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The SGAE Foundation to Present ‘Flamencos y mestizos’ from December 13 to 16 in Madrid

Cynthia Cano

The SGAE Foundation will present one more edition of the Flamenco and mestizo series this year. The performances begin today, December 13 and will run until December 16, 2018. The artists include Diego Amador, Lela Soto, Cynthia Cano, Israel Fernández, Claudia ‘La Debla’, and Chico Pérez in collaboration with Amparo Navarro.

Lela Soto

Flamencos y mestizos will start on Thursday, December 13 with showcases by two of the youngest artists. First, one of the most promising vocalists of the current flamenco scene, Lela Soto, heiress of the legacy of La Casa de Los Sordera (the Sordera Family). After that, bailaora (dancer) Cynthia Cano, will stage her show, full of inspiration, grace and flamenco temperament.

Israel Fernández

On December 14, the Sala Berlanga will host the pure cante (singing style) of Israel Fernández. It is 21st century flamenco with a lot of rhythm, harmony and spirit.

Claudia ‘La Debla’

The double set will close with the very young Claudia ‘La Debla’ who has managed to win the hearts of flamenco lovers with her dance.

Diego Amador

Diego Amador, known as the Gypsy Ray Charles (El Rey Charles Gitano) because of the free and energetic spirit with which he plays the piano,will present a single show on Saturday, December 15.

Chico Pérez

 The series will close on Sunday, December 16th, with Chico Pérez, an emerging pianist from Jaén, who will perform accompanied by Amparo Navarro’s dance.

Flamencos y mestizos is a showcase created to present a window to emerging artists who explore the borders between deep flamenco and mestizo (hybrid) flamenco through compositions, dance and song. This is the second installment of this series in 2018 (it has been running since 2015), directed by the producer, composer and singer Paco Ortega.

Shows start at 21:00 (9:00 p.m.) at Sala Berlanga, Calle Andrés Mellado 53, Madrid. Price: 5.50 euros. Advance sale at the box office and at ticketea.com.

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New York’s 5th Annual A World in Trance Festival Program Announced

A World in Trance 2019 artists

World music presenter Robert Browning Associates has announced the artists that will be featured at the 5th Annual A World in Trance Festival in 2019.  A World in Trance is a 4-part festival featuring spellbinding music of West Africa, Morocco, India and Pakistan. The concerts will take place at Roulette in New York City.

This year’s festival features virtuoso guitarist Derek Gripper, who performs the hypnotic sounds of the West African kora (21-string harp-lute) on solo guitar (March23); along with the stimulating sounds of Bachir Attar and Mustapha Attar of the Master Musicians of Jajouka in a thrilling meeting with American musicians Ned Rothenberg, Arrington de Dionysio and Ben Bennett (March 30).

Also included, the classical music of India with Jayanthi Kumaresh, one of the world’s leading veena (lute) players, accompanied by percussionists K UJayachandra Rao and Pramath Kira (April 12); and ecstatic performances of Sufi qawwali with Pakistan’s Hamza Akram Qawwal & Brothers (April 13).

5th Annual A World in Trance

Saturday March 23, 2019 at 8:00pm
Derek Gripper
Hypnotic Strings of Africa

Saturday, March 30, 2019 at 8:00pm
Bachir Attar and Mustapha Attar (of the Master Musicians of Jajouka) with Ned Rothenberg, Arrington de Dionysio & Ben Bennett
Jajouka Meets New York

Friday April 12, 2019 at 8:00pm
Jayanthi Kumaresh
Invoking the Goddess Saraswati

Saturday April 13, 2019 at 8:00pm
Hamza Akram Qawwal & Brothers
Sufi Chants of Pakistan

Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue at 3rd Avenue, Downtown Brooklyn

Box office: 917-267-0363   roulette.org

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Malian Band Songhoy Blues Announces January 2019 UK Tour


Acclaimed Malian band Songhoy Blues, has announced a short run of U.K. dates in January 2019.

 Currently in the process of writing and recording their new album, their upcoming live dates follow their much talked about U.K. shows in2017 including a formidable set on the Park Stage at Glastonbury, a sold out headline show as part of the Summer Series at Somerset House in London, a tremendous success at the Liverpool Festival of Psychedelia and a performance at the Royal Albert Hall.

 The group has released two albums: Music in Exile (2015) and Résistance (2017).

The full list of shows is as follows:

22 January, 2019– Kendal – The Brewery

23 January, 2019– Manchester – Band on The Wall

24 January, 2019– Glasgow – Celtic Connections

25 January, 2019– Leeds – Opera North

27 January, 2019– London – Earth

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Rainforest World Music Festival Receives Asia-Pacific Excellence Award in Dublin


STB CEO, Sharzede Salleh Askor with the award together with Daniella Lupi, STB’s Assistant Digital Marketing Manager.

The Chief Executive Officer of Sarawak Tourism Board (STB), Sharzede Salleh Askor, received the Asia-Pacific Excellence Award for the category of Film & Video in Dublin on December 7, 2018.

The commendable promotional video of the Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF) 2018 won the award, outperforming videos by Marina Bay Sands and many other applicants.

STB was also shortlisted among the three finalists under the category in Travel & Tourism, in addition to receiving this award.

The Asia-Pacific Excellence Awards were created to honor the most outstanding achievements of communications professionals in their field. In addition to this, the Awards also provide an excellent networking forum for all attendees and take a comprehensive look at communications achievements across the Asian Pacific.

Coming into its 22nd year in 2019, the RWMF has become a world class event, receiving recognition worldwide, receiving accolades from music magazines and public relations awards.

RWMF was placed Top 25 Best Music Festival by Songlines Magazine, PATA Gold Award and the most recent Gold Award Special Tourism Event, to name a few.

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Celebrated Singer-Songwriter Javier Ruibal to Present New Album in Madrid

Spanish singer-songwriter Javier Ruibal will be presenting his new album titled “Paraísos Mejores” (Better paradises) at Sala Galileo Galilei in Madrid on December 14 and 15.

Javier Ruibal is the recent winner of the National Prize of Current Music. He’s one of Spain’s finest songwriters and his music is rooted in Andalusian traditions, including flamenco, as well as Mediterranean and North African influences and jazz.

The album was produced by Javi Ruibal, Javier’s son, and features some of Spain’s finest instrumentalists: Jose Recacha, Manuel Machado, Federico Lechner, Victor Merlo, Diego Villegas, and Faiçal Kourrich. Arrangements include wind and strings sections.

Javier Ruibal’s discography includes Duna (1983), Cuerpo Celeste (Ariola), La Piel de Sara (Ariola), Pensión Triana (Lollipop), Contrabando (PDI), Las Damas Primero (18 Chulos), Sáhara (World Music Network), Lo Que Me Dice Tu Boca (18 Chulos), Pensión Triana – Special Edition (18 Chulos), Sueño (18 Chulos) and Quédate Conmigo (Lo Suyo).

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Las Maravillas de Mali to Perform in London in 2019

Legendary West African ensemble Las Maravillas de Mali is set to perform on Thursday, May 2, 2019 at Barbican Hall in London. The acclaimed Malian Afro-Cuban orchestra’s present line-up will take to the Barbican stage for the first time in May 2019, accompanied by Guinean singer Mory Kanté.

Las Maravillas de Mali’s Barbican line-up will include West African and Cuban musicians: Boncana Maïga (composer, conductor), Mory Kanté (vocals), Pepe Rivero (piano), Florent José Alapini aka. Jospinto (vocals), Juancito Hurtado (vocals), David Reicer (flute), Eduardo Coma (violin), Armando García Fernandez (violin), Reicel Pedroso Diaz (violin), Nahomi Stephany (viola), Inor Sotolongo (timpani), Abraham Mansfarroll (congas), Sergio Fernández Pedroza (piano) and Felipe Cabrera Cárdenas (bass).

More information about the band.

The Barbican Centre is located on Silk Street, London, Greater London.
Barbican Box Office: 0845 120 7550 and www.barbican.org.uk

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Mazambane neNqotho Zakhe Releases Homage to the fallen of the 1976 Soweto Uprising

Mazambane neNqotho Zakhe – June 16, 1976

African artist Mazambane neNqotho Zakhe has a new album titled June 16, 1976 (Umsakazo Records), featuring a inspiring tribute to the fallen of the 1976 Soweto Uprising.

With his ultra-baritone rasps, squeezed vocal phrases and distinguishing tribal marks, the great Mazambane carved out a significant place in history as one of South Africa’s most popular and recognizable vocal stars during the era of Mbaqanga township jive.

A familiar name to township audiences through the 1970s and well into the 1980s, he followed in the footsteps of Mahlathini, the first hugely successful ‘groaner’. Now in his 70s, Mazambane is the lone survivor of the era when groaners walked the African townships as heroes. But the changing times haven’t stopped him from creating excellent music.

Buy June 16, 1976

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Flight by Afro Celt Sound System Tops the December 2018 Transglobal World Music Chart

Flight by Afro Celt Sound System is the number one album in December 2018 at the Transglobal World Music Chart.

The current Afro Celt Sound System lineup includes founder Simon Emmerson along with vocalist, kora and balafon player N’faly Kouyaté and Dhol Foundation drummer Johnny Kalsi.

Flight highlights migration, with a particular focus on refugees. Three other large collectives are featured on the album: the Amani Choir whose music director Emmanuela Yogolelo arrived to England from the Democratic Republic of Congo and has a refugee background; Stone Flowers, the band supported by Music Action International, a charity that helps transform lives affected by war, torture and armed conflict through music and song; and the Johannesburg-based African Gospel Singers.

The rest of the list:

2. SANS – Kulku – Cloud Valley
3. Gaye Su Akyol – İstikrarlı Hayal Hakikattir – Glitterbeat
4. Bixiga 70 – Quebra-Cabeça – Glitterbeat
5. Damily – Valimbilo – Les Disques Bongo Joe
6. Vigüela – A Tiempo Real – ARC Music
7. Doctor Nativo – Guatemaya – Stonetree
8. Bokanté + Metropole Orkest – What Heat – Real World
9. Dur-Dur Band – Dur-Dur of Somalia: Volume 1, Volume 2 & Previously Unreleased Tracks – Analog Africa
10. Moonlight Benjamin – Siltane – Ma Case

11. Danças Ocultas – Dentro desse Mar – Danças Ocultas
12. Lemma – Lemma – Buda Musique
13. Minyeshu – Daa Dee – ARC Music
14. Sofiane Saidi & Mazalda – El Ndjoum – Airfono
15. Small Island Big Song – Small Island Big Song – Small Island Big Song
16. Dawda Jobarteh – I Met Her by the River – Sterns Music
17. Tautumeitas – Tautumeitas – CPL-Music
18. Cimbalom Brothers – Testvériség / Brotherhood – Fonó Budai Zeneház
19. Stella Chiweshe – Kasahwa: Early Singles – Glitterbeat
20. Catarina dos Santos – Rádio Kriola – ARC Music

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Tsuumi Sound System To Release Blinking Light

Tsuumi Sound System

Finnish world music band Tsuumi Sound System is set to release its new album Blinking Light on December 25, 2018.

Blinking Light is the band’s fourth album. Tsuumi Sound System combines Finnish folk traditions with classical music, jazz, Balkan and Celtic influences.

Earlier recordings include Floating Letter, Hotas, and Growing Up.

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