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.

World Music Institute & Insight Cuba

New York, USA – World Music Institute and Cross-Cultural Solutions have organized a a series of cultural trips to Cuba. WMI’s Cuban Music Exploration provides an inside look into Cuban music by learning about the people and culture that create it.

The packages include travel to Havana & Matanzas, workshops on music and dance, intimate concerts and much more. The trips take place June 21- 28, October 11-18
and December 20-27. To request an itinerary & fees contact Cross-Cultural Solutions’ Insight Cuba program at 1-800-935-2822.


Bhangra – The Best Asian Beats from the Streets

Bhangra - The Best Asian Beats from the Streets
Bhangra – The Best Asian Beats from the Streets
London, England – British label Manteca continues its series of compilations with Bhangra – The Best Asian Beats from the Streets.

Bhangra has come a long way from its origins as a traditional harvest dance in the Punjabi speaking regions of India and Pakistan. For a generation of British Asians, Bhangra music is their music. It’s desi music – music from the home, the culture – but mixed, beefed-up with bass and heavy doses of R&B, Ragga or Rap to give it an urban and contemporary relevance that now extends throughout the world.

This CD is 10 years (from 1993 to 2003) in the life of Bhangra – from Roots to Ragga and all points in between. Notes by Bhagwant Sagoo


Rare Recordings of Persian Music on MP3

Cumming, Georgia, USA – The DoveSong Foundation in cooperation with the Nassehpoor Family of Tehran has created a Web site that features important and rare Persian Art Music. For the first time, these great treasures of Persian Art Music are being made available, transcribed to MP3 format by Pooyan Nassehpoor from very rare recordings.

Together, the DoveSong Foundation and the Nassehpoor Family, dedicate this page to people in all lands so they may learn to love and understand each other through an understanding of its music and culture. For more information visit this site:


Reunion Islanders Release New CD

Paris, France – A new album from Reunion Island musicians Olivier Ker Ourio and Danyel Waro is ready for worldwide release. “Chemin de Kèr” is a mix of simple, exhilarating and emotional songs, many of them originally penned by Waro. They have been reinterpreted and given a jazz-world feel with the help of the harmonica, piano, chorus and percussion.

The album will be released on the 14th of May in the UK (Sterns) and in Belgium and Holland (Walboomers). Release will follow in the USA (Allegro). The pair will be in concert in France at the end of the year.


Tribute to Cuban Singer Lázaro Ros

Lázaro Ros
Lázaro Ros

(Prensa Latina-Cumbancha) Camagüey, Cuba – Lázaro Ros received the distinction “Espejo de Paciencia,” for his virtuosity that led him to become the most famous Cuban singer of folkloric chants of African origin. Seventy-eight-year-old Ros was paid homage to with the highest distinction granted by the Provincial Culture Board in Camagüey, during his visit to this city, where he was invited to the 1st Festival of Olorum Dance.

He was born May 11, 1925 in Havana, and at the age of 13 he was vocalizing ritual pieces at Regla de Ocha (Santeria) ceremonies.

In 1949, he started his professional career and has been a member of the Cuban National Folkloric Group, the Cuban National Ballet, the National Symphonic Orchestra, Casa de las Americas and the bands Sintesis and Mezcla, plus other institutions and bands.

His career also includes teaching in Cuba and abroad, and the achievement of Cuban and foreign distinctions, including a Latin Grammy nomination in 2001. The “Espejo de Paciencia” award was also granted to the band Afrocuba from Matanzas, attending the same festival.


The Rough Guide To The Music Of France

The Rough Guide to the Music of France
The Rough Guide to the Music of France
San Francisco, USA – The Rough guide collection travels to France this time. The music of France is incredibly diverse, with a plethora of styles such as chanson and bal musette being popular nationwide. Local regions within the country, some with their own languages, are preserving and developing their own musical traditions.

The arrival of migrants from all over the former French Empire, and elsewhere, during the last 100 years or so has added new sounds to this mix. The Rough Guide to the Music of France gives you a glimpse of the variety of instruments, vocal styles, influences and dialects, taking you on a musical Tour de France.


Festival Ethnoambient Salona 2003, Croatia

Salona, Croatia –
Festival Ethnoambient Salona 2003
will take place August 1-3, 2003. This year the festival will present Lo Cor de la Plana (France), Zoe (Italy), Lot Lorien (Bulgaria), Companyia Electrica Dharma (Spain), Kries (Croatia) and several Croatian groups that present famous Mediterranean “klapa” singing.

The oldest world music festival in Croatia tends to promote different cultures through fusion of the traditional and contemporary music. Since 1998 this festival has welcomed artists from Israel, Italy, Mongolia, Canada (First Nations), England, Slovenia, Macedonia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Catalonia (Spain), Ireland, Pakistan, Hungary, Australian aboriginals, Iran, and Croatia.This open air festival is held at the magical ancient Roman archeological site of Salona which is located in Solin, near Split at the Adriatic Coast. The main idea of festival Ethnoambient is to promote different cultures, tolerance and understanding for cultural diversity, tradition, nature. Music is the main focus, but visitors also get a chance to explore the fair of organic/eco farming, traditional crafts and souvenirs and also enjoy the natural beauty of the area – the rivers, the mountains, the Adriatic sea and beautiful Mediterranean atmosphere. More info:


New World Music Venue in Budapest

Budapest, Hungary – Budapest has a new venue, the A38 ship on the  Danube.

After two years of planning, permits and construction,  a fantastic “building” was born: the A38 ship. The venue is the reincarnation of a Ukrainian stone carrier (built in 1967)  – with a great concert hall (capacity: 700), bars, terraces, a studio and a restaurant.The king of funky saxophone, Maceo Parker will bring the audience  back to the golden era of Funk on the 30th of April and the party continues with one of the greatest European funk bands, the Hot Pants Road Club on the 1st of May.

Below is the May program. The club’s ambition is to become Budapest’s most interesting international cultural venue concentrating mainly on music, with special emphasis on collaboration with colleagues abroad and facilitating
collaboration and dialogue between foreign and Hungarian musicians.

May Program:

30 April 21:00 – Maceo Parker (USA)
01 May 21:00 – Hot Pants Road Club (A) + Badihali (H)
02 May 21:00 – Tara Fuki (CZ) + Babsley (RU) + DJ Erizo (H)
03 May 21:00 – Walter Trout & the Radicals (USA)
07 May 21:00 – DJ Sanyi & DJ Pedro (H)
08 May 21:00 – Johnny Ferreira & the Swing Machine (CAN)
09 May 21:00 – Ripoff Raskolnikov (A) & Kiss Tibor (H) + Hank Shizzoe & Loose Gravel (CH)
10 May 21:00 – Apocalyptic Night: Boris Kovac & Ladaaba Orchest (Yu) + DJ
Aki Nawaz (Fun-Da-Mental) (GB)
14 May 21:00 – DJ Andrew J. & DJ Hotta (H)
15 May 18:00 – Cultural Networking in Europe
15 May 21:00 – Dub Club: DJ Gümix & Sweet Susie (A) + Bosi & Dermot (H)
16 May 22:00 – Zagar (H) + Karuan (A)
17 May 21:00 – Romano Drom (H) + Tekameli (F)
18 May 20:30 – Manfred Paul Weinberger Septett (CAN/A)
21 May 21:00 – DJ Haze (H)
22 May 21:00 – Másfél (H) + DJ Palotai (H)
23 May 22:00 – Sound On Ultra Loud: Poets of Rhythm (Ninja
Tune/Quannum –GB/D)-live + Tom Wieland (Les Gammas/Compost Records – A),
Keyser & Shuriken (H) +  Suhaid feat. Mango (H)
24 May 22:00 – Sound On Ultra Loud: Jazzanova (JCR Records – D) + DJ Marcel
(H) + DJ Erik Sumo (H) + DJ Lee n’gum (H)
28 May 21:00 – Tibor Szemz?: Örvény Oratorio (H)
29 May 21:00 – NEO (H)
30 May 22:00 – E-Z Rollers (GB)
31 May 20:00 – BudaPPPest


Les Tambours de Brazza, 3rd CD

Les Tambours de Brazza  - Tandala</a Les Tambours de Brazza – TandalaTandala” across Europe on the 29th of April, release in Canada will be scheduled to coincide with their summer tour there. The French tour starts in May and will include festival dates at the Docks des Suds, Nuit d’Afrique and the Paléo Festival, dates have been scheduled through to July with more gigs to be confirmed. The group was brought together in 1991 by drummer, percussionist and author/composer, Emile Biyaenda who had been working in reggae, jazz and traditional music ensembles. Les Tambours fuse heritage with modernity: traditional instruments give the bass-guitar and congas a jazz-like resonance.


Rough Guide To Scottish Music 2nd Edition

Rough Guide To Scottish Music 2nd Edition
Rough Guide To Scottish Music 2nd Edition
San Francisco, USA – Rough Guide To Scottish Music 2nd Edition. This entirely new Rough Guide collection explores Scotland’s vibrant music scene. With a wonderfully rich and diverse heritage, Scottish music is constantly evolving while remaining deeply rooted in the past. Traditional instruments, such as the clàrsach and fiddle, are being embraced by a new generation eager to build on the skills of their forebears.

Focusing on what is clearly a living tradition, The Rough Guide To Scottish Music rounds up some of the key artists and talent in Scotland today.