All posts by Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. 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.

Paco de Lucía Live in the Bay Area

Paco de Lucia - Cositas Buenas
Paco de Lucia – Cositas Buenas
Berkeley, USA – Flamenco guitar master Paco de Lucía will be performing in the San Francisco Bay Area in January. One of the world’s greatest living guitarists of any genre, Paco de Lucía is a hero of modern flamenco, having created a fusion style influenced by jazz, stretching and embellishing flamenco’s strict structure, but remaining true to the soul of its Gypsy, Spanish and Muslim roots.

His phenomenal technique—diamond sharp with lightening velocity—has astounded audiences for decades. The performances will feature selections from de Lucía’s original flamenco guitar canon and jazz repertoire, and include new works from his upcoming CD, Cositas Buenas, his first release in nearly five years. Joining him on stage will be percussionist Israel Suarez Escobar, bassist Alain Perez Rodríguez, flamenco cantaor Enrique Heredia Carbonell, and vocalists Herminia Borjas Gabarra and Victoria Santiago Borja.

TICKET INFORMATION

Tickets for the Saturday, January 24 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, January 25 at 7:00 p.m. in Zellerbach Hall are priced at $24.00, $36.00 and $48.00 and are available through the Cal Performances Ticket Office at Zellerbach Hall at (510) 642-9988 to charge by phone; at http://www.calperfs.berkeley.edu and at the door. Half-price tickets are available for purchase by UC Berkeley students. UC faculty and staff, senior citizens and other students receive a $2 discount, and UC Alumni Association members receive a $3 discount (Special Events excluded). For more information, call Cal Performances at (510) 642-9988, or visit the Cal Performances web site at http://www.calperfs.berkeley.edu.

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Obo Addy

Obo Addy - Wonche Bi
Obo Addy – Wonche Bi
Obo Addy

Wonche Bi (Alula Records Alu-1025, 2001)

Obo Addy is a Ghanaian singer, percussionist, traditional spiritual healer, and a Wonche priest of the Ga culture. Living now in the United States, his contemporary African music combines Ghanaian roots music with American sounds such as soul, blues and jazz.

 

Obo Addy’s music is powerful and intense with a several trap drummers, a solid brass section, backing vocals and outstanding percussion solos on the talking drum of which Addy is a true master.

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Cuban Singer Polo Montañez Dies

Polo Montañez
Polo Montañez
(Prensa Latina – Cumbancha) Havana, Cuba – Cuba’s famous singer and composer Polo Montañez died on Tuesday night of severe cranial traumas caused by a traffic accident on November 20, according to national TV. The health of the renowned artist, who was reported as “seriously ill” by the multidisciplinary team taking care of him at Havana’s Carlos J. Finlay Hospital, had worsened after presenting irreversible multi-organic failures.

Known all over the world as Guajiro Natural, the title of his first CD, Fernando Borrego Linares (Polo) was born 47 years ago in Brujito, on Sierra del Rosario, Pinar del Rio. He was influenced by music since he was a child, a family tradition as he said on many occasions. In 1994, he began playing with his band in Pinar del Rio.

In 2000, he recorded his first CD, “Guajiro Natural“, with Lusafrica Record Company, and was promoted for the first time in Colombia.

He will be internationally known his song “Un montón de estrellas”. He sold 40,000 albums and won a platinum record. Polo Montañez’s songs became popular in several Latin American and European countries.

The popular singer was a member of the Cuban delegation attending Guadalajara’s International Book Fair, in Mexico, which will is dedicated to Cuba this year.

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Chalaparta Album Produced by Kepa Junkera

Oreka TX - Quercus Endorphina
Oreka TX – Quercus Endorphina
Madrid, Spain – Basque accordionist Kepa Junkera has produced the debut album by the chalapartaris (txalapartaris in Basque) that normally accompany him, Igor Otxoa and Harkaitz Martínez, under the band name of Oreka TX. The chalaparta is an ancient percussion instrument used in the Basque Country.  

The title of the album is Quercus Endorphina and it features producer Junkera himself together with several international musicians: Glen Vélez, Mikel Laboa and La Bouttine Souriant.

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AfroRican William Cepeda Branches Out

William Cepeda – Branching Out
Huntington, USA – Puerto Rican multi-instrumentalist William Cepeda has a new recording, “Branching Out” (Blue Jackel BJE 5037-2), where, in addition to developing his Afro-Puerto Rican roots and love for jazz, he explores other cultures.

I have the great fortune of coming from a family of musicians and having been born in Loiza Aldea, where the tradition of Puerto Rican music lives today. This heritage is a precious gif to me. In this new CD I continue to expand the horizons of Puerto Rican music. This is the heritage our ancestors left us and we as artists must make our contribution for the future. In “Branching Out” I have opened my music to influences from other cultures , such as African, Indian, Andalusian (Spanish), and Arabic among others. Some of them form the roots of our own tradition. ”

Buy Cepeda’s Branching Out and
My Roots and Beyond

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Lúnasa Presents The Merry Sisters of Fate

Lúnasa - The Merry Sisters of Fate
Lúnasa – The Merry Sisters of Fate
Danbury, USA – Green Linnet has released the latest album by Irish band Lúnasa. “The Merry Sisters of Fate” features eleven instrumental tracks by some of the finest contemporary Irish music virtuosos: fiddler Seán Smyth, flutist Kevin Crawford, bassist Trevor Hutchinson, guitarist Donogh Hennessy and uilleann piper Cillian Vallely.

The band will on tour starting June 28 in Baltimore, Maryland and will continue through the United States, Canada, Ireland, continental Europe and then back to the United States in August. 

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"Salsa Cubana" Dedicated to Eliades Ochoa

Santiago De Cuba, Cuba – The 15the issue of “Salsa Cubana” magazine is dedicated to Eliades Ochoa -one of the outstanding personalities of Cuban traditional music. It was presented at Meliá Santiago Hotel and Pepe Sánchez “Trova” Music House in Santiago de Cuba.

Photo reporter Roberto Bello portrays the “trova” singer’s life, work, records and tours. Ochoa will shortly celebrate his 55th birthday anniversary, on June 22. Eliades Ochoa, a country man by heart, won a Grammy award in 1997 in the category of Best Tropical Latin Performance, with the album Buena Vista Social Club.

Ochoa, along with his Cuarteto Patria , which he has directed for over 25 years, has recorded his greatest hits: the CDs “Sublime Ilusion” and “Tributo al Cuarteto Patria, both nominated to 2000 and 2001 Grammy awards, respectively.

The current issue also includes articles about the 145th birthday anniversary of Pepe Sánchez, composer of song “Tristeza” and recognized it as the first “bolero” song of music history; César Portillo de la Luz, a famous personality of “bolero” music; Emiliano Salvador, a legend of Cuban Jazz; Enrique Lazaga, a maestro of güiro; and musical groups Azucar and Síntesis.

“Salsa Cubana” magazine, which publishes 5,000 copies four times a year, first appeared on May 3, 1997, by the initiative of a group of artists headed by Juan Formell, motivated to have have a magazine that would reflect the Cuban music cene, from classical music to rock-and-roll.

Eliades Ochoa recordings available: Buena Vista Social Club, Cubafrica (1998), Sublime Ilusión (1999); Tributo a Cuarteto Patria (2000) and Estoy Como Nunca (2002)

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I Muvrini Debuts in the US

I Muvrini - I Muvrini
I Muvrini – I Muvrini
Malibu, USA – Corsican band I Muvrini has made its US debut with the album I Muvrini, released by Higher Octave Music. 

The recording by the Bernardini brothers features a combination of Corsican music with a melting pot of Breton, Cajun, Malagasy, Celtic and jazz sounds. It also includes a duet with pop star Sting.

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Afropop Launches www.afropop.org

New York, USA – The National Radio pioneer syndicated radio show, Afropop, has launched www.afropop.org. It gives Web surfers access to fifteen years of research in the form of themed streams of its radio programs. In addition, visitors can participate in online discussions, post digital postcards or African recipes, and listen to live streaming music channels such as the Cuban Connection

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