Category Archives: Events

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.

For more information go to www.worldfiddleday.ca

Share

Colombia Guest of Honor at Rudolstadt Festival 2016

Sidestepper
Sidestepper

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.

More details at rudolstadt-festival.de/en/

Share

London to Host Annual Latin American Frontera Festival

Frontera_Festival_2016

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.

More details at: www.fronterafestival.com

Share

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.

For more details go to http://exibmusica.com/en

Share

Toronto to Host 4th Annual World Fiddle Day

World Fiddle Day
World Fiddle Day

The 4th Annual World Fiddle Day will take place on Saturday, May 21st at Historic Fort York, in Toronto. The event will feature 100 fiddlers, playing 40 tunes from 25 different countries. Accompanying them is an excellent back-up band consisting of world percussion, clarinet, and keyboards, all celebrating world music.

Special guest artists Dan MacDonald, Mark Marczyk, Rosalyn Dennett, and Yosvani Castaneda will lead morning workshops, play an afternoon concert, followed by the giant community “Around-the-World” Fiddle Jam. All activities from noon on free.

World Fiddle Day celebrates world music traditions with a mission to provide opportunities for string players of all backgrounds to come together and create great music with some of Toronto’s best professional musicians.

Each year there are special guests for the workshop and performance portions of the event and then the high point, led by fiddler Anne Lederman, is the “Around-the-World Jam.”

Tunes from Canadian folk traditions take their place alongside superb music from the Caribbean, South America, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. This year’s theme, in honor of the Syrian refugees, will showcase the beautiful Arabic song, “Alhamdoulillah,” as sung by the Ottawa children’s choir, adapted for World Fiddle Day Toronto.

For more information please visit www.worldfiddleday.ca

Share

DJs Edu and Esa Williams to Appear at Africa Oyé 2016

DJ Edu
DJ Edu

DJ Edu and Esa Williams will DJ at the main stage at Africa Oyé for the third year running in 2016. The festival this year takes place on the 18th and 19th June in Sefton Park, Liverpool. Live acts announced so far include Mbongwana Star, Sona Jobarteh and Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band. Admission is free.

Paul Duhaney, Artistic Director of Africa Oyé said “We’ve had so much great feedback on Edu and Esa’s sets in the last couple of years, I just couldn’t turn down the chance to bring them back for a third time. Edu’s selection of afrobeats is always a hit, especially with our younger audience and Esa’s vast knowledge of music from across the globe means we’ll get some really varied and interesting tunes throughout the weekend to accompany the stellar live acts”.

DJ Edu – Saturday, 18th June
Esa Williams – Sunday 19th June

Share

Dave Rawlings Machine to perform at Merlefest 2016

Dave Rawlings Machine
Dave Rawlings Machine

String band Dave Rawlings Machine has added MerleFest to its “Nashville Obsolete” tour. The new album, the second full-length release for Dave Rawlings Machine, highlights the outstanding musicianship of Dave Rawlings and Gillian Welch on lead vocals and guitar, Paul Kowert (Punch Brothers) on bass, Willie Watson on vocals and guitar, and guest appearances from Brittany Haas (fiddle) and Jordan Tice (mandolin).

MerleFest 2016 is scheduled for April 28 – May 1, 2016 and will take place on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina.

Tickets for MerleFest 2016 may be purchased at MerleFest or by calling 1-800-343-7857.

Share

Aziza Brahim to Perform Live in London

Aziza Brahim
Aziza Brahim

 

Rising Saharawi artist Aziza Brahim and her band will be performing live in London on Tuesday, 26 April 2016, at the Elgar Room (Royal Albert Hall). She will return to the UK on 29 July 2016 to play at WOMAD Charlton Park.

A musician and activist, Aziza Brahim will be presenting her new album ‘Abbar el Hamada‘ (Across the Hamada), a mix of Western Saharan sounds, Spanish flamenco rumba and West African music.

Raised in a Saharawi refugee camp in the Algerian desert, and living in exile for more than two decades (first in Cuba and currently in Spain), Brahim’s life and music embodies both the tragedies and hopes of the present-day migrant and refugee experience.

 

 

Buy Abbar el Hamada in North America

Buy Abbar el Hamada in Europe

Share

Germany‘s Largest World Music Festival Announces 2016 Lineup

Edmar Castañeda
Edmar Castañeda

Rudolstadt Festival, Germany‘s largest world music festival has announced the artist lineup for 2016. Hermeto Pascoal, Element of Crime, Sidestepper, Cäthe, Lena Willemark, East Cameron Folkcore, Anoushka Shankar, Edmar Castañeda, Alejandra Ribera, Glen Hansard, Keren Ann are some of the headliners revealed. Rudolstadt Festival will take place July 7-10, 2016.

This year, the special guest country at Rudolstadt will be Colombia. The festival features a wide-range roots, folk and world music. To kick off the event, cult songwriters Element of Crime will open the Festival in the Thuringian town of Rudolstadt. Three days later it will close with the acclaimed Oscar winning Irish singer and songwriter, Glen Hansard. In total, Rudolstadt Festival will present around 300 concerts, workshops and conferences.

More details at https://rudolstadt-festival.de/en/

Share

The First SGAE Foundation International Flamenco Showcase for Arts Presenters to take place in Málaga

José Antonio Rodríguez
José Antonio Rodríguez

The SGAE Foundation revealed the names of the artists selected to perform at the International Flamenco Showcase for Arts Presenters. The showcase will be held May 19-22, 2016 in Malaga (Spain). The initiative, organized by the SGAE Foundation, in collaboration with the Picasso Museum in Malaga, the Andalusian Institute of Flamenco and Spanish Cultural Action, aims to disseminate flamenco worldwide.

The artists selected include José Antonio Rodríguez, Babel, Ultra High Flamenco (+ Rosario Toledo), Pedro el Granaíno, Alfonso Aroca Quinteto, Josemi Carmona & Javier Colina, Esperanza Fernández, Dos Cabezas… Pa un Sombrero (Dorantes / Pele), Antonio Reyes, Flamencas, Rafael Riqueni and Manuel Valencia. The organizers received over 186 submissions.

Over four days, the Flamenco artists will perform showcases for an audience that includes European festival directors and programmers invited to the reality of Spanish flamenco. In addition, meetings between festival directors and programmers European flamenco, invited by the SGAE Foundation, and representatives of authors and groups to foster new ways of collaboration between them organized.

The objectives of the First Exhibition of Flamenco for International Programmers SGAE Foundation are directly promote flamenco; encourage the participation of Spanish flamenco dancers at festivals; promote international tours for artists and encourage meetings and exchange of experiences and knowledge among professionals (authors, artists, agents, programmers, festival directors, record companies, etc.) in Spain and the rest of Europe.

The Picasso Museum is located on Calle San Agustin 8, Malaga.

Share