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African Music Festival Africa Oyé Announces 2016 Dates

Previous edition of Africa Oyé festival
Previous edition of Africa Oyé festival

Africa Oyé, the UK’s greatest celebration of African music and culture will take place June 18th & 19th at Sefton Park in Liverpool. Admission is free.
Last year the African and Caribbean music festival attracted 80,000 festivalgoers across the event’s weekend.

We’ve already got some exciting acts in the pipeline that we’ll be able to announce very soon“, said Artistic Director, Paul Duhaney. “Every year we try and build on our success and raise the standard that little bit more and I’m confident that 2016 will be no different.”

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Balkan Band Poemus Releases Progenitor Vol. 1

Poemus - Progenitor Vol. 1, In the Name of our Ancestors
Poemus – Progenitor Vol. 1, In the Name of our Ancestors
Poemus has a new album titled Progenitor Vol. 1, In the Name of our Ancestors (EMCD/ Etnisk Musikklubb). Poemus was formed about two years ago, first as a trio Poemus and currently as an orchestra with 5-6 musicians. All band members come from different parts of the former Yugoslavia and have different backgrounds and cultural roots.

Poemus plays original music from the former Yugoslavia, Eastern Europe and Balkan mixed with gypsy music, with its own arrangements and style.

The musical journey on Progenitor Vol. 1 takes the listener through Bosnia and Herzegovina, which is also a multicultural area where three religions come together.

A musical art form, called sevdalinka, originates there, which is equivalent to blues in the United States of America, chanson in France or fado in Portugal. The band’s concerts are usually finished with a gypsy medley.

Poemus lineup includes Aleksandar Pavlovic, Mili Orucevic, Vladimir Puhalac, Matija Puzar, Svetislav Mitic, and Zlatko Orucevic

Buy the album from http://www.etniskmusikklubb.no/Shop

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Celebrated Flamenco Summit Suma Flamenca Returns to Madrid

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Madrid’s renowned Flamenco Festival, Suma Flamenca (Flamenco Summit) will take place June 3 through June 30 at different venues in the capital and Madrid region.

This week, Suma Flamenca will present two flamenco song performances, a dance show, a film series and performances at tablaos (flamenco nightclubs).

 

Silvia Pérez Cruz and Raül Fernández Miró
Silvia Pérez Cruz and Raül Fernández Miró

 

One of the most impressive new jazz/flamenco crossover vocalists, Silvia Pérez Cruz, will perform on June 5 at Corral de Comedias in Alcalá de Henares. She will be accompanied by guitar maestro Raül Fernández Miró.

As part of Suma Flamenca, Madrid’s city council has scheduled a month of flamenco at Fernán Gómez Centro Cultural de la Villa. The first show will be El arte por delante, performed by the Rojas y Rodríguez dance company, June 3-7 at Sala Guirau.

Sala Guirau’s lobby will display the Antonio Gades. 50 Años de Danza Española exhibit by Fundación Antonio Gades throughout the month of June.

The Sala Jardiel Poncela at Fernán Gómez Centro Cultural de la Villa has scheduled the children’s show Flamenco Kids en el Jalintro by the eresa del Pozo and José Luis Montón company, every Saturday at 17:00 (5:00pm).

More details at www.madrid.org/sumaflamenca

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Sarod and Percussion Masters to Perform North Indian Ragas and Talas in New York

Ustad Aashish Khan (sarod), Sri Anupam Shobhakar (sarod), Pandit Anindo Chatterjee (tabla) and  Pandit Manik Munde  (pakhawaj)
Ustad Aashish Khan (sarod), Sri Anupam Shobhakar (sarod), Pandit Anindo Chatterjee (tabla) and Pandit Manik Munde (pakhawaj)

 

HarmoNYom, in association with Brooklyn Raga Massive, will present a Hindustani sarod and percussion concert on Friday, June 12, 2015 at St. Peter’s Chelsea Church in New York City.

This special event will present the concertgoers with a meeting of both Indian raga and rhythm. Sarod maestro Ustad Aashish Khan and his outstanding disciple Sri Anupam Shobhakar perform in both the ancient dhrupad style as well as the more contemporary khayal style.

Pandit Anindo Chatterjee (tabla) and Pandit Manik Munde (pakhawaj) represent the ancient and modern drum traditions of Indian Classical Music.

St. Peter’s Chelsea Church
346 West 20 Street (8/9Aves), New York, NY 10011
(Subway C to 23 Street or Subway 1 to 18 or 23 Street)
Tickets: General admission: $30 – $20 (Students/Seniors) – $100 (VIP)
Online Tickets: www.aashishkhan2015.eventbrite.com

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Cachao’s Mambo All Stars to Make New York City Debut at Midsummer Night Swing

Lincoln_Center_Midsummer201Seven years after the passing of mambo inventor, Israel “Cachao” Lopez, the Miami-based Cachao’s Mambo All Stars will make their New York debut on Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night Swing.

Recognized with inventing mambo in 1938, Cachao specialized in descargas, Latin music jam improvisations with extended solos that are now performed by the Mambo All Stars. Cachao’s Mambo All Stars is made up of a first-class ensemble of Cuban musicians.

Eddie and Maria Torres will teach mambo dancing.

Midsummer Night Swing takes place at the open-air ballroom in Damrosch Park (West 62nd Street between Columbus & Amsterdam Avenues).

Tickets for individual events and passes can be purchased in advance at the Avery Fisher Box Office or beginning at 5:30 pm on the night of the event at a box office in Damrosch Park. Tickets and passes can also be purchased through CenterCharge, 212-721-6500, or at MidsummerNightSwing.org.

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Having Fun with Balkan Music

Tipsy Oxcart - Upside Down
Tipsy Oxcart – Upside Down

Tipsy Oxcart

Upside Down (indie release, 2015)

The musicians in American world music instrumental band Tipsy Oxcart are deeply influenced by the music of the Balkans and Eastern Europe. They create a fine mix of Gypsy, brass band, Bosnian sevdah, Klezmer, Bulgarian folk music and other Balkan sounds with powerful rock-style drums, funk and reggae.

The group’s sound revolves around three lead instruments: violin, accordion and clarinet/saxophone, supported by electric bass and drums. The multinational band includes American, Israeli and Singaporean musicians. The complete lineup includes Connell “Havuc” Thompson on clarinet and saxophone; Singaporean fiddle master Maya “the bee” Shanker; Jeremy Bloom on accordion, Ayai Tsusubery on electric bass; and Dani Danor on drums. Guests featured: Nezih Antakli on percussion; Michael Fatum on trumpet; Freddy DeBoe on baritone saxophone; Ray Mason on trombone; and Jas Walton on tenor saxophone.

 

Tipsy Oxcart - Photo by Dani Barbieri
Tipsy Oxcart – Photo by Dani Barbieri

 

We want to share what we love. We’ve been digging deep into the Balkan style, but we love a whole range of different music styles, too,” reveals saxophone and clarinet player Connell Thompson. “By combining intricate Eastern European melodies with elements of the rock, funk, jazz and reggae we grew up with, we hope to open the minds of those who wouldn’t think to listen to this kind of music. We want as many people to hear and love it as we do.”

 

 

 

Tipsy Oxcart ‘s Upside Down presents a mix of stirring danceable beats from the Balkans and instrumental virtuosity. The group will take to the road this spring.

Buy Upside Down

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Flamenco Singer Antonio Reyes to present ‘A mi manera’ in Seville

Antonio Reyes
Antonio Reyes

 

Flamenco singer Antonio Reyes from Chiclana (Cádiz) is set to present ‘A mi manera’ (My Way) on Tuesday, May 12 at 21: 00h (9:00 pm) at the Teatro Central in Seville. Reyes will present the flamenco styles of Cadiz and the Ports, including the alegrias, soleá, seguiriyas and bulerías. This performance is part of the Flamenco Viene del Sur series.

Antonio Reyes belongs to a flamenco dynasty. He is related to Jarrito and Pansequito. He started singing at a yound age. He made his debut in Ojen (a town in malasga province) at 6 years old. The following year he sang at the Plaza de Toros de Jerez (Jerezbullring) with Manuel Morao. In 2009 he released his first album, ‘Viento Sur’.

Lineup: Antonio Reyes Montoya (vocals), Diego del Morao (guitar), Diego Montoya and Tate Nunez (palms and hassles).

Tickets: www.ticketmaster.es and phone 902 150 025.

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Niyaz to Perform at Skirball Cultural Center

Niyaz_SkirballCelebrated world music act Niyaz Featuring Azam Ali is set to perform on Thursday, May 28, at 20:00 (8:00 p.m.) Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. They will be performing music from their new album, Fourth Light.

Niyaz is led by vocalist Azam Ali and multi-instrumentalist Loga Ramin Torkian on oud and kamaan. They mix medieval Sufi poetry and folk songs from their native Iran with rich acoustic instrumentation and modern electronic rhythms.

Skirball Cultural Center
2701 N. Sepúlveda Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90049
tel (310) 440-4656

Admission:

Early-bird pricing valid through May 13: $30 General; $25 Members; $20 Full-Time Students
After May 13: $35 General; $30 Members; $25 Full-Time Students
Tickets at +1 (877) SCC-4TIX or http://www.skirball.org/programs/music/niyaz-featuring-azam-ali

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Tal National to Perform at Global Fridays 2015

Tal National
Tal National

Nigerien band Tal National is set to perform on Friday, March 27, 2015 at the Arab American National Museum (AANM)’s Global Fridays 2015 series. Tal National will present a workshop at 5:30 p.m. At 7:00 p.m. there will be ribbon-cutting ceremony to present the new venue, The Annex + AANM 10th anniversary announcement. The concert takes place at 7:30 p.m. at The Annex at AANM.

Niger’s Tal National performs engaging guitar-oriented music. Wildly popular at home, the band keeps the energy high with exuberant singing, skillfully interwoven guitars and loping percussion. The group’s U.S. tour provides a vacation from bandleader Almeida’s day job as a judge in Niger. The band’s discography includes Kaani and Zoy Zoy.

The Annex is adjacent to the Museum at 13620 Michigan Ave., just west of Schaefer Road in Dearborn. Free, lighted parking is available in the municipal lot north of the Museum.

Visit www.arabamericanmuseum.org or call 313.582.2266 for further information.

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WOMEX 2015 Announces Program Jury

Jody Ackland
Jody Ackland
World music expo WOMEX has announced the names of the two members of the jury that will select conference program. WOMEX 2015 will take place in Budapest, Hungary, October 21 – 25, 2015.

The two conference Samurai for 2015 are (in alphabetical order):

– Jody Ackland (Ireland), City of London Festival
– Mehmet Dede (Turkey/USA), Drom

Jody Ackland

Jody Ackland is the Creative Programmer for the City of London Festival, an independent project consultant and agent for Irish acts including ALDOC, Donal Lunny’s TRIAD and NOTIFY.

She started her career with Scotland’s Heart Beat World Music in 1988 and has since programmed Dublin’s Project Arts Centre, produced love:live music, Ireland’s National Music Day and was the founding director and programmer of the Festival of World Cultures; for which she received a Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Public Service Excellence Award.

Mehmet Dede

Mehmet Dede - Photo by by Sebnem Tasci
Mehmet Dede – Photo by by Sebnem Tasci
Mehmet Dede is a curator, festival producer, educator and art presenter. He has produced concerts at influential American institutions like Lincoln Center, Central Park SummerStage and Kennedy Center in Washington DC.

He is the co-founder of the NY Gypsy Festival and currently serves as Programming Director at music venue Drom. Previously, he worked at creative agency Giant Step and Universal Music Group.

Dede sits on the faculty at Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, where he teaches concert management, curation and touring.

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