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Kronos Quartet Recipient of 2018 WOMEX Artist Award

Acclaimed string ensemble Kronos Quartet is set to receive the 2018 WOMEX Artist Award. The award ceremony will include a live concert in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain. WOMEX (World Music Expo) 2018 takes place in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, October 24–28, 2018.

Kronos Quartet is a trailblazing ensemble that has collaborated with various world music artists. Several of the quartet’s albums combine western classical music and world music: Five Tango Sensations, Pieces of Africa, You’ve Stolen My Heart: Songs From R.D. Burman’s Bollywood with Asha Bhosle, Rainbow: Music of Central Asia Vol. 8, Folk Songs and the recent Ladilikan (with Mali’s Trio Da Kali).

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The Breath Release Music Video and Announce New Album Let The Cards Fall

British band The Breath, featuring guitarist Stuart McCallum and vocalist, lyricist and flutist, Ríoghnach Connolly has released a music video for ‘Let the Cards Fall.’ Thesong is the title-track from their second album, scheduled for release in September 2018 on Real World Records.

The song is partly inspired by Queen Macha, an ancient Irish legend and the namesake of Armagh, Ríoghanch’s birthplace.

The video for ‘Let The Cards Fall’ was directed by Luca Rudlin.

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Lantiàs by Elena Ledda Wins the Città di Loano Award for Italian Traditional Music

Acclaimed Sardinian vocalist Elena Ledda’s album Lantiàs (S’Ard Music) has won the the National City of Loano Award for Traditional Italian Music for the Best Album of 2017.

Elena Ledda – Lantiàs

Now in its 14th edition, the Loano Award is the main recognition for traditional music in Italy and is presented every year to the best folk music productions by a jury composed that includes over sixty journalists.

The Loano Giovani Award, bestowed to the best music production by musicians under 35, goes to Lame Da Barba. The Career Award to Gastone Pietrucci / La Macina; and the Cultural Reality Award to Trouveur Valdotèn.

The 14th edition of the Awards will take place July 23 to 27, 2018 July in Loano (SV).

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WOMEX Announces first Set of 2018 Showcase Artists

The World Music Expo (WOMEX) announced the first batch of artist selected to showcase at the 2018 conference. The jury- designated showcase artists will be performing at WOMEX in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain this October 2018.

 


Las Palmas de Gran Canaria – Photo by Bengt Nyman

 

The artists include:

Frente Cumbiero (Colombia)
Gaye Su Akyol (Turkey)
Guiss Guiss Bou Bess (Senegal/France)
Kim So Ra (South Korea)
Ladama (Venezuela/Brazil/USA/Colombia)
Marinah (Spain)
Mario Batkovic (Switzerland)
Moonlight Benjamin (Haiti/France)
Nelida Karr (Equatorial Guinea)
Ranky Tanky (USA)
Rob Thorne Toi Puoro (New Zealand)
Sofiane Saidi & Mazalda (Algeria/France)
Sver (Norway/Sweden)
Toko Telo (Madagascar)
The Turbans (Bulgaria/Greece/Israel/Spain/UK)
Vishtèn (Canada)

And Uji (Argentina) as the first of six Club Summit artists, a special late-night program part of the Official Selection, curated by Georg Milz of Outhere Records and the WOMEX team.

 

Auditorio Alfredo Kraus

 

All WOMEX Daycases concerts will take place in the daytime trade fair venue INFECAR and the nighttime showcase performances will be in and around Auditorio Alfredo Kraus concert hall in Las Palmas.

WOMEX 2018
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain
October 24 – 28 , 2018
More at www.womex.com

Headline photo: Marinah – Photo by Oriana Elicabe

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Cordoba Guitar Festival Announces 2018 Courses and Master Classes

Acclaimed international guitar event Festival de la Guitarra de Córdoba will offer twelve courses and two master classes in 2018.

The festival includes concerts by some of the world’s finest guitarists, such as Vicente Amigo and Pat Metheny. Additionally, the festival regularly features workshops and master classes I the areas of flamenco, classical music and jazz.

Classical guitar

Prestigious Cuban maestro Leo Brouwer returns to Córdoba to teach a classical guitar course on styles and articulation. It will be on July 6 and 7.

During July 6-8, the festival welcomes Polish renowned musician Marcin Dylla, who will work with his students on different and effective techniques to improve the interpretation.

Manuel Barrueco will offer an interpretation course on July 9 and 10; while David Russell will teach his technical workshop on July 10 and 11.

Paraguayan Berta Rojas will lead the final classical guitar educational program on July 12 and 13 with a course on the work of Barrios and Lauro, the classical guitar in Latin American music.

Flamenco guitar

The flamenco guitar is the other great pillar of the training program. On this occasion, four of the most prestigious masters of the national and international scene will assemble in Cordoba. The series begins with Juan Manuel Cañizares, who will teach a workshop of flamenco guitar technical exercises to develop improvisation from July 5 to 7.

Maestro José Antonio Rodríguez will lead a course July 8-10 dedicated to the flamenco concert guitar.

Meanwhile, Paco Jarana will conduct a workshop July 8-9 dedicated to flamenco guitar accompaniment.

Legendary guitarist Manolo Sanlúcar will present his traditional flamenco guitar course which he has called “Architecture and pillars of flamenco.”

Flamenco Dance

Each year, the Festival de la Guitarra de Córdoba reserves a section of its formative program to flamenco dancing. On this occasion, the instructors will be María Pagés, Eva Yerbabuena and Javier Latorre, who will teach their classes at the Teatro de la Axerquía.

Master classes

Finally, the 38th Festival de la Guitarra de Córdoba will host two master classes. The first will feature jazz guitarist Mike Stern as the protagonist and will be held on July 9 at the Teatro de la Axerquía.

The second master class will take place on July 13 at the Góngora Theater, led by prestigious Brazilian guitarist João Bosco. Attendance at these master classes includes free admission to their respective concerts.

More information about the concerts, workshops, and discounts for students at www.guitarracordoba.es

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Inaugural “One Love World Peace Fusion Festival & Expo” in New York State

 

The Inaugural One Love World Peace Fusion Festival & Expo will take place June 22-24th at the historical, lush grounds of the Gelston Castle Estate in Mohawk, New York. The new three-day event will feature music and art. The festival is presented by Nakisaki Organic Farms and The Green Kingdom.

The festival includes roots-reggae, rock, country, bluegrass, hillbilly, funk, R&B, hip-hop, jazz, soca, calypso, chutney and Bollywood acts, as well as Rastafarian Nyabinghi Drummers. The event begins daily at noon and will benefit the Jamaica Cultural Alliance.

 

Ky-Mani Marley

 

The artists scheduled to perform include Ky-Mani Marley, Rusted Roots, Floodwood, Yes Darling (Ryan Montbleau & Haley Jane), Rusted Roots, Slug, Fulton Chain Gang, The Bomb, The Mighty Mystics Band (since 1965), Denroy Morgan & The Black Eagles Band, Adlib Steel Orchestra, Chris James & Mamma G Band, Brokedown Hustlers, Grit and Grace, Clarence D & The Wrench, BarRoom Philosophers, Astro Collectives, The Stan Primo Project, Caution, Mutt Farm, Deadbolts and Love Bone, Adrian Dutrin,Thriller U, Nateesha Stream, Ras Droppa, I Carl, Virginia Star, Boogie Low, Dance Master, and DJ Rekha.

The three-day event will host the world’s largest known drumming circle, led by Nyabinghi Word Sound and Power Drummers, which will stream, along with mainstage performances at no charge on JamRoc.TV. The drumming circle is inspired for a “Drum for World Peace” movement.

The event will also host a One Love World Peace Bob Marley Tribute, led and performed by the son of Bob Marley, Ky-Mani Marley.

The grounds is centrally located in Central New York’s Village of Mohawk, 81 miles West of Albany and 66 miles East of Syracuse.

More information at onelovefusionfest.com.

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Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita Top The Transglobal World Music Chart in June 2018

The album Soar (Bendigedig), the new collaboration between Welsh harp player Catrin Finch and Senegalese kora virtuoso Seckou Keita has reached the Number 1 position at the The Transglobal World Music Chart in June 2018.

The rest of the June list:

2. El Naán – La Danza de las Semillas – El Naán
3. Toko Telo – Diavola – Anio
4. Monsieur Doumani – Angathin – Monsieur Doumani
5. Nancy Vieira – Manhã Florida – Lusafrica
6. Koum Tara – Koum Tara – Odradek
7. Dobet Gnahoré – Miziki – LA Café
8. The Turbans – The Turbans – Six Degrees
9. Solju – Ođđa Áigodat – Bafe’s Factory
10. Shadi Fathi & Bijan Chemirani – Delâshena – Buda Musique

11. Djénéba & Fousco – Kayeba Khasso – Lusafrica
12. Arat Kilo, Mamani Keïta, Mike Ladd – Visions of Selam – Accords Croisés
13. Sonido Gallo Negro – Mambo Cósmico – Glitterbeat
14. Samba Touré – Wande – Glitterbeat
15. Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 – Black Times – Strut
16. Amsterdam Klezmer Band & Söndörgő – Szikra – Vetnasj
17. Rahim AlHaj Trio – One Sky – Smithsonian Folkways
18. Grupo Mono Blanco – ¡Fandango! Sones Jarochos de Veracruz – Smithsonian Folkways
19. Eva Salina & Peter Stan – Sudbina: A Portrait of Vida Pavlović – Vogiton
20. Sopa de Pedra – Ao Longe Já Se Ouvia – Sopa de Pedra

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Flamenco Innovator Diego Guerrero Releases Cara B

Flamenco vocalist and guitarist Diego Guerrero has released “La Cara B.” The live EP showcases the talent of this young musician, producer and composer who combines flamenco with salsa, jazz and other musical forms.

Next concerts:

Thursday, May 31 at Las Armas in Zaragoza
Friday, June 1st at Café del Teatre in Lérida
Saturday, June 2 at Café Berlin in Madrid
Thursday, June 14 at Girona Jazz Festival

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California WorldFest 2018 Program Announced

California WorldFest 2018

California WorldFest 2018 will take place July 12 – Jul 15, 2018 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley, California.

The festival includes 7 stages of music and over 50 artists. Headliners include Anoushka Shankar, New Orleans funk ensemble Galactic, and folk singer-songwriter Trevor Hall.

California WorldFest also features a Global Indigenous village, a world market bazaar, workshops, classes, international cuisine and onsite camping.

More details at WorldFest.net or call (530) 274-8384.

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Berkeley World Music Festival 2018 on June 2

The 2018 edition of the Berkeley World Music Festival will take place June 2 at Ashkenaz.

The lineup includes Yaelisa of Caminos Flamencos, Mussell Rock clogging, Chhandam School of Kathak, Chinyakare Ensemble (Zimbabwe), and Wang Dang Doodle (Keith Terry and Linda Tillery).

Chinyakare Ensemble

Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Avenue
Saturday, June 2, 2018
8:00 p.m. – 11:59 p.m
More details at: www.ashkenaz.com/eventcalendar/2018/6/2/berkeley-world-music-festival-special-free-event

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