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.
Los Angeles, California – Nigerian drummer Babatunde Olatunji passed away Sunday, April 6th, at a hospital in Salinas, California, with his family by his side.
Born and raised in Nigeria, Olatunji was educated at Morehouse College in Atlanta and the New York University Graduate School. In 1959, Columbia Records released Olatunji’s first album, Drums of Passion, which became an unprecedented, across-the-board smash hit. Drums of Passion was the first album to bring African music to Western ears.
Olatunji’s dedication to the preservation and communication of African culture led him to establish the Olatunji Center of African Culture in the heart of Harlem.
In the 1990s, Olatunji was a founding member of Planet Drum, a drums and percussion ensemble that included world renowned musicians from India, South America, the Caribbean and the United States.
Paris, France – The “Gnawa Njoum Experience” is a project born from a Boum Ba Clash party at the famous Paris club Batofar where Gnawa Njoum played with DJs and musicians in an improvised live set.
Ten musicians and DJ producers from Paris joined forces with Gnawa Njoum from Morocco to mix traditional and electronic music. The collective of artists has created an album “Gnawa Njoum Experience” comprising 11 original studio tracks.
The styles include dub, breakbeat, drum ‘n’ bass and traditional rhythmic trance with performances from drummers Cyril Atef (Bumcello) and Thomas Calegari (Lab°). The album was out in France on the 24th of February, export dates are being arranged and French label Night and Day is seeking distributors and licenses abroad.
Milwaukee, USA – The latest installment in the collection of reissues of Sheila Chandra’s recordings is The Indipop Retrospective. It features Chandra’s work on Indipop spanning 1983-2003.
The enhanced CD retrospective includes a video of ‘Lament of McCrimmon/Song of the Banshee’ and 1 previously unreleased track, ‘Crescent Silver Scythe.’
During the early 1980s, Chandra and Indipop released 5 groundbreaking albums which allowed her to explore — with no commercial or media pressures — her deepening creativity as a vocalist, composer, and artist in the truest sense.
(Prensa Latina) Mexico – Mexican popular composer and singer Armando Manzanero will lecture on Bolero, a genre born in Cuba and strengthened here in Mexico, at the opening of a radio station in Spain this coming April 7, reported the local “Milenio” newspaper.
Radio Pop will open with a program on the genre that gave birth to the Cuban Trova, when a musician played Tristezas, composed by Pepe Sanchez in 1885, the first bolero ever recorded. He will also talk about the early days of the genre in Cuba, and its assimilation and enrichment in Mexico. Singer Carlos Cuevas and the band Los Juglares de Yucatan will accompany him to Spain. Cuban bolero, born in Santiago de Cuba in the late 19th century, is completely different from what is known with the same name in Spain. The Prensa Latina Publishing House is currently editing the book El Bolero: Miel de la Vida, by Dr. Oscar Oramas Oliva, touring the history of the genre since its appearance to its subsequent spreading around the world.
Copenhagen, Denmark – The 2003 edition of “Folk Music from Denmark” is now available. The album was released by MXP -Danish Music Export & Promotion in cooperation with the Danish Folk Council (Folkemusikkens Fælles Sekretariat) in the “Music from Denmark” series. The CDs are made for promotion only and sent out first and foremost to festivals and media abroad.
“Folk Music From Denmark” presents Danish artists on the current Danish folk scene in a broad sense: traditional dance music, folk rock, singer/songwriters and much more. Visit MXP on the internet at www.mxp.dk.
San Francisco, USA- Clarinet maestro Barbaros Erkose will be leaving Istanbul with his ensemble for an extensive concert tour of Sweden and Denmark, performing 11 concerts in 12 days.
Live, whether sharing the stage with American jazz or traditional Turkish musicians, Barbaros Erkose embraces and incites the audience with the vitality and passion of Turkish and Gypsy music. He balances out the great celebratory joy of Gypsy music with the melancholy of jazz, euphoria with a touch of the blues.
While his passion makes his performances more than energetic enough to keep hips swaying in bacchanalian celebration, his finesse and subtlety makes him capable of holding a concert hall enthralled. Though his roots are Turkish and Rom, Erkose is a citizen of the world and his music speaks a language that captivates people of all cultures.
Concert Dates & Locations:
April 2 – Malmo, Sweden
April 3 – Aalborg, Denmark
April 4 – Copenhagen, Denmark
April 5 – Lund, Sweden
April 6 – Helsingborg, Sweden
April 9 – Norrkoping, Sweden
April 10 – Gavle, Sweden
April 11 – Vasteras, Sweden
April 12 – Grebbestad, Sweden
April 13 – Stockholm, Sweden
April 14 – Oxelosund, Sweden
New York, USA – Putumayo released this week the follow up to the commercially successful World Lounge collection. Euro Lounge features a range of artists from the electronica and pop scenes including Arling & Cameron (The Netherlands), Gare Du Nord (Belgium), Mambotur (Germany / Chile), Mastretta (Spain), Bandabardo (Italy), Bossa Nostra (Italy / Brazil ), Gabin (Italy), Vanja Lazarova (Macedonia), S-Tone Inc. (Italy) , Thievery Corporation (USA), Ilhan Ersahin (Turkey) and Daniele Silvestri (Italy).
London, England – Omara Portuondo, known for her recordings with the Buena Vista Social Club, is currently recording a new album. The CD, produced by World Circuit Records, is being recorded at Egrem Studios in Havana. The record will be engineered by Jerry Boyd and will feature Orquesta Aragón among other guests.
California, USA – Celtic rock band Tempest will be on tour 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 so much more than a folk-rock band. The roots of what they do draw sustenance from traditional folk music, and they rock like wild things, but that tag is far from succinct. What precisely would one call 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? Tempest is the only definition of the aforementioned to date. These guys take mythology and history, Irish jigs & reels, Norwegian traditional music and Scottish ballads and run it all through the rock &roll art school to produce a colorful and shapely soundscape that is fresh, irreverent and always a delight.
Fri. Mar. 28 Berkeley, CA STARRY PLOUGH
3101 Shattuck Ave. 9:30pm (510)841-2072
with special guests Brazen Hussey
Sat. Mar. 29 Modesto, CA BROWN BAG PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
924 15th Street, 8pm (209) 521-3053 http://www.brownbag.net
Sat. Apr. 5 Calistoga, CA NAPA VALLEY RENAISSANCE. Benefit for the River School
Villa Amorosa, 4045 Hwy 29, 7:30pm (707) 258-0664
Berlin, Germany – Ballads at the End of Time is the title of the new album by Sebian act Boris Kovac & Ladaaba Orchest. The album, released by Piranha, is the second part of La Danza Apocalypsa.
The series features music inspired by life after the Apocalypse. “This is the second and the last CD album of the La Danza Apocalypsa Balcanica Project. I hope that such a theme will never inspire me again.” Boris Kovac
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