Afropop Launches www.afropop.org

New York, USA – The National Radio pioneer syndicated radio show, Afropop, has launched www.afropop.org. It gives Web surfers access to fifteen years of research in the form of themed streams of its radio programs. In addition, visitors can participate in online discussions, post digital postcards or African recipes, and listen to live streaming music channels such as the Cuban Connection

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Nigeria’s Best-Kept Secret Lágbájá

Lágbájá - We Before Me
Lágbájá – We Before Me
New York, USA – His face hidden behind a vibrantly colored mask meant to represent the facelessness of the common man in Africa. His music a pulsating mix of traditional African styles infused with Western influenced instrumentation and production. 

Lágbájá is one of Nigeria’s most revered and popular recording artists.  On June 19th, 2001, Lágbájá’s first internationally distributed album, We Before Me, will be released by IndigeDisc thus revealing West Africa’s best-kept secret to the rest of the world.   

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Vive la World! Returns to North America

Bloomington, USA – In July, the Vive La World! tour will take place in North America.  Three world music acts based in France form the package: Amina (a Tunisian singer based in Paris), Ekova (a group that combines world music with electronics) and Lo’Jo (chanson meets Tuareg meets circus). 

For details about the tour, visit: www.uprise.com

The tour is produced by GlobeSonic Entertainment, European Connection and Acidophilus: Live & Active Cultures. The idea behind the Vive La World! series is to present new world music acts in North America every year. 

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Bolero Music Festival In June

Havana, Cuba – The 15th “Boleros de Oro” International Festival will take place June 14-17 in Santiago de Cuba, Camagüey and Pinar del Río provinces, and June 20-24 in Havana. The festival will be dedicated to Daniel Santos and Puerto Rico. “Bolero” singers from Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru, Chile, Spain and Japan will perform during the festival. Among the Cuban singers will be Lino Borges, Omara Portuondo, César Portillo de la Luz, Maria Elena Pena, Mundito González and Orestes Macías.

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Gypsy Festival in the Netherlands

Tillburg, the Netherlands – The 5th International Gipsy Festival Tilburg will be held June 4, 2001, at the Concertzaal Tilburg. Artists scheduled the perform this year are:

project Ida Kelarová, Romano Rat & Chaja (Czech Republic)

Gulabi Sapera & ensemble (Rajasthan)

Urs Karpatz

Patrick Saussois & De Cauter Family (France/Belgium)

Sperantza Din Zece Prajini (Moldova)

Amparo Cortés (Spain/Belgium)

Sinti Bigband & guests (Netherlands)

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Latin Music at Atlanta Jazz Festival

Atlanta, USA – Some of the Latin jazz artists scheduled to appear (with performance times) at this year’s FREE Weekend Concert Series from May 26-28 on the main stage in Piedmont Park include:

Chucho Valdés  (Monday, May 28 in Piedmont Park at 6:15 p.m.)

Afro-Rican Ensemble (Monday, May 28 in Piedmont Park at 4:30 p.m.)

Arturo Sandoval  (Sunday, May 27 in Piedmont Park at 7:30 p.m.)

Poncho Sánchez  (Sunday, May 27 in Piedmont Park at 6:15 p.m.)

Sheila E  (Saturday, May 26 in Piedmont Park at 8:30 p.m.)

Charles Flores Quartet – -(Sunday, May 27 in Piedmont Park at 5:30 p.m.)

Other notable Latin jazz performances at this year’s festival will include Tropicus 22 in Centennial Olympic Park on Wednesday, May 23rd at 5:30 p.m. and Miguel Romero at The Park Tavern on Saturday, May 26th at 11:00 p.m

To find out more about the -Atlanta Jazz Festival, for a complete listing of artists, performance schedules and other concerts and activities, check out the new interactive web site: www.atlantafestivals.com or call the festival hotline at 404-817-6851.

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Gypsy Music Summer Workshops

Valjevo, Yugoslavia – The Amala Summer School for Gypsy Music holds summer workshops in Romani (Gypsy) folk music. It offers 3-week summer workshops, taught by local Romani musicians in the central Yugoslav town of Valjevo. The goal is to offer a complete cultural experience: participants will learn authentic Romani music by ear, in the traditional way, while surrounded by the Romani culture: food, language and family atmosphere. At the same time, because the course is organized and run by Roma, participants will help keep the tradition of Romani music alive.

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Womex News

womex-300Berlin, Germany – This year’s WOMEX FOCUS will focus on the world music activities in the lowland area between Brussels and Amsterdam. Be prepared for a wide range and mix of global music styles and languages. The famous TOWER of BABEL, painted by the older Bruegel (check it out in Rotterdam), stands for the well organized Babylon you should prepare yourself for.

BENELUX nowadays boasts with an impressive cultural diversity and heavy influences from immigrants from former colonies between Surinam in South America, the Dutch Antilles to the Democratic Republic of Congo and Indonesia in the Far East, new immigrants from North Africa, Cape Verde and the Mediterranean countries as well as refugees from all over the world. A hotbed set-up to create new interpretations from these rich roots and the sounds of the city.

WOMEX will give you an insight and the chance to check why the place is so attractive for Americans like Putumayo or Knitting Factory to establish their European headquarters on location.The Worldwide Music Expo WOMEX is a great networking point exclusively dedicated to world, roots, folk, ethnic, traditional and local music of all kinds.

After its debut in Berlin (1994) and editions in Brussels (1995), Marseilles (1997), Stockholm (1998), WOMEX returned to Berlin (1999 and 2000) to celebrate 100 years of World Music in the capital of many cultures in the heart of Europe. 

In 2001 the show continues traveling across Europe, this time to The Netherlands, hosted by the Dunya Foundation . Address: WOMEX c/o Piranha Kultur, Carmerstr.11, 10623 Berlin, Germany. Phone: +49 (30) 318 614 0, Fax +49 (30) 318 614 10. E-mail: womex@womex.com

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Proyecto Joven Son  to Showcase in Havana

Havana, Cuba – The group Proyecto Joven Son, formed by Santiago de Cuba duet “Postrova”, septet “Luna Negra” and quintet “5 pa’ ti” will officially perform at Cubadisco 2001, to be held on May 16-20 in Havana. “Son” music’s importance and international projection was once more highlighted by this project sponsored by the EMI  and Bis Music (Artex) record labels, which pay tribute to recent new groups and “trova”singers.

According to EMI Odeon Cuban Music Department director Seju Monzón Navarro, they are interested to know how young people perform traditional music. “We see that they are doing a fusion of “son” music with “guaracha” and other rhythms“, said Monzón Navarro.

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Caridad Hierrezuelo In Spain

Caridad Hierrezuelo - Como yo quería
Caridad Hierrezuelo – Como yo quería
Madrid, Spain – Cuban singer Caridad Hierrezuelo began a tour of Spain the second week of May to launch her recent record entitled “Como yo quería“. The singer is known for her “guarachas” and “sones”, that identify her as the “guarachera de Oriente”.

During her over 40-year career, the Cuban singer has sang with important singers such as Benny More, Eliades Ochoa, Los Van Van and La Vieja Trova Santiaguera, among others. In June, Hierrezuelo will tour the rest of Europe.

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