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Celebrated Vocalist Aynur to Perform in Manhattan

Aynur

Aynur, one of the leading musicians from Turkey and a prominent representative of the Kurdish people, is set to perform on Sunday, September 30, 2018 at the The New School – John L. Tishman Auditorium in Manhattan.

Aynur’s music is based on traditional Kurdish folk songs, many of them going back 300 years, which she combines with Western music. Her lyrics often describe the life and sufferings of Kurdish people, in particular women. The show is produced by World Music Institute.

Aynur has collaborated with artists such as Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, Kayhan Kalhor, Javier Limón, Kinan Azmeh, and has appeared in the documentary film “The Music of Strangers” about Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble and in Fatih Akın’s documentary “İstanbul Hatırası / Köprüyü Geçmek-Crossing the bridges” as a singer.

Her discography includes Hawniyaz, Hevra (Together), Rewend and Keçe Kurdan.

For this concert, Aynur will be joined by clarinet virtuoso and composer Kinan Azmeh, who was trained in his native Damascus and is a graduate of New York’s Juilliard School and the City University of New York.

Tenbûr performer Cemîl Qoçgîrî and pianist Salman Gambarov also take the stage with Aynur and Kinan.

The New School – John L. Tishman Auditorium
63 Fifth Avenue, Room U100, Manhattan
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Eme Alfonso Releases “Oroko” Single and Music Video

Eme Alfonso, one of Cuba’s most captivating young artists, has a new music video titled “Oroko”.

Oroko is a song dedicated to Oshún, the goddess of the Yoruba pantheon. Eme moves forward the family tradition. Her parents were the founders of one of cuba’s greatest bands, Síntesis. Eme combines Afro-Cuban music with other genres.

The track includes an arrangement performed by Harold López-Nussa and vocals by Sintesis.

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Congolese Sensation Jupiter & Okwess to Begin 2018 North American Tour

Jupiter & Okwess

One of the rising stars in the world music scene, Congolese musician Jupiter Bokondji and his band Okwess will be touring the United States and Mexico in September and October 2018.

The Congolese artists will be presenting their second album Kin Sonic. The album includes contributions from Damon Albarn of Blur and Gorillaz, violinist Warren Ellis of Nick Cave’s Bad Seeds and Robert del Naja, aka ‘3D’, of Massive Attack.

2018 Tour Dates:

September 21 – Albuquerque, NM – Globalquerque Festival
September 22 – Chicago, IL – Concord Music Hall
September 23 – Chicago, IL – Navy Pier IMAX
September 25 – Minneapolis, MN – Cedar Cultural Center
September 26 – Guanajuato, Mexico – Festival Cervantino
September 28 – Bloomington, IN – Lotus Festival
September 29 – Bloomington, IN – Lotus Festival
October 2 – Philadelphia, PA – MilkBoy
October 3 – Brooklyn, NY – Littlefield
October05 – Boston, MA – Boston University
October 7 – Joshua Tree, CA – Joshua Tree Music Festival
October 8 – San Diego, CA – Soda Bar
October 9 – Los Angeles, CA – Zebulon Cafe Concert
October 11 – San Francisco, CA – The Independent
October 12 – Crystal Bay, NV – Crystal Bay Club Casino
October 16 – Seattle, WA – Nectar Lounge
October 18 – Sacramento, CA – Harlow’s
October 20 – Black Mountain, NC – LEAF Community Arts Festival
October 26 – Guanajuato, Mexico – Explanada de la Alhóndiga de Granaditas
October 27 – Mérida, Mexico – Teatro Armando Manzanero

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Lusafrica Announces New Logo and Sublabel The Garden

Blinky Bill

Lusafrica, the seminal record company founded by José da Silva that introduced Cape Verdean and other lusophone (Portuguese-speaking) artists to worldwide audiences, is celebrating its 30th anniversary.

The label has a new logo and also a new sublabel called The Garden that will introduce emerging world music artists. The first act on The Garden is Blinky Bill, from Nairobi, Kenya. He’s a musician, electronic music experimentalist, DJ and producer.

Blinky Bill’s album “Everyone’s Just Winging It And Other Fly Tales” is scheduled for release October 19th, 2018.

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Egyptian and Ukrainian Artists to Perform in the USA through Center Stage

Some of the greatest performers and creative innovators from Egypt and Ukraine will be traveling to the United States in September-November 2018. The music and theater artists were selected through the Center Stage cultural exchange program initiated by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and produced by the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA).

The performers include Dina Elwedidi (Egypt), Kurbasy (Ukraine), Mohamed Abozekry and Karkadé (Egypt), Teatr-Pralnia with CCA Dakh (Ukraine), and Youssra El Hawary (Egypt). The tours include performances, hundreds of residency activities, classroom visits, workshops, artist-to-artist exchange, and community gatherings.

Venues will include major performing arts centers such as the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC as well as universities, cultural and community centers, festivals, contemporary art venues, music clubs, and artist-run spaces. The program will bring one independent journalist from both Egypt and Ukraine to travel to the United States to report on the tours. Tour details and experiences will also be featured on the Center Stage website and through U.S. Department of State social media.

The Artists of Center Stage Season 4

 

Dina Elwedidi – photo by James Duncan Davidson

 

Dina Elwedidi (Giza, Egypt)
A sophisticated musical innovator, Elwedidi ravels the personal threads of Egyptian heritage and contemporary identity.
U.S. tour: September 14-October 18. Tour cities include Washington DC, Richmond VA, Boston MA, New York City, Austin TX, and West Palm Beach FL.

 

Kurbasy – Photo by Olia Dmytriv

 

Kurbasy (Lviv, Ukraine/U.S. debut)
Tight vocal harmonies, resonant lyrics, and phantasmagoric imagery from the Carpathian Mountains.
U.S. tour: October 21-November 18. Tour cities include Washington DC, Hartford CT, Memphis TN, Rohnert Park, CA, Albuquerque and Santa Fe NM, and Seattle WA.

 

Mohamed Abozekry – Photo by Nada Elissa

 

Mohamed Abozekry & Karkadé (Cairo, Egypt/U.S. debut)
Virtuoso oud prodigy convenes Egypt’s popular and classical music traditions, Sufi calls, and secular poetry with a new instrumental project.

U.S. tour: September 6-30. Tour cities include Washington DC, New York City, Lewisburg and Philadelphia PA, Burlington VT, and West Claremont NH.

 

Teatr-Pralnia by Zhenya Lulko

Teatr-Pralnia with CCA Dakh (Kyiv, Ukraine/U.S. debut)
A rambunctious and audacious supercharged puppet cabaret asks ‘TseSho?/What’s That?”
U.S. tour: September 28-November 4. Tour cities include Gainesville FL, Allentown and Pittsburgh PA, Portland OR, and Albuquerque NM.

 

Youssra El Hawary – Photo by Khaled Marzouk

Youssra El Hawary (Cairo, Egypt/U.S. debut)
A musical bellwether of everyday life, El Hawary’s indie sound captures the stories of Cairo and the alchemy of the Mediterranean basin.
U.S. tour: September 9-October 13. Tour cities include Richmond VA, Washington DC, Lyons NE, Raleigh NC, Kittery ME, West Claremont and Lebanon NH, Albuquerque NM, and New York City.

About Center Stage 4:

Ensembles travel to the U.S. from around the world and enhance the cultural vibrancy of our nation, while promoting economic opportunities in American communities,” said Cathy Edwards, Executive Director of the New England Foundation for the Arts. “Arts delegations cultivate the mutual respect and appreciation that is the essence of cultural diplomacy”.

Center Stage was launched by the Department of State to bring international performing artists from select countries to the United States for professional growth and touring, supporting foreign policy, deepening our relationships with foreign publics, and strengthening the U.S. creative economy. The visiting artists learn from their U.S. tours and share their experiences in their home communities, where they serve as role models and opinion leaders. To date, 24 ensembles from seven nations have toured the United States through Center Stage, reaching tens of thousands of Americans directly and millions of international fans through media and social media.

The program also affects the lives and professions of the visiting artists. “Center Stage is a program aimed at cultural exchange, but for our band, it also tapped into something much deeper,” says Center Stage Season 2 artist Sparlay Rawail, of Pakistan’s Khumariyaan. “We learned what being working musicians is all about and how to communicate. We now have a deeper sense of our own culture through the eyes and ears of others — from the outside in. But above all, this tour opened our minds as human beings and made our art that much more sincere.”

More information at centerstageus.org

headline photo: Kurbasy – Photo by Olia Dmytriv

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Acclaimed Vocalist Aynur Announces September 2018 North American Tour

Aynur in Hasanfeyf October 2009

Aynur, one of the great voices of the eastern Mediterranean, will be touring the United States and Canada in September 2018. Her ensemble includes Salman Gambarov on piano and Cemil Qoçgîrî on tenbur. Clarinetist Kinan Azmeh will be a special guest at New York concert.

Aynur is one of the leading musicians in Turkey. Her music is based on traditional Kurdish folk music, which she combines with Western music. Her lyrics often describe the life and struggles of Kurdish people, specially women. Her recordings include Hawniyaz, Hevra (Together), Rewend and Keçe Kurdan.

Aynur has collaborated with Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, Kayhan Kalhor, Javier Limón, Kinan Azmeh, and appeared in the documentary film “The Music of Strangers” about Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble.

Read more about Aynur.

Tour Dates

September 14, 2018 Cedar Rapids, IA,

September 15, 2018 Madison, WI

September 17, 2018 Minneapolis, MN
Cedar Cultural Center, 7:30PM

September 20 & 21, 2018 Toronto ON, CA
Aga Khan Museum, 8:00PM

September 22, 2018 Albuquerque, NM
National Hispanic Cultural Center, 7:00PM

September 23, 2018 San Francisco, CA
Marines’ Memorial Theatre, 7:00PM

September 26, 2018 Greencastle, IN
DePauw University

September 28, 2018 Bloomington, IN

September 29, 2018 Bloomington, IN

September 30, 2018 New York, NY
The John L. Tishman Auditorium

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Syrian Electronic Music Innovator Omar Souleyman To Perform at North Beach Bandshell in Miami

Omar Souleyman

Syrian musician Omar Souleyman is set to perform on Friday, October 5 at North Beach Bandshell in Miami. Omar Souleyman has released albums on Diplo’s Mad Decent record label and has collaborated with artists such as Björk, Four Tet, Modeselektor, and Giles Peterson.

Souleyman has become a leading electronic music artist. Although he started as a wedding singer in Syria with hundreds of albums under his belt, he has become a cult hero in the electronic music scene.

Omar developed a synthesized version of the Levantine dance music known as Dabke, incorporating modern electronic dance music. Recent albums include To Syria With Love, Wenu Wenu, Bahdeni Nami and Haflat Gharbia: The Western Concerts.

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Lotus World Music & Arts Festival Announces 2018 Program

The 25th Lotus World Music & Arts Festival will be taking place in late September 2018 in Bloomington, Indiana.

Thursday, Sept. 27
Mamadou Kelly
Mali

Friday, Sept. 28
Making Movies
USA

Friday, Sept. 28
Jupiter & Okwess
Congo

Thursday, Sept. 27
Hoven Droven
Sweden

Friday, Sept. 28
Sam Amidon
USA

Saturday, Sept. 28
Guilhem Desq
France

Thursday, Sept. 27
Spiro
United Kingdom

Friday Sept. 28
Anandi Bhattacharya Trio
India

Saturday, Sept. 29
Socalled
Canada

More at www.lotusfest.org

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Jupiter & Okwess to Perform in New York City with special guests The Jack Moves

Jupiter & Okwess

Congolese band Jupiter & Okwess with special guests The Jack Moves are set to perform on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at Littlefield in Brooklyn, New York. Jupiter & Okwess were “discovered” in 2006 thanks to Jupiter’s Dance, a documentary about the new music scene in Kinshasa (the capital and the largest city of the Democratic Republic of the Congo).

Charismatic band leader Jupiter Bokondji represents the innovative scene of street musicians in Kinshasa. The band combines Afropop, traditional Congolese rhythms, funk, and rock with socially conscious lyrics.

Born in Kinshasa, Jupiter began drumming as a boy, helping his grandmother, a traditional healer, at ceremonies and funerals. In 1974, his diplomat father was stationed in East Berlin, where Jupiter discovered rock music and became inspired by the apparent complicity between Congolese traditions and Western music. He returned to Kinshasa, convinced that music could be a unifying force and determined to create his own mode of musical expression.

Jupiter’s band Okwess includes Montana (of Staff Benda Bilili) on drums, Yendé on bass, guitarists Eric and Richard and the singer Blaise. Their new album is Kin Sonic.

The show is produced by World Music Institute and (le) poisson rouge.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018
The Jack Moves, 8:00 p.m.
Jupiter & Okwess, 9:00 p.m.
Littlefield, 635 Sackett St, Brooklyn

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Found Sound Nation Announces 2018 OneBeat Artists’ Residency

The Found Sound Nation OneBeat music residency will take place in September and October 2018. The project will bring together 25 international artists from 18 countries for 1 intense month to collaboratively create musical performances, installations, pop-up events and workshops in U.S. communities. The artists will later take their work back to their home countries. Also this September, Found Sound Nation (FSN) will reimagine the children’s game “Telephone” as a new online music collaboration experience called Telephenesis.

In addition, FSN’s collaboration with Symphony for a Broken Orchestra will go digital with the launch of an online tool giving the world access to an intelligent sound-typewriter — Broken Orchestra Remixed. It uses the sampled sounds of over 800 broken instruments to create original pieces by simply typing a message, poem or set of words.

OneBeat, a public-private initiative of Found Sound Nation, the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and Bang on a Can, employs collaborative original music as a new form of cultural diplomacy. Now in its 7th year, the program will illustrate the transformative power of music-making to bring people together to develop more peaceful, prosperous and harmonious societies around the world.

This year’s residency will also explore themes of communication inspired by NASA’s 1977 Voyager Golden Records. It begins by bringing together emerging artists from around the world to the United States to work with American peers and master artists to stage a multi-state tour that supports community engagement, arts entrepreneurship and develops a global network of civically engaged initiatives. FSN OneBeat’s musicians also set out their plans for the future, developing projects in their home countries linked to a global network of music-driven social enterprises and over 175 fellows. The Fellows will create a time capsule of original work to synthesize past, present, and future modes of human creative potential, showcasing music’s potential to build, maintain and repair relationships across borders. This work will be presented during a U.S. tour as a series of live performances, youth workshops and a culminating album.

OneBeat 2018 Tour Dates:

09/14/2018 – Timucua White House | Orlando, FL
09/28/2018 – Atlantic Center for The Arts, FL
10/02/2018 – Circular Church | Charleston, SC
10/03/2018 – Redux | Charleston, SC
10/05/2018 – Creative Alliance | Baltimore, MD
10/06/2018 – Eubie Blake Cultural Center, MD
10/11/2018 – Bronx Museum, NY
10/12/2018 – Queens Museum | Queens, NY
10/13/2018 – Murmrr | Brooklyn, NY

For additional information:
www.foundsoundnation.org
1beat.org
symphonyforabrokenorchestra.org

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