Category Archives: Tour Announcements

Malian Music Stars BKO Quintet to perform in UK

BKO Quintet
BKO Quintet

Malian music sensation BKO Quintet is set to perform in Manchester and Liverpool this month as part of a 7-date UK tour. The band will be promoting its debut album Bamako Today.

BKO Quintet – UK Tour Dates 2016

27th November
Hootananny, London
free admission

28th November
Sound Control, Manchester
Tickets

29th November
The Parish, Huddersfield
Tickets

30th November
Student Workshop, Liverpool
sold out

1st December
24 Kitchen Street, Liverpool
Tickets

2nd December
The Canteen, Bristol
free admission

3rd December
Duke of Cumberland, Whitstable
Tickets: 01227 280617

4th December
Arts Centre, Norwich
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La Banda Morisca Announces American Tour

La Banda Morisca - Photo by Ana Solinis
La Banda Morisca – Photo by Ana Solinis

 

Spanish world music sensation La Banda Morisca will be on tour in the United States during November 2017. “The Algarabya” Tour will showcase the band’s new album titled Algarabya.

 

La Banda Morisca - Algarabiya
La Banda Morisca – Algarabiya

 

 

La Banda Morisca brings together flamenco, Andalusian folk music and global sounds. Band members come from various iconic Spanish world music acts like the now defunct Radio Tarifa and La Jambre.

 

 

November

November 14th, New England Conservatory (Boston)

November 15th, Le Moyne University College (Syracuse)

November 17th, Old Town School of Folk Music (Chicago)

November 19th, La Roulette (New York)

December

December 3rd, Open Doors (MEDINA SIDONIA)

February 2017

February 15th-19th, Folk Alliance International (Kansas City)

March 2017

March 18th, Institute du Monde Arabe (PARIS)

May 2017

Mértola Islamic Festival (PORTUGAL)

July 2017

July 20th-23rd, EuroRadioFolk (Czech Republic)

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Mbongwana Star Announces November 2016 Tour

Mbongwana Star
Mbongwana Star

Congolese band Mbongwana Star will be touring Europe in November 2016. The group combines Congolese rumba and soukous with urban and electronic influences. The group’s most recent album is From Kinshasa.

25 November, 2016 – Les Nuits Zebrées (Radio Nova) – Montpellier (FR)
26 November, 2016 – L’Observatoire – Cergy (FR)
27 November, 2016 – Arenberg Theater – Antwerp (BE)
30 November, 2016 – Kaserne Basel – Basel (CH)
2 December, 2016 – La Clef – St Germain en Laye (FR)
3 December, 2016 – Le Hangar – Ivry sur Seine (FR)
8 December, 2016 – Ouvre-boîte-Asca – Beauvais (FR)
11 December, 2016 – Pandora Hall – Utrecht, TivoliVredenburg (NL)

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Trio Da Kali Announces US Tour

Trio Da Kali
Trio Da Kali

Contemporary Mandé griot act Trio Da Kali has announced its upcoming American tour. Trio Da Kali features Hawa Kassé Mady Diabaté on vocals, Lassana Diabaté (of AfroCubism) on the bala and Mamadou Kouyaté (son of Bassekou Kouyaté) on the bass ngoni. The Trio recently performed in Spain at WOMEX 2016.

Trio Da Kali has been in the studio recording a new album with Kronos Quartet.

02.11.2016 – ArtsLIVE – University of Dayton, OH (USA)
04.11.2016 – Zellerbach Auditorium – University of California, Berkeley CA (USA)
06.11.2016 – Center for the Arts – Grass Valley, CA (USA)
09.11.2016 – Sanctuary for Independent Media – Troy NY (USA)
11.11.2016 – Goddard College – Plainfield VT (US)
12.11.2016 – Carnegie Hall-Zankel – New York NY (USA) with Derek Gripper
13.11.2016 – Calvary Center – Crossroads Music, Philadelphia, PA (USA)

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Elza Soares Announces European Tour in November 2016

Elza Soares
Elza Soares

Iconic Brazilian vocalist Elza Soares will be touring Europe in November 2016. Her most recent album is the critically acclaimed The Woman at the End of the World.

Tour Dates:

10/11 Berlin, Germany at Huxleys
12/11 Utrecht, Netherlands at Le Guess Who
13/11 London, UK at London Jazz Festiva, Barbican
24/11 Porto, Portugal at Casa Da Música
26/11 Lisbon, Portugal at Vodafone Mexefest

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Richard Bona Announces American Tour and New Album

Richard Bona - Heritage
Richard Bona – Heritage

Cameroonian bassist and singer-songwriter Richard Bona has a new album titled Heritage, scheduled for release on September 16 in the United States. To promote the album he will be touring the United States in September 2016.

Heritage, Bona’s eighth, is the first with the Afro-Cuban band Mandekan Cubano. This recording follows the roots of Afro-Cuban music back to its origins in the Mandekan Empire of the 15th century and earlier. The music explores the alchemy of African rhythms in Cuba.

Tour Dates:

Sept 2nd: Boston, MA, Sculler’s

Sept 6th: Washington, DC, Howard Theatre

Sept 9-10: NYC, Club Bonafide

Sept 13-14: Los Angeles, CA, Catalina’s

Sept 16th: Monterey, CA, Monterey Jazz Festival

Sept 20-21: Seattle, WA, Jazz Alley

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Mamadou Kelly and Ban Kai Na Begin 2016 USA Tour

One of Mali’s greatest guitarists, Mamadou Kelly, will be touring North America in July and August with his band Ban Kai Na. A guitar prodigy from Niafunke in the heartland of Mali’s Niger River Delta, Mamadou accompanied well-known acts like Ali Farka Toure and Afel Boucum.

Ban Kai Na includes musicians from both Ali Farka Toure’s and Afel Boucom’s bands. Calabash player “Hama” Sankare can be heard on many of Ali Farka Toure’s classic albums, from 1994’s Talking Timbuktu all the up to 2006’s Savane; and Brehima ”Youro” Cisse’s jurkel (a one-string “mandolin”) can be heard together with Mamadou himself on Savane. They also make up Alkibar, the band that accompanies Afel Bocoum. This core of veterans also includes gifted Baba Traore on bass and Ibrahim Nabo on guitar.

On this tour, Mamadou Kelly and Ban Kai Na are scheduled to perform or record with such diverse acts as reggae artists Soul Syndicate, slide guitar master Cindy Cashdollar, indie rockers Last Good Tooth and jazz keyboardist John Medeski, among others.

Mamadou Kelly’s discography includes Djamila and Adibar.

Mamadou Kelly and Ban Kai Na 2016 Tour Dates:

July 6 Cooperage, Albuquerque NM
July 7 Bandstand, Santa Fe NM
July 8 Folk Art Market, Santa Fe NM
July 9 Folk Art Market, Santa Fe NM
July 10 Folk Art Market, Santa Fe NM
July 13 The Echo, DubClub, Los Angeles CA
July 15 Basement, Nashville TN
July 16 Mothlight, Asheville NC
July 20 Falcon, Marlboro NY
July 22 Music Hall, Portsmouth NH
July 23 Freedom Sq, Troy NY
July 27 Joe’s Pub, Manhattan NY
July 29 BSP, Kingston NY
Aug 5 Kennedy Center, Washington DC
Aug 6 Balliceaux, Richmond VA
Aug 7 Bossa Bistro, Washington DC
Aug 10 Union Pool, Brooklyn NY
Aug 12 Half Moon, Hudson NY

left-to-right: Brehima Cisse, Mamadou Kelly, Baba Traore – Photo by Paul Chandler

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Senegalese M’balax Star Pape Cheikh Diouf Announces North American Tour 2016

Pape Cheikh Diouf
Pape Cheikh Diouf

Celebrated Senegalese artist Pape Cheikh Diouf wil be touring North America in July and August. He derives his music on his family’s guewel (griot) traditions to sing about love, life lessons and the Wolof ideal of “teranga” – mutual respect, acceptance and hospitality.

A member of the Lemzo Diamono Group, Pape Diouf made his solo recording debut in 1998, and, with the help of his band, la Gènèration Conciente, has revitalized Dakar’s classic m’balax sound ever since. His stirring songs, enthralling voice and charismatic stage presence have earned him a string of hits, including 2011’s “Bèguè”, which made him a superstar in West Africa.

His most recent album, Rakkaaju, was released to massive critical and popular acclaim in Senegal in 2014, reinforcing Diouf’s place as a leading artist in Dakar.

Pape Cheikh Diouf 2016 North American Tour Dates:

Sunday, July 9th: The Cultural Building, Harlem, NY
Sunday, July 10th: The Music Haven Concert Series, Schenectady, NY
Friday, July 15th: Detroit, MI — TBA
Saturday, July 16th: Chicago, IL — TBA
Sunday, July 17th: Festival Fete de Marquette, Madison, WI
Monday, July 18th: The Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis, MN
Friday, July 22nd: Cincinnati, OH — TBA
Saturday, July 23rd, Atlanta, GA — TBA
Friday, July 23rd: RI — TBA
Saturday, July 30th: Washington, DC
Saturday, August 6th: Montreal, QC
Sunday, August 7th: ACANA Festival, Philadelphia, PA

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Reggae Band Raging Fyah Announces American Summer Tour Dates

Raging Fyah
Raging Fyah

Roots reggae band Raging Fyah will be touring the United States in July 2016. The group will be promoting its new album Everlasting.

Raging Fyah’s live shows capture their recordings, but also bring a new energy to each performance. “Our sets on this tour will feature songs from Everlasting mixed with some of our classics,” says lead vocalist Kumar Bent. “Every night feels special because we feed off the energy from the crowd to create unique elements for each show.”

U.S. Tour Dates:
Jul 11 in Washington, DC at Jammin Java
Jul 12 in Boston, MA at Brighton Music Hall
Jul 13 in Brooklyn, NY at Brooklyn Bowl
Jul 14 in Wakefield, RI at Ocean Mist
Jul 15 in Philadelphia, PA at Coda
Jul 17 in Cleveland, OH at Beachland Tavern
Jul 18 in Chicago, IL at Reggie’s Rock Club
Jul 19 in Omaha, NE at Waiting Room
Jul 20 in Minneapolis, MN at 7th St. Entry
Jul 22 in Bellevue, CO at Mishiwaka Amphitheatre, with Protoje
Jul 23 in Boulder, CO at Fox Theatre, with Protoje
Jul 24 in Taos, NM at Taos Brewery, with Protoje
Jul 26 in Phoenix, AZ at Crescent, with Protoje
Jul 28 in Santa Monica, CA at The Pier, with Protoje
Jul 29 in Los Angeles, CA at The Regent, with Protoje
Jul 30 in Las Vegas, NV at Brooklyn Bowl, with Protoje
Jul 31 in Santa Barbara, CA at Velvet Jones, with Protoje
Aug 2 in Santa Cruz, CA at The Catalyst, with Protoje
Aug 3 in Petaluma, CA at Mystic Theatre, with Protoje

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Haitian Roots Band Lakou Mizik Begins North American Tour

Lakou Mizik
Lakou Mizik

One of the finest Haitian roots music bands, Lakou Mizik, is currently in North America on tour. The band is promoting its new album Wa Di Yo (Cumbancha Discovery, 2016).

Tour Dates

June 1 Florence Gould Hall: Haiti Optimiste, NYC

June 4 PVD Fest, Providence, RI

June 7 World Cafe Live, Philadelphia, PA

June 9 The Falcon, Marlboro, NY

June 11 Burlington Discover Jazz Festival, Burlington, VT

June 16 at Celebrate Brooklyn with Baaba Maal

June 18 at Hygienic Art Park in New London, CT

June 30 Feast & Field Festival, Barnard, VT

July 8 Harbourfront Centre: Future Routes, Toronto, Canada

July 13 Ohio City Stages Summer Series, Cleveland, OH

July 14 Nectar Lounge, Seattle, WA

July 15 Vancouver Folk Festival, Vancouver, Canada

Buy Wa Di Yo in North America

Buy Wa Di Yo in Europe

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