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.

Tamburaland Festival

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA – Tamburaland Festival is a festival of tamburica music featuring 10 top tamburica orchestras from across North America. The event is held at the Millvale Croatian Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on June 7th, 2003, 12:00 pm to 10:00 pm.

Artists featured include The Jerry Grcevich Tamburitza Orchestra, 8601, Kontraband, Momci, Mark Spisic Tamburica Orkestar, Veseli, Trubaduri, Skrseni Glas, Sanjari, and the Saint George Combo.There will also be a special appearance by dance ensemble Kumovi who will perform one number during the official program.

For more information about tambura music, visit
http://www.tamburaland.com

For information about the festival, visit

http://www.tamburaland.com/events/tlandfestival/index.html

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Sonora Carruseles, US Tour

Sonora Carruseles - Heavy Salsa
Sonora Carruseles – Heavy Salsa
Los Angeles, USA – The popular Colombian salsa group Sonora Carruseles will be touring the United States again in June and July 2003. Tour dates will be posted online at SalsaArtists.com.

Carruseles is known for their hit songs “Micaela”, “Lola”, “Arranca En Fa” and their newest hit “De Una Vez Gozando”.

This popular Colombian salsa group came into the tropical scene performing Afro-Caribbean rhythms, including a traditional style known as salsa brava, originated in the 1960s. Formed in 1995 by composer/producer/conguero Diego Galé and Mario Rincón, and backed by the record label Discos Fuentes, the group became a boogaloo and original salsa revival, taking over Latin America, the U.S., and Europe after releasing 1998’s Heavy Salsa and 1999’s Salsa Y Fuego.

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Regional Youth to Dance with Cuban Musicians

Adalberto y Su Son - Para Bailar Casino
Adalberto y Su Son – Para Bailar Casino
(Prensa Latina – Cumbancha)Singer and orchestra director Adalberto Alvarez announced that he is working on a cultural recreation project to be launched soon while preparing a dance music CD whose title will be used in a television program.

In “Para Bailar Casino” (To Dance Casino), a song which will be the theme of a live summer TV program with performances by orchestras and Casino dances; I even include the voices of the dressing room director, he stated. TV director Victor Torres and I conceived the program.

The new CD marks another moment of renovation in Adalberto y su Son orchestra with the incorporation of young musicians and new singers. Adalberto, the Gentleman of Son, is heading the Organizing Committee of the 1st International Gathering of Casino Dancers to be held at the 14th Festival to be held in Matanzas and at the Varadero tourist resort, from August 8 to 11, with participation of dancers from all continents.

The Music Institute, Havanatur and CIMEX Corporation are sponsoring the event that arrives in time to impede that this choreographic dance style created spontaneously in the late 1940s is materialized in other countries prior to Cuba.

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Pestalozzi International Festival of World Music

Sedlescombe, UK – Following the success of the Pestalozzi International Festival of World Music, Crafts and Storytelling 2002, the Pestalozzi Village in Sedlescombe, East Sussex, will be hosting a second major world music festival to be held on the 14th and 15th June 2003.

This year’s festival theme will be ‘Global Fusion’ and aims to promote the similarities between cultures by hosting artists who demonstrate shared influences through their music, crafts, storytelling and puppetry.

A new development this year includes hands-on workshops for audiences to experience activities and provide an interactive way to learn about issues related to Global Fusion.

All this together with food, bars, stalls, camping facilities means this year’s festival will be better than ever.

For more information on the Festival contact: 01424 870444 or visit www.pestalozzi.org.uk

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New Grammy® World Music Category

Santa Mónica, USA – The Recording Academy® announced today that there will be a new World Music Grammy® category. World music is now represented by two categories in its own field: Best Traditional World Music Album and Best Contemporary World Music Album.

The Traditional World Music category will include recordings of international non-Western classical music and international non-American and non-British traditional folk music, as well as international cross-cultural music based on the above criteria. The Contemporary World Music category will include recordings of world/beat, world/jazz (with a higher percentage of world than jazz), world/pop and cross-cultural music with contemporary production techniques.This important change is the result of an intense lobbying campaign led by the American world music community, including World Music Central and the World Music Coalition, a new organization that seeks the advancement of world music in North America.

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Salsa – The Essential Album on Manteca

Salsa! The Essential Album
London, England – Salsa – The Essential Album is the latest compilation produced by British label Manteca. Salsa is the irresistible, passionate dance music and lifeblood for millions all over the world. And not just the Latin world. Want to ‘rumba’ in Rekyjavic? No problem. ‘Mambo’ in Melbourne? Just say the word. Salsa has become a part of all our lives and these 2 CDs contain some of the best that world can offer. Compilation & notes by Sue Steward.CD1:

1 Willy Chirino: Oxigeno

2 Jose Alberto `El Canario’ : Me Dejó Picao

3 Africando: Mopao

4 Albita: El Manisero

5 Rubén González: Choco’s Guajira

6 Cuarteto Patria & Manu Dibango: Carnaval

7 Nava: Mujer Boricua

8 Orishas: 537 C.U.B.A.

9 Tito Puente: Oye Como Va (Live)

10 Orquesta Broadway: Como Camina Maria

11 Celia Cruz & La Sonora Matancera: Yerbero Moderno

12 Beny More: Yiri Yiri Bon

13 Machito: Escucha Mi Encanto

14 Ismael Rivera: El Chivo De La Campana

15 Eddie Palmieri: Sabroso Guaguanco

CD2:

1 Yma Sumac: Taki Rari

2 Chichi Peralta & Son Familia: La Ciguapa

3 Fulanito: Guallando Goma

4 Sidestepper: Linda Manigua

5 Orlando `Cachaito’ López: Mis Dos Pequeňas

6 Cubanismo: Alemaňy’s Boogaloo

7 Candido Fabré Y Su Banda: La Lizeta

8 Grupo Niche: Mi Pueblo

9 Joe Cuba Sextet: A Las Seis

10 Son 14 with Adalberto Álvarez: A Bayamo En Coche

11 Sierra Maestra: Tíbiri Tábara

12 Pochi y su Coco Band: Dos Personas

13 The Spanish Harlem Orchestra: Pa’ Gozar

14 Grupo Galé: Descarga Galé

15 The Cesta All-Stars with Charlie Palmieri: Jala-Jala Con Aguardiente

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The French Music Export Office Opens in New York City

New York, USA – The French Music Export Office (Le Bureau Export de la Musique Française) has opened its office in New York headed by US music industry veteran Mr. Jean Rousseau. The French Music Export Office (FMEO) aims to promote music made in France abroad through a number of campaigns and actions. The FMEO provides advice, referrals and information to all French music professionals, from label A&R to journalists to managers, and creates worldwide relationships and business opportunities between them and their international counterparts. The French Music Export Office (FMEO) is situated at 972 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10021. Its Director since November 2002, Jean Rousseau is a sixteen-year veteran of the American music business. Rousseau has extensive worldwide music industry experience. He spent seven years working for Virgin Records America in Los Angeles as a Senior International Marketing executive and two years working for the Columbia Records Group in New York City in a similar capacity. In the fall of 1996 he started his own artist management company, Brave New World Management. His European background and in-depth knowledge of the global music industry is perfectly suited to the challenges of balancing two cultures around a single musical axis.

The French Music Export Office in New York has a dual mission,” explains Rousseau. “The first is to provide French professionals with information and opportunities on the American and Canadian marketplaces; the second is to stimulate interest in America and Canada for music made in France.”

In the ’80s the success of French artists abroad was limited to a few, such as Charles Aznavour, Nana Mouskouri or Richard Clayderman for popular music. But by the early ’90s the success of Patricia Kaas, Deep Forest, the Gipsy Kings and La Mano Negra proved it was possible for a new generation of French artists to succeed abroad. Simultaneously, French labels aware of the need to develop their repertoire internationally to survive in a global market made greater investments, while high quality releases made it possible for French labels to compete internationally and to multiply their export initiatives.

In 1993 French labels created a collective tool, The French Music Export Office (FMEO) – Le Bureau Export de la Musique Française [www.french-music.org] – with the support of the French government and French music professionals. The FMEO is a non-profit organization that aims to advise, promote and inform about music made in France through a range of activities and initiatives. The FMEO serves the professional interests of French music labels and their respective artists; hence also works with publishers, managers, agents, promoters, lawyers, etc. The FMEO has offices in London, Berlin, Barcelona, Moscow, Mexico City, Sao Paolo, Tokyo, and Sydney. The results are clear – international sales of artists/records made in France rose from 1.5 million copies in ’92 to more than 39 million in 2000. Although the results are encouraging much work remains to be done for music made in France in a world dominated by English-language music. The FMEO in New York will work closely with the French Cultural Services but it is not a cultural organization.

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Culture Congress in Cuba

(Prensa Latina-Cumbancha) Havana, Cuba – The 3rd Culture and Development Congress, to take place in Cuba, will gather nearly 1,000 participants from Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa from June 9-12 and will become an international space for reflection, stated Culture Vice-Minister Rafael Bernal.

During the Congress, famous personalities, experts and leaders will exchange ideas on the main problems of the relation between arts, development and preservation of the respective national identities. They will also debate issues related to fine arts, literature, theater, music, films, heritage, art teaching, participation in socio-cultural development and the new technologies used in culture.

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Tumbao Habana, an Orchestra that Proved its Talent

(Prena Latina – Cumbancha) Havana, Cuba – Pascual Cabrejas Cambara is a daring musician who told popular Charanga Habanera salsa band director David Calzado that he had a new song for him and actually, when in fact he had nothing written. Calzado was looking for new themes and accepted the offer. After three days, he gave Calzado the song “Que te lleve otro,” which quickly climbed to the first notches of the national charts. “David and I have always been good friends. I used to attend every rehearsal of the Charanga Habanera and I tell you that I would have liked to have joined his orchestra,” says Pascual, who created his own band, Tumbao Habana that records on the Artex label. The band’s first concert took place at the famous Tropicana Night Club on December 29 1997. The repertoire includes international music but they prioritize Cuban son, bolero and rumba.

Born in Santiago but raised in Havana, Pascual Cabrejas has a degree in Musical Education. At the age of 10, his father Fausto Cabrejas registered him at the Guantanamo Popular Music School to study the guitar. He did not complete his studies but learned enough to play and compose his own songs. “I think that my father is a better musician than me, he even played with the Santiago Orpheus Chorus directed by Electo Silva, but preferred to be an engineer. I liked Mathematics, and look, I became a musician. I will invite my father to sing a bolero on the CD that I am recording with the Mexican JMI Music Company. This is very important for me and I am sure that he will like it.” The CD will be a surprise for many people because it mixes several rhythms such as son with rap, rap with reggae, and includes new versions of traditional songs.

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fresh sounds from today’s brazil

London, England – Manteca Records, in the UK, has released Nu Brazil – Fresh sounds from Today’s Brazil (MANTDCD217).

In the 21st century the music of Brazil has reached a major cusp in its development. This extensive and varied selection is music from today’s Brazil. From samba legends through modernist songwriters to full-on drum’n’bass.

Compilation & notes are by John Armstrong

CD1:

1 ADRIANA CALCANHOTTO: PELOS ARES

2 MAD ZOO: ESFERA feat. Rosy Aragäo (COSMONAUTICS RE-RUB)

3 BEBEL GILBERTO: SEM CONTENÇÃO (TRÜBY TRIO REMIX)

4 SUBA: TANTOS DESEJOS (NICOLA CONTE REMIX)

5 DJ MYSTICAL (MACUMBALADA): SAMBA DO MORRO

6 MAMOND: PREGUICIMAN

7 MOACIR SANTOS: COISA NO.6

8 ERLON CHAVES: COSA NOSTRA (RAW DEAL MIX)

9 TOTONHO & OSCABRA: MÚSICA CUBANA

10 FABIO FONSECA TRIO: JEITO ESQUISITO

11 MIRTON: TODA BATIDA

12 JAIR OLIVEIRA: DOR DE RESSACA

13 MAX DE CASTRO: A HISTÓRIA DA MORENA NUA QUE ABALOU AS ESTRUTURAS DO ESPLENDOR DO CARNAVAL

14 SILVERA: VEM FICAR COMIGO

15 ZUCO 103: TREASURE

CD2:
1 PAULINHO DA VIOLA: TIMONEIRO
2 OS ORIGINAIS DO SAMBA: LÁ VEM SALGUEIRO
3 ZECA BALEIRO: MINHA TRIBO SOU EU
4 FORRŌÇACANA: MALTIDE
5 CAJU & CASTANHA: ANDANDO DE COLETIVO
6 JOYCE: FORÇAS D’ALMA
7 JUSSARA: CARAVELA
8 MORENO VELOSO + 2: DEUSA DO AMOR (Goddess Of Love)
9 VITOR RAMIL: CAUSO FARRAPO
10 CELSO FONSECA: O ORIGEM DA FELICIDADE
11 DAÚDE: ALÁ-LÁ-Ô
12 SEU JORGE: CAROLINA
13 LENINE: LAVADEIRA DO RIO
14 ELZA SOARES: A CARNE

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