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Afghan Rubab Maestro Homayun Sakhi to perform at A World in Trance Festival in New York

Homayun Sakhi

Afghan rubab virtuoso Homayun Sakhi is set to perform on Friday, April 27, 2018 at Roulette in Brooklyn. The concert is part of the A World in Trance festival.

Homayun Sakhi has established an international reputation as the outstanding Afghan rubab player of his generation. A master of the rubab, a skin-faced lute that is revered as the national instrument of Afghanistan, he performs the music of Afghanistan, which is rich in traditions that span the Middle East, Central Asia and North India. He will be joined by Nitin Mitta, one of the most sought after tabla players of his generation.

Friday, April 27, 2018, 8:00 p.m.
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue (at 3rd Avenue), Downtown Brooklyn
Information & tickets:


Omar Sosa and Seckou Keita Winners of the International Songwriting Competition 2017 World Music Award

The song Fatiliku by Cuban pianist Omar Sosa and Senegalese kora player is the winner of the 2017 International Songwriting Competition (ISC) in the world music category. Daby Toure won second place and Gawurra (Australia) came in third.



The Grand Prize winners this year are Nicholas Miller (better known as Illenium), Annika Wells, Kate Morgan, and Michael Biancaniello for the song Crawl Outta Love Ft. Annika Wells. Illenium (along with co-writers Keeley Bumford, Henri Lanz, and William Rappaport) is also the First Place winner in the Electronic Dance Music (EDM) category for his song Fractures Ft. Nevve. The Grand Prize consists of $25,000 in cash (USD) and over $35,000 in additional prizes.

Omar Sosa and Seckou Keita recently released a highly acclaimed album titled Transparent Water.


Omar Sosa and Seckou Keita – Transparent Water


ISC honors 71 winners total, with prizes awarded to First, Second, and Third Place in 23 categories, plus an overall Grand Prize winner and the Peoples’ Voice winner, selected by public vote. An additional 274 winners are recognized with an Honorable Mention. Prizes include more than $175,000 in cash and merchandise.

For a complete list of ISC 2017 winners and to hear the winning songs, go to:


Thornetta Davis Earns the 2017 International Songwriting Competition Blues Award

Thornetta Davis’s song I Believe Everything Gonna Be Alright is the winner of the 2017 International Songwriting Competition in the blues category. Altered Five Blues Band is number 2 and The Jimmy Zee Band is in the third place.

In 1987 Thornetta Davis became backup singer for the Detroit soul band “Lamont Zodiac and The Love Signs”. Subsequently, the lead singer left the band and the name changed to “The Chisel Brothers featuring Thornetta Davis”. In 1996 Thornetta released her first solo album Sunday Morning Music on the Seattle label Sub Pop. Her song “Cry” from that album was featured on the HBO hit series The Sopranos.

Thornetta recorded a live performance at an iconic venue (that no longer exists) located in Greektown in downtown Detroit: Thornetta Davis covered Live at the Music Menu. This album is an anthology of Thornetta’s most requested cover tunes.

In 2009 Thornetta released Remember Love On Christmas Day. Her latest album is Honest Woman (2016).

For a complete list of ISC 2017 winners and to hear the winning songs, visit:


Ustad Shahid Parvez to perform at A World in Trance Festival in New York

Ustad Shahid Parvez

Acclaimed sitarist Ustad Shahid Parvez, one of India’s finest sitarists, will appear in a concert of classical Hindustani (North Indian) Indian music on Saturday, April 28th. the concert will take place at Roulette in Downtown Brooklyn at 8:00 p.m. The award-winning sitar maestro will be joined by tabla virtuoso Nitin Mitta.

Saturday, April 28, 2018, 8:00 p.m.
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue (at 3rd Avenue), Downtown Brooklyn
Box office (917) 267-0363
Information and tickets:



Fado Legends Carlos Do Carmo and Celeste Rodrigues to Perform at Fado Festival New York

Carlos do Carmo


Acclaimed fado Singer Carlos Do Carmo and special guest Celeste Rodrigues are set to perform on Saturday, April 7 at 8:00 pm at The Town Hall in New York City. The two artists will be accompanied by José Manuel Neto on Portuguese guitar, Carlos Manuel Proença on classical guitar and Daniel Pinto on acoustic bass.

Carlos do Carmo, winner of the Latin Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, is one of Portugal’s most famous fado stars. The iconic Celeste Rodrigues, sister of Amália Rodrigues, is a living legend who, at 95 years of age, is regarded within Portugal as one of fado’s most fundamental and vibrant links to its distant past.


Celeste Rodrigues


Every concert is a gift we share with each other,” says do Carmo.

For more information about the artists visit: Artist Profiles: Carlos Do Carmo and Artist Profiles: Celeste Rodrigues


Saturday May 7, 2018 at 8pm (doors 7:30)
Tickets: The Town Hall Box Office 212-997-6661 or

The Town Hall
123 West 43rd Street (between 6th Avenue and Broadway)
New York, NY 10036


Angathin by Monsieur Doumani, Top Album in April 2018 at Transglobal World Music Chart

Angathin, the new recording by Cypriot band Monsieur Doumani is the number 1 album in April 2018 month at the Transglobal World Music Chart.

Angathin translates as ‘thorn’ and addresses more than ever, the political, social and activist concerns and sensitivities of the group members and it is a call for rebellion against corruption, racism and injustice.

The songs are inspired, among other things, by the unstable political situation on the divided island of Cyprus and the need for peace and reunification, as well as environmental crimes committed in the name of economic growth and profit.

Angathin’s musical language is built on the foundation of traditional Cypriot music but it also includes elements from many other genres such as rock, blues, hip-hop, punk, psychedelia, Balkan music, etc.

The rest of the top albums:

2. El Naán – La Danza de las Semillas – El Naán
3. Gabacho Maroc – Tawassol – 10h10 / Cristal
4. Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 – Black Times – Strut
5. 3MA: Ballaké Sissoko, Driss El Maloumi, Rajery – Anarouz – Six Degrees
6. Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita – Soar – Bendigedig
7. Samurai Accordion – Te – Visage Music
8. Djénéba & Fousco – Kayeba Khasso – Lusafrica
9. TootArd – Laissez Passer – Glitterbeat
10. Okra Playground – Ääneni Yli Vesien – Nordic Notes

11. Son Palenque – Kutu Prieta pa Saranguiá – Palenque
12. Sara Tavares – Fitxadu – Sony Music Portugal
13. Omar Sosa & NDR Bigband – Es:Sensual – Otá
14. Eva Salina & Peter Stan – Sudbina: A portrait of Vida Pavlović – Vogiton
15. Femi Kuti – One People One World – Knitting Factory
16. Koum Tara – Koum Tara – Obradek
17. Kora Jazz Trio – Part IV – Cristal
18. Elena Ledda – Làntias – S’ard Music
19. Park Jiha – Communion – tak:til / Glitterbeat
20. Guy One – #1 – Philophon

More about the chart:


Welcome to the Grand two Day Indian Music Festival in Delhi

Sunaad present their annual Delhi Springtime Indian Music Festival for this year with a select mix of the instrumental and vocal concerts.

Sunday: 8th April 2018 at ‘’Sri Sathya Sai International Centre’’
(Bhisma Pitamah Marg. near Lodi Road, New Delhi – 110003)
Evening: 4:45 p.m.

Carnatic Music Violin Duet:

Vidwan Lalgudi G.R. Krishnan & Vidushi Lalgudi Vijayalakshmi

Vidwan Lalgudi G.R. Krishnan & Vidushi Lalgudi Vijayalakshmi

Shri V.V. Ramana Murthy – Mridangam
Alathur Shri Rajaganesh – Khanjira.

Evening: 07:00 PM.

Carnatic Music Vocal Duet – Priya Sisters

Priya Sisters: Vidushi Shanmukha Priya & Vidushi Hari Priya

Vidushi Shanmukha Priya & Vidushi Hari Priya

Shri V.V. Srinivasa Rao – Violin
Neyveli Shri Skandasubramaniyam – Mridangam
Madipakkam Shri A. Murali – Ghatam

Tuesday: 17th April 2018 at ‘’India Habitat Centre’’
(Amaltas, Lodi Road, New Delhi – 110003)
Evening: 06:45 pm

Saraswati Rajagopalan

Carnatic Music Veena Recital by Vidushi Saraswati Rajagopalan
Shri Manohar Balatchandirane – Mridangam

Evening: 08:00 pm

Hindustani Dhrupad Recital:

Ustad Wasifuddin Dagar

Ustad Wasifuddin Dagar
Shri Mohan Shyam Sharma – Phakawaj


Lula Pena to Perform at Schimmel Center as part of New York Fado Festival, March 31

Lula Pena – Photo by by Buddhy

Schimmel Center will present celebrated fado artist Lula Pena on Saturday, March 31 at 7:30 p.m. as part of the New York Fado Festival.

Singer, songwriter and guitar player Lula Pena is set to deeply emotional songs that cross borders from neighboring Andalucia to Greece and Sardinia to the Americas. Pena’s concerts combine her fado roots with colors of Portuguese folk music, French chanson, Cape Verdean morna, and Brazilian bossa nova.

Tickets are available at, by calling 212-346-1715 or by visiting the box office located at 3 Spruce Street.


iLe collaborates with Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra


Puerto Rican singer iLe (Calle 13) is a guest artist on “Glorious”, the new album by the Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra.

iLe took a break from the recording sessions of her new album to travel to Japan where she will be the guest singer in the live concert at the official launch of “Glorious” on March 28 at the Kinema Club in Tokyo .

In addition, iLe will be recording the video that will accompany the song “Te Quiero con Bugalú”, composed by Milena Pérez Joglar. Moreover, iLe is going to promote in Japan her first album “Ilevitable“.

Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra is a ska and jazz band founded in 1988 that has been characterized by its musical innovations and is recognized worldwide. “Glorious” is its 23rd album.

It’s very exciting for me to participate with this orchestra I’ve known for a long time. I already know that it will be an incredible experience to be able to sing and share a part of my work in Japan,” commented iLe who had to learn some stanzas translated into Japanese for the album and live presentation of the song” Te Quiero con Bugalú “.


Legendary Flamenco and Cuban Dynasties to Perform in the USA

Pepe Habichuela and Josemi Carmona – Photo by Jose Torres

Familia habichuela: Legendary Dynasties featuring flamenco guitar maestro Pepe Habichuela and his son Josemi Carmona (founder of seminal “New Flamenco” band Ketama) are set to perform in New York city on March 24th at 8pm. Pepe Habichuela and vocalist Kiki Morente will perform today, March 21st at Instituto Cervantes in Chicago.

The New York performance by Pepe Habichuela and Josemi Carmona also features special guest artists: Latin Jazz pianist and composer Arturo O’Farrill, award-winning leader of New York’s Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra and his son Adam O’Farrill. They will also be joined by vocalist Kiki Morente; Javier Colina, one of the finest bass players in Spain; José Manuel Ruiz, “Bandolero,” a leading percussionist in flamenco; and flamenco dancer Alba Heredia, a member of the Maya family, another celebrated flamenco gypsy dynasty.