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Ustad Shahid Parvez to perform at A World in Trance Festival in New York

Ustad Shahid Parvez

Acclaimed sitarist Ustad Shahid Parvez, one of India’s finest sitarists, will appear in a concert of classical Hindustani (North Indian) Indian music on Saturday, April 28th. the concert will take place at Roulette in Downtown Brooklyn at 8:00 p.m. The award-winning sitar maestro will be joined by tabla virtuoso Nitin Mitta.

Saturday, April 28, 2018, 8:00 p.m.
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue (at 3rd Avenue), Downtown Brooklyn
Box office (917) 267-0363
Information and tickets:



Fado Legends Carlos Do Carmo and Celeste Rodrigues to Perform at Fado Festival New York

Carlos do Carmo


Acclaimed fado Singer Carlos Do Carmo and special guest Celeste Rodrigues are set to perform on Saturday, April 7 at 8:00 pm at The Town Hall in New York City. The two artists will be accompanied by José Manuel Neto on Portuguese guitar, Carlos Manuel Proença on classical guitar and Daniel Pinto on acoustic bass.

Carlos do Carmo, winner of the Latin Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, is one of Portugal’s most famous fado stars. The iconic Celeste Rodrigues, sister of Amália Rodrigues, is a living legend who, at 95 years of age, is regarded within Portugal as one of fado’s most fundamental and vibrant links to its distant past.


Celeste Rodrigues


Every concert is a gift we share with each other,” says do Carmo.

For more information about the artists visit: Artist Profiles: Carlos Do Carmo and Artist Profiles: Celeste Rodrigues


Saturday May 7, 2018 at 8pm (doors 7:30)
Tickets: The Town Hall Box Office 212-997-6661 or

The Town Hall
123 West 43rd Street (between 6th Avenue and Broadway)
New York, NY 10036


Angathin by Monsieur Doumani, Top Album in April 2018 at Transglobal World Music Chart

Angathin, the new recording by Cypriot band Monsieur Doumani is the number 1 album in April 2018 month at the Transglobal World Music Chart.

Angathin translates as ‘thorn’ and addresses more than ever, the political, social and activist concerns and sensitivities of the group members and it is a call for rebellion against corruption, racism and injustice.

The songs are inspired, among other things, by the unstable political situation on the divided island of Cyprus and the need for peace and reunification, as well as environmental crimes committed in the name of economic growth and profit.

Angathin’s musical language is built on the foundation of traditional Cypriot music but it also includes elements from many other genres such as rock, blues, hip-hop, punk, psychedelia, Balkan music, etc.

The rest of the top albums:

2. El Naán – La Danza de las Semillas – El Naán
3. Gabacho Maroc – Tawassol – 10h10 / Cristal
4. Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 – Black Times – Strut
5. 3MA: Ballaké Sissoko, Driss El Maloumi, Rajery – Anarouz – Six Degrees
6. Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita – Soar – Bendigedig
7. Samurai Accordion – Te – Visage Music
8. Djénéba & Fousco – Kayeba Khasso – Lusafrica
9. TootArd – Laissez Passer – Glitterbeat
10. Okra Playground – Ääneni Yli Vesien – Nordic Notes

11. Son Palenque – Kutu Prieta pa Saranguiá – Palenque
12. Sara Tavares – Fitxadu – Sony Music Portugal
13. Omar Sosa & NDR Bigband – Es:Sensual – Otá
14. Eva Salina & Peter Stan – Sudbina: A portrait of Vida Pavlović – Vogiton
15. Femi Kuti – One People One World – Knitting Factory
16. Koum Tara – Koum Tara – Obradek
17. Kora Jazz Trio – Part IV – Cristal
18. Elena Ledda – Làntias – S’ard Music
19. Park Jiha – Communion – tak:til / Glitterbeat
20. Guy One – #1 – Philophon

More about the chart:


Welcome to the Grand two Day Indian Music Festival in Delhi

Sunaad present their annual Delhi Springtime Indian Music Festival for this year with a select mix of the instrumental and vocal concerts.

Sunday: 8th April 2018 at ‘’Sri Sathya Sai International Centre’’
(Bhisma Pitamah Marg. near Lodi Road, New Delhi – 110003)
Evening: 4:45 p.m.

Carnatic Music Violin Duet:

Vidwan Lalgudi G.R. Krishnan & Vidushi Lalgudi Vijayalakshmi

Vidwan Lalgudi G.R. Krishnan & Vidushi Lalgudi Vijayalakshmi

Shri V.V. Ramana Murthy – Mridangam
Alathur Shri Rajaganesh – Khanjira.

Evening: 07:00 PM.

Carnatic Music Vocal Duet – Priya Sisters

Priya Sisters: Vidushi Shanmukha Priya & Vidushi Hari Priya

Vidushi Shanmukha Priya & Vidushi Hari Priya

Shri V.V. Srinivasa Rao – Violin
Neyveli Shri Skandasubramaniyam – Mridangam
Madipakkam Shri A. Murali – Ghatam

Tuesday: 17th April 2018 at ‘’India Habitat Centre’’
(Amaltas, Lodi Road, New Delhi – 110003)
Evening: 06:45 pm

Saraswati Rajagopalan

Carnatic Music Veena Recital by Vidushi Saraswati Rajagopalan
Shri Manohar Balatchandirane – Mridangam

Evening: 08:00 pm

Hindustani Dhrupad Recital:

Ustad Wasifuddin Dagar

Ustad Wasifuddin Dagar
Shri Mohan Shyam Sharma – Phakawaj


Lula Pena to Perform at Schimmel Center as part of New York Fado Festival, March 31

Lula Pena – Photo by by Buddhy

Schimmel Center will present celebrated fado artist Lula Pena on Saturday, March 31 at 7:30 p.m. as part of the New York Fado Festival.

Singer, songwriter and guitar player Lula Pena is set to deeply emotional songs that cross borders from neighboring Andalucia to Greece and Sardinia to the Americas. Pena’s concerts combine her fado roots with colors of Portuguese folk music, French chanson, Cape Verdean morna, and Brazilian bossa nova.

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


iLe collaborates with Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra


Puerto Rican singer iLe (Calle 13) is a guest artist on “Glorious”, the new album by the Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra.

iLe took a break from the recording sessions of her new album to travel to Japan where she will be the guest singer in the live concert at the official launch of “Glorious” on March 28 at the Kinema Club in Tokyo .

In addition, iLe will be recording the video that will accompany the song “Te Quiero con Bugalú”, composed by Milena Pérez Joglar. Moreover, iLe is going to promote in Japan her first album “Ilevitable“.

Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra is a ska and jazz band founded in 1988 that has been characterized by its musical innovations and is recognized worldwide. “Glorious” is its 23rd album.

It’s very exciting for me to participate with this orchestra I’ve known for a long time. I already know that it will be an incredible experience to be able to sing and share a part of my work in Japan,” commented iLe who had to learn some stanzas translated into Japanese for the album and live presentation of the song” Te Quiero con Bugalú “.


Legendary Flamenco and Cuban Dynasties to Perform in the USA

Pepe Habichuela and Josemi Carmona – Photo by Jose Torres

Familia habichuela: Legendary Dynasties featuring flamenco guitar maestro Pepe Habichuela and his son Josemi Carmona (founder of seminal “New Flamenco” band Ketama) are set to perform in New York city on March 24th at 8pm. Pepe Habichuela and vocalist Kiki Morente will perform today, March 21st at Instituto Cervantes in Chicago.

The New York performance by Pepe Habichuela and Josemi Carmona also features special guest artists: Latin Jazz pianist and composer Arturo O’Farrill, award-winning leader of New York’s Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra and his son Adam O’Farrill. They will also be joined by vocalist Kiki Morente; Javier Colina, one of the finest bass players in Spain; José Manuel Ruiz, “Bandolero,” a leading percussionist in flamenco; and flamenco dancer Alba Heredia, a member of the Maya family, another celebrated flamenco gypsy dynasty.


Dom Flemons to Release Tribute to Black Cowboys

Dom Flemons – Black Cowboys

African American multi-instrumentalist Dom Flemons will release his new album titled Black Cowboys on March 23, 2018 on Smithsonian Folkways Recordings.

The album includes songs and poems connected with the thousands of African American pioneers who helped form the United States of America. The physical edition contains a 40-page booklet with wide-ranging notes and photos.

Buy Black Cowboys


Flamenco guitarist Daniel Casares to Showcase Picassares in the United States

Daniel Casares performing ‘Picassares’ at Flamenco Eñe – Photo by Jesús Domínguez

Acclaimed Spanish flamenco guitarist and composer Daniel Casares is set to perform in New York on March 24, 2018 at Joe’s Pub. Casares will present his latest work, Picassares, inspired by the paintings of the Malaga-born genius Picasso. “To me it is an opportunity to show instrumental flamenco and to claim the sound of the guitar, initiatives like Flamenco Eñe give us life,” said Daniel Casares. The next day, Casares will also participate in the Flamenco Rave in Miami.


WOMAD Cáceres Adds Orchestra Baobab, Soleá Morente, Sotomayor and Hermanos Thioune to its 2018 Program

Hermanos Thioune

WOMAD Cáceres 2018 has announced another set of artists scheduled to perform this year. The additional acts include acclaimed Senegalese band Orchestra Baobab, their compatriots Hermanos Thioune, rising flamenco star Soleá Morente, and the Mexican electronic duo Sotomayor. WOMAD Caceres will take place May 10-13, 2018 in Caceres, in western Spain.

Artists previously announced include (chk chk chk), Red Baraat, Canalón de Timbiquí, The Gramophone Allstars Big Band and Papaya, Oumou Sangaré and Elemotho Gaalelekwe.

The world music festival has the support of the Junta de Extremadura (regional government), the Diputación de Cáceres and the City Council of Cáceres through the Gran Teatro Consortium.

In addition to concerts, the event includes cinema, poetry, gastronomy, crafts, exhibitions, and other activities.