Underdog was born in Panama, DJ Underdog arrived to Washinton DC at age seven with his mother. He’s played many festivals like Coachella and Celebrate Brooklyn.

Doors 5:00 p.m. / Show: 6:00 p.m.


Brazilian Bands Today at SummerStage in New York City


SummerStage will present several Brazilian today, Saturday, August 6 in Central Park, Manhattan. The artists featured include Monobloco, Cabruêra, Boogarins, and DJ Luiz Santos. Admission is free.


Well-known for incorporating diverse rhythms and styles into the samba beat, Monobloco was created in 2000 by C.A. Ferrari, Celso Alvim, Mário Moura, Pedro Luís and Sidon Silva (members of the band Pedro Luís e A Parede) as a result of a percussion workshop. Currently, the group performs in a yearly parade that closes the carnival festivities and is followed through the streets of Rio de Janeiro by half a million people. Its founders also created Monobloco Show, a smaller group of 17 musicians that performs all over the country and abroad, playing an average of 10 shows per month. The band’s discography includes Arrastao Da Alegria, Ao Vivo and Monobloco 10.


Cabruêra is a band showing the other side of Brazil’s rich music scene beyond Bossa and Samba. Based in the dry and barren region of Northeast Brazil, Cabruêra spices up the rural rhythms with urban styles. The band’s recordings include: Colors of Brazil, Cabruera and Proibido Cochilar.


Boogarins’ Fernando “Dino” Almeida and Benke Ferraz began playing music together as teenagers in the central Brazilian city of Goiânia – creating psychedelic pop in their parents’ gardens, filtering their country’s rich musical history through a modern lens. By the time the group’s home-recorded debut LP, As Plantas Que Curam, was released on Other Music Recording Co. in late 2013, the band had recruited a proper rhythm section and were developing a name around Goiânia. Soon after, the now-expanded group was booking regular gigs in São Paulo and across the country.

The last couple years have seen Boogarins on the road continually – headlining clubs and playing festivals from the UK to France to Spain to the USA, and performing alongside many great artists around the world. Released at the end of 2015, the band’s latest album, Manual, finds Boogarins taking their psychedelic rock in even more thrilling, expansive directions.

Doors 5:00 p.m. / Show 6:00 p.m.


Shai Tsabari & the Middle East Groove All Stars to Perform at Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles

Shai Tsabari
Shai Tsabari

Shai Tsabari & the Middle East Groove All Stars are set to perform on Thursday, August 25, at 8:00 PM at Skirball Cultural Center’s Sunset Concerts.

Born in Jaffa to a family of Yemeni Jews, Israeli singer-songwriter Shai Tsabari accompanied by the Middle East Groove All Stars creates a mix of Middle Eastern music and contemporary rock.

Drawing from the diverse musical influences of Tsabari’s upbringing-his father was a cantor, his grandmother introduced him to Yemenite percussion instruments, and his older brother collected 1960s and 1970s American rock albums – Tsabari’s music combines Middle Eastern instrumentation such as the oud, dumbek, and tar with guitar, bass, drums, trombone, and electronics.

While part of Israel’s recent Arabic-influenced music revival, Tsabari takes this style into a new direction by incorporating traditional Jewish liturgy into his lyrics.

Skirball Cultural Center
2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90049
(310) 440-4500


Al Andalus Ensemble to Perform at Trinity Cathedral in Portland

Al Andalus Ensemble
Al Andalus Ensemble

The award winning Al Andalus Ensemble is set to perform on August 14, 2016 at 7:00 p.m at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Portland, Oregon.

The quintet combines the musics of the East and the West and features ud, ney, violin, flamenco guitar and multi-lingual vocals.

Tickets are Free. The event is generously underwritten by the Trinity Cathedral Arts Commission.

Love is the bridge between you and everything” ~ Rumi (1207-1273, poet, theologian)

The ensemble’s recordings include 21 Strings, Andalusian Love Songs, and Vision.