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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Eliades Ochoa Will Not Retire

Eliades Ochoa
Eliades Ochoa
Santiago De Cuba, Cuba – Although Eliades Ochoa recently announced his retirement as a trova singer, the Cuban musician acknowledged this week that he will continue singing his music throughout the world, after reconsidering that first decision. “It is difficult to give up the public who listens to my music, I appreciated that during my tour of South America“, said Ochoa, a Grammy award winner and one of the members of Buena Vista Social Club. The singer of “Píntate los labios María” will give a great concert at Cuba’s National Theater on May 17, as part of the activities of the Cubadisco 2001 trade show.

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Sanscapes: Fundraisers for Bushmen Culture

Sanscapes - Visions of the Bushmen
Sanscapes – Visions of the Bushmen
London, England – British label electric Melt will release May 14 an album titled Sanscapes – Visions of the Bushmen that draws its inspiration from the ancient culture of the San Bushmen of Southern Africa. The CD features raw recordings from the Pops Mohamed Presents the Bushmen of the Kalahari that have been remixed by some of the world’s best producers and remixers: Raj Gupta, Simon Emerson, Kirk Degiorgio, Smadj, and many others.

This project is to raise awareness and financial support for the San Bushmen of Southern Africa. A non-profit venture, all proceeds from the album sales and gigs will be donated to WIMSA (Working Groups of Indigenous Minorities of Southern Africa). For more information visit melt200, www.loudtruth.com, www.theoctobergallery.com and WIMSA’s home page: www.san.org.za.   

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Cubadisco 2001 Trade Show in Havana

Havana, Cuba – Cuban “trova” music will be the focus at the 5th Cubadisco 2001 International Fair, to be held on May 16-20 in Havana, with an explosion of  “sones”, “rumbas” and songs at the widest expression of Cuban music. The most important event for Cuban record companies, a unique opportunity for those who are interested in Cuban music throughout the world, will be also dedicated to the Brazilian music. Some of the highlights of the trade show will be the performances by Brazilian legends Cuarteto Jobim Morelembaum, Rosa Passos, Iván Lins, Guinga and Zé Paulo; the presentation of  Compay Segundo’s biography, and a benefit CD recorded by Spanish and Argentine artists to support Cuban music schools.

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Flamenco Arts Festival

Santa Bárbara, USA – There will five days of dance, music, films, lectures, and workshops in this Californian city. The festival will feature Spanisah flamenco star Eva la Yerbabuena with the Compañía de Flamenco with Paco Jarana, Arcángel, Enrique Soto, and Coxita García.  

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Cuban Group Baobab to Perform in London

(Prensa Latina) Havana, Cuba- Cuban musical group Baobab, performers of the so-called Afro music, will perform at London’s Afro Music Festival at the end of this month. The group will launch its first CD entitled “Baobab,” recorded by the British Domino Music label at Havana’s EGREM studio. Baobab, whose name is taken from an African tree, performed recently in Portugal and at the Black Roots (Raíces Negras) Festival in the U.S. city of Atlanta, where the band received a recognition diploma. According to the group’s director José Ramón Rodríguez, the group is looking for a more contemporary sound, improvising with elements of jazz, reggae or rap. 

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World Music Showcasing at Folk Alliance

Silver Spring, USA – The North American Folk Alliance will be having a world music showcase again in 2002. It is accepting showcase applications for the 14th Annual International Folk Alliance Conference in Jacksonville, Florida, February 21-24, 2002. The postmark deadline is June 2, 2001, so you have about a month to prepare your application package.Application forms are available to download from the Folk Alliance website (www.folk.org) or they’ll be glad to mail or fax you one if you call the office at (301) 588-8185.

In Jacksonville the showcases will take place at the beautiful and historic Florida Theatre, one block from the Adams Mark, the conference hotel. Be sure and indicate the appropriate category for your submission on the application form: world music.

If you have any questions, call (301) 588-8185 or email the Folk Alliance at fa@folk.org

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