New Album by Cesaria Evora

Paris, France – The Cape Verdean diva has recorded a new album for her new record company, BMG France.

Cesaria Evora - São Vicente
The new CD is titled Sao Vicente di Longe (Sao Vicente so Far Away). The album will be released the first week of April. It was recorded in Paris, Havana and Rio de Janeiro. Several high profile guests appear on the recording: Caetano Veloso, Bonnie Raitt and Orquesta Aragón.

A worldwide tour will follow after the release of the album.

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Chucho Valdés at Barranquilla Carnival

Chucho Valdes
Chucho Valdes
Barranquilla, Colombia- Cuban pianist, arranger and orchestra director Chucho Valdés, Grammy award winner this year at Latin Jazz category, was given the title of president for life of the festival of orchestras in this city, a distinction that in the opinion of the main organizer of the carnival, Colombian musician Roberto de Castro, honors the city. De Castro said that Barranquilla gets prestige with Valdés’ designation, whom he classifies as one of the most relevant figures on the Caribbean-rooted music cultural values.

Very famous celebrities have performed on the festival such as Rubén Blades, Willy Colón, Celia Cruz, Andy Montánez, Oscar D’León, Chucho Valdés, Tito Puente, Larry Harlow, Eddie Palmieri, Manolito Simonet y su Trabuco, Adalberto Alvarez y su Son and many other. The awards of the Festival of Orchestras, the “Congo de oro”, granted by a jury are very sought-after and have been achieved by Chucho Valdés, Rubén Blades, Willy Colón… among others. It is a very prestigious award and there is no salsa orchestra which does not wish to achieve one, said De Castro.

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IndigeDisc debut CDs

Chief Stephen Osadebe - Sound Time
Chief Stephen Osadebe – Sound Time
New York City, USA- The first two releases on the new Indigedisc label will be out the first week of April. One of the releases will be Sound Time, a retrospective of Highlife icon Chief Stephen Osadebe of Nigeria.

The other recording is a late 1960s/early 1970s look at the sounds of Haruna Ishola, also from Nigeria, and one of the masters of Apala music.

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Tower Records Opens World Music Store in New York

Tower_RecordsNew York City, USA – Tower Records, the world’s largest independent music retailer opened its first store exclusively dedicated to world music. The new store is located at 20 E. 4th Street, New York City (at the corner of 4th and Lafayette Street in Manhattan). Its catalog includes over 50,000 different titles, including Latin, Tropical, Reggae, Brazilian, Chinese, Japanese, J-Pop, African, French, Celtic, Italian, Cuban, Flamenco, Tango, Salsa, Polka, Jewish, Indian, Greek, Calypso, Arabic, Andean, Aboriginal, Ska, Samba, Rock en Español, Bossa Nova, Merengue, Russian, World Fusion and more.

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Conference on Black Music Goes to Trinidad

Chicago, USA – For the first time, the Inter-American Conference on Black Music Research will be held outside the United States. The conference will examine and experience the musics of the Caribbean region, and the main topics that will be discussed will be the interconnections between musics in the Americas, ways to bridge the boundaries in research and writing; and diasporal unities in the Circum-Caribbean. The event will take place in Port of Spain, Trinidad, May 23-27, 2001. To register go to: www.cbmr.org or call: +1(312) 344-7559, Fax: +1 (312) 344-8029.

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New Bluegrass Album by Dolly Parton

Dolly Parton – Little Sparrow
Durham, USA – Following her first ever all-bluegrass release, The Grass Is Blue, Dolly Parton is back with another acoustic album focusing on her roots — Little Sparrow. Among the tracks is Dolly’s version of “Shine,” originally recorded by the rock group Collective Soul.

Dolly Parton’s The Grass Is Blue has won the Grammy for Best Bluegrass Album. Dolly’s version of Billy Joel’s “Travelin’ Prayer” was nominated for Best Female Country Vocal Performance.

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Green Linnet Celebrates its 25th Anniversary

Green Linnet Records Twentieth Anniversary Collection
Green Linnet Records Twentieth Anniversary Collection
Danbury, USA – Green Linnet Records was created in 1976. Since then, the music label has released over 300 albums of Celtic music, world music and British Isles folk.

To celebrate its 25th anniversary Green Linnet has released a 2 CD sampler that features some of its most popular artists: Altan, Johnny Cunningham, Lúnasa, Silly Wizard, Patrick Street and many more.

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