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Top World Music Talent at Concert of Colors 2017 in Detroit

The 25th edition of the Concert of Colors festival is set to take place July 12-16, 2017 in Detroit. The free five-day festival will present world music genres such as African, reggae, and Latin along with electronica, soul and jazz artists.

The acts on Wednesday, July 12 at Third Man Records include gospel act Nikki D. Brown and the Sisters of Thunder, gospel band Pure Heart Travelers and Detroit-based musician and producer Warren Defever.

The African artists scheduled to perform include Zimbabwean band Mokoomba on Saturday, July 15 and Sunday, July 16, and Ghanaian reggae star Rocky Dawuni. Mokoomba is touring North America in support of its new album, Luyando.

Latin music will be represented by East Los Angeles band Las Cafeteras, the Big 3 Palladium Orchestra and Colombian global electronica act Sidestepper. Las Cafeteras will also present a free workshop and performance at the Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation at 12 p.m., Friday, July 14.

The festival will also include additional free workshops, forums, film screenings and after parties. For the complete lineup and schedule go to www.concertofcolors.com.

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Las Cafeteras Building Musical Bridges

Las Cafeteras – Tastes Like L.A. (Las Cafeteras Music, 2017)

Tastes Like L.A. is the new album by East Los Angeles band Las Cafeteras. The band performs a lively mix of Mexican roots music such as son jarocho (a mix of Spanish, indigenous and African music) from Veracruz with global sounds, reggae beats, neosoul, pop, swing, norteño and American folk music. Vocals are in Spanish and English. The lyrics range from social activism to having a good time.

The musical instruments include the classic jarana guitar from Veracruz, the requinto jarocho, Peruvian cajón, and zapateado (tap percussion).

The lineup includes Daniel Jesús French on jarana primera and segunda, vocals, organ, Moog synthesizer; David Flores on requinto jarocho; Denise Carlos on vocals, jarana primera, zapateado, glockenspiel; José Cano on cajón and percussion; Hector Flores on jarana tercera and vocals; and Leah Rosa Gallegos on vocals, quijada de burro, zapateado, percussion and melodica.

Guests: Gloria Estrada on u-bass; Jorge Mijambos on requinto, marimbol and vozarrona; Stewart Cole on trumpet; Eugene toale on organ, sax and flute; Fernanda Ulibarri on autoharp; Moisés Baqueiro on u-bass; Ben Reddell on guitar and bass; José Gurria-Cárdenas on pandeiro; Jaime Bishop on bass; and Greg Marino on flute and sax.

The music of Las Cafeteras represents the exciting multicultural mix on Los Angeles with a superb set of modern songs rooted in Mexican Caribbean tradition.

Buy the MP3 version of Tastes Like L.A. or the CD from lascafeteras.bandcamp.com

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