(Prensa Latina) Havana, Cuba – The band Los Jubilados, from Santiago de Cuba, will attend a Cuban culture festival at the Mexican locality of Tlanepantla starting January 22. The band’s latest release full of Cuban flavor and rhythm is the CD Alma de Santiago, currently a 45th Grammy Award nominee. Los Jubilados is formed by 10 members and has recorded three CDs with the label CoraSon S. A. Founded in 1994, Los Jubilados performs Cuban “Son” from the most traditional style to its contemporary versions.
Atlanta, Georgia – New Age Voice permanently closed its doors January 10th, 2003. There wasn’t enough ad revenue to maintain the publication due to the record industry crisis. New Age Voice was the main source of information for new age music. It also featured sections dedicated to electronic music, world, folk and Celtic.
Madrid, Spain – La Fábrica de Ideas, a world music booking agency and marketing company, in Spain is requesting the support of world music festivals, artists, the media and other organizations and individuals. They are organizing a benefit festival in Madrid to aid the victims of the Prestige oil spill off the coast of Galicia (Northwestern Spain). La Fabrica de Ideas would love to receive an e-mail message declaring solidarity with the victims. Please send any correspondence to: email@example.com
British world fusion band Baka Beyond has a new recording out, East to West (Narada).
Martin Cradick, leader of the band, returned to the Congo rainforest to record the Baka people. The album also presents a strong Celtic influence with a reel from Cornwall and songs from Scotland.
Berkeley, USA – Flamenco guitar master Paco de Lucía will be performing in the San Francisco Bay Area in January. One of the world’s greatest living guitarists of any genre, Paco de Lucía is a hero of modern flamenco, having created a fusion style influenced by jazz, stretching and embellishing flamenco’s strict structure, but remaining true to the soul of its Gypsy, Spanish and Muslim roots.
His phenomenal technique—diamond sharp with lightening velocity—has astounded audiences for decades. The performances will feature selections from de Lucía’s original flamenco guitar canon and jazz repertoire, and include new works from his upcoming CD, Cositas Buenas, his first release in nearly five years. Joining him on stage will be percussionist Israel Suarez Escobar, bassist Alain Perez Rodríguez, flamenco cantaor Enrique Heredia Carbonell, and vocalists Herminia Borjas Gabarra and Victoria Santiago Borja.
Tickets for the Saturday, January 24 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, January 25 at 7:00 p.m. in Zellerbach Hall are priced at $24.00, $36.00 and $48.00 and are available through the Cal Performances Ticket Office at Zellerbach Hall at (510) 642-9988 to charge by phone; at http://www.calperfs.berkeley.edu and at the door. Half-price tickets are available for purchase by UC Berkeley students. UC faculty and staff, senior
citizens and other students receive a $2 discount, and UC Alumni Association members receive a $3 discount (Special Events excluded). For more information, call Cal Performances at (510) 642-9988, or visit the Cal Performances web site at http://www.calperfs.berkeley.edu.
Wonche Bi (Alula Records Alu-1025, 2001)
Obo Addy is a Ghanaian singer, percussionist, traditional spiritual healer, and a Wonche priest of the Ga culture. Living now in the United States, his contemporary African music combines Ghanaian roots music with American sounds such as soul, blues and jazz.
Obo Addy’s music is powerful and intense with a several trap drummers, a solid brass section, backing vocals and outstanding percussion solos on the talking drum of which Addy is a true master.
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Benalmádena, Spain – The first a Tango Festival of the Costa del Sol (southern Spain) will take place January 8 -12, 2003, in Benalmádena. The venue will be Fortuna Hall (Sala Fortuna) at the Hotel Torrequebrada, located in Benalmádena (Málaga province). The festival will feature top Argentine artists, dance workshops and samples of Argentine food.
(Prensa Latina – Cumbancha) Havana, Cuba – Cuba’s famous singer and composer Polo Montañez died on Tuesday night of severe cranial traumas caused by a traffic accident on November 20, according to national TV. The health of the renowned artist, who was reported as “seriously ill” by the multidisciplinary team taking care of him at Havana’s Carlos J. Finlay Hospital, had worsened after presenting irreversible multi-organic failures.
Known all over the world as Guajiro Natural, the title of his first CD, Fernando Borrego Linares (Polo) was born 47 years ago in Brujito, on Sierra del Rosario, Pinar del Rio. He was influenced by music since he was a child, a family tradition as he said on many occasions. In 1994, he began playing with his band in Pinar del Rio.
In 2000, he recorded his first CD, “Guajiro Natural“, with Lusafrica Record Company, and was promoted for the first time in Colombia.
He will be internationally known his song “Un montón de estrellas”. He sold 40,000 albums and won a platinum record. Polo Montañez’s songs became popular in several Latin American and European countries.
The popular singer was a member of the Cuban delegation attending Guadalajara’s International Book Fair, in Mexico, which will is dedicated to Cuba this year.
Spanish acts Ojos de Brujo and Depedro will be performing Friday April 15th at Barbican Hall in London. Ojos de Brujo, from Barcelona, fuse flamenco’s driving rhythms with hip-hop, funk, punk and other stray sounds snatched from Spain’s streets.
The group calls this musical mashup ‘Jip Jop Flamenkillo’, a sound that catapults flamenco into the 21st century without losing any of the power or passion of the music’s roots.
Depedro, from Madrid, is the nom de music of Spanish guitarist-singer-songwriter Jairo Zavala, sideman for Calexico, as well as Andrew Bird. His second album for National Geographic Nubes De Papel (Paper Clouds) is just out and was produced (as was his debut “Depedro”), by Calexico’s Joey Burns with other Calexico members sitting in on the sessions.
Friday April 15, at 7:30pm
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Madrid, Spain – Basque accordionist Kepa Junkera has produced the debut album by the chalapartaris (txalapartaris in Basque) that normally accompany him, Igor Otxoa and Harkaitz Martínez, under the band name of Oreka TX. The chalaparta is an ancient percussion instrument used in the Basque Country.
The title of the album is Quercus Endorphina and it features producer Junkera himself together with several international musicians: Glen Vélez, Mikel Laboa and La Bouttine Souriant.