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Easy Star All-Stars Announce 2017 West Coast Tour

Popular reggae band Easy Star All-Stars will be touring the West Coast of the United States and Canada starting in May of 2017, including the first ever appearance at the California Roots Music and Arts Festival. The 16-stop tour will run through late June as Easy Star All-Stars travels to reggae-friendly cities across the West Coast and Mountains. Supporting acts include The Late Ones and The Elovators.

Easy Star All-Stars is well known for its reggae versions of full albums by legendary rock and pop acts Pink Floyd, Radiohead, The Beatles, and Michael Jackson, as well as its own original material from its decade plus as a recording act. All of the band’s albums have reach the top on the Billboard Reggae Charts, including Lonely Hearts Dub Band, Thrillah and Dub Side of the Moon.

Tour Dates:

May 27 – California Roots 2017 – Monterey, CA
May 28 – Romano’s Concert Lounge – Riverside, CA
May 29 – Echoplex – Los Angeles, CA
May 31 – Saint Rocke – Hermosa Beach, CA
June 1 – Belly Up Tavern – Solana Beach, CA
June 2 – Velvet Jones – Santa Barbara, CA
June 3 – Summer Arts & Music Festival – Garberville, CA
June 4 – The Independent – San Francisco, CA
June 5 – Brooklyn Bowl – Las Vegas, NV
June 7 – Fox Theater – Boulder, CO
June 8 – Gothic Theater – Englewood, CO
June 9 – The State Room – Salt Lake City, UT
June 10 – World Village Festival – Boise, ID
June 23 – Nectar Lounge – Seattle, WA
June 24 – Tall Tree Music Festival – Port Renfrew, BC, CAN
June 25 – Star Theater – Portland, OR

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Celebrated Zimbabwean Band Mokoomba Reveals American Tour

Mokoomba – Photo by Roel Determeije

Zimrock band Mokoomba will be touring the United States during April and May 2017. The band will present its new album, Luyando. The new recording focuses on the acoustic side of the band from Niagara Falls.

The current lineup includes Mathias Muzaza (lead vocals), Ndaba Coster Moyo (drums, backing vocals), Trustworth Samende (lead guitar, backing vocals), Donald Moyo, (keyboards, backing vocals), Miti Mugande, (percussion & backing vocals) and Abundance Mutori (bass, backing vocals).

Mokoomba 2017 Tour Dates

April 28 – New Orleans, LA: New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

April 29-30 – Lafayette, LA: Festival Internationale de Louisiane

May 5 – Baltimore, MD: Patterson Theater

May 6 – Washington, DC: Funk Parade

May 9-14 – Black Mountain NC: The LEAF Festival & residency

May 17 – Marlboro, NY: The Falcon

May 18 – Portsmouth, NH: The Music Hall

May 19 – Boston, MA: Villa Victoria Center f/t Arts

May 21 – Joshua Tree, CA: Joshua Tree Music Festival

May 24 – San Francisco, CA: Freight & Salvage

May 25 – Seattle, WA: The Royal Room

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Malian Guitar Virtuoso Vieux Farka Touré Announces 2017 North American Samba Tour

Vieux Farka Touré

Acclaimed Malian guitarist Vieux Farka Touré will be touring the United States April-May 2017. The tour begins at Brooklyn New York’s BRIC House on Thursday, April 6th, coinciding with the official release of Samba (Six Degrees Records), Vieux Farka Touré’s new album.

Samba was recorded as part of the Woodstock Sessions, a series that combines live performance and studio recording with their ground-breaking venue.

While Touré was recording the album, he had an audience of about fifty people in the room. Touré received the vigor of a live concert with the quality of a studio recording. Touré was very satisfied with the experience, “we were able to capture this unique energy for the album.”

Vieux Farka Touré Spring 2017 Tour Dates:

4/6: BRIC House, Brooklyn, NY
4/7: Villa Victoria, Boston, MA
4/8: The Outdoor Space, Hamden, CT
4/10: World Cafe Live, Philadelphia, PA
4/11: Club Cafe, Pittsburgh, PA
4/12: Creative Alliance, Baltimore, MA
4/13: The Mothlight, Asheville, NC
4/14: King’s, Raleigh, NC
4/15: Charleston Pour House, Charleston, SC
4/18: Proud Larry’s Oxford, MI
4/19: Terminal West, Atlanta, CA
4/22: Transatlantic, Miami Beach, FL
4/24: Casbah, San Diego, CA
4/25: Echoplex, Los Angeles, CA
4/26: Yoshi’s, Oakland, CA
4/28: Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Santa Cruz, CA
4/29: Grass Valley Center for the Arts, Grass Valley, CA
4/30: Ner Shalom, Cotati, CA
5/03: Nectar Seattle, WA
5/04: Star Theater, Portland, OR
5/05: Wild Buffalo, Bellingham, WA
5/07: Neurolux, Boise, ID
5/09: State Room, Salt Lake City, IA

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Flamenco innovators Josemi Carmona & Javier Colina to appear at Various Top Flamenco festivals in the USA

Josemi Carmona and Javier Colina

Guitarist Josemi Carmona and bassist Javier Colina will present their unique sound at the Flamenco Festival in New York on March 10 at Joe’s Pub: “We will play humbly but with the certainty that what we do is special and very enjoyable. Up close, it’s not a project of virtuosity but of emotion and emotion difficult to match,” explains guitarist Josemi Carmona.

On March 12th, the duo will land at the Miami Festival to show, in Colina’s words, this “jazzified flamenco that combines improvisations with touches of flamenco and African-American music“.

Finally, on March 14 Carmona and Colina will present their music at the XV Chicago Flamenco Festival, which collaborates for the first time with Flamenco Eñe.

Opening the range of flamenco artists is very difficult, festivals always present the same musicians. Flamenco Eñe has made younger generations express their talent to the programmers, giving strength to flamenco and energy to authors who are not so well known, “added Josemi.

The duo’s most recent recording is De Cerca (Universal Music Spain, 2016).

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Ballaké Sissoko and Vincent Segal Announce 2017 North American Tour

Ballaké Sissoko and Vincent Segal will return to North American stages in 2017, with their first tour on this side of the Atlantic since 2011. Malian kora master Ballaké Sissoko and French cellist Vincent Segal charmed critics and fans alike with their splendid debut Chamber Music, released in North America in 2011.

Ballake Sissoko & Vincent Segal – Chamber Music

The duo followed this success up with 2015’s Musique du Nuit that intensified the kora with cello hybrid sound.

Ballake Sissoko and Vincent Segal – Musique De Nuit

Ballaké and Vincent will begin the first part of their 2017 North American tour with stops in eleven cities in February and March, including Quebec, Montreal, New York City, Chicago, Miami, and more.

The duo will return for a second leg of touring in autumn 2017, with more dates to be announced.

Watch Ballaké and Vincent on Youtube

Ballaké Sissoko and Vincent Segal 2017 Tour Dates:

Feb. 23, Berea College, Berea KY
Feb. 24, University of VT, Burlington VT
Feb. 25, Palais Montcalm, Quebec
Feb. 26, Le Gesu, Montreal
Feb. 28, The Arts Center, Carrboro NC
March 1 The Barns at Wolftrap, Vienna VA
March 3 French Institute Alliance New York NY
March 4 Villa Victoria, Boston, MA
March 5, North Beach Band Shell, Miami Beach
March 8, Old Town School of Folk, Chicago IL
March 9, Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis MN

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Goran Ivanovic Trio Announce Midwest Tour in December 2016

Goran Ivanovic

Goran Ivanovic Trio has announced that it will be touring the American Midwest in December 2016. Goran Ivanovic Trio features guitarist and composer Goran Ivanovic, bassist Mike Harmon and drummer Pete Tashjian. The trio experiments in the fusion of classical, rock, jazz and various styles of traditional folk music.

The power trio’s debut album is laced with sing-able melodies, rich harmonies and complex rhythms. From the uplifting Americana influenced sounds of Alvorada Americana to dark mood songs like the haunting Patient Zero the album comprises a diverse palate of flavors.

In the song Querido Paco, Ivanovic pays tribute to lifelong influence, legendary Flamenco guitarist, the late Paco De Lucia. The Lively composition Tic Tac Toe is an audience favorite, with nearly 7 minutes of acrobatics on guitar it takes the listener through hard rock riffs, Flamenco rhythms and classical harmonic development.

Maurice’s Ragtime features friend and cellist Ian Maksin. The track features a slow ragtime feel with impressionistic harmonies reflective of French Composer Maurice Ravel.

Dec 14 Rozz-Tox Rock Island, IL
Dec 15 Iowa City Yacht Club Iowa City, IA
Dec 16 Pop’s Blue Moon St Louis, MO
Dec 17 The Iron Post Urbana, IL
Dec 21 Jazz Showcase Chicago, IL

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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
Tickets

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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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