All posts by Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites and Angel produced several TV 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 albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.

Los Soneros del Barrio Follow the Tradition

Los Soneros del Barrio - Siguiendo La Tradición
Los Soneros del Barrio – Siguiendo La Tradición
New York, USA – Los Soneros del Barrio are back with their third and new album Siguiendo La Tradición (Following Tradition).” Under the Rumba Jams label, this reputable salsa group returns with renewed classic rhythms and impressive danceable musical arrangements.

This new album has one of the best selections in musical arrangers, musicians and producers who work in the New York salsa scene. Among them there are: Ricky González and Dave “Dr. D” Feliciano (producers), Sonny Bravo (piano), Nelson González (Tres), Louie Cruz (arranger), Ángel Fernández (arranger), George Delgado (percussionist), and José Febles (arranger).

José Febles arranged “Timboro” especially for Frankie Vazquez, who decided to record it for the first time with Los Soneros Del Barrio. This song serves as a special tribute to the now deceased José Febles.

Buy Siguiendo La Tradición


Cuban Multi-Instrumentalist Tito Duarte Dies in Spain

Madrid, Spain – The Spanish Performing Rights Society (Sociedad General de Autores y Editores – SGAE) reported today that Cuban composer, singer and multi-instrumentalist Tito Duarte died yesterday at age 57 at the Hospital Reina Sofía in Córdoba (Andalusia, southern Spain).

He was the son of legendary Cuban pianist and composer Ernesto Duarte, and was in the Andalusian city working on a show titled Sueños de ida y vuelta (Dreams of Come and Go) by flamenco guitarist Víctor Monge “Serranito”, programmed for today at Córdoba’s world famous guitar festival, Festival de Guitarra de Córdoba. In this regard, and as a tribute, his fellow musicians have decided to continue with the project. There is also a recording project, with the same title, that will be released by the Factoría Autor label, owned by the Sociedad General de Autores y Editores (SGAE). Similarly, Factoría Autor was working this month on what was going to be the new recording by Tito Duarte, La herencia del viejo sabor (The Legacy of the Old Flavor),in which the multifaceted artist had intended to recover old songs from popular cuban music canciones de la música popular Cuban music such as Suavecito (M. Luna), La María (Saumell), Buena Vista Social Club (Israel López “Cachao”), Para Vigo me voy (Lecuona), Mambo in Sax (Pérez Prado), Mambo In (Mario Bauzá) or Como fue (Ernesto Duarte).

Factoría Autor has confirmed today its intention to finish the CD project “as the best tribute we can pay. Most of the songsd are already recorded, as well as Tito Duarte’s performances and arrangements”.
Many well known artists participate on La herencia del viejo sabor, such as Luis Dulzaides, Víctor Merlo, Horacio Icasto and Jorge Pardo, as well as singers such as Miguel Bosé, Moncho and Ángela Carrasco. The album was being recorded at the Sonoland studios in Madrid, produced by Julio Palacios and Luis Miguel Fernández.

Duarte toured Latin America recently with Miguel Bosé, a Latin pop star.


The Three Pickers: Earl Scruggs, Doc Watson and Ricky Skaggs

Earl Scruggs, Doc Watson and Ricky Skaggs - The Three Pickers
Earl Scruggs, Doc Watson and Ricky Skaggs – The Three Pickers
Boston, USA – Rounder Records released this week The Three Pickers, on a CD and DVD.

For one historic evening, American music legends Earl Scruggs, Doc Watson and Ricky Skaggs joined forces as The Three Pickers, to film a concert for Public Television.

The music they made before a live audience is as relaxed as a front porch picking session, celebrating the virtuosity and good humor of these three bluegrass masters. With special guest Alison Krauss.

It was history made that night,” said Ricky Skaggs

The audio CD contains three bonus tracks: “Daybreak Blues” by Doc and Richard Watson, “Doin’ My Time” by Earl Scruggs with Family and Friends, and “Ridin’ That Midnight Train” by Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky

The DVD contains the bonus tracks “What Is a Home Without Love?” and “John Hardy,” plus an exclusive 30-minute documentary featuring interviews with and songs by The Three Pickers


Cuban Music Legend Compay Segundo Dies at 95

Compay Segundo in Raleigh - Photo by Angel Romero
Compay Segundo in Raleigh – Photo by Angel Romero

Havana, Cuba – Legendary Cuban musician and composer Compay Segundo died on Sunday, July 13th in Havana, Cuba. Details about his death were not available, but as World Music Central reported on July 9th, he was seriously ill as his kidney ailments intensified, and the artist had to cancel contracts and presentations abroad.

Máximo Francisco Repilado Muñoz was born in the small mining town of Siboney, in the eastern Province of Santiago de Cuba.

According to the Spanish Performing Society (Sociedad General de Autores y Editores -SGAE), Compay Segundo had 129 songs registered with them, many of which have now become classics. Compay Segundo wrote very popular songs such as Chan Chan, which became a hymn to several generations of Cuban musicians. He also wrote Amor de loca juventud, Balcón de Santiago, Calderito de tomar café, Sarandonga, Se secó el arroyito and Sabroso.

For a detailed look at Compay Segundo’s life and discography, visit World Music Central’s profile of the Cuban musician: Compay Segundo.


CD Review: Shanti by Abhijit Pohankar

Abhijit Pohankar - Shanti
Abhijit Pohankar – Shanti
Abhijit Pohankar

Shanti (Times Music, 2000)

Abhijit Pohankar is a brilliant Indian keyboardist and composer. On Shanti he creates electronic arrangements and rhythms that generate a mystical atmosphere for the beautiful vocals by Pandit Ajay Pohankar.

Acoustic instruments such as flute, tabla and harps are interweaved with the electronic sounds. The recording has the intention to provide peace and relaxation, but this is not flaky new age. It’s music that has true spirit.Abhijit Pohankar is one of the few professional classical keyboard players in India and a disciple of santoor maestro Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma.

Buy Shanti


CD Review: Agua ‘e Coco by Huracán de Fuego

Huracán de Fuego - Agua 'e Coco
Huracán de Fuego – Agua ‘e Coco
Huracán de Fuego

Agua ‘e Coco (Nubenegra IN1121-2, 2003)

Unfortunately, western audiences are exposed to very little music from Venezuela. Spanish label Nubenegra has produced two recordings by one of the finest Afro-Venezuelan bands, Huracán de Fuego (the group’s name means Fire Hurricane). Agua ‘e Coco (Coconut Water) is the latest recording.

Unlike other groups who rework old songs, Huracán de Fuego creates its own music. The roots are crearly Afro-Venezuelan, but there are also African-American influences in the form of rappping. An impressive array of percussion instruments play the main role along with lead vocals, choruses and occasional flutes.Huracán de Fuego was founded by Maracaibo native Nestor Gutiérrez, who played the congas in a salsa group before becoming fascinated by the great wealth of traditional Venezuelan drums.

Gutiérrez gathered together a talented group of percussionists who share his passion to preserve the traditional instruments and performance practices in danger of disappearing in many parts of Venezuela. Huracán de Fuego’s music embraces the regional drumming techniques, style of singing, and barefoot dance associated with traditional drum performances


A Record Breaking Year for WOMEX: 1000 Delegates Preregistered

womex-250Berlin, Germany – At the end of June there were 1000 registrations and more than 160 stand bookings for WOMEX 2003. The event will be held in Seville, Spain, October 22-26 of 2003.

The largest world music conference has been increasing year after year and it looks like 2003 will be the biggest event so far. Due to the high demand for stands, the organizers have increased the available space from 160 to 216.

You can check all fully paid registrants on the Who Is Coming list.


Tempest Shapeshifter Summer Tour 2003

Tempest - Shapeshifter
Tempest – Shapeshifter
California, USA – Celtic rock band Tempest will be on tour this summer to promote its new album, Shapeshifter. Tempest has been recording and performing since 1988, has played more than 1000 performances and has released 9 CDs.

Tempest is much more than a folk-rock band. The roots of what they do draw sustenance from traditional folk music, and they rock. The group plays Celtic and European themes artfully sculpted by a Norwegian lead singer and double-necked mandolin player, a Cuban drummer, a crazy fiddle virtuoso, a
sophisticated yet funky American bassist and a guitar player with a penchant for heavy rock guitar.  The musicians take mythology and history, Irish jigs & reels, Norwegian traditional music and Scottish ballads and run it all through the rock &roll art school. 

Tour dates:

July 12 & 13 Oakland, CA DUNSMUIR SCOTTISH
Dunsmuir House and Gardens, 2960 Peralta Oaks Ct. 1-5pm (510) 615-5555

Tue. July 22 Palo Alto, CA MITCHELL PARK BOWL
600 East Meadow Dr. 6:30pm (650) 463-4940

Fri. July 25 Reno, NV WINGFIELD PARK
Downtown Reno, 7pm (775) 852-4629
“Rollin’ on the River” kick off show for the Reno Celtic Celebration presented by The News and Review and Reno Celtic Celebration

Sat. July 26 Dixon, CA LAMBTOWN FESTIVAL Fairgrounds, 655 South First St. 4pm (707) 678-9615

Queen Mary Events Park, 1126 Queens Highway
Sat. 3pm & 7pm, Sun. 3pm (562) 435-3511

Thu. Volsplatz 7pm, Fri. Liederplatz 9pm (610) 861-0678

Sat. Aug. 9 Philadelphia, PA Tin Angel
20 South 2nd St. *early show 7pm (215) 928-0770

Sun. Aug.10 New Hope, PA JOHN & PETER’S
96 South Main St. 9pm (215)862-5981

Wed. Aug.13 Rochester, NY MILESTONES
170 East Ave. 8pm (585)325-6490

Fri. Aug. 15 Saranac Lake, NY Arts Council
& Waterhole Presents
WATERHOLE UPSTAIRS 43 Main St. 9pm (800) 661-4704

Sat. Aug. 16 Bradford, VT, MIDDLE EARTH MUSIC HALL
134 Main St. 9pm (802) 222-4748

Sun. Aug. 17 Quincy, MA BAD ABBOTS
1546 Hancock St. early show 7pm (617) 774-1434

Tue. Aug.19 Vienna, VA JAMMIN’ JAVA
227 Maple Ave. E, 8pm (703)255-1566

Wed. Aug.20 Virginia Beach, VA WHITE HORSE
Pembroke Mall, 8pm (757) 499-7360

(800) 556-FOLK, Main Stage: Friday night, Camp Stage: Sunday afternoon

Alameda County Fairgrounds, 11am – 5pm each day (800) 713-3160

Webster St. afternoon (510) 523-5955


Vive La World! Festival Tours North America

Natacha Atlas
Natacha Atlas
Bloomington, Indiana, USA – The 2003 edition of the Vive La World! world music tour will be taking place throughout the month of July. This year’s world music caravan features Natacha Atlas (Belgium/North Africa), Electro Bamako (France/Mali), DuOud (France/Tunisia), and So Kalmery (D. R. Congo).

Born in 1997 in Central Park (New York City),Vive La World! is a nomadic festival designed to introduce North American audiences to the diversity of music produced in France, focusing on world music and electro-world sounds.

Vive La World! helped launch the careers in America of such artists as Cheb Mami, Alabina, Rachid Taha, Orchestre National de Barbés, Amadou et Mariam, and Les Nubians. The VLW artists selected bring new sounds together with older traditional forms of music. This year’s caravan will stop in eight cities and draw a total audience of 100,000 people.

Vive La World!: Tour Schedule

07/09/2003, Wed
Quebec City
Festival d’été de Québec

  • Natacha Atlas only
  •   07/10/2003, Thu
    Quebec City
    Festival d’été de Québec

  • Natacha Atlas, DuOud, Electro-Bamako,So Kalmery
  •   07/11/2003, Fri
    Montreal, QC
    Nuit d’Afrique
      07/12/2003, Sat
    Miami Beach, FL
    Rhythm Foundation
      07/13/2003, Sun
    Detroit, MI

    Concert of Colors

      07/15/2003, Tue
    Vancouver, BC
    Caravan World Rhythms,
    Richards on Richards
      07/17/2003, Thu
    Washington, DC
    Kennedy Center

  • Natacha Atlas and DuOud
  •   07/18/2003, Fri
    Washington, DC
    Kennedy Center

  • Electro Bamako and So Kalmery
  •   07/19/2003, Sat
    Chicago, IL
      07/20/2003, Sun
    New York, NY
    Central Park SummerStage


    Updated California Worldfest Program

    California-worldfestChico, California, USA – There have been some changes to the program of the 2003 edition of WorldFest. The festival will take place July 17-20 in the fairgrounds of Grass Valley, California. The festival includes concerts, workshops (vocal, instrumental and percussion), a complete children’s program, and great food.


    Ricardo Lemvo & Makina Loca – Afro Cuban
    Mamadou Diabate Ensemble- Village tunes of Mali
    Robert Cray Band – Blues
    John Cowan Band – New Bluegrass
    Tommy Emmanuel – Guitar Wizard
    Perla Batalla – Mesamerican Chanteuse
    Alasdair Fraser – Scottish Fiddle
    Waifs – Australian Pop
    Obo Addy – Ghana Superstar
    Laura Love Duo with Jen Todd – Afro Celtic
    Inner Visions – Virgin Islands Reggae
    Juan L. Sanchez Ensemble – Cosmopolitan Sounds of Spain
    Mumbo Gumbo – Gulf Coast Boogie
    Vishten – Red Hot Acadian Fiddle & Dance
    the bluehouse – Sassy pop & harmony
    Balkan Cabaret – Old World Standards
    Incendio – Latin Guitar Fusion
    Joaquin Diaz – Caribbean Merengue
    Ancient Future with Habib Khan – Indian Classical
    David Jacobs-Strain – Acoustic Blues
    Gyan Riley – Classical Guitar
    Palm Wine Boys – Highlife & Soukous
    Beolach – Cape Breton Celtic
    Bjarv – Scandinavian Folk
    Paul Kamm & Eleanore MacDonald – Contemporary Folk
    Djunkyard Gypsies – Swing Jazz

    Plus, Troika Folk Dance, Sid Lewis’ Acoustic College, Hogcallers, Fiddle for
    Kids, and Music In The Mountains Competition Winners.

    Vocal, instrumental and percussion workshops, a complete children’s program, great food, and unique artisans. 

    Purchase tickets online at
    or call 530-891-4098 You can purchase an advance 4-day camping ticket for $90, a
    3-day camping ticket for $80, and a 2-day camping ticket for $65, all a savings
    of $10 per ticket off the gate price.  Camping ticket includes all music,
    workshops, children’s programs and camping at the festival.  A youth (age 13-16)
    ticket with camping is $35 for the whole festival and a child’s (age 5-12)
    ticket with camping is $15.  Children under 5 are free.

    RV HOOKUPS are available for the whole festival.  Full Hookups = $40.Visit for complete details. 
    Also, check the website for continuous artist updates.