Group from Santiago to Cuban Culture Fest in Mexico

(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.

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Farewell to New Age Voice

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.

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Music Solidarity with Oil Spill Victims

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: lafabricadeideas@wanadoo.es

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Paco de Lucía Live in the Bay Area

Paco de Lucia - Cositas Buenas
Paco de Lucia – Cositas Buenas
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.

TICKET INFORMATION

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.

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Obo Addy

Obo Addy - Wonche Bi
Obo Addy – Wonche Bi
Obo Addy

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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Cuban Singer Polo Montañez Dies

Polo Montañez
Polo Montañez
(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.

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Ojos de Brujo and Depedro at London’s La Linea 2011 Festival

Ojos de Brujo
Ojos de Brujo
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
Barbican Hall
Silk Street EC2Y 8DS
020 7638 8891
£22/£18/£12

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Chalaparta Album Produced by Kepa Junkera

Oreka TX - Quercus Endorphina
Oreka TX – Quercus Endorphina
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.

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