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Suma Flamenca Festival 2016 Announces Second Week Schedule

Pedro el Granaino  - Photo by Leo Sánchez
Pedro el Granaino – Photo by Leo Sánchez

One of the most important events of the flamenco summit festival will take place during the second week of Suma Flamenca 2016. The festival, organized by the Madrid Regional government, will celebrate the Night of San Juan on June 24 with concerts in three spectacular gardens: Lazaro Galdiano Museum, Museum of Costumes and the Museo Casa de Lope de Vega in Madrid. the audiences will be able to enjoy performances in an itimate ssetting in these iconic locations.

Suma Flamenca 2016 includes workshops and music and dance lessons with the dancer Farruquito, at the Royal Theatre; saxophonist Jorge Pardo, guitarist El Entri, the cajoneros Lucky Losada and Piraña, at the Canal Dance Center. These activities are free to the public, prior registration online. In addition, there will be a conference on guitar given by José Manuel Gamboa in the Canal Theatre of Madrid.

‘La Noche Canalla’ (The Scoundrel Night) continues at Cafe Berlin with artists like Los Rubios and Jorge Pardo. In this series both locals and visitors can continue to enjoy “Flamenco Jam Sessions” one of the most innovative proposals for this edition.

Fiddler Paco Montalvo, singer Saúl Quirós, musicians Josemi Carmona and Javier Colina, Rancapino Chico and La Macanita Jesus Mendez, singer David Lagos and flutist Juan Parrilla complete the lineup for the second week of the festival.

The XI edition of Suma Flamenca festival started on June 15 and will end on July 3.

Farruquito, Master class
Monday, June 20, 17:00 h.
Teatro Real, rehearsal room (Madrid)
Free admission, pre-registration online

Josemi Carmona & Javier Colina, Close Up
Thursday, June 23, 20:00.
Sala Berlanga (Madrid)
Price: 8 €

Pedro El Granaino, Earth
Friday, June 24, 22:30 h.
Costume Museum (Madrid)
Free admission until seats are full

Saúl Quirós, Flamenco concert
Friday, June 24, 22:00 h.
Casa Museo Lope de Vega (Madrid)
Free admission prior advance booking (limited 30 seats)

Rancapino Chico & The Macanita, Flamenco concert
Friday, June 24, 21:00 h.
Lazaro Galdiano Museum (Madrid)
Free admission until seats are full

Jesus Mendez, Flamenco concert
Friday, June 24, 20:00.
Sala Berlanga (Madrid)
Price: 8 €

Los Rubios, Familia “Los Rubios de Madrid”
Friday, June 24, 23:00 h.
Café Berlin (Madrid)
Price: 12 €

José Manuel Gamboa, guitar Conference
Saturday, June 25, 10:00.
Teatros del Canal, Canal Dance Center (Madrid)
Free admission, pre-registration online

Juan Parrilla, Presentation album Taxdirt
Saturday, June 25, 20:00.
Sala Berlanga (Madrid)
Price: 8 €

Jorge Pardo, Djinn Metaflamenco
Saturday, June 25, 23:00 h.
Café Berlin (Madrid)
Price: 12 €

Jorge Pardo, Master class
Saturday, June 25, 14:00.
Teatros del Canal, Canal Dance Center (Madrid)
Free admission, pre-registration online

The Entri, Master class
Saturday, June 25, 13:00.
Teatros del Canal, Canal Dance Center (Madrid)
Free admission, pre-registration online

Lucky Losada, Master class
Saturday, June 25, 12:00.
Teatros del Canal, Canal Dance Center (Madrid)
Free admission, pre-registration online

Piranha, Master class
Saturday, June 25, 11:00 am.
Teatros del Canal, Canal Dance Center (Madrid)
Free admission, pre-registration online

Paco Montalvo, Alma flamenco violin
Saturday, June 25, 20:00.
Real Coliseum Carlos III (San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Madrid)
Price: 11-16 €

David Lagos, flamenco concert
Sunday, June 26, 20:00.
Real Coliseum Carlos III (San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Madrid)
Price: 11-16 €

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Africa Oyé Festival Begins Today at Liverpool’s Sefton Park

Africa Oye, the UK’s biggest free festival of music and culture from Africa and the Diaspora, will take place at Sefton Park on June 18th and 19th, from 12:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. both days.

The artists performing this year include D.R. Congo’s genre-bending Mbongwana Star; Ghanaian highlife legend, Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band; and kora-playing pioneer, Sona Jobarteh.

Introduced for the first time at last year’s event, the ‘Oyé Introduces’ showcase will see local talent kick off both days of the festival, giving some of the area’s brightest artists the chance to share the stage with the ever-eclectic international Oyé line-up. This year’s chosen acts include Liverpool’s own jazz and soul star, XamVolo as well as Mamadou Diaw, a master drummer from Senegal now based in the city and Rimka, whose unique sabar beat dance music will kick off the festival in style on Saturday.

The main stage acts will be complemented by the usual eclectic ‘Oyé Village’ featuring an array of foods from across the globe, traders, DJs, dance classes, the Afrobeats tent, workshops in the Active Zone, as well as kids entertainment to keep Sefton Park buzzing throughout the festival weekend.

Africa Oyé is funded by Arts Council England & Liverpool City Council.

Africa Oyé 2016: Line-Up
(times subject to change)

Saturday, June 18th

RIMKA – 12:30 till 13:00
Xam Volo – 13:20 till 13:50
Kreative Kaos (Community Performance) – 13:55 til 14:05
Saidi Kanda & Mvulu Mandondo – 14:15 til 15:25
Wesli – 15:45 till 16:55
Akala – 17:15 till 18:25
Damily – 18:45 till 19:55
Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band – 20:15 till 21:30

Sunday, June 19th

Mamadou & The Super Libidor Band – 12:30 till 13:00
Randy Valentine (with Sherii Ven Dyer) – 13:20 till 14:20
Katumba (Community Performance) – 14:20 till 14:30
Sona Jobarteh – 14:45 till 16:00
Bilan – 16:20 till 17:35
Baloji – 18:05 till 19:20
Mbongwana Star – 19:45 till 21:00

Main Stage DJs

DJ Edu
Esa Williams

Africa Oyé 2016
Sefton Park, Liverpool
Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th June 2016
12:30pm – 9:30pm both days / Admission: Free

For more information, please visit africaoye.com

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Groundbreaking Flamencos and Mestizos Series Returns Tomorrow to Madrid

Ana Pilar Corral
Ana Pilar Corral

The SGAE Foundation has put together a new edition of its cutting-edge ‘Flamencos y mestizos’ series. The concert and dance series will take place from June 16 to 19 June, starying at 21:00 (9:00 pm) at Sala Berlanga in Madrid.

The series will feature performances by Sandra Carrasco and Alba Heredia; the guitar duo of Miguel Angel Cortes and Jose Maria Gallardo, accompanied by dancer Carolina Pozuelo; singer Vicky Romero with violinist Lamaya Flamenca; and the vocals of Ana Pilar Corral and Mercedes Rios.

Alba Heredia
Alba Heredia

The series will begin on June 16 with the vocals of Sandra Carrasco, who will present her new album, Oceano, accompanied by piano. Dancer Alba Heredia, will present her first show as a solo performer.

Jose Maria Gallardo and Miguel Angel Cortes
Jose Maria Gallardo and Miguel Angel Cortes

Guitarrists Miguel Angel Cortes and Jose Maria Gallardo will present their show ‘Lo Cortés no quita lo Gallardo’ on June 17 along with dancer Carolina Pozuelo.

Vicky Romero
Vicky Romero

On June 18th, Vicky Romero will showcase her flamenco roots along with Japanese violinist Lamaya Flamenca.

The series will close on June 19 with a set of copla-style (couplets) songs by Ana Pilar Corral and Mercedes Ríos titled Princesas de la Copla.

Show times: 21:00
Sala Berlanga
Calle Andrés Mellado 53, Madrid
Price: 5.50 euros
Tickets available at ticketea.com

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Flamenco Summit Festival Reveals 2016 Program

Madrid’s iconic flamenco festival Suma Flamenca will take place June 16 – July 3, 2016. Presented by the Madrid regional government, Suma Flamenca is one of the greatest flamenco festivals in Spain.

This year’s program features celebrated artists such as Vicente Amigo, Juan Carmona, Estrella Morente and Farruquito.

Next concerts

Vicente Amigo, Concierto flamenco
Wednesday, June 15, 20:30 (8:30 p.m.)
Teatros Del Canal, Sala Roja (Madrid)
Ticket price: 19 – 25 €

Mayte Martín, Cosa de dos
Thuesday, June 16, 20:30 (8:30 p.m.)
Teatros Del Canal, Sala Roja (Madrid)
Ticket price: 19 – 25 €

El Pele y Carmen Linares
Friday, June 17, 20:30 (8:30 p.m.)
Teatros Del Canal, Sala Roja (Madrid)
Ticket price: 19 – 25 €

Flamenquillos, La Nube Viajera
* Canciones populares infantiles
Friday, June 17, 19:00 (7:00 p.m.)
Auditorio De La Escuela Municipal De Música (Pozuelo de Alarcón, Madrid)
Ticket price: 5 €

Juan Carmona, Mis pasiones
Friday, June 17, 23:00 (11:00 p.m.)
Café Berlín (Madrid)
Ticket price: 12 €

Estrella Morente, Estrella & Riqueni
Saturday, June 18, 20:30 (8:30 p.m.)
Teatros Del Canal, Sala Roja (Madrid)
Ticket price: 19 – 25 €

Caño Roto, Concierto flamenco
Saturday, June 18, 20:00 (8:30 p.m.)
Centro Cultural Paco Rabal (Madrid)
Ticket price: 8 €

Farruquito, Improvisao
Saturday, June 18, 19:30 (8:30 p.m.)
Teatros Del Canal, Sala Roja (Madrid)
Ticket price: 19 – 25 €

Headline photo: Vicente Amigo

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Guitar Master José Antonio Rodríguez to Present New Album in Madrid

José Antonio Rodríguez
José Antonio Rodríguez

José Antonio Rodríguez, one of the leading guitar players in Spain, will be presenting his new album Adiós Muchachos… (2016) on Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at Festival Flamenco Madrid 2016. The concert will take place at Teatro Fernán Gómez, Centro Cultural de la Villa, Sala Guirau.

Accompanied by his regular band, José Antonio Rodríguez will perform pieces from the new album as well as earlier works.

Read the CD review: Masterful Guitar Celebration

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Miguel Angel Cortés and José María Gallardo to perform at Flamencos y Mestizos Series in Madrid

Jose Maria Gallardo and Miguel Angel Cortes
Jose Maria Gallardo and Miguel Angel Cortes

On June 17, 2016 World class guitarists Miguel Angel Cortés and José María Gallardo will present their new project Lo Cortés no quita lo Gallardo, one of the most ambitious Spanish guitar projects in recent years.

Dancer Carolina Pozuelo will also perform that day. Born in Madrid in 1984, in a family of musicians, she has channeled her artistic expression through dance. Pozuelo dominates all forms of Spanish dance, classical and contemporary. She’s been part of the Joaquín Cortés dance company, the Nuevo Ballet Español and Antonio Gades and has performed on stages around the world. Currently, she’s presenting her new work titled De la Habana vengo a la Habana voy.

Show time: 21:00
Sala Berlanga
Calle Andrés Mellado 53, Madrid
Price: 5,50 euros
Tickets available at ticketea.com

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Damily to Perform at Africa Oyé 2016

Damily
Damily

Malagasy artist Damily is set to perform on June 18 at Africa Oyé 2016 music festival. Africa Oyé will take place on June 18-19 in Liverpool’s Sefton Park, from 12:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. both days. Admission is free.

Originally from Tongobory in the southwest of Madagascar, Damily is considered as one of pioneers of ‘tsapiky’. This Malagasy musical genre traces its origins to the late 1980s when the electric guitar arrived on the island country.

Like many young people of the time, Damily was seduced by the guitar and used it to play African and Malagasy traditional tunes with a modern twist, thus creating what came to be known as tsapiky. For almost three decades, Damily and his eponymous band have gone from stage to stage, taking the public on a discovery of their rhythmic and charming music. His discography includes Very Aomby, Ela Lia and Tsapiky.

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Jamaican Artist Randy Valentine to Perform at Africa Oyé 2016

Randy Valentine
Randy Valentine

Multifaceted Jamaican vocalist, songwriter and producer Randy Valentine is set to perform on June 19 at Africa Oyé 2016 music festival. Africa Oyé will take place on June 18-19 in Liverpool’s Sefton Park, from 12:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. both days. Admission is free.

Randy Valentine is a rising reggae talent. His R-V-Lution Summer Tour 2013 was one of the biggest ever tours for a debut reggae artist, seeing him perform over 20 shows in more than 10 different European countries. His second EP Still Pushing was released in 2015, and went straight to the top of the iTunes reggae charts.

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Kora Trailblazer Sona Jobarteh to Perform at Africa Oyé 2016

Sona Jobarteh, the first female Kora virtuoso to come from a West African Griot family, is set to perform on June 18 at Africa Oyé 2016 music festival. Africa Oyé will take place on June 18-19 in Liverpool’s Sefton Park, from 12:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. both days. Admission is free for all.

Breaking away from tradition, Sona Jobarteh is a modern day pioneer in an ancient, male-dominated hereditary tradition that has been exclusively handed down from father to son for the past seven centuries. The Gambian artist has modernized the presentation of Kora music bringing a rhythmic edge to her compositions that fits her extraordinary voice. She recorded an album titled Fasiya.

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King Sunny Adé, Orlando Julius and Rich Medina at SummerStage 2016 in New York

African music stars King Sunny Adé and Orlando Julius and The Afro Soundz, together with DJ Rich Medina, are set to perform on Sunday, July 3 at SummerStage in Central Park, Manhattan. Admission is free.

King Sunny Adé

King Sunny Adé is one of the most popular artists in Nigeria. He has been performing to sold-out audiences around the world for more than 35 years. King Sunny Ade and his full band (with dancers) will tour over 30 cities across the United States and Canada – with the expectation of sold-out shows in every city. The artist has not toured North America since 2009. His discography includes Juju Music, Best of the Classic Years, Synchro System/Aura, Gems From the Classic Years (1967-1974), Odu, Baba Mo Tunde, and Live Live Juju.

Orlando Julius and The Afro Soundz

Renowned Nigerian musician, Orlando Julius, plays classic Afrobeat with a psychedelic twist. In the 1960s, Julius was fusing traditional African sounds and rhythms with American pop, soul, and R&B.

In addition to performing and recording in his native Nigeria, he spent many years in the United States working on collaborations with Lamont Dozier, the Crusaders, and Hugh Masekela.

His 1966 recording, Super Afro Soul, made him a national celebrity in Nigeria and even went so far as to influence music in the United States. The record’s dramatic, highly melodic incorporation of soul, pop, and funk was very much ahead of its time, and some say that Super Afro Soul helped shape the funk movement that swept over the United States in subsequent years.

Rich Medina

Popular DJ Rich Medina takes audiences on a sonic journey through house, afrobeat, funk and soul.

Sunday, July 3
Doors open at 2:00 p.m. / Show at 3:00 p.m.

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