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World Music/Crash Arts Announces 2017-2018 Season

Boston-based performing arts presenter World Music/Crash Arts has announced the artists scheduled to perform during the Fall 2017 – Winter 2018 season.

The impressive world music, roots and jazz lineup includes:

Vanessa Da Mata
September 10, 8:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center

September 13, 8:00 p.m.
Brighton Music Hall

Carrie Rodriguez
September 14, 7:30 p.m.
The Rockwell

Dance Up
September 22 & 23, 8:00 p.m.
The ICA/Boston

Terence Blanchard E-Collective
September 26, 8:00 p.m.
Brighton Music Hall

The High Kings
September 30, 8:00 p.m.
Somerville Theatre

Flamenco Legends by Javier Limon
The Paco de Lucia Project
October 13, 8:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center

Johnny Clegg
The Final Journey
October 14, 8:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center

Mashrou’ Leila
October 22, 8:00 p.m.
The Sinclair

Harold Lopez-Nussa Trio
October 28, 8:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center

The Sachal Ensemble
Song Of Lahore
October 29, 7:30 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center

Irma Thomas, The Blind Boys Of Alabama, & The Preservation Legacy Quintet
November 3, 8:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center

Yasmin Levy
November 5, 7:30 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center

Anna Myer And Dancers
November 10 & 11, 8:00 p.m.
The ICA/Boston

Habib Koite & Bamada
November 11, 8:00 p.m.
Somerville Theatre

The Bad Plus
November 12, 7:30 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center

Leyla McCalla
November 18, 8:00 p.m.
Villa Victoria

November 18, 7:30 p.m.
Brighton Music Hall

Compagnie Herve Koubi
January 12 & 13, 8:00 p.m.
The ICA/Boston

Juan De Marcos & The Afro-Cuban All Stars
January 14, 7:30 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center

Huun Huur Tu
January 18, 7:30 p.m.
The Rockwell

Umalali & The Garifuna Collective
January 20, 8:00 p.m.
Villa Victoria

BJM/Les Ballets Jazz De Montreal
February 2 & 3, 8:00 p.m.
Emerson/Cutler Majestic Theatre

Ladysmith Black Mambazo
February 11, 3:00 p.m.
Sanders Theatre

Dianne Reeves
February 16, 8:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center

Tao: Drum Heart
February 18, 7:30 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center

February 24, 6:00 p.m.
House of Blues Boston

More information at or 617-876-4275.


Flamenco Vocalist Argentina Dazzles Madrid Audience

Argentina at Suma Flamenca 2017 – Photo by David Mudarra


Rising flamenco star Argentina presented her new album La Vida del Artista (The Life of the Artist) last night at Suma Flamenca festival in Madrid to an enthusiastic audience.

Suma Flamenca is one of the leading flamenco festivals in the international scene.


Argentina at Suma Flamenca 2017 – Photo by David Mudarra

WOMEX 2017 Reveals First Batch of World Music Showcases

World Music Expo WOMEX has announced the first set of artists scheduled to perform at the 2017 conference. WOMEX 2017 will take place October 25 – 29 in Katowice, Poland.

The 18 artists revealed represent 23 different countries. They are scheduled to perform in front of a crowd of more than 2,000 concert promoters, festival programmers, booking agents, international media and other professional delegates as well as the Polish music public.

Official Selection

Alireza Ghorbani (Iran)
Black Flower (Belgium)
Dakh Daughters (Ukraine)
Dimitris Mystakidis (Greece)
Elkin Robinson (Colombia)
Gato Preto (Mozambique/Ghana/ Senegal/Germany)
Ifriqiyya Electrique (Tunisia/France)
La Dame Blanche (Cuba/France)
Leyla McCalla (Haiti/USA)
MAZ (Canada)
Night (Nepal)
Park Jiha (South Korea)
Qwanqwa (Ethiopia)
Talisk (UK)
Vasilis Kostas & Layth Sidiq Duo (Greece/Jordan/USA)
Waldemar Bastos (Angola/Portugal)

DJ Summit

Barda (Argentina)
Ibaaku (Senegal)

headline photo: Elkin Robinson – Photo by Fela Photography


Singer-songwriter Raimon Receives Lifetime Career Tribute

Raimon receiving a certificate of recognition – Photo by Juan Miguel Morales

Award-winning Singer-songwriter and poet Raimon received a tribute on May 12, 2017 at the Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona.

Raimon was born in Xàtiva/Játiva (Valencia, Spain) in 1940. He became one of the most significant Catalan-language singer-songwriters in the 1960s and 1970s, part of the Nova Cançó movement.

Organizers of the event invited Michael Mason, director of the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, who gave the singer a certificate of recognition.


The Art of Reggae Exposition Returns to Liverpool June 2017

The Art of Reggae


The popular exhibition The Art of Reggae will be returning to Constellations in The Baltic Triangle in Liverpool June 7-July 9, 2017.

The exhibition, a collaboration between the International Reggae Poster Contest and Positive Vibration, will display 100 reggae-inspired posters designed by artists and illustrators from all over the world.


Poster by Jos Vergauwe (Belgium)


Visitors will be able to bid on any of the framed posters by way of a silent auction and all profits from the sales will be donated to the Alpha Boys School – the vocational institution for underprivileged youths located in Kingston, Jamaica.


Positive vibrations – Julia Egorova (Russia)


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The Indomitable Voice, the Life of Mariem Hassan

Mariem Hassan – The Indomitable Voice

The Indomitable Voice is the title of a new book about the late Mariem Hassan, one of the greatest singers from the Western Sahara in past decades. The authors are Zazie Schubert-Wurr and Manuel Domínguez. The writers will present the book on Saturday, March 18, at 12:00 noon at the Sin Tarima bookstore in Madrid, Spain. They will be joined by Agaila Mohamed, Mariem’s youngest daughter.

The book describes in real time the 18 years in which the authors accompanied Mariem Hassan during her professional activities as a singer, as well as her effort as cultural ambassador of the Saharawi people around the world.

Intensely illustrated, the 264-page books collects a total of 1,060 images. The package includes a CD with unreleased songs and a DVD with unreleased audiovisual material that provides a profile of the artistic and human stature of Mariem Hassan.

Librería Sin Tarima
Calle de la Magdalena 32
Metro station Antón Martín, Madrid


EXIB Música 2017 Showcase to Return One More Year to Portugal

The 4th edition of the Iberoamerican showcase EXIB Música 2017 will take place in Portugal once more. The 2017 event will be based in Évora with additional activities in Arraiolos and Montemor-o-Novo. The expo focuses on the Spanish and Portuguese-speaking countries in the Iberian Peninsula and the Americas. It will be held June 7-10, 2017.

The program will be based on the premises of the Expo: impulse, commitment, diversity, industry and identity.

The program will feature 18 showcases from all Iberoamerica as well as 12 Off-EXIB concerts representing the music of the Portuguese regions. The expo will include a professional area with booths to disseminate information and generate networking.

The 4th edition of EXIB Música comes with important international collaborations as well as reflections on the space of musical management in the Creative Economy.

The program will also include the launch of projects, laboratories on music, meetings, masterclasses and documentaries of Ibero-American music.

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Transparent Water Voted Number One Album by Transglobal World Music Chart in March 2017

Omar Sosa and Seckou Keita – Transparent Water

Omar Sosa and Seckou Keita’s album Transparent Water (Ota Records, 2017) is the Transglobal World Music Chart’s number one album for March 2017.

Transparent Water elegantly combines world music and jazz. The album features Omar Sosa (Cuba) on piano and Seckou Keita (Senegal) on kora along with traditional Chinese flute player Wu Tong, Venezuelan percussionist Gustavo Ovalles, and Japanese koto player Mieko Miyazaki.

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Flamenco Eñe Heads to New York, Miami and Chicago in March 2017

left to right clockwise: Alfonso Aroca; Josemi Carmona & Javier Colina; and UHF at Flamenco Eñe 2016. Photo by Jesús Domínguez

The SGAE Foundation will continue with its Spanish Flamenco promotion overseas program, Flamenco Eñe, with presentations in New York City, Miami and Chicago during March 2017. The artists featured include flamenco fusion acts performed by Josemi Carmona & Javier Colina, pianist Alfonso Aroca and the instrumental flamenco quartet Ultra High Flamenco (UHF). All of them participated in the first edition of Flamenco Eñe that took place in Malaga last May 2016.

The Flamenco Eñe Malaga showcase brought together several foreign performing arts presenters and promoters with a selection of musicians from Spain.

The Flamenco Eñe initiative has opened the doors of the international circuits to Josemi Carmona & Javier Colina, Alfonso Aroca and Ultra High Flamenco (UHF), who will export their talent within the official program of Flamenco Festival 2017, held in New York and Miami between March 2 and 19, and the XV Chicago Flamenco Festival, organized by the Cervantes Institute, with the collaboration of the SGAE Foundation, until March 25.


World Music Summit WOMEX 2017 Seeking Showcase and Conference Proposals

The World Music Expo, WOMEX, is seeking conference, music showcase and film proposals for the 2017 edition. The largest gathering of world music professionals will take place October 25–29, 2017, in Katowice, Poland.

This year, the deadline to make a proposal is Friday, 17 March 2017, earlier than usual.

Proposal website:

headline photo: Noura Mint Seymali performing at WOMEX 2016 in Spain – Photo by Jacob Crawfurd