Category Archives: Tour Announcements

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

Buy Heritage


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


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


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

Buy Everlasting


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


Colombian Band Sidestepper Announces UK Tour


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.

Sidestepper - Supernatural Love
Sidestepper – Supernatural Love

Tour dates:

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

Buy tickets:

Buy Supernatural Love


Canadian Band Le Vent Du Nord Announce Ireland and UK Tour Dates

Le Vent du Nord
Le Vent du Nord

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.

Le Vent du Nord - Tetu
Le Vent du Nord – Tetu



May 2016

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.

Wednesday, May 11
The Sugar Club, 8 Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2, Ireland
Tel: +353 1 678 7188 Tickets €21.50
Doors 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, May 12
The Dock, St Georges Terrace, Carrick on Shannon, Co. Leitrim, Ireland
Tel: +353 71 965 0828 Tickets €15.00
Doors 8:00 p.m.

Friday, May 13
Glór Causeway Link, Ennis, Co. Clare, Ireland
Tel: +353 65 684 3103 Tickets €20.00
Doors 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 14
The Courthouse Arts Centre, Tinahely, Co Wicklow, Ireland
Tel: +353 402 38529 Tickets €16.00
Doors 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, May 15
The Model, The Mall, Sligo, Ireland
Tel: +353 71 914 14 05 Tickets €18.00
Doors 7:30 p.m.



July 2016

Sunday, July 24
Warwick Folk Festival, Warwick School, Myton Road, Warwick CV34 6PP
Tel: 01926 776438 See festival website for full details

Monday, July 25
East Riding Theatre, 10 Lord Roberts Rd, Beverley, E. Yorks HU17 9BE
Tel: 01482 874050 Tickets £14.00 – £16.00
Doors7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, July 26
Waterside Arts Centre, Waterside Plaza, Sale, Manchester M33 7ZF
Tel: 0161 9125616 Tickets £15.00
Doors 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, July 27
Cottiers Theatre, 93-95 Hyndland Street, Glasgow, Scotland G11 5PU
Tel: 0141 357 4000 Tickets £18.00
Doors 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, July 28
Ludlow Assembly Rooms, 1 Mill Street, Ludlow, Shropshire SY8 1AZ
Tel: 01584 878141 Tickets £16.00
Doors 7:30 p.m.

Friday, July 29
Cambridge Folk Festival, Cherry Hinton Hall, Cherry Hinton Rd, Cambridge CB1 8DW
Tel: 01223 357851

Saturday, July 30
Cambridge Folk Festival, Cherry Hinton Hall, Cherry Hinton Rd, Cambridge CB1 8DW
Tel: 01223 357851

August 2016

Tuesday, August 2
Sidmouth Folk Week, The Ham Marquee, The Ham, Exmouth EX10 8XR
Tel: 01395 577952

Friday, August 5
Wickham Festival, Blind Lane, Wickham, Hampshire PO17 5HD
Tel: 01329 231942


French Band Lo’Jo Announces 2016 North American Tour


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


Rising World Music Act Mokoomba Announces Spring 2016 North American Tour


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:

March 26th
World Music Institute Africa Now! Festival
The Apollo Theater, New York City, NY

March 29th
The Falcon
Marlboro, NY

March 30th
Oberon Theater,
Cambridge, MA

March 31
The Music Hall
Portsmouth, NH

April 2,
Palais Montcalm
Quebec, QP

April 3rd
Club Balattou
Montreal, QP

April 6th
The Hill Center
Washington, DC

April 8th
Savannah Music Festival
Savannah, GA


World Music Stars Vusi Mahlasela and Habib Koité Announce USA Tour

Habib Koité and Vusi Mahlasela
Habib Koité and Vusi Mahlasela

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.

Vusi has shared the stage with Dave Matthews Band, Sting, Paul Simon, and Taj Mahal, among many others. Possibly his biggest concert was in 2010 when he helped ring in the World Cup in South Africa, at Orlando Stadium in Soweto. Vusi has released seven studio albums to-date: When You Come Back (1992), Wisdom of Forgiveness (1994), Silang Mabele (1997), Miyela Afrika (2000), Jungle of Questions (2000), Naledi Ya Tsela – Guiding Star (2007) and Say Africa (2010). His latest release is Sing to the People (ATO Records), a celebratory live recording looking back on twenty years since his first album.

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.

Tour Dates:

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