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Chicago Flamenco Festival 2019 to Present Diego Guerrero

Diego Guerrero

Singer, composer and guitarist Diego Guerrero is set to perform on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at the Gary and Laura Maurer Concert Hall at Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago. This concert is part of the Flamenco Eñe series, Chicago Flamenco Festival 2019.

Diego Guerrero is an acclaimed flamenco singer, prolific musical producer, arranger, composer and guitarist. He studied in the conservatories of Seville, Granada, and Cordoba. By day he worked on majoring in composition and orchestral music, and by night, he immersed himself in the oral tradition of Flamenco, gathered around a fire with a guitar coupled with the characteristic sounds of the palmas (handclap percussion) and Flamenco singing. This duality marked the birth of his daring proposal to bring Flamenco closer to other musical styles.

His debut album, “Vengo Caminando“, is an eclectic work rooted in Flamenco, yet tastefully opens doors into other styles of music. Its release immediately achieved him status as one of the most important artists of the genre and received international recognition being nominated for the Latin Grammy Awards in the category of “Best Flamenco Album”. After 60 concerts in Spain in the last 12 months, he will be touring the USA for the first time, with performances at festivals in New York, Miami, Chicago and Austin.

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Grants to Perform Abroad Available to American Musicians Through USArtists International

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation’s USArtists International (USAI) has grants available that support performances by U.S. dance, music, and theater ensembles and solo artists invited to perform at important cultural festivals and performing arts marketplaces anywhere in the world, outside the United States and its territories.

Grants of up to $15,000 are available. The next deadline is April 3, 2019 for engagements between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020.

Since the program’s creation, USArtists International grantees have showcased the vibrant diversity of U.S. artists and creative expression in the performing arts.

Rivers of Sound Orchestra performed at the November Music Festival in The Netherlands with support from the 2019 USAI program. Credit: Tom Beetz.

To learn more about the program or access the online application, visit the website: www.midatlanticarts.org/grants-programs

USAI is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Howard Gilman Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and the Trust for Mutual Understanding and is the only program of its size and scope in the United States.

headline photo: 2019 USAI grantee Ledoh & Salt Farm in HEARTLAND at the International Butoh Festival Thailand. Credit: Terry Hatfield.

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Strut to Release Nigeria 70 No Wahala: Highlife, Afro-Funk & JuJu 1973-1987 Compilation


Various Artists – No Wahala: Highlife, Afro-Funk & JuJu 1973-1987

Strut Records will release another volume of its Nigeria 70 series titled No Wahala: Highlife, Afro-Funk & JuJu 1973-1987 on March 29, 2019. Compiled by DJ Duncan Brooker, this collection returns to a highly productive era in Nigerian music when well-known styles like highlife and juju were combined with Western jazz, soul and funk, and musicians conveyed a proud new message post-independence.

The producer highlights the extraordinary Ukwuani musicians from the Delta State region, including guitarist Rogana Ottah, Steady Arobby’s International Brothers Band and Don Bruce.

In addition, No Wahala: Highlife, Afro-Funk & JuJu 1973-1987 reveals the tight connection between Nigeria and Benin’s music, most prominently through Sir Victor Uwaifo and Osayamore Joseph.

Other artists Prince Nico Mbarga, the Nigerian-Cameroonian star; reggae singer Felixson Ngasia; Etubom Rex Williams;  and Jacob Lee’s Saxon Lee & The Shadows International Band.

Nigeria 70: No Wahala will be available on CD, 2LP and digital.

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CRASHfest 2019 to bring the Best of World Music to Boston

CRASHfest will transform the House of Blues in Boston into an indoor global music festival on Saturday, February 23, 2019. With more than ten world music bands playing on three stages, CRASHfest will feature an expansive dance floor and seated balcony overlooking the main stage, the Foundation Room, and the restaurant.

CRASHfest 2019 Lineup:

Angeliqué Kidjo performing the Talking Heads iconic album Remain in Light
Bhangra party band RED Baraat
Tribu Baharú Afro-Colombian champeta band
M.A.K.U Soundsystem Afro-Colombian rhythms
Afro-ska dance band Kotoko Brass
Billy Wylder American folk meets desert blues
Veronica Robles and Her Female Mariachi Band
Traditional Balkan brass band Sarma Brass Band
Soulsha Afro-Celtic funk
French-fusion group The Blue Dahlia
Tap dancers Subject:Matter
Flamenco dancers Isaac & Nino De Los Reyes
Moroccan dancer Soumaya Marose
Malian drummer Moussa Traore

Global street food will be for sale from seven of Boston’s best food trucks.

More at https://crashfest.org

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Ibero-American Showcase and Conference EXIB Música 2019 to be Held in Portugal

The 5th edition of EXIB Música will take place in Setúbal, Portugal during June 13-15, 2019. The event celebrates the musical diversity of Ibero-America (Spain, Portugal and the Spanish and Portuguese countries of the Americas).

EXIB Música includes international showcases, conferences and workshops.

More information at www.exibmusica.com

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WOMEX 2019 Announces Showcase and Conference Jury and Club Summit Curator

WOMEX 2019 Jury

World Music Expo, WOMEX, has announced the members of the jury that will review showcase and conference proposals for the 2109 edition. WOMEX 2019 will take place in Tampere, Finland.

The Program consists of proposals coming from all over the globe and applications are divided into four categories: ‘Showcase’, ‘Club Summit’, ‘Conference’ and ‘Film’.

The seven curators, four women and three men, are active members of the world music community.

The Showcase Jury:

Alejandra Gómez (Colombia), director, Biche
Amandine Saumonneau (France), coordinator, Zone Franche
Divya Bhatia (India), artist director and producer, Jodhpur RIFF
Tapio Korjus (Finland), managing director, Rockadillo Production OY
Zlata Holušová (Czech Republic), festival director, Colours of Ostrava

The Conference Jury:

Hinurewa te Hau (New Zealand), director, Tamaki Makaurau Matariki Festival Trust
Virgo Sillamaa (Estonia), director, Music Estonia

Club Summit Curator

Emily Dust, renowned DJ, promoter and broadcaster, will be curating the WOMEX Club Summit, a series of customized club nights that feature a line-up of DJs and producers, highlighting the trends, sounds and beats featured on dancefloors across the world.

To apply, visit the dedicated proposal website — www.womex-apply.com

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Malian Singer Sali Sidibé Dies at 59

Sali Sidibé

Malian vocalist Sali Sidibé died on February 8, 2019 in Bamako at the age of 59. She was a significant artist from the Wassulu region of Mali.

Born in 1959, Sali Sidibé began her professional music career with an album released in 1980 titled L’enfant chéri du Wassolon (The Darling Child of Wassolon), with vocals in Bambara. Wassoulou Foli (Sterns), produced by Ibrahima Sylla, was her first album widely distributed internationally.

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Best Regional Roots Music Album 2018 Grammy Award Goes to Kalani Pe’a

Kalani Pea – No ‘Ane’i

No ‘Ane’i, the second album by Hawaiian singer-songwriter Kalani Pe’a is the 2018 Grammy Award in the category of Best Regional Roots Music. This category is dedicated to regional roots music within the United States.

Nominees

Kreole Rock And Soul – Sean Ardoin
Spyboy – Cha Wa
Aloha From Na Hoa – Na Hoa
Mewasinsational – Cree Round Dance Songs – Young Spirit

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Spanish Harlem Orchestra Wins Best Tropical Latin Album 2018 Grammy Award

Spanish Harlem Orchestra – Anniversary

The album Anniversary by legendary New York City salsa band Spanish Harlem Orchestra is the winner of the Best Tropical Latin Album 2018 Grammy Award.

Anniversary is the sixth album by the spectacular 13-piece all-star salsa big band led by pianist, composer and arranger Oscar Hernández.

Nominees

Pa’ Mi Gente – Charlie Aponte
Legado – Formell y Los Van Van
Orquesta Akokán – Orquesta Akokán
Ponle Actitud – Felipe Peláez

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