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Borneo Indigenous Tribal Dance 2019

The Borneo Indigenous Tribal Dance 2019 will take place at Miri Times Square from September 27 to 28, 2019. Miri is located in northern Sarawak, Borneo.

The event is organized by Kumpulan Belia Bahagian Miri, in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism, Arts & Culture Malaysia and Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture Sarawak.

Borneo Indigenous Tribal Dance will serve as a platform for all associations in Miri to cultivate their respective youth to learn, practice, and preserve their cultures and to showcase it to the world.

The objective is to promote Miri city through multi-cultural activities and, at the same time, present the Miri’s ethnic diversity through their dances performed by the local community itself.

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Egyptian Percussion Master Hossam Ramzy Dies at 65

Hossam Ramzy

ARC Music announced today that Egyptian percussionist and composer Hossam Ramzy passed away on Tuesday, September 10th September 2019. He was 65. Hossam was undergoing treatment for a heart condition in Brazil, though the condition was very advanced.

Known as Egypt’s Ambassador of Rhythm, Hossam succeeded in injecting Egyptian rhythms into multiple projects. Hossam Ramzy worked with Jimmy Page & Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin), Shakira, Ricky Martin and A.R. Rahman, appeared on recordings by Peter Gabriel and Jay-Z, and composed music for numerous films.

Throughout the last three decades, Hossam traveled the world, educating in the art of true Egyptian dance. His concepts of dance and rhythm helped tens-of-thousands of dancers and percussionists perfect their techniques. During this time, he also found the time to release over thirty albums of Egyptian dance and world music, and produce countless more for artists from all around the world.

More about Hossam Ramzy .

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Famed Syrian Singer Wajde Ayub and Ensemble to Perform in New York City

Renowned Syrian singer Wajde Ayub, born in Aleppo, is set to perform on Saturday, September 28, 2019 at Roulette in Downtown Brooklyn, New York City. His ensemble includes a chorus and instrumentalists , who are highly regarded in the field of Middle Eastern music in the United States.

The ensemble features Zafir Tawil on oud; Michael Abdullah on violin; Insia Malik on violin; Khaled Khalifa on cello; Naeif Rafeh on nay; Jamal Sinno on qanun; John Murchison on bass; Johnny Farraj on riqq (small frame drum); Mahmoud Kamil on Arabic tabla (goblet-shaped drum); Mohammad Almassri on katim (large frame drum); and Zahra Alzubaidi, Khadidja Guendil, and Nesma Mohamed on chorus.

Saturday, September 28, 2019 at 8:00 p.m.
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue at 3rd Avenue, Downtown Brooklyn
Information and tickets: Robert Browning Associates

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International Songwriting Competition Deadline on September 18, 2019

Musicians interested in submitting songs to the International Songwriting Competition (ISC) have until September 18, 2019. The ISC is one of the most appealing songwriting competitions and includes a world music category. It has great prizes and judges, and the global reputation and benefits that winning ISC produces. ISC gives away more than $150,000 (US dollars) in cash and prizes, shared by 71 winners in 23 music genres.

ISC’s main objective is to provide an outlet and platform for artists and songwriters to achieve their goals and further their careers. ISC is open to amateur and professional songwriters and offers them the unique opportunity to have their music heard by the decision-makers in the music industry, including iconic celebrity artists and high-profile industry executives.

For more information and to enter your original songs, go to International Songwriting Competition.

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The Rhythm Foundation Announces First Set of 2019-2020 World and Roots music Concerts in Miami Beach

The Rhythm Foundation has revealed some of the 2019-2020 season world music and jazz concerts at the historic North Beach Bandshell in Miami Beach, Florida.

Saturday, October 26, 2019

RAM
Legendary Haitian voodoo-rock group
North Beach Bandshell

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Italian Hit Week Music Showcase ft. Boomdabash & Fulminacci
North Beach Bandshell
presented with the Italian Trade Commission

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Issac Delgado
Cuban salsa star & his orchestra
North Beach Bandshell
Presented with FUNDarte

Saturday, December 21, 2019

The Heavy Pets Holiday Ball
The Heavy Pets & Roosevelt Collier
North Beach Bandshell
Presented with Brotherly Love Productions

Thursday, January 23, 2020

3MA
with Ballaké Sissoko (Mali), Driss El Maloumi (Morocco), Rajery (Madagascar)
North Beach Bandshell

Fri-Sun, February 14-16, 2020

GroundUp Music Festival
hosted by Snarky Puppy
North Beach Bandshell
Presented with GroundUp Music

More at The Rhythm Foundation.

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El Paso Firme, a Celebration of Hispanic Culture and Rejection of Hate

El Paso Firme will take place on September 7th at Ascarate Park in El Paso, Texas. The event is organized by Border Network for Human Rights, RAICES Texas and the National Day Laborer Organizing Network. El Paso Firme will include a march, a call to action, and performances from Hispanic artists Ana Tijoux, Cuco, La Santa Cecilia, Rebeca Lane, Los Frontera de Ciudad Juarez, Dueto Dos Rosas, DJ Trillo, and DJ Birth Defects. Puerto Rican rapper Residente will also be speaking at the event. The goal is to confront and reject the recent acts of hate that have affected the United States.

El Paso is a community connecting cultures and symbolizing hope and inclusion. Last month, families in El Paso were attacked by a man who expressed his hatred for the Hispanic community.

Cuco says, “This event to me means standing in solidarity to keep our people united and protect from the dangers of supremacy and those who pose a threat to minority communities. It’s important to fight against constant acts of hate along with the confinement of immigrants in camps and the hateful people in power.”

RSVP here: bit.ly/epf-action

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Julie’s Bicycle Winner of WOMEX 2019 Professional Excellence Award

Julie’s Bicycle team photo at CG Awards 2017 – Photo by Angela Dennis

UK-based organization Julie’s Bicycle is the recipient of the WOMEX 2019 Professional Excellence Award. In a press release, Piranha Arts, the organizers of the World Music Expo, WOMEX, stated: “For their forward-thinking strategies to speed up the attainment of environmental sustainability in every facet of our industry and professional lives, for their rallying of artists and arts professionals from all over the world to speak and act in one powerful group, and for their status as a figurehead in the global arts movement in the face of climate change and ecological disaster.”

Julie’s Bicycle works in three primary ways: working with businesses individually to improve their environmental impact management; researching and developing resources for the use of all; and introducing, promoting and performing outreach for new ideas and sustainable business models.

On confirming their attendance to receive the 2019 WOMEX Professional Excellence Award, Director Alison Tickell on behalf of Julie’s Bicycle said: “Climate change and our environment are global challenges which necessitate a global response. Many of the most extreme impacts are being felt by the most vulnerable communities, often in the global south: justice, fairness and equity are at the heart of environmental action. This award is not just for Julie’s Bicycle team, but for all those music pioneers who are raising awareness, bringing together our kindred communities, regenerating music practice and protecting all beings that share our earth. Thank you WOMEX.

The WOMEX Professional Excellence Award honors exceptional achievements of an individual, group or an organization in music. Musical excellence, cultural significance, advocacy and activism, lifetime achievement and commercial success without compromise are all elements that may determine the Award Recipient.

More about Julie’s Bicycle.

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WOMEX 2019 Announces Official Film Programme Selection

Small Island Big Song, Tim Cole and BaoBao Chen

The World Music Expo, WOMEX announced the Official Film Programme Selection that will run October 24–26, 2019
in Tampere, Finland.

The WOMEX 2019 Film Programme will feature 17 documentaries, reflecting on how film can bring forth relevant ideas to dialogue with the world of music.

The Film Programme at WOMEX is curated to provoke WOMEXicans to look at cinema as an innovative, artistic and insightful extension of how we explore and perceive music in all its complexity and beauty. We hope the delegates will actively engage with this year’s films to discover and re-discover unknown and established artists, new projects and collaborations, and realize alternative programming opportunities,” stated Luca Jacob & Sana Rizvi, Curators, WOMEX 19 Film Programme.

New this year is a public film program in partnership with Tampere’s Arthouse Cinema Niagara, presenting to local audiences new releases, previews and premieres including the world premiere of the biopic Sufi, Saint & Swinger by Chinese/French & Colombian director duo Camilla French & Andres Borda and the European premieres of I Snuck Off the Slave Ship and Amazonia Groove.

Full 2019 program (in alphabetical order) along with attending guests.

A Bright Light- Karen & the Process by Emmanuelle Antille (Switzerland, 2018)
All on a Mardi Gras Day by Michal Pietrzyk (USA, 2019)
Amazonia Groove by Bruno Murtinho (Brazil, 2018)
Director Bruno Murtinho and producer Leonardo Edde attending
Anorac by Gruffydd Davies (UK, 2018)
Clementina by Ana Rieper (Brazil, 2019)
For the Love of Music in Georgia – The Paliashvili Music School in Tbilisi by Marita Stocker (Germany/Georgia, 2018)
Indus Blues by Jawad Sharif (Pakistan, 2018)
I Snuck Off the Slave Ship by Lionel Holley & Cyrus Moussavi (USA, 2018) **Director/ Record Label co-founder Cyrus Moussavi attending **
Nightingales in Berlin by Ville Tanttu (Finland/Germany, 2019)
Musicians David Rothenberg & Sanna Salmenkallio attending
Que Vola? by Vladimir Cagnolari (France, 2018)
Sarabande by Kaltrina Krasniqi (Kosovo, 2018)
Director Kaltrina Krasniqi attending
Sufi, Saint & Swinger by Camilla French & Andres Borda (Colombia/UK, 2018) ** Director Andres Borda, producer Abbas Nokhasteh and musician Dr Lloyd Miller attending**
Shella Record: A Reggae Mystery by Chris Flanagan (Canada, 2019)
Small Island Big Song Visual Album by Tim Cole (Australia/Taiwan, 2019)
** Director Tim Cole & producer BaoBao Chen attending **
Wahenga (The Ancestors) by Amil Shivji & Rebecca Corey (Tanzania, 2018)

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South African Artist Anna Wolf Wins 2019 Unsigned Only Music Competition

Anna Wolf,

The Unsigned Only Music Competition announced the 2019 winners. The 2019 Grand Prize is awarded to a South African artist, Anna Wolf, for the song “Believer.” The winner of the World Music award is OYME (Moscow, Russia) with the song “Vaya,” which is based on an Erzya folk song.

OYME performs traditional and contemporary world music based on the music of Mordovia, a region in Russia. It is characterized by polyphonic vocal styles, traditional instruments electronics.

Born in Pretoria, South Africa, Anna Wolf beat out almost 6,000 entries from more than 100 countries to be named the Grand Prize winner. The press release indicated that “Wolf is a singer with hauntingly beautiful vocals, and a songwriter with depth and vulnerability. The winning song, “Believer,” is a powerful track, inspired by Wolf’s desire to break the silence about domestic violence and serves as a personal refusal to become the victim of her circumstance.”

I feel such gratitude for this honor,” said Anna Wolf. “The message of ‘Believer” is burnt into every fiber of my being: to let go of expectations, to face my own vulnerabilities and to always keep faith that tomorrow will be the day I get to share my music with the world.”

In addition to winning $20,000 in cash (US) and $40,000 (US) in merchandise and services, Wolf also receives one-on-one mentoring from a group of upper-echelon music industry executives, including: Pete Ganbarg (President of A&R, Atlantic Records); Nick Haussling (Senior VP of A&R, Warner Records); Liz Cohen (A&R, RCA Records); Kim Stephens (President, Forward Entertainment / A&R, Lava Records); David Silbaugh (Talent Buyer, Summerfest); Brinson Strickland (President, Collective Artist Management); and Kristyn Ciani (Talent Buyer, C3 Presents).

Unsigned Only is now accepting entries for the 2020 competition. More information can be found at: www.unsignedonly.com.

Unsigned Only is open to all artists who are unsigned to a major record label and gives artists exposure, recognition, and validation for their artistry.

A total of $150,000 in cash and prizes is awarded to 38 winners, including an overall Grand Prize winner and a First and Second Place winner in each category. An additional group of Honorable Mentions were also selected. Over the years Unsigned Only has become an important source for discovering new talent. Since its inception in 2012, five Grand Prize winners have been signed to record labels.

The complete list of 2019 Unsigned Only winners:

Grand Prize

Anna Wolf (Pretoria, South Africa) – “Believer”

AAA (Adult Album Alternative)

First Place
Adrian Chalifour (Victoria, BC, Canada) – “Head Down Heart Up”

Second Place
Whitefield (Werrington County, NSW, Australia) – “Ivy”

Adult Contemporary (AC)

First Place
Madison Olds (Kamloops, BC, Canada) – “Thank You”

Second Place
CAEZAR (Gloucester, GLR, England) – “Hold On”

Americana

First Place
Kenny Foster (Joplin, MO, USA) – “Wood & Steel”

Second Place
Roger Street Friedman (New York, NY, USA) – “Everyday”

Blues

First Place
Layla Zoe (Victoria, BC, Canada) – “The Deeper They Bury Me”

Second Place
Teresa James And The Rhythm Tramps (Canyon Country, CA, USA) – “Forgetting You”

Christian

First Place
Avery Blank (Sedgwick, KS, USA) – “Not Over”

Second Place
Francesca Ani (Tampa, FL, USA) – “Heart On Fire”

Country

First Place
Tyler Dial (Phoenix, AZ, USA) – “Damn, Denver”

Second Place
Kaylee Bell (Waimate, CT, New Zealand) – “Keith”

EDM

First Place
Krane (Los Angeles, CA, USA) – “Movin”

Second Place
Friendzone (Salt Lake City, UT, USA) – “Neighbors”

Folk/Singer-Songwriter

First Place
Tom Freund (Venice, CA, USA) – “Freezer Burn”

Second Place
Clinton Clegg (Pittsburgh, PA, USA) – “Spain”

Instrumental

First Place
Roman Smirnov (Toronto, ON, Canada) – “Kuwaka”

Second Place
Symphonex Orchestra (Charlestown, RI, USA) – “Dreams In Bloom – The Encounter”

Jazz

First Place
Chico Pinheiro (Sao Paulo, Brazil) – “Flor de Fogo”

Second Place
Chris Parker (Port Jervis, NY, USA) – “The Chimney”

Latin

First Place
Gio Cadario (Santa Cruz, Bolivia) – “Devuelveme”

Second Place
Teff (Caracas, Venezuela) – “Te Equivocaste”

Pop/Top 40

First Place
Cray (Norway) – “Monkey Wants Banana”

Second Place
Tia P (Inglewood, CA, USA) – “Come Together”

R&B/Hip-Hop

First Place
Alexander Lewis (Los Angeles, CA, USA) – “Pearl Magnolia”

Second Place
Coco Jones (Lebanon, TN, USA) – “Just My Luck”

Rock

First Place
Fink Tree (Poznan, Poland) – “Love Somebody”

Second Place
Dogtooth (Glasgow, Scotland) – “Trying To Save You”

Screen Shot

First Place
Bryan Elijah Smith (Dayton, VA, USA) – “In Through The Dark”

Second Place
Big Little Lions (Royston, BC, Canada) – “Find Your Tribe”

Teen

First Place
Carolyn Hao (Toronto, ON, Canada) – “Losing Count”

Second Place
Camryn Quinlan (Sayville, NY, USA) – “Monsters”

Vocal Performance

First Place
Rhia (Melbourne, VIC, Australia) – “Crystalline”

Second Place
Pedro Barbosa (Maputo, Mozambique) – “Crazy Love Is”

World Music

First Place
OYME (Moscow, Russia) – “Vaya”

Second Place
Kidum Kibido And Boda Boda (Bujumbura, Burundi) – “Nipe Nguvu”

Fandemonium Winner (winner selected by online public vote)

Corvyx (Staten Island, NY, USA) – “Alive”

Grand Slam Promotion Winners

Week 1 – Get Exposed Online With Digital Distribution and Promotion
Sara (Belgrade, Serbia) – “Player Of Mine”

Week 2 – Get Licensed With Your Music
Charlie Grant (Totnes, DVN, England) – “Black Lines”

Week 3 – Get Published With Your Songs
Goodnight, Sunrise (Toronto, ON, Canada) – “WVV”

Week 4 – Get Paid For Your Music
Dylan Holton (Ottawa, ON, Canada) – “I Used To”

Win Some Love Promotion Winners

First Place: Kat Beck (North Vancouver, BC, Canada) – “Hooked On Your Love”
Second Place: Maham Suhail (Lahore, Pakistan) – “Pauna”
Third Place: Angus Brill Reed (Adelaide, SA, Australia) – “Be You”

Video Only Promotion Winners

Professional Video Winner
Tia P (Inglewood, CA, USA) – “Come Together”

Homemade Video Winner
Matt Ellis (Sydney, NSW, Australia) – “Some People”

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The Andrea Parodi Awards World Music Contest 2019 Announces Finalists

The Andrea Parodi Awards (Premio Andrea Parodi) has announced the 10 international finalists that are set to perform October 10-12, 2019. The event will be held for the first time in the prestigious Auditorium of the “Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina” Conservatory of Cagliari.

The finalists will perform in front of a Technical Jury (experts, composers, musicians, poets, writers and songwriters) and a Critical Jury (journalists). Both juries, as in previous years, will be composed of authoritative exponents of the sector and will grant two different awards.

The artists selected to perform at the world music contest include:

A.T.A. – Acoustic Tarab Alchemy (Tunisia and Lazio) with the song “Fattouma”, in Arabic;

Saly Diarra (Senegal) with “Musow” in the Bambara language:

Arsene Duevi (Togo) with “Agamà”, in Ewè language;

Fanfare Station (Tunisia, Italy and USA) with “Rahil”, Tunisian language;

Krzikopa (Poland) with “Hasiorki”, in the Silesian language;

Maribop (Spain) with “Un munnu dintra un munnu” in Sicilian and Basque languages;

Federico Marras Perantoni (Sardinia) with “Canzona di mari n.2 – Fóggu e fiàra”, in Sardinian language;

Elliott Morris (United Kingdom) with “The End of The World Blues”, in English;

Setak (Abruzzo) with “Marije”, in the Abruzzo language;

Suonno D’Ajere (Campania) with “Suspiro”, in the Neapolitan language.

More information at: www.premioandreaparodi.it

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