London, England – In the urban sprawl, permanence and longevity is out and change is the only constant. Cultures meet. Traditions merge. Hybrids flower. Over the past years some cities have emerged as particularly fertile breeding grounds, continually throwing out new forms | new styles | new musical futures.
With a finger on the pulse of major metropolises around the world, Urban Beats will feature legendary super groups along side emerging DJ talents from five such cultural crossroads with each artist throwing light on how their music is formed and influenced.
Urban Beats 5th – 12th May Barbican – London
Saturday 5 May
Vivian N’Dour, Orchestra Baobab
MC – Youssou N’Dour
Sunday 6 May
Arto Lindsay, Vinicius Cantuaria, Blonde Redhead
Clubstage: DJ Spooky, Anti-Pop Consortium
Bank Holiday Monday 7 May
Los Amigos Invisibles, Guaco, Gurrifio, Los Vasallos del Sol
Freestage: Bandola Recia
Friday 11 May
Buffalo Daughter, Cicala Mvta, An Chang Project
Freestage: Takashi Hirayasu & Bob Brozman
Saturday 12 May
Badmarsh + Shri, Trilok Gurtu, Joi
Freestage: State of Bengal, Dohl Foundation, Bollywood Brass Band plus others
For details of main stage and Freestage artists who are still being confirmed, visit the festival web site: www.barbican.org.uk
BBC Radio 3 will be recording some of the concerts for future broadcast as well as audio and video webcasting much of the Freestage and Clubstage activity via the Radio 3 site – www.bbc.co.uk/radio3
All concert are on sale now from the Barbican Box Office on 020 7638 8891 or can be booked on-line at www.ticketweb.co.uk
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.