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The Battle of Santiago Announces American Tour and APAP Showcases

The Battle of Santiago
The Battle of Santiago


Toronto-Based band The Battle of Santiago will be showcasing at APAP next week. The group mixes classic Afro-Cuban Rhythms and vocals with Canadian post-rock.

Founded In 2011, The Battle of Santiago has evolved from experimental rock founded in Latin percussion to an Afro-Cuban post-rock ensemble.

The Battle of Santiago’s third album, La Migra (the immigration police) is set for release in 2016.

The Battle of Santiago APAP Showcases:

January 15, 2016 – 10:00 p.m. at DROM, 85 Avenue A, New York, NY
January 16, 2016 – 8:00 p.m. at Hilton Hotel, Regency Room 1335 6th Avenue, New York, NY
January 16, 2016 – 10:00 p.m. at Nublu, 62 Avenue C, Between 4 & 5th, New York, NY
January 18, 2016 – 10:30 p.m. at Brooklyn Bowl, 61 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

Additional Dates:

January 19, 2016 – Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW, Millennium Stage, Washington, DC
January 20, 2016 – Bossa Bistro, 2463 18th St. NM, Washington, DC
January 21, 2016 – Shrine, 2271 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd. New York, NY, 10030
January 22, 2016 – Arts Riot, 400 Pine St, Burlington, VT



More information about the band:


Vilma Timonen Quartert Announces Nepalese Tour

Vilma Timonen Quartet
Vilma Timonen Quartet


Kantele innovator Vilma Timonen and her band, Vilma Timonen Quartet (VTQ), will be touring Nepal starting today. On January 7-9, VTQ will be playing a double bill along with Nepalese fusion band Kanta dAb dAb (The Journey to Nowhere Land).

The concerts will take place at venues in Kathmandu and Pokhora and they are organized by Nepal Music Center. There will also be workshops with students and teachers in Nepal Music Center. The tour is supported by Arts Promotion Centre Finland and The Finnish Music Foundation (MES).

Vilma Timonen Quartet recently released an excellent album titled Drops.

Vilma Timonen Quartet tour in Nepal:

December 31, 2015 – Thursday, arrival jam at Curilo, Kathmandu
January 1, 2016 – Friday, gig in Attic, Kathmandu
January 2, 2016 – Saturday, Phat Kath, Pokhora
January 5, 2016 – Concert at Nepal Music Centre, Kathmandu
January 6, 2016 – International Club, Sanepa, Lalitpur
January 7-9, 2016 – Vilma Timonen Quartet and Kanta dAb dAb, Zero Mile
January 8, 2016. – Friday, House of Music, Kathmandu
January 9, 2016 – Saturday, gig/jam in Curilo, Kathmandu


Chucho Valdés: Irakere 40 American Tour Celebrates Legendary Afro-Cuban Jazz Band

Chucho Valdés
Chucho Valdés


Iconic Cuban pianist Chucho Valdés is celebrating the 40th anniversary of Irakere, the seminal Afro-Cuban fusion band he founded in Havana with a North American tour. The final leg of the U.S. tour includes shows in New York, Boston, San Juan, Miami, Washington DC and Durham. Irakere revolutionized the jazz world with a groundbreaking fusion of Afro-Cuban ritual music, popular Afro-Cuban music styles, jazz and rock.

Chucho Valdés is touring with a ten-piece ensemble comprising his current band the Afro-Cuban Messengers expanded with three trumpets and two saxophones. Valdés repertoire showcases a colorful retrospective of his work during the past four decades. The program includes classics of Irakere´s repertoire such as “Misa Negra” “Estela Va A Estallar” (“Stella By Starlight”), ”Juana 1600,” and “Bacalao Con Pan,” as well as more recent compositions, originally performed with the Messengers, in new arrangements, such as “Yansa,” “Abdel” and “Lorena’s Tango.”

“In our first rehearsal of the old pieces with this band I cried,” says Chucho, who turned 74 on October 9. “When I decided to do a tribute to that marvelous band, I also decided I didn’t want to do it with the charter members but with players from the generations of musicians that grew up and learned from Irakere. I thought it would be more meaningful. It’s a tribute from one generation to another.”

Along with the U.S. tour, Chucho Valdés: Irakere 40 released Tribute to Irakere – Live at Marciac (Jazz Village/Harmonia Mundi) on October 20, 2015.



Chucho Valdés: Irakere 40 Lineup

Chucho Valdés (Piano)
Gastón Joya (Bass)
Rodney Barreto (Drums)
Yaroldy Abreu (Percussion)
Dreiser Durruthy Bombalé (Batás & Vocals)
Manuel Machado (Trumpet)
Reinaldo Melián (Trumpet)
Carlos Sarduy (Trumpet)
Ariel Bringuez (Tenor Sax)
Rafael Àguila (Alto Sax)

Chucho Valdés: Irakere 40 – 2015 Tour

Tues, Nov 10 – New York, NY, The Town Hall
Thurs, Nov 12 – Boston, MA, Berklee Performance Center
Fri, Nov 13 -San Juan, PR, Centro de Bellas Artes
Sat,Nov 14 – Miami Beach, FL, Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater
Sun, Nov 15 – Bethesda, MD, The Music Center at Strathmore
Mon,Nov 16 – Durham, NC, Duke Performances at Page Auditorium


Mbongwana Star Begins European Tour 2015

Mbongwana Star
Mbongwana Star


Rising Congolese world music act Mbongwana Star has just started a European tour. The Congolese band mixes Central African roots music with electronics. Their new album is titled From Kinshasa.



Next concerts

20 Oct – CreativAfrica Festival, Turin, IT
23 Oct – Teatro Del Popolo Gallarate, Colle di Val d’Elsa, IT
28 Oct – Oslo World Music Festival, Oslo, NO
31 Oct – Palace, St.Gallen, CH
01 Nov – Oval Space, London, UK


Cante de Las Minas Winners Touring Port Cities

Las Minas Puerto Flamenco
Las Minas Puerto Flamenco


The winners of the influential Festival del Cante de Las Minas will begin a tour of the main port cities of Spain. The Las Minas Puerto Flamenco show is a journey through the history of flamenco.

Ports are to music as pollen is to flowers. Songs arrive to ports, shed their skin, are mixed with each other and end up going to another port. This happened to fado, tango, blues, and flamenco as well. Most songs are of sorrow and absence. Taking port cities as essential elements of this tour, fifteen flamenco artists, award winners of the last editions of the Festival del Cante de Las Minas de La Union, will tour 30 Spanish cities. These flamenco masters are winners in the categories of singing, guitar, percussion and dance.




The winners of the prestigious international competition Festival del Cante de las Minas include Ricardo Fernandez del Moral, Eduardo Guerrero, Amador Rojas, Yolanda Osuna, Miguel Pérez, Jesús Corbacho, Manuel Soto, David Perez, Jose Tomas Jimenez, Bernardo Miranda, Maria Chania, Oscar Manuel, Cristina Tovar, Gema Jimenez and Manuel Heredia Plantón, with a total of ten artists per show. These winners previously performed in Brussels, Luxembourg, New Delhi, Bombay and Tokyo.

Las Minas Puerto Flamenco is a unique 90-minute show, in which the artists demonstrate the talent that made them worthy of being winners. The show includes essential flamenco genres such as habaneras, guajiras, farrucas, cañas, coplas, rondeñas, seguiriyas, tangos, cartageneras, tarantas, soleás, abandolaos, verdiales, peteneras, malagueñas, alegrías, fandangos and bulerías. It is, in short, the essence of flamenco.

The Minas Flamenco Tour show also revolves around life in ports and their workers, who will be honored during the performance. The port as home to artists, the port as vivacity and hope of a new life, the port as a hub of commerce and, of course, as a point of music and partying. The show will vindicate cities overlooking harbors, such as Malaga and Valencia.

The tour will travel through the ports of Andalusia and eastern Spain, later through northern Spain, the Canary Islands, Balearic Islands, Ceuta, and Melilla. In addition to the port cities, Las Minas Flamenco Tour will also pass through inland cities such as León, Albacete and Pamplona.



The tour will visit the following cities: Malaga (October 9), Algeciras (October 16), Ceuta (October 17), Alicante (October 23), Castellón (24 October), Melilla (November 13), Motril (November 14), Huelva, Almería, Vilagarcía, A Coruna, Ibiza, Cartagena, Palma, Sagunto, Gijón, San Sebastian, Valencia, Aviles, Santander, Barcelona, Bilbao, Ferrol, Vigo, Las Palmas, Tenerife, Sevilla, Cádiz and will conclude at the famous Teatro Real (Royal Theater) in Madrid in April 2016.

The International Festival of Cante de las Minas is one of the major festivals in the world of flamenco. It is also the oldest. Moreover, it is the only one with a contest with consistent first rate quality and demonstrated clear results. Not surprisingly, it has been home to artists such as Miguel Poveda and Vicente Amigo. As Jeromo Segura, a recent winner of its coveted prize


Fado Singer Ana Laíns to Begin USA Educational Tour

Ana Laíns
Ana Laíns


Ana Laíns, one of the leading fado vocalists, will be heading to the United States to make her first major tour. Between October 16 and 24 October, the famed Portuguese vocalist singer will perform a series of concerts and workshops at the invitation of several North American universities, in partnership with Portuguese / American Cultural Exchange, Inc.

This tour is the culmination of a year full of concerts for Ana Laíns, who recently participated in the concert closing the Commemoration of 8 Centuries of Portuguese Language.

Ana Laíns will travel with Sandro Costa on guitar, António Neto on Portuguese guitar and Pedro Galveias on vocals. Her discography includes Sentidos and Quatro Caminhos.

I am very committed to this project,” says Ana Laíns about the tour. “It has a strong educational component and is a huge challenge. We will do regular concerts and some days will be dedicated exclusively to workshops on fado and the Portuguese language. It is a project that honors me and fills me deeply, because it fits perfectly into what I consider to be my big goal as a singer: I want to feel useful in disseminating and developing my country’s culture. ”

Concerts and workshops:

16 October – Concert and Workshop, Eastman School of Music, Rochester

17 October – Concert, Woodland Hill Montessori School Albany, NY

19 October – Workshop, Middlesex Community College, Lowell, MA

19 October – Visit to Cambridge Portuguese School in Cambridge, MA

20 October – Workshop, University of Massachusetts/Dartmouth

20 October – Concert, Brown University Providence, RI

21 October – Workshop, University of Massachusetts/Boston

21 October – Workshop, Rhode Island College

22 October – Workshop, University of Massachusetts/Lowell

22 October – Visit to Lowell Portuguese School Lowell

23 October – Concert, University of Massachusetts/Lowell

24 October – Concert, Lusitano Restaurant Fall River, MA


Estonian Fiddler Maarja Nuut Touring the United States

Maarja Nuut
Maarja Nuut


Estonian fiddler and vocalist Maarja Nuut made her successful North American debut at Chicago’s World Music Festival last week. This week, Maarja is set to perform at Albuquerque’s Globalquerque festival and Bloomington, Indiana’s Lotus World Music & Arts Festival, and next week she’ll finish her tour with concerts at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage in Washington, D.C., New York City’s Elebash Hall, and Toronto’s Small World Festival.



Maarja Nuut 2015 Tour Dates:

9/25: Globalquerque, National Hispanic Cultural Center, Albuquerque, New Mexico
9/26: Lotus World Music & Arts Festival, First Christian Church, Bloomington, Indiana
9/27: Lotus World Music & Arts Festival, Buskirk-Chumley Theater, Bloomington, Indiana
9/29: The Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, Washington, D.C.
9/30: Live@365, Elebash Hall, New York, NY
10/2: Small World Festival, Small World Music Center, Toronto, Ontario


Wu Man to Perform with the Shanghai Quartet

Wu Man - photo by Liu Jungi
Wu Man – photo by Liu Jungi
Renowned pipa master Wu Man is set to perform with the Shanghai Quartet at the Asia Society in Houston on April 21, where she will play Five Seasons by Lei Liang, commissioned for the Shanghai Quartet and Wu Man.

Together they will also perform at the Chan Centre in Vancouver on May 9 with a program titled “A Night in Ancient and New China” including a multimedia work by the eminent Chinese composer Zhao Jiping, a suite of traditional Chinese folk songs arranged by Yi-Wen Jiang, as well as solo pipa works by Wu Man.


Boubacar Traoré Announces European Tour

Boubacar Traoré
Boubacar Traoré

Malian singer-songwriter Boubacar Traoré will be touring Europe in May 2015 to promote his new album titled Mbalimaou (Brothers). The new recording was produced by Ballaké Sissoko and Christian Mousset, recorded at the Bogolan studios in Bamako.

A new video is also available, featuring the song ‘Hona’ from M’Balimaou. It’s a collection of images taken in Bamako while Boubacar was recording the album together with Vincent Bûcher (harmonica, here on this song), and Ballaké Sissoko and Christian Mousset (both producing the album and appearing in the video).

Tour dates

05/09/15 Théâtre Traversière, Paris – France
05/12/15 Salle Nougaro – Toulouse – France
05/16/15 Venice -Italy
05/17/15 Festival Fabbrica Europa Stazione Leopolda-Firenze – Italy
05/21/15 Rich Mix – London – UK
05/22/15 Norfolk & Norwich Festival, Norwich – UK
05/24/15 Festival Musiques Métisses, Angoulême – France
05/29/15 Festival On/Off, Skopje – Macedonia


Mauritanian Desert Rock Artist Noura Mint Seymali to Perform in UK

Noura Mint Seymali
Noura Mint Seymali

Celebrated Mauritanian vocalist and instrumentalist Noura Mint Seymali will be performing in the UK in April 2015 and later in the year at WOMAD world music festival. She will be presenting music from her outstanding album ‘Tzenni’ (Glitterbeat Records).

Noura Mint Seymali’s sound is a mix of Mauritanian folk music mixed with rock elements. She uses traditional instruments such as the ardin and tidinit. The band line-up includes: Noura Mint Seymali on vocals and ardin, Jeiche Ould Chighaly on guitar and tidinit, Ousmane Touré on bass, and Matthew C. Tinari on drums.

Noura Mint Seymali – Live in the UK 2015

Sunday, 5 April 2015, 20:30 (8:30pm)
Noura Mint Seymali (+ Sacred Paws)
Counterflows Festival
Langside Halls, 5 Langside Avenue, Glasgow G41 2QR
Advance tickets: £10 + booking fee

Tuesday, 7 April 2015, 20:30 (8:30pm)
Noura Mint Seymali
An Tobar, Druimfin Lodge, Tobermory, Isle of Mull PA75 6QB,
Advance tickets: £10/£8
For more info & tickets: 01688 302211



Thursday, 9 April 2015, 20:00 (8:00pm)
Noura Mint Seymali + Joshua Abrams
Café OTO, 18–22 Ashwin street, Dalston, London E8 3DL
Advance tickets: £15/ £12 (£10 Members)

Sunday, 26 July 2015 (festival runs 23-26 July)
WOMAD Festival UK 2015, Charlton Park, Malmesbury, Wiltshire SN16 9DG
For more info & tickets: / 0118 960 6060