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World Fusion Ensemble Ancient Future to Perform in Las Vegas

Ancient Future in 2018 – Photo by by Julie Martin, Sharif and Inni Singh

The ground-breaking world fusion group Ancient Future will perform as a trio on Saturday, September 8, 2018 at the Winchester Cultural Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. The lineup for this concert includes innovative guitarist Matthew Montfort on scalloped fretboard guitar, Arabic violin maestro Georges Lammam, and Indian tabla master Vishal Nagar.

This program will combine the rhythms and melodies of the Arabian Peninsula, Spain, and India with contemporary jazz and rock. Musical concepts such as taqsim (an Arabic method of melodic improvisation), tala (the recurring rhythmic cycles of Indian classical music), and compás (the rhythmic structure of flamenco) will be showcased.

The will include music from Ancient Future’s wide-ranging repertoire including music from the band’s major label releases such as World Without Walls and current releases such as Planet Passion, Yearning for the Wind, and the Archive of Future Ancient Recordings.

September 8, at 2:00 p.m.
Winchester Cultural Center, located at 3130 S. McLeod Dr. in Las Vegas, Nevada.
For more information, call 702-455-7340 or visit for tickets. Admission is $12 in advance and $15 the day of the show.


Multifaceted Indian Musician Babu Kishan Releases 32 Albums on GooglePlay

GooglePlay has just released 32 albums from acclaimed award-winning music composer of Baul, Bollywood, folk, Indian Classical and world music Babu Kishan, also known as Krishnendu Das.

The recordings include 50 years’ worth of music composed and now re-released including world music, folk, Bengali, Baul, Indian spiritual kirtan, bhajans to top Bollywood acts, including Kumar Shanu, Udit Narayan, Anuradha Paudwal, Kavita Krishnamurty, Shaan, Sadhna Sargam, Poornima and many more.

Babu Kishan is a multi-instrumentalist, who plays 15 instruments, has produced 60 albums, composed 150 musical scores for Indian Cinema, and has released more than a thousand albums working for India’s top music companies including manager A&R/ Consultant at India’s popular music & film companies like CBS, Tips music, Gramophone Company, Time, ABCL.

He is the eldest son of the legendary Purna Das Baul who introduced Baul to India and the world more than 70 years ago. Babu been preserving his mystical tradition of Baul from Bengal for 45 years. Others follow him and his lineage, they do not follow anybody. He recorded and composed the music for most of his father’s Baul music and has performed since the early 1970s traveling around the world with his father.

Raised by his grandfather, the legendary Nabani Das Khyapa Baul, who was Rabindranath Tagore’s Baul Guru, what the Bauls are singing today is the music of his renowned family.

Born an oral Sanskritist and musician, he speaks many languages and has composed music in 12 languages, traveling to more than 100 countries and collaborating with Bob Dylan and The Band whom he toured the United States of America 40 concerts in the mid 1980’s. He has jammed with The Rolling Stones, Third World, Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys, George Harrison of the Beatles and many more. He has toured with Ravi Shankar and Ali Akbar Khan, Sultan Khan, and Zakir Hussain.

Babu Kishan is a prolific poet and has written thousands of songs and composed music for most of India’s top legends. The 32 albums released on GooglePlay are focus on some of his compositions.
Babu Kishan’s new book on his world of music be released later this year, Baul to Bollywood to the World, historical Baul, who made a Greatest platform and preserved so can be much easier for new Bauls and the world.

He has a master in Indian Music from Calcutta University and has been a Indian Cultural Ambassador and world music pioneer since the 1970s. Babu Kishan was awarded the youngest Music Composer in Bengal in the 1970s at just 11 years of age. Bollywood lifetime Achievement Award in 2007.

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Admired Saxophonist and composer Miguel Zenón To Release New Single Milagrosa on August 10, 2018

Miguel Zenón – Milagrosa

Celebrated Puerto Rican saxophonist and composer Miguel Zenón will release the single Milagrosa, introducing Zenón and the Chicago-based innovative Spektral Quartet on August 10, 2018.

The single is extracted from the upcoming album Yo Soy la Tradición, an ambitious concert-length work that draws upon the rich folk music traditions of Puerto Rico and expressed through the modernist lens of Zenón’s compositions.

The inspiration for “Milagrosa” comes from the religious practice of La Promesa, making a promise to La Virgen de La Milagrosa (Our Lady of Grace).

Commissioned by the David and Reva Logan Center for the Arts and the Hyde Park Jazz Festival, Yo Soy la Tradición is a collection of eight works for alto saxophone and string quartet that showcase Zenón and the Spektral Quartet.



Next Zenón and Spektral Quartet Performances

Friday, September 21 -Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center, Chicago, IL. Benefit concert for hurricane relief.
Saturday, September 22 – Ripon College, Ripon, WI
Wednesday, November 14 – UMASS Amherst, Amherst, MA
Thursday, November 15 – Villa Victoria Cultural Center, Boston, MA
Friday, November 16 – Kennedy Center Jazz Club, Washington, DC


World Music Showcase offWOMEX 2018 Unveils Lineup

This year’s offWOMEX stage will include a ‘Dutch World Stage’, presented by World Music Forum NL and Dutch Performing Arts plus there will be showcases from Finland, Canada, Spain, and Ireland presented and funded by Music Finland, Mundial Montréal, Folquébec, Musicaction, Canada Council for the Arts, SODEC, Basque Institute and Culture Ireland. World music conference WOMEX will take place October 24 – 28, 2018 in Las Palmas de gran Canaria, Spain.

The offWOMEX showcases provide an additional platform for bands and artists to present themselves and their music to the WOMEX audience attending from around the world. With the offWOMEX stage, WOMEX provides addiitonal performances structured within a regional, national or organizational framework.

The confirmed artists for offWOMEX 18 are:

Son Swagga (The Netherlands)
Lingua Franca Ensemble (The Netherlands)
Tabanka (Cabo Verde/The Netherlands)
Kalakan (France/Spain)
Navá (Iran/Ireland)
Helsinki-Cotonou Ensemble (Benin/Tanzania/Finland)
Jeremy Dutcher (Canada)
Elisapie (Canada)
Mélisande [électrotrad] (Canada)

headline photo: Tabanka – Photo by Bas van der Wel


Mundial Montreal Reveals Indigenous Sounds Series 2018

The Indigenous Sounds series will be back with a showcase of Canada’s emerging talent at the 8th edition of Mundial Montreal, the North American world music showcase. Mundial Montreal will take place November 13-16 in Montreal, Canada.

This year, the Indigenous Sounds series will feature international artists. The selection includes Elle Márjá Eira of the Sami people (Norway), Emily Wurramara of the Wannindilyakwa people (Australia). The programming also includes the following Canadian artists: Polaris shortlist nominee, operatic pop singer Jeremy Dutcher (Wolastoq); Inuit synth pop throat singer Riit (Pangnirtung); as well as OktoEcho, a group that fuses music from the West and the Middle East with throat singing.

The Indigenous Sounds series was begun to encourage the professional development of the artists and to propel them onto touring circuits, bringing them to new audiences in Canada and beyond.


The WOMEX 2018 Professional Excellence Award Goes to ShoShona Kish

Canadian artist ShoShona Kish will receive the WOMEX 2018 Professional Excellence Award. The award acknowledges her role in the ongoing revolution of upheaving indigenous communities and their culture using the medium of music as an agent of change.

ShoShona Kish is half of the duo that leads the band Digging Roots with her husband, Raven Kanatakta. Their music is a mix of folk-rock, pop, blues, and hip-hop. They have collaborated with Tanya Tagaq and DJ Bear Witness of A Tribe Called Red. Their discography includes Seeds (2006), We Are… (2009) and For the Light (2014).

On confirming her attendance to receive this award at the WOMEX 18, ShoShona Kish disclosed: “I am deeply moved to have this work recognized by WOMEX and in such an important global forum. For me, this award is not about my individual contributions. It is about shining a light on the beauty, relevance and importance of a collective community-led movement. Indigenous music is rising out of the silence and shadows of colonialism and we are reimagining and reclaiming the world through our eyes, through our own voice. It is the voice of resistance and the sound of resilience.”


The Earls of Leicester to Release Live at the CMA Theater in September 2018

The award-winning sextet, The Earls of Leicester, is set to release an album titled Live at the CMA Theater in the Country Music Hall of Fame. Recorded during two nights, the 23-song set, features 14 new performances, and fan favorites from their two previous studio albums. The release date is September 28th, 2018.

The Earls of Leicester includes Jerry Douglas, Shawn Camp, Barry Bales, Johnny Warren, Charlie Cushman, and Jeff White.The ensemble’s previous albums include Earls Of Leicester (ganador del Grammy al mejor album de bluegrass) and Rattle & Roar.

Live at the CMA Theater in the Country Music Hall of Fame will be available in both CD and vinyl.


Ammar 808 Tops the Transglobal World Music Chart in August 2018

The album Maghreb United (Glitterbeat) by Ammar 808 is the number one album on the August 2018 Transglobal World Music Chart. Ammar 808 is the cutting edge global electronica project of Sofyann Ben Youssef, the leader of acclaimed Tunisian act Bargou 08.

The rest of the list:

2. Fatoumata Diawara – Fenfo – Montuno / Shanachie / Wagram
3. Dobet Gnahoré – Miziki – LA Café
4. Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita – Soar – Bendigedig
5. Samba Touré – Wande – Glitterbeat
6. The Turbans – The Turbans – Six Degrees
7. Toko Telo – Diavola – Anio
8. Hermeto Pascoal – Hermeto Pascoal e sua Visão Original do Forró – Scubidu
9. Bombino – Deran – Partisan
10. Shadi Fathi & Bijan Chemirani – Delâshena – Buda Musique

11. Monsieur Doumani – Angathin – Monsieur Doumani
12. Amsterdam Klezmer Band & Söndörgő – Szikra – Vetnasj
13. Anandi Bhattacharya – Joys Abound – Riverboat / World Music Network
14. Invisible System – Bamako Sessions – Riverboat / World Music Network
15. Rahim AlHaj Trio – One Sky – Smithsonian Folkways
16. Nancy Vieira – Manhã Florida – Lusafrica
17. Koum Tara – Koum Tara – Odradek
18. Angelique Kidjo – Remain in Light – Kravenworks
19. Barcelona Gipsy balKan Orchestra – Avo Kanto – Satélite K
20. Solju – Ođđa Áigodat – Bafe’s Factory


Turkish Act Gaye Su Akyol to Release New Album on Glitterbeat & Live at WOMAD and WOMEX

Gaye Su Akyol


‘İstikrarlı Hayal Hakikattir’ is the title of the second Glitterbeat album from Gaye Su Akyol, the celebrated singer-songwriter from Istanbul. Her music is a mix of Turkish roots, retro twang and rock.

Gaye Su Akyol will be performing songs from her new album at WOMAD Charlton Park festival, on Saturday, July 28, 2018 at 3:00pm, in the Big Red Tent.

Gaye is also part of the WOMEX 2018 Official Showcase Selection and will be performing on Saturday, October, 27 in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain.



The Turkish artist’s previous album was ‘Hologram Ĭmparatorluğu’ released in 2016.


Madison World Music Festival 2018 Program announced

The 15th Annual Madison World Music Festival will take place September 14 and 15, 2018 at University of Wisconsin-Madison.


September 14th at the Memorial Union:

4:30 PM Orquesta el Macabeo from Puerto Rico (Terrace)
5:15 PM Sona Jobarteh from Gambia (Play Circle)
6:45 PM Hoven Droven from Sweden (Terrace)
9:00 PM Lemon Bucket Orkestra from Canada/Eastern Europe (Terrace)

September 15th at the Willy St. Fair:

2:00 PM Tani Diakite & the Afrofunkstars from Mali/Madison
4:00 PM Aynur from Turkish Kurdish region
5:45 PM La Misa Negra from Latin America
7:45 PM Gili Yalo from Israel/Ethiopa

Memorial Union Terrace closing act:

9:00 PM La Dame Blanche from Cuba/France

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