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Tal National to Perform in Brooklyn

Tal National

Acclaimed Nigerien band Tal National is set to perform in Brooklyn, New York, on Friday, February 23, 2018 at Littlefield. The band will be presenting its latest album Tantabara on Fat Cat Records.
Tal National reached international praise with Kaani (2013), the group’s first release outside of Niger. The band’s second international album was Zoy Zoy.

This concert is part of the World Music Institute’s Counterpoint series.

8:00 p.m.
635 Sackett Street, Brooklyn

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Xabier Díaz & Adufeiras de Salitre Release Music Video with First Single from Upcoming album

Xabier Díaz

O baile de Noró is the title of the new single by Spanish vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Xabier Díaz and Adufeiras de Salitre. The group performs contemporary Galician folk music featuring the all-female Adufeiras de Salitre, an ensemble that follows the pandereteiras tradition (an ensemble of women that sings and plays tambourines).

The song will appear in the upcoming “Noró” album, scheduled for release in February 2018.


World Music Supergroup Toto Bona Lokua Release Ma Mama Music Video

Toto Bona Lokua have released a music video featuring the song ‘Ma Mama’. The video was directed by Katy Wang. The song appears in the new album titled ‘Bondeko’, scheduled for release January 19, 2018.

Toto Bona Lokua is a trio formed by three leading world music artists: Gerald Toto (France), Richard Bona (Cameroon) and Lokua Kanza. (D.R. Congo). The trio’s previous release was ‘Totobonalokua‘ (2004).



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Niyaz to Perform at the The Fourth Light Project in New York


Acclaimed world music act is set to perform at the The Fourth Light Project on Saturday, March 10, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. The concert will take place at Schimmel Center in downtown Manhattan, New York City.

Niyaz is an acclaimed contemporary world music act rooted in Persian, Middle eastern and Indian traditions. The current lineup includes vocalist and composer Azam Ali and multi-instrumentalist and composer Loga Ramin Torkian. The group recently released The Best Of Niyaz.

Tickets are available at, by calling 212-346-1715 or by visiting the box office located at 3 Spruce Street.


Omar Sosa and NDR Bigband to Release Es:sensual

Omar Sosa and NDR Bigband – Es:sensual

Acclaimed Cuban pianist Omar Sosa and Germany’s NDR Bigband are set to release Es:sensual on January 18. This is the international release of this album that previously available only in Germany.

Es:sensual is a continuation of pianist and composer Omar Sosa’s collaboration with Hamburg’s NDR Bigband (North German Radio-Norddeutscher Rundfunk) and renowned Brazilian cellist, composer and arranger Jaques Morelenbaum, whose inaugural effort can be heard on the Omar Sosa-NDR Bigband CD Ceremony (Otá, 2010).

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The Third Annual Kansas City Folk Festival in 2018

The Third Annual Kansas City Folk Festival will take place Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018 at the Westin Crown Center Hotel. Headliners include Mary Chapin Carpenter and Flaco Jiménez with Max Baca and Los Texmaniacs.

Launched in 2015, the Kansas City Folk Festival (KCFF) is family-friendly, summer-style festival in the middle of winter that is produced by Folk Alliance International. Open to the public, KCFF presents local, national, and international acts as well as the finest local “makers” in a boutique Artisan Market.

Four Stages of Local, Regional and International Artists Announced
Midwest Stage
FAI Regions Stage (Programmed from FAI Regions)
Family Stage
Gospel Session
Linda McRae
Flaco Jiménez with Max Baca and Los Texmaniacs

Positive Vibration Festival of Reggae 2018

Positive Vibration, the UK’s celebration of reggae music and Jamaican culture will take place June 8 and 9, 2018 at Baltic Triangle in Liverpool.

The first wave of acts announced includes Macka B & The Roots Ragga Band; Sister Nancy & Legal Shot Sound System; Adrian Sherwood & Creation Rebel; Iration Steppas; Misty in Roots; Don Letts; Channel One Sound System; Manudigital with Parly B and Bazil; Capital Letters; Radikal Guru with Echo Ranks and Cian Finn; Dubkasm with Solo Banton; and Count Skylarkin’ presents ‘Derek’s Island Discs’

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