American qawwali music ensemble Riyaaz Qawwali is set to perform on Sunday, April 30, 2017 at 7:00 pm at Roulette in New York City.
Riyaaz Qawwali performs the trance-like improvisational Sufi vocal tradition made famous in the West by the late Pakistani singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, enthralling listeners with its lively rhythms, joyous melodies and inspirational poetry.
In addition to performing traditional qawwali that has been in existence for over 700 years, the ensemble also adds various songs and poetry of South Asia into the qawwali framework, using qawwali as a universal message of oneness that transcends religious boundaries.
Most qawwali ensembles are composed of Muslim family members, but Riyaaz Qawwali, which is based in Texas, is composed of musicians who represent the diversity of South and Central Asia; they are of Indian, Pakistani, Afghani, and Bangladeshi descent, and come from various spiritual backgrounds, including Islam, Hinduism, and Sikhism.
The ensemble’s discography includes Kashti and Ishq.
Flamenco guitar maestro Vicente Amigo will open the 12th edition of the Suma Flamenca festival on May 1 at the Teatro Real in Madrid. Suma Flamenca (Flamenco summit) is one of the leading flamenco festivals in Spain. The main bulk of the concerts will take place June 6-25 at 26 different stages throughout the Madrid region.
Vicente Amigo will perform most of the songs on his new album titled ‘Memoria de los sentidos’ (Memory of the senses). This album follows ‘Tierra‘, released four years ago. On ‘Memoria de los sentidos’ Amigo returns to flamenco roots with a very purist album.
‘Memoria de los sentidos’ includes an impressive cast of first-rate flamenco artists: Potito, El Pele, Miguel Poveda, Niña Pastori and Farruquito.
Vicente Amigo was recently awarded the prestigious Gold Medal for Merit in Fine Arts, bestowed by Spain’s Ministry of Culture.
Miami’s TransAtlantic Festival will take place today, April 21 and tomorrow April 22, 2017 at North Beach Bandshell in Miami Beach. The annual world music festival will showcase talent made in Miami tonight and African-rooted music tomorrow.
April 21 lineup
A.C.H.E. Afro Cuban House Experiment featuring DJ Oscar G, Oba Frank Lords & Katiahshé. The classic sounds of Miami house combined with Yoruba ache, with live percussion and dance.
April 22 Program
Malian guitar master Vieux Farka Touré will present his enthralling style of desert blues.
The reggae, jazz and Sudanese mix of Sinkane.
Symbi Roots, an all-female rara group, direct from Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Their transcendent and vibrant live show has fans in Haiti and the Caribbean.
North Beach Bandshell
7275 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach 33141
Tickets Available at TransAtlanticFestival.com or call (305) 672-5202
One of the finest acts in the world music scene, Niyaz featuring Azam Ali will perform its 21st Century Global Trance Music on Saturday, April 29 at 8:00 pm at Roulette in New York City.
Niyaz combines Sufi poetry and folk songs from its native Iran and surrounding countries with rich acoustic instrumentation and modern electronics. Formed in California in 2004 and currently based in Montreal, Niyaz’s sound bridges the gap between East and West.
The group was founded by the mesmerizing vocalist andcomposer Azam Ali, whose Iranian heritage and Indian upbringing have deeply influenced her music, and multi-instrumentalist and composer Loga Ramin Torkian (oud & kamaan lutes). They will be joined by Didem Basar (kanun), Gabriel Ethier (keyboards, programming), Vaneet Vyas (tabla), and whirling dervish dancer Miriam Peretz.
The Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival of Music & Dance will celebrate its 15th annual spring festival from Thursday, May 4 to Sunday, May 7, 2017. The festival will present more than 40 bands and performers on two big outdoor stages, a large Dance Tent, and an intimate Cabaret Tent.
The featured acts this year include: Rainbow Kitten Surprise, Donna the Buffalo, Aurelio, Todd Snider with Great American Taxi, Amy Helm, Big Mean Sound Machine, Lost Bayou Ramblers, BIG Something, Driftwood, Preston Frank, Jim Lauderdale, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, Holy Ghost Tent Revival, The Blind Spots, Dr. Bacon, Travers Brothership, Uma Galera, FABI, Telekinetic Walrus, Urban Soil, Rivers, Bare Bones A Capella, and Aaron Burdett.
Local acts scheduled to perform include: Sarah Shook & The Disarmers, Dex Romweber Duo, Crucial Fiya, Williamson Brothers Bluegrass Band, Django Haskins, The Beast, Orquesta GarDel, Apple Chill Cloggers, The Hoppin’ Johnnies, Ellis Dyson & The Shambles, Big Fat Gap, The Five Points Rounders Rowdy Square Dance, Dwight Hawkins & The Piedmont Highballers, Laila Nur & The Love Riot, Blue Cactus, DISHOOM, DJ Tymellord, Muningu, Will Ridenour & Gabriel Pelli, Carolina Ukulele Ensemble, The Shakori Hills Vinyl Lounge.
The festival is located on 72 beautiful farmland acres in Chatham County, North Carolina, near Chapel Hill, Raleigh, Durham, Burlington, and Greensboro.
Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival also includes local crafts, delicious food, various children’s activities, healing arts practitioners, dancing and music workshops, environmental sustainability forums, and much more in a family-friendly setting.
Música en Segura, a festival dedicated to classical music, Flamenco, jazz and singer-songwriters will take place May 24 to 28, 2017 in Segura de la Sierra (Jaén).
Rocío Bazán, Gabo Fernández, Albert Sanz, Mamie Matsuda, Riot Ensemble, Trio Rodin and Dudok Kwartet are some of the acts scheduled to perform this year.
The venues include historic sites, such as the 15th Century Old Church of the Jesuits, main headquarters of the festival; the Arab bathhouses and the small village of Morajelos, near the Cazorla Nature Park.
In collaboration with Olivar de Segura, the inaugural concert will take place on May 24 at the Orcera oil factory featuring Spanish flamenco vocalist Rocío Bazán and London contemporary music group Riot Ensemble.
The international cast of the festival will also include the Dudok String Quartet of Amsterdam, the Trio Rodin, Japanese soprano Mamie Matsuda, jazz pianist Albert Sanz and Argentine singer-songwriter Gabo Ferro, among others.
In addition to the music events, Música en Segura will also feature regional wine tastings and a musical instrument maker exhibition.
Traditional mbira maestro is set to perform Friday, April 28, 2017 at 8:00 pm at Roulette in New York City. The concert is part of the A World in Trance music series.
This concert of trance-like mbira music will present acclaimed mbira viertuoso Chartwell Dutiro on mbira, lead vocal, and dance. He played at all-night ritual ceremonies (biras) in his native Zimbabwe from the age of four and is best known for his eight-year period with Zimbabwe’s celebrated Thomas Mapfumo & the Blacks Unlimited. He will be joined by his son Shorai Dutiro (mbira, vocal), Glenn West (mbira, vocal), Nora Balaban (mbira, vocal) and Bill Ruyle (hosho – gourds, tabla – tuned drums, percussion).
‘A World In Trance’, a 3-day festival featuring the spellbinding music of Zimbabwe, Iran, Pakistan and India will take place April 29-30 in New York City at Roulette.
This year’s series includes mbira music of Zimbabwe with masterful musician Chartwell Dutiro (April 28); enthralling 21st century trance world music with Niyaz featuring captivating vocalist Azam Ali (April 29); and exhilarating interpretations of Sufi qawwali with the US-based Riyaaz Qawwali (April 30).
Friday, April 28, 2017 8:00 p.m.
Voices of the Ancestors: Mbira Music of Zimbabwe
Saturday, April 29, 2017 8:00 p.m.
Niyaz featuring Azam Ali
21st Century Global Trance Music
Sunday, April 30, 2017 7:00 p.m.
Sufi Music of Pakistan & India
The second edition of the Russian World Music Awards application process is now open until July 15, 2017. To apply, go to worldmusicawards.ru. The voting process will be held during 15 days – from July 15 till July 31. People choose the best nominee for the Listeners Choice nomination until July 31. The jury will evaluate nominees based on 4 criteria: professionalism, authenticity, experimentalism, personal attitude. The winners will be presented in 5 categories: The Best Authentic Project, The Best Experimental Project, The Best World Music Project, The Best New World Music Project, and Listeners Choice Award.
In 2017 jury members are Ben Mandelson from the UK, Jarmila Vlchkova from Slovakia, Nataliya Shostina from Russia, Simon Broughton from the UK, Aengus Finnan from the US, Rolf Beydemuller from Germany, Alexander Cheparukhin from Russia, Arne Berg from Norway, Andrew Cronshaw from the UK, Carlos Seixas from Portugal and Yury Romanov from Russia. In total, 11 samurais and absolutely wonderful people.
The first Russian World Music Awards Ceremony was held in November 2016 in Moscow. The winners were chosen from a large amount of nominees for the first time – 149 applicants from 25 cities of Russia. The best world music project was Authentic Light Orchestra; the best experimental, Inna Zhelannaya; the best authentic project, Nerechtskiy Rozhechniy Choir; and Listeners choice, Robert Yuldashev and Kuraisy band.
Jury members in 2016 were 9 professionals from 7 countries: Juliana Voloz from Estonia, Ton Maas from the Netherlands, Johannes Theurer from Germany, Andrey Kataev from Russia, Timur Davletov from Turkey, Tristra Newyear Yeager from the USA, Aengus Finnan from the USA, Joe Boyd from the UK, and Ankur Malhotra from India.
It was a big surprise for us, organizers, that our idea with the world music awards had a resonance in hearts of many people, the activity in social nets was really impressing! Over 2000 visitors per day! Organizers are Natalia Myazina and Daryana Antipova.
We ordered handcrafted statues with the symbol of our Awards – a bird, made of cedar wood in Siberia. Totally we spent about 500 dollars for all the project work.
In 2017 year we are planning to present our winners at WOMEX in Poland. And this year it’s going to be free for the musicians to apply to our Awards. As what we offer is really a substantial deal: an international and Russian jury will listen to nominee’s music, will watch their video, we publish the band’s profile at all our social media, so later bands will be in our compilation CD and online (for the best nominees), so many new people will know about nominees music and can become their fans!
Some people ask us why we are positioning ourselves as an international project. The answer is vivid, we almost don’t have a world music market in Russia. Our bands are traveling abroad to earn money. The Russian reality is that world music is an unknown term for our specialists; we misunderstand ethnic and folk music, often taking communist lubok balalaika and garmoshka as national folk. That’s why we gather international specialists for the Awards’ jury, as we see the lack of international-class specialists in world music in Russia. We hope this will change in the future, and our mission is to be the locomotive of this process in Russia.
The best authentic project – Nerechtskiy Rozhechniy Choir
The best world music project Authentic Light Orchestra
The best experimental project – Inna Zhelannaya
Listeners choice – Robert Yuldashev and Kuraisy band
The Russian World Music Awards welcome professional bands and soloists, performing in world music genre living in Russia. How do we determine who is professional and who is amateur? We decided that to be a professional musician in world music is not about documents, diplomas, it’s about listener’s’ choice. It’s impossible to lie to people, they feel what has a resonance in their hearts, and what does not. That’s why a professional musician for us is who has a vast concert activity and has at least 1 album.