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The Best of Spanish Reggae at Siroco in Madrid


The legendary Siroco club in Madrid will present a reggae music special on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at 21:00 (9:00 p.m.). The lineup includes Blueskank Trio, Razaguaya and rising star Nora Norman.



Blueskank, from Madrid, is one of the most effective acts in the Spanish black music scene. The group appears in both electric and acoustic formats, fusing reggae, soul, blues and Afrobeat. Blueskank has toured Spain, the UK, Portugal, Germany, France, Czech Republic, and Austria. The group released its first single “Peace on You” in 2009, the album “Taking Off” (Prod. Psicotrónicas & LaFamille Music, 2011), the live acoustic EP “The Wiser, the Better: From the Inside” (Prod. Psicotrónicas, 2013), and the album “A Thin Line” (Youkali Music, 2014)


Madrid-based Razaguaya returns after five years of silence with its second album, “Enséñame” (Teach me). The new recording is an indie self-release financed by supporters and features guest appearances by Blueskank and Dremen collaborations.


Razaguaya’s reggae style includes dub, rock, jazz, afrobeat and psychedelic music elements.

Nora Norman

Nora Norman was born in the Barcelona suburb of Sabadell and is currently settled in Madrid. Nora Norman became popular in early 2013 thanks to her wonderful soul voice that appeared in several YouTube videos. caught the attention of festivals like Mulafest or newspaper El Pais, which included it in its event tribute to The Beatles.

Nora Norman
Nora Norman

In 2014 she performed at the 101 Sun Festival and was chosen as guest artist by Nick Waterhouse during his tour of Spain, among others. During 2015 she participated in major jam sessions in Madrid or initiatives such as Madtown Days. She recently released a neo soul EP.

Sala Siroco
Calle San Dimas 3. Madrid 28015
Metro stations: Noviciado / Tribunal


The Nile Project to Present Top East African Musicians in London

The Nile Project
The Nile Project

Top musicians from 6 Nile River countries (Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Burundi and Tanzania) will present a dynamic collaboration on Sunday, June 19th, 2016 at Islington Assembly Hall, N1 2UD in London.

The Nile Project explores the cultural connections from Lakes Victoria and Tana to Cairo in joyful music and song. The ensemble released an album titled Aswan.

Established in 2013, the project is a collective, drawing on a pool of over 35 musicians.

In February 2016 they gathered for 2 weeks in Aswan, Egypt, and after performing at the African Union in Addis Ababa are now touring their new sound.

Tickets £22.50
Doors open 6.30pm, starts 7.30pm


Austria’s Glatt&Verkehrt Festival Celebrates its 20th Anniversary

Austrian music festival Glatt&Verkehrt will be celebrating its 20th anniversary this year July 1-31, 2016. The festival takes place in Krems, in the beautiful Wachau valley. The program includes world music, jazz, classical music and avant-garde music.

Fri, 1 July 2016
Open-air in rain or sun
Schaugarten der Arche Noah, Obere Strasse 40, 3553 Schiltern
Cantata Viennapoli & Bodo Hell (Italy/Astria/Slovenia)
World premiere
Musical, literary and botanical curiosities

Sat, 2 July 2016
17:00 Departure | boarding from 16:30
Ship station/stop Krems-Stein No. 33
Ship cruise through the Wachau region
NIFTY’s, Donauwellenreiter, Zur Wachauerin as well as Steven Bernstein & The Universal Melody Brass Band
Concert in Spitz/Landing stage ca. 19:00 / Planned arrival in Krems ca. 21:30

Sun, 3 July 2016
17:00 | Open-air
Bio-Weingut Geyerhof, Oberfucha 1, 3511 Furth
Steven Bernstein & The Universal Melody Brass Band (USA)
World premiere

Fri, 15 July 2016
19:00 | Entry and refreshments from 17:00
Stift Göttweig, 3511 Furth
Reprise from the music workshop
Finale evening of the music workshop, free admission

Fri, 15 July 2016
20:00 | Open-air in rain or sun
Spitz Castle, Schlossgasse 3, 3620 Spitz an der Donau
Zur Wachauerin / Antonio Fian & Kollegium Kalksburg (Austria)

Sat, 16 July 2016
20:00 | Open-air in rain or sun
Spitz Castle, Schlossgasse 3, 3620 Spitz an der Donau
Erwin Steinhauer & klezmer reloaded extended (Austria)
“Ich bin ein Durchschnittswiener”
Kino im Kesselhaus, Music documentaries in cooperation with Glatt&Verkehrt:

Wed, 13 July
19:00 SONG OF LAHORE (Main theater)

Tue, 19 July
21:30 JANIS – LITTLE GIRL BLUE (Open-air)

Wed, 20 July
19:00 HEIMATKLÄNGE (Main theater)

Wed, 27 July 2016
Original, Cover, Satire
– Christian Muthspiel’s Yodel Group (Austria/Switzerland/France/USA)
– Gerhard Polt & die Well-Brüder aus´m Biermoos (Germany)
– The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain (UK)

Thur, 28 July 2016
, 18:00
Instrumental Virtuosity
– Ballaké Sissoko & Vincent Ségal (France/Mali)
– Brasiliran – Samba meets Bandari (Brazil/Iran)
– JOHN MEDESKI’S – Mad Skillet (USA)

Fri, 29 July 2016
Strong Voices – Female Vocalists From Three Continents
– Trio Mandili (Georgia)
– Lucia Pulido & Erik Friedlander (Colombia/USA)
– Rokia Traoré (Mali)

Sat, 30 July 2016
Cuatro, Slide- & E-Guitar
– C4 Trío (Venezuela)
– Desert Slide – Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt & Divana Ensemble (India) IND
– Ernest Ranglin & Friends (Cheikh Lô, Courtney Pine, Tony Allen, Ira Coleman, Alex Wilson) (Jamaica, Nigeria, Senegal, USA, UK)

Sun, 31 July 2016, 17:00
Cimbalom, Vocal & Brass – Gypsy Spirit
– Cimbalom Duo (Hungary)
– Mec Yek (Belgium)
– Gypsy Kumbia Orchestra (Colombia)

Sun, 31 July 2016
11:00 Klangraum Krems Minoritenkirche / Free entry
Sound art matinée, as part of the Glatt&Verkehrt festival: With Jeroen Vandesande & Robin Hayward (Belgium, UK)

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headline photo: Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt


Spanish Flamenco Fusion Guitarist Alberto Carrión to Perform in New York


The second concert of the last season of ‘The Flame Series’ will feature Spanish flamenco fusion guitarist Alberto Carrión. The concert will take place next Saturday, May 21st at Cornelia St Café. This performance is produced by World Music Boutique Productions in collaboration with Cornelia St Café and Spain Culture NY (Consulate General of Spain in New York).

‘The Flame’ showcases performances of artists that combine jazz, Flamenco and other forms. Alberto Carrión, based in Toledo, Spain, was born in a small town in the outskirts of Toledo, Spain and began playing guitar at the age of 12 taught by his father who was himself a guitarist.

Homeschooled at first, Alberto soon found the need to expand his musical knowledge and started studying music at local academies and afterwards in Madrid, at the prestigious ‘Ateneo Jazz’.

The last three years of his studies he focused heavily in the study of harmony applied to flamenco. With a very refreshing approach to the flamenco guitar, his compositions reflect all of his musical influences, from Jazz to Latin to pop but, trying to maintain the roots of flamenco but infusing it with ‘a little something extra’.

Alberto Carrión has worked, as a studio musician and as a sideman for live performances, with musicians from all musical genres. Alberto has shown to be a very prolific composer for theater, dance school and TV commercials. His latest album is ‘Poesia en pentagrama’ (‘Poetry on a pentagram’) which brings a soft combination of classical guitar, Latin, Jazz music and Flamenco.

The concert will take place from 6:00-7:30PM at the downstairs of Cornelia St Café, 29 Cornelia St, Greenwich Village, NY. 212 989 9319.


Ukrainian Sensation DakhaBrakha to Perform Two Nights at Pace

DakhaBrakha - Photo by Jakub Badelek
DakhaBrakha – Photo by Jakub Badelek

Rising world music act DakhaBrakha is set to perform two shows at Pace University’s Michael Schimmel Center. The Ukranian band will present two completely different programs on Friday, May 20, and Saturday, May 21.

On the first night, (May 20) the group will present music from DhakaBrakha’s critically acclaimed recorded catalog, including their 2014 CD, Na Mezhi and their more recent digital release Light, as well as new music not previously performed in New York City.

Band members include of drummer and vocalist Olena Tsybulska; keyboardist, percussionist and vocalist Iryna Kovalenko; cellist and vocalist Nina Garenetska; and multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Marko Halanevych.

DakhaBrakha, which means “give and take” in old Ukrainian, combines soulful folk and ritual songs with Balkan, African, Brazilian, experimental jazz, pop and R&B, performed with vocals, accordion, bass drum, keyboard, mouth harp and cello to create hypnotic textures.

The second evening (May 21) DakhaBrakha will provide the live musical score to a screening of the legendary 1930 Ukrainian silent film masterpiece, Earth. Directed by Oleksandr Dovzhenko, Earth-which captures a moment in time when traditional rural life in Ukraine was about to undergo massive upheaval as a result of overwhelming political forces-was named one of the top 10 greatest films of all time by the International Film Critics Symposium.

“Two Nights with DakhaBrakha”

DakhaBrakha in Concert
Fri May 20, 2016 at 7:30pm

Film Screening of “Earth” with new live score performed by DakhaBrakha (NY debut)

Sat May 21, 2016 at 7:30pm
Pace University / Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts
3 Spruce Street, New York, NY 10038
Tickets: All Seats $29


Dan MacDonald to Perform at World Fiddle Day 2016 in Toronto

Dan MacDonald
Dan MacDonald

Canadian fiddler Dan MacDonald will showcase the Cape Breton fiddle style at the 4th Annual World Fiddle Day that will take place on Saturday, May 21st at Historic Fort York, in Toronto. MacDonald and other special guests will lead morning workshops, play an afternoon concert, followed by the giant community “Around-the-World” Fiddle Jam. All activities from noon on free.

Dan MacDonald is from a family of musicians from the small village of Ironville, Cape Breton and began playing fiddle at a very early age. His fiddle education came mostly from his father, Lloyd MacDonald, and from the surrounding musical culture of Cape Breton Island. In the late 1980s, MacDonald, and his family formed Scumalash, a traditional Cape Breton band, with whom he toured throughout the United Kingdom between 1988 and 1992, culminating in the release of a self-titled album. Scumalash recently returned from a reunion tour of England.

Dan moved to Toronto in 2003, where he became a co-host at the Irish music session at Dora Keogh Irish pub and later became a member of the traditional Irish group Spraoi, who performed at the Tranzac Club, Hugh’s Room and the Brampton Folk Festival. In 2006, MacDonald became music director of The Magic of Ireland, an Irish dance and music show, with which he toured the UK, Canada, the USA and Europe.

An active freelance performer and teacher, MacDonald currently plays with North Atlantic Drift, with Brian Tahaney and Ross Grifithes, with whom he has released two CDs.

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Yosvani Castañeda to Perform at World Fiddle Day 2016 in Toronto

Yosvani Castañeda
Yosvani Castañeda

Yosvani Castañeda Valdés will showcase the Cuban fiddle style at the 4th Annual World Fiddle Day that will take place on Saturday, May 21st at Historic Fort York, in Toronto.

Originally from Cuba, Yosvani was classically trained at the Amadeo Roldán Conservatory in Havana. As a teenager, he toured throughout Canada, Europe, Japan and South America, as both a solo artist and member of the popular Cuban band Bamboleo. His Bamboleo discography includes Mi Verdad (Bis Music, 2007).

Yosvani returned to Canada as an adult in 2008, and has since performed at venues and events such as The Toronto Beaches Jazz Festival, Harbourfront, Lula Lounge, Nathan Phillips Square and the Pan-Am Games. He is especially known for his ability to bring together urban and classical sounds with his Cuban roots.

Yosvani is a member of the Toronto-based Lula All Stars. This collective of musicians from Latin America recorded a great salsa album titled Salsa de la Buena (Lulaworld Records, 2015)

Yosvani will offer a workshop on Latin-American violin.

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Colombia Guest of Honor at Rudolstadt Festival 2016


The 26th edition of the Rudolstadt Festival will feature Colombia as the focus country. Ten bands will showcase the cultural contrasts and traditions that stem from its indigenous, African and Spanish heritage. Rudolstadt Festival will take place July 7-10, 2016.

Cumbia is one of the best known genres from Colombia. Colombian band Sidestepper has reinvented itself and its new musical direction replaces electronic sound with a new simplicity and more acoustic instruments. Sidestepper’s latest recording is Supernatural Love (Real World Records, 2016)

For a more traditional approach of cumbia with accordion, Carmelo Torres will perform at Rudolstadt Colombian harp master Edmar Castañeda, Afro-Colombian flutist Sixto Silgado “Paíto”; Profetas; Rancho Aparte; Retrovisor, M.A.K.U. Soundsystem, Carmelo Torres y su cumbia sabanera, Las Áñez & Martha Hincapie.

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London to Host Annual Latin American Frontera Festival


Chile’s largest music festival will be landing in London on May 28th 2016 with a showcase of some of the biggest Latin American musicians at Studio 338, Greenwich. The artists are well-known in South America and Frontera Festival will give Londoners the chance to see them live in one of the biggest celebrations of Latin American culture in London. Artists include Cultura Profetica, Miranda!, Os Mutantes, Gepe, La Fuge and Jenny & The Mexicats.

Frontera Festival was created in 2013 in Santiago, Chile and brings together the best exponents of different Latin music styles. With audiences of 60,000 festival goers, Frontera has already established three successful events in Chile and is widely regarded as one of the most important live Latin music events in South America. Frontera Festival seamlessly blends some of the biggest names in Latin music, covering the broad spectrum of music trends and genres, with the best in up-and-coming talent from across the continent.

Frontera Festival London will feature some of the biggest artists from across Latin America, including Puerto Rican reggae band Cultura Profetica (Prophetic Culture) that gets over 35 million views on its official YouTube channel, Argentine electro-pop band Miranda!, influential Brazilian psychedelic rock band Os Mutantes, Chilean singer-songwriter Gepe, Spanish rock band La Fuga and multicultural indie-folk outfit Jenny & The Mexicats.

As well as music, Frontera Festival UK will showcase authentic Argentine street food courtesy of Moo Cantina Argentina.

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Ibero-American Music Expo EXIB 2016 opens May 4 in Portugal

João Afonso
João Afonso

The 2016 edition of EXIB Música, the Ibero-American Music Expo, will open May 4 with an inaugural concert at Teatro García de Resende in Evora (Portugal).

The artists scheduled to perform include renowned Portuguese artists João Afonso, Celina Da Piedade, Há Lobos sem ser na Serra and Luis Peixoto. They will be joined by special guests Carlos Malta from Brazil and Juan José Robles from Spain.

EXIB 2016 takes place May 4-7 in Evora. The music expo and conference will feature showcases by Latin American and Iberian artists as well as conferences and trade fair.

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