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2019 Unsigned Only Music Competition Adds World Music Category

Unsigned Only Music Competition has announced the addition of World Music to its line-up of eligible categories. Unsigned Only Music Competition is designed for all independent artists (including solo artists, groups, and vocalists) who are unsigned to a major label record deal. Unsigned Only’s goal is to give artists exposure, recognition, and validation for their artistry and is the premier music competition in the world for indie and unsigned artists.

“”We are very pleased that World Music artists will now be able to enter the competition and have their music heard by such an esteemed panel of judges,”” said Candace Avery and Jim Morgan, Co-Founders of Unsigned Only. ““We are strongly committed to providing exposure to the different music traditions of the world, and we look forward to providing World Music artists the opportunity to showcase their music on a global platform.””

Oumou Sangare, one of the judges

Judges Include Toots Hibbert (Toots & The Maytals), Mariza, Oumou Sangaré, Tinariwen, and Angel Romero (Founder and Sr. Editor, World Music Central)

Unsigned Only awards more than $150,000 in cash and prizes split among 38 winners, including a $20,000 cash prize to the overall Grand Prize winner. The Grand Prize winner is also awarded one-on-one mentoring by an elite group of record company executives. This is a unique opportunity for an artist to directly network with the highest level of record company professionals and get guidance, advice, and feedback. First Place and Second Place winners will also be selected in each category and awarded prizes.

Since its inception in 2002, Unsigned Only has become an important source for discovering new talent, with five Grand Prize winners having been signed to record deals. Additionally, winners have seen major benefits including securing licensing and publishing deals, getting better gigs, increasing their media coverage, and expanding their fan base.

Categories include: AAA (Adult Album Alternative), AC (Adult Contemporary), Americana, Blues, Christian, Country, EDM, Folk/Singer-Songwriter, Instrumental, Jazz, Latin, Pop/Top 40, R&B/Hip-Hop, Rock, Screen Shot (songs suitable for placement in film/TV/advertising/gaming), Teen (artists 18 years old or younger), Vocal Performance, and World Music.

Entry information is available at www.unsignedonly.com.

Unsigned Only is sponsored by Berklee College of Music; Eventric; Hybrid Studios; Lurssen Mastering; Merch Cat; Musicians Institute; Musician Wellness; Pro Tour Nutrition; Radio Airplay; Shubb Capos; Symphonic Distribution; The Music Business Registry; and Vocal Eze.

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Salif Keita Wins La Mar de Músicas 2019 Award

Salif Keita – Photo by Thomas Dorn

Acclaimed Malian singer Salif Keita has won the La Mar de Músicas 2019 Award. La Mar de Músicas is one of the leading world music festivals in Eutrope, held in Cartagena, Spain.

Salif Keita’s was given the award for “having overcome all kinds of prejudices inside and outside Africa in his defense of the population with albinism and those who sing without belonging to the griot caste, and for the inspiration of his powerful voice, having been able to mix the deep tradition of his region with global sounds.”

Keita will collect the La Mar de Músicas 2019 award on Monday, July 22. That same day, he will perform a concert at the Cartagena festival.

More at lamardemusicas.cartagena.es/2019/

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WOMAD UK Anounces 2019 Lineup

Salif Keita

Pioneering British world music festival WOMAD UK has announced the artists scheduled to perform in 2019. The festival will take place from Thursday, Jul 25 through Sunday, July 28, 2019 at Charlton Park House, United Kingdom.

Ziggy Marley
Orbital
Salif Keita
Anna Calvi

Brushy One String
Cymande
DakhaBrakha
Dhafer Youssef
Liniker e os Caramelows
Nadine Shah
Ustad Saami

A Change is Gonna Come
BaBa ZuLa
Bantou Mentale
Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino
Channel One Sound System
Château Rouge
Delgres
Fofoulah
Gili Yalo
Hejira
Jungle by Night
Kim So Ra
Kokoroko
Kraftwerk re:werk
Malawurr
Les Filles de Illighadad
LiNDiGo
Macha y el Bloque Depresivo
Madalitso Band
Maija Kauhanen
Marja Mortensson
Maysa Daw
Meute
Nimba
Orquesta Akokán
Petite Noir
Rura
Saint Sister
San Salvador
Santrofi
Soham De
Soothsayers
Szun Waves
The Breath
The Lemon Bucket Orkestra
Tshegue
Vaudou Game
Victoria Hanna

More information at womad.co.uk

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The Apollo Theater and World Music Institute to Present Africa Now 2019

The Apollo Theater, in partnership with World Music Institute, will present the 7th edition of the annual Africa Now! festival on Saturday, April 13 at 8:00 p.m.

This year’s lineup includes African dancehall artists Patoranking (Nigeria), Seyi Shay (Nigeria), Buffalo Souljah (Zimbabwe), and Afrobeat sensation Kaleta & Super Yamba Band (Benin/Nigeria) as part of AFRICA NOW! hosted by Young Prince and music by DJ mOma.

Patoranking

Gaby Sappington, Executive Director of World Music Institute, says: “In our seventh year of partnering with Apollo Theater in presenting the most exciting and relevant voices of today’s African music scene, this year’s Africa Now! celebrates the energy and rhythms of Dancehall artists. We are excited about the hand-picked line-up and look forward to seeing these outstanding artists share their talent on the Apollo’s legendary stage.”

Seyi Shay

African Dancehall music has become increasingly more mainstream since the 1980s. Most recently, artists such as Drake and Wizkid have infused Dancehall into their music, introducing the beautiful blends of Caribbean and African beats to a global audience. Part of the Apollo’s mission is to recognize and spotlight movements that have shaped the contemporary musical landscape. Now, in its seventh year, Africa Now! continues to highlight the sounds from the continent and the artists who are pushing Africa’s music scene forward,” said Apollo Theater Executive Producer, Kamilah Forbes.


Buffalo Souljah

Kaleta & Super Yamba Band

The Apollo Theater
253 West 125th Street, New York City

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Top Spanish Artists to Perform at Flamenco Festival at Joe’s Pub in New York

María Terremoto

The Flamenco Festival Festival returns March 7 through March 17, 2019 to expose this World Heritage artistic expression with eight performances on the intimate stage of the eclectic downtown New York club Joe’s Pub.

Following a 2018 season that reached 45,000 spectators, the 2019 edition of Flamenco Festival USA further develops the Festival and its partners’ commitment to flamenco music’s many different expressions. The piano of Chano Domínguez, the guitars of Antonio Rey and Miguel Ángel Cortés, the flute of Sergio de Lope, and the voices of María Terremoto and Ismael Fernández showcase flamenco’s unique colors across the spectrum.

Sergio de Lope

The Jerez-born cantaora María Terremoto is set to perform on March 9 at 9:30 p.m. and the Toledan cantaor Israel Fernández on March 7 and March 10 at 7:00 p.m. They are both excellent examples of traditional flamenco. Terremoto will present La Huella de mi Sentío accompanied by Nono Jero (guitar) and José “El Pechuguita” (voice). Fernández will present Universo Pastora accompanied by Keko Baldomero (guitar).

For his 9:30 p.m. March 8 show, co-produced by the Instituto Cervantes, Sergio de Lope, the winner of the 2017 International Competition of Cante de las Minas de la Unión, presents Ser de Luz, an exhibition of how dialogue with multiple genres of music can fill flamenco expression with nuance and light.

Antonio Rey and Mara Rey

One of the greatest flamenco guitarists of his generation, Antonio Rey, will arrive to New York on March 9 at 9:30p.m. with his show Two Parts of Me, accompanied by the dancer and cantaora Mara Rey. On March 10 at 9:30 p.m., Diego Guerrero will celebrate his New York debut with selections from his first album Vengo Caminando, nominated “Best Flamenco Album” for the 2019 Grammy Awards.

Diego Guerrero

In collaboration with the World Music Insitute, on March 7 at 7:00 p.m., Sevillian cantaor Ismael Fernández will premiere songs from his latest album, Trato. That same evening, at 9:30 p.m., guitar maestro Miguel Ángel Cortés will play his first New York headliner performance, Sonantas en tres Movimientos, alongside Dani Bonilla (chorus and percussion) and Lucía “La Piñona” Álvarez (dance).

Chano Dominguez

On March 8 at 7:00 p.m., acclaimed musician and composer Chano Dominguez will present his integration of flamenco and piano jazz.

As in past years, Flamenco Festival is additionally complemented with activities in New York City outside of Joe’s Pub, including the free-to-attend exhibition Garabatos Flamencos by Ándrés Mérida (running March 5 to 18 at La Nacional); the presentation of the book Sonidos Negros: On the Blackness of Flamenco by K. Meira Goldberg at Martin Segal Theater at the CUNY Graduate Center on March 5; and Ballet Flamenco de Sara Baras at New York City Center on March 7 through 10. Concurrent with these New York events, Flamenco Festival will continue in Miami, Chicago, and Washington DC with additional performances.

For further information on Flamenco Festival, visit www.flamencofestival.org

For the complete Flamenco Festival at Joe’s Pub lineup, visit:publictheater.org/en/Programs–Events/Joes-Pub/Flamenco-Festival-NY-2019-at-Joes-Pub/

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Celebrated Malian Singer Fatoumata Diawara Announces 2019 North American Tour

Fatoumata Diawara

Malian singer-songwriter and guitarist Fatoumata Diawara will be touring North America in March and April to support her new Shanachie Records album Fenfo (“Something To Say”).

Fatoumata Diawara – Fenfo

The splendid and socially mindful artist has used her music to focus on critical matters such as arranged marriage, migration, genital mutilation, domestic violence. She also campaigned against the trafficking and sale of black migrants in Libyan slave markets.

Fatoumata Diawara has collaborated with Bobby Womack, Herbie Hancock, Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Damon Albarn, Roberto Fonseca, David Crosby, Amadou & Mariam, Oumou Sangaré and Snarky Puppy.

Tour dates:

March 21 – Neptuno Theater – Seattle, WA
March 23 – The Theatre at Ace Hotel – Los Angeles, CA
March 24 – San Francisco Jazz Festival – San Francisco, CA
March 26 – Montorco – Music Hall – Durham, NC
March 28 – Savannah Music Festival – Savanah, GA
March 30 – Le Poisson Rouge – New York, NY
March 31 – Highland Center for the Arts – Greensboro, VT
April 2 – Le National – Montreal, Canada
April 3, Palais Montcalm – Maison de la Musique – Quebec, Canada
April 4 – Toronto Centre for the Arts – Toronto, Canada
April 5 – City Winery Boston – Boston, MA
April 6 – North Beach Bandshell – Miami Beach, FL

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Festival International de Louisiane Unveils 2019 Lineup

Festival International de Louisiane has released its 2019 concert lineup. This year’s artists will include Dobet Gnahoré (Ivory Coast), Moonlight Benjamin (Haiti), and the United States’ master of funk pedal steel guitar: Robert Randolph & the Family Band.

The 33rd-year’s program includes international performers representing 24 different countries and regions, combining new artists with some returning favorites.

“We searched high and low to find a perfect balance of traditional and contemporary sounds, so there is something for everyone this year,” said Festival International Programming Director Lisa Stafford.

Sudan will be represented at Festival for the first time ever with Alsarah and the Nubatones,” Stafford added.  “Mozambique-influenced artist Gato Preto will also be making waves. I can’t wait to see these groups in person!”

El Septeto Santiaguero

Also new to the festival this year are El Septeto Santiaguero, of Cuba; and Doctor Nativo, of Guatemala. Returning this year, by popular demand, will be New Brunswick’s Les Hôtesses d’Hilaire (AKA the “super-talented and hilarious Québécois man in a dress”).  

As usual, Festival International focuses on bringing in French-speaking musicians to share their language and diverse cultures with Lafayette. This year, the artists the francophone countries featured include Haiti (Moonlight Benjamin and Boukman Eksperyans), Niger (Mdou Moctar) and France (Bagad Plougastell and Akalé Wubé).

The bill for Louisiana’s homegrown artists includes The Blue Monday Allstars’ Living Legends Tribute will bring the talent of Carol Fran, Henry Gray and Lil’ Buck Sinegal onto one stage to share the light they have cast onto music lovers for decades. Joining this once-in-a-lifetime set will be special guests: Smokehouse Porter & Miss Mamie; Marc Broussard; Lee Allen Zeno; Steve Adams; Tony Goulas; Kent August; Ron Eades and much more.

It is a rare chance to see all of these legends in one place,” said Festival International Executive Director Scott Feehan. “Lafayette’s music scene is very powerful, and it is exciting to pull all of these musicians together to celebrate their success with the community.”

Other local favorites to catch during Festival International are Keith Frank & the Soileau Zydeco Band, Lane Mack & The Balladeers and Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys. New Orleans will also be sharing its talent with Lafayette as it welcomes Cha Wa as well as Tank & the Bangas. 

More information at www.festivalinternational.org/2019-artists.

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Le Trio Joubran Tops the March 2019 Transglobal World Music Chart

The Long March by Le Trio Joubran is the number one album in the March 2019 Transglobal World Music Chart. Le Trio Joubran features three Palestinian brothers who are ud masters: Samir, Wissam and Adnan.

The March 2019 Chart

  1. Le Trio Joubran – The Long March – Cooking Vinyl
  2. Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba – Miri – Outhere
  3. Urna Chahar-Tugchi featuring Kroke – Ser – Urna Chahar-Tugchi / UCT
  4. Dhafer Youssef – Sounds of Mirrors – Anteprima
  5. Belonoga – Through the Eyes of the Earth – NarRator Records
  6. Vardan Hovanissian & Emre Gültekin – Karin – Muziekpublique
  7. Ukandanz – Yeketelale – Buda Musique
  8. Tartit – Amankor / The Exile – Riverboat / World Music Network
  9. Salif Keita – Un Autre Blanc – Naïve
  10. Rodopi Ensemble – Thraki: Thrace, the Paths of Dionysus – ARC Music
  11. Kel Assouf – Black Tenere – Glitterbeat
  12. Leyla McCalla – The Capitalist Blues – Jazz Village / PIAS
  13. Alfredo Rodríguez & Pedrito Martínez – Duologue – Mack Avenue
  14. Oratnitza – Alter Ethno – Fusion Embassy
  15. Kitka – Evening Star – Diaphonica
  16. Debashish Bhattacharya, Hubert Zemler & Wojtek Traczyk – Joy!Guru – Unzipped Fly
  17. Kelly Thoma – Ama Kopasoun oi Kairoi (As the Winds Die Down) – Kelly Thoma
  18. Moonlight Benjamin – Siltane – Ma Case
  19. Ali Hassan Kuban – From Nubia to Cairo – Piranha
  20. Shooglenifty & Dhun Dhora – Written in Water – Shoogle

More about the chart: www.transglobalwmc.com

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Mokoomba Revals Spring 2019 North American Tour

Mokoomba

Mokoomba, Zimbabwe’s leading roots music act returns to North America for a tour of Canada and the United States this April. The popular world music band is set to perform at Brooklyn Bowl, The Library of Congress, Freight and Salvage (Berkeleyn California), UC San Diego’s Price Center, and more.

The group has released three albums: Kweseka (2009), Rising Tide (2012) and Luyando (2017). Mokoomba will be recording their much-anticipated fourth album later this year. More about Mokoomba.

Mokoomba 2019 North American Spring Tour Dates:

4/6: GlobaLocal, Woodstock, VT
4/7: GlobaLocal, Woodstock, VT
4/9: State House, New Haven, CT
4/10: Brooklyn Bowl, Brooklyn, NY
4/11: Music Haven Stage, Schenectady, NY
4/12: Somerville Theater, Boston, MA,
4/15: Library of Congress, Washington DC
4/16: Spire Arts Center, Frederick MD
4/19: Freight & Salvage, Berkeley, CA
4/20: Swayz Ballroom, Dallas, TX
4/24: Price Center at UCSD, San Diego, CA
4/26: Town Hall, Seattle, WA
4/27: Imperial Vancouver, Vancouver, BC

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Dona Onete Releases Festa do Tubarão Video Shot in the Amazon

Celebrated Brazilian singer Dona Onete, who is set to turn 80 this year, has released a new single titled Festa do Tubarão – Shark Party as a digital single. The song is also available as an extended 6-minute video that takes the viewer on a wild ride through her hometown of Belem.

The track appears on her upcoming album Rebujo, scheduled for release May 24, 2019. Festa do Tubarão tells the story of a shark that swims into Belem’s Guajará Bay to have fun, unperturbed by the legend of the “Boiúna” – the giant snake who lives in the river, or the local piranha and traira fish.

The video begins with footage shot on Ilha do Combú, a forested island just south of Belem. Festa do Tubarão was filmed in various locations in the area of Belem and offers a look into this relatively unfamiliar corner of Brazil.

Brazilian directors Lírio Ferreira (co-director of Baile Perfumado) and Natara Ney take the viewers to Belem’s Ver-o-Peso – one of Brazil’s most vibrant markets – where we find legendary local herb-seller ‘aunt’ Coló. Then we fly through the city to Dona Onete’s home before visiting the Amazônia Legal marina where the ‘shark party’ is in full swing – until Onete is transported 70km to the north east of Belem to the “Boi de Máscaras” carnival in São Caetano de Odivelas where the cabeçudos (big heads) and pierrôs (sad clowns) dance with her accompanied by carnival brass-band Fanfarra Marajoara.

The title of the new album, Rebujo, is a local slang for the currents in the Amazon river that carry silt and nutrients from the river bed into the water, feeding its inhabitants and giving the river its muddy color – however, as it gives, it also takes, and the rebujo can easily overpower even the most experienced swimmer. The album featured genres such as carimbós, high energy bangues, cumbia, brega and samba.

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