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.
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.
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
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
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
Sidestepper will bring the contemporary tropical sounds of Colombia and the Caribbean to the UK in July 2016. The band will be playing tracks from their much-admired Supernatural Love album.
14 July – Larmer Tree Festival
15 July – Tropical Pressure Festival
17 July – Village Underground, London
17 July – Latitude Festival
20 July – The Welfare, Swansea
29 July – Ropetackle Arts Centre, Shoreham-by-Sea
30 July – WOMAD Festival
31 July – Port Eliot Festival
Acclaimed progressive folk band Le Vent du Nord, from Quebec, will be touring Ireland and the UK in the next months. Le Vent du Nord is currently promoting its new album titled Têtu (stubborn or obstinate).
On Têtu, Le Vent du Nord perform music rooted in Quebecois tradition combined with new musical ideas. The pieces fluctuate from stripped-down a cappella singing to complex arrangements, including the introduction of a string quartet.
Sunday, May 8 Baltimore Fiddle Fair 2016, Fiddle Fair Marquee, Baltimore, West Cork, Ireland
Tickets – See festival website for details
On Stage 9.00 p.m.
Monday, May 9
The Linenhall Arts centre, Linenhall St, Castlebar,Co Mayo, Ireland.
Tel: +353 94 902 3733 Tickets €16.00
Doors 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, May 10
Regional Cultural Centre, 46 Port Rd, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal, Ireland
Tel: +353 74 912 9186 Tickets €12.00
Doors 7:30 p.m.
French world music band Lo’Jo will be touring the United Sttes and Canada in April. The group will be promoting its most recording recording titled Cinema El Mundo.
2016 North American Tour
April 8 – Montreal, Maison de la Culture [Ahuntsic-Cartierville]
April 11 – Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis, MN
April 12 – Dirty Bourbon, Albuquerque, NM
April 15 – Stay Gold, Austin, TX
April 16 – Stay Gold, Austin, TX
April 23 – Festival International de Louisiane, Lafayette, LA
April 24 – Festival International de Louisiane, Lafayette, LA
Zimbabwean band Mokoomba returns to stages in the United States and Canada in March and April 2016 with brand new material in advance of its future album, Luyando.
Mokoomba garnered international critical praise for its 2012 album Rising Tide that presented the band’s distinctive mix of pan-African and global sounds, everything from soukous to ska and salsa, with the musical traditions of the Luvale, Nyanja, and Tonga peoples of western Zimbabwe.
Mokoomba 2016 North American Tour Dates:
World Music Institute Africa Now! Festival
The Apollo Theater, New York City, NY
The Acoustic Africa Tour returns to the United States of America with two of the finest live world music acts from Africa, Malian musician Habib Koite and South African vocalist Vusi Mahlasela. The tour begins Saturday, March 19, 2016 in San Francisco, California and will conclude on Sunday, April 17 in Somerville, Massachusetts. Acoustic Africa provides music fans a rare opportunity to experience their favorite African artists in intimate settings.
Vusi Mahlasela is known as ‘The Voice’ in South Africa, celebrated for his distinct, powerful voice and his poetic, positive lyrics. Raised in the Mamelodi Township, where he still resides, Vusi became a singer-songwriter and poet-activist at an early age teaching himself how to play guitar and later joining the Congress of South African Writers. After his popular album debut on BMG Africa, When You Come Back, Vusi was asked to perform at Nelson Mandela’s inauguration in 1994.
A modern singer-songwriter and virtuoso guitarist with extraordinary appeal, Habib Koité is one of the leading artist from West Africa. Habib Koité and his band Bamada became one of the first African artists to appear on Late Night with David Letterman, a popular TV comedy and variety show in the United States.
To date Habib Koité has sold over 250,000 albums, and he continues to build his profile through a very active calendar of tour dates. His discography includes Soo, Muso Ko, Afriki, Brothers in Bamako, Baro, Ma Ya and Foly Live Around the World.
Saturday, March 19 at Herbst Theater – San Francisco, CA
Sunday, March 20 at The Green Music Center – Rohnert Park, CA
Tuesday, March 22 at Cargo Concert Hall – Reno, NV
Thursday, March 24 at Fox Tuscon Theater – Tucson, AZ
Friday, March 25 at MIM Music Theater – Phoenix, AZ
Saturday, March 26 at Luckman Fine Arts Complex – Los Angeles, CA
Monday, March 28 at Kuumbwa Jazz Center – Santa Cruz, CA
Tuesday, March 29 at John Van Duzer Theatre – Arcata, CA
Thursday, March 31 at Aladdin Theater – Portland, OR
Friday, April 01 at The Triple Door – Seattle, WA
Saturday, April 02 at The Triple Door – Seattle, WA
Tuesday, April 05 at Cedar Cultural Center – Minneapolis, MN
Wednesday April 06 at Old Town School Of Folk Music – Chicago, IL
Friday, April 08 at McCain Auditorium – Manhattan, KS
Sunday, April 10 at Academy of Music – Northampton, MA
Wednesday, April 13 at The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium – New York, NY
Thursday, April 14 at Lisner Audtiorium (GW University) – Washington, DC
Friday, April 15 at Weis Center (Bucknell) – Lewisburg, PA
Saturday April 16 at Stewart Theater (NC State) – Raleigh, NC
Sunday, April 17 at Somerville Theater – Somerville, MA
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