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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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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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