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Reggae on the Mountain Music & Camping Festival 2019

Reggae on the Mountain Music & Camping Festival will take place August 17 & 18, 2019 at King Gillette Ranch in Malibu, California. Headliners this year include Steel Pulse, Julian Marley, Matisyahu, Third World, and Pato Banton.

Saturday, August 17:
Steel Pulse, Julian Marley, Pato Banton, Anuhea, Arise Roots, Ital Vibes, Better Chemistry, Dread Kennedy

Sunday, August 18:
Matisyahu, Third World, Hirie, Mike Love, Gondwana, Makua Rothman, Cisco Adler, Quitno Sol, Pachamama, Synrgy, Prime Livity.

More at: www.reggaeonthemountain.com

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Brazilian Star Daniela Mercury Announces US Tour

The Queen of Axé, Daniela Mercury is set to tour the United States in September 2019. The Latin GRAMMY winner and multi-platinum selling artist will tour with her full band to perform all her hits like “Canto da Cidade”, “Rapunzel”, “Nobre Vagabundo”, “Swing da Cor”, “Ilê Pérola Negra”,”Maimbê Dandá”, and also more recent hits like “Banzeiro” (2018 Best Carnival song in Bahia) and “Proibido o Carnaval”, released earlier this year.

Daniela Mercury is known as “furacão” (hurricane) due to her powerful voice and tireless energy on stage, singing and dancing for hours without losing her breath. Daniela is also known as the Queen of Axé, the percussive and irresistible genre that emerged out of Bahia in the early 1990s, which made her a superstar in Brazil and then around the world.

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Pioneering South African Musician Johnny Clegg Dies at 66

Johnny Clegg

Johnny Clegg, a singer-songwriter and guitarist known for mixing Zulu music with Western influences, died on July 16, 2019 at his family home in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Clegg founded two highly influential interracial bands, Juluka with Sipho Mchunu and Savuka with Dudu Zulu.

Ms Beauty Dlulane, Chairperson of the the Portfolio Committee on Sports, Arts and Culture at the South African Parliament stated: “Not too many people would have taken the stance Johnny took at the height of racial divisions in the country. He identified with the popular struggle for the emancipation of black people and with the values of a free society.”

“He also made an immeasurable contribution in the arts. We will certainly miss ‘the white Zulu’. The committee wishes that his spirit will live long among many in society,” Ms Dlulane said.

Johnny Clegg

Johnny leaves deep foot prints in the hearts of every person that considers him/herself to be an African,” said Roddy Quin, Manager, friend and family spokesman. “He showed us what it was to assimilate to and embrace other cultures without losing your identity. An anthropologist that used his music to speak to every person. With his unique style of music he traversed cultural barriers like few others. In many of us he awakened awareness. “

For more information, read Johnny Clegg’s artist profile.

Johnny Clegg’s family asked that donations be made to Adopt a Future Foundation instead of sending or laying flowers.

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Young Cordoba Guitarist Juan José León Wins 2019 Flamenco Guitar Accompaniment Talent Contest

Juan José León, Winner of First Prize of the Flamenco Guitar Accompaniment Talent Contest 2019

Talento Flamenco (Flamenco talent) closed its third edition at the 2019 Cordoba Guitar Festival. In a crowded courtyard at the Posada del Potro, the Fosforito Flamenco Center hosted on July 12th the hard-fought final of the Flamenco Guitar Accompaniment Contest 2019, organized by the Cristina Heeren Foundation. The award went to Cordoba-born Juan José León. The first prize is endowed with 1,400 euros and a trophy.

The second prize, worth 900 euros, went to Pablo Fernández (Barcelona), to whom the jury also awarded the Acciona Scholarship, worth 5,000 euros, which will allow him to study the next academic year at the Cristina Heeren flamenco school in Seville.

The third prize, 600 euros, went to Luis González from Badajoz.

In total, in its three editions, Talento Flamenco has given awards to more than fifty young singers, guitarists and dancers, aged 16 to 30 years, mostly Andalusians, but also from other points of the Spanish geography and countries such as Brazil and France.

The Flamenco Guitar Accompaniment Talent Contest 2019 is sponsored by the Cristina Heeren Foundation with the aim of “giving young people the boost they need to, with knowledge and practice, shining on their talent“, according to Pepa Sánchez, Academic Director of the school.

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Musicport Festival 2019 Announces Day Tickets on Sale & New Additions to Line-up

World music and folk event Musicport Festival has released Tier 3 and day tickets together with new additions to the line-up: comedian John Hegley, Manic Chord Theatre, Jo Freya, Annie Whitehead & Jennifer Maidman and Talaro (Gambia /Czech Republic). The festival will take place at Whitby Pavilion in Whitby, UK, October 18th-20th, 2019 (Plus On Tour to villages October 21st -25th).

Friday Night

Misty in Roots; LO’JO; Warsaw Village Band; Jasdeep Singh Degun; Peace Artistes: Talaro; Mambo Jambo; Napoleon IIIrd; Manic Chord Theatre.

Saturday full day

Orchestra les Mangalepa; Catrin Finch and Sekou Keita; Lemn Sissay; Banco de Gaia; Amira Medunjanin; Reem Kelani; Orchestra that Fell to Earth; Sarah Jane Morris; Jim Moray Trio; Varldens Band; The Lake Poets; Riccardo Tesi; Martin Stephenson; John Hegley; Anne Niepold; Reg Meuross/Twelve Silk Handkerchiefs; The Hut People; Katie Spencer; Jo Freya Annie Whitehead & Jennifer Maidman; Jay Johnson.

Sunday full day

Aziza Brahim; Peatbog Faeries; Moussu T et Lei Jovents; Belinda 0’Hooley; Holy Moly and the Crackers; The Little Unsaid; Me and My Friends; Rafiki Jazz; Commoners Choir; Harry Gallagher; Rebecca Riley; Joe Solo; Joshua Burnell; Don’t Feed the Peacocks; Rosie Brown; Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage: The Far Side.

Plans are being made to involve 20 schools in workshops and events in the lead up to the event and the village tour is beginning to take shape with 8 concerts in villages surrounding Whitby with acts including Andy Irvine (Eire), Poor Nameless Boy (Canada) and Moussu T E Lei Jovents (France) performing in small venues on a pay what you feel basis for local residents.

More details at www.musicportfestival.com

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João Gilberto, the Father of Bossa Nova Dies at 88

João Gilberto

Brazilian singer and vocalist João Gilberto died on Saturday, July 6th, 2019. Gilberto was one of the creators of bossa nova, a new musical genre that fused samba and jazz.

One of his biggest international hits was Garota de Ipanema (The Girl from Ipanema), released in 1963 and covered numerous times by artists such as Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Kenny G, Amy Winehouse, etc.

Two-time GRAMMY Award winner João Gilberto was a multi-talented singer, songwriter, and guitarist,” said
Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the Recording Academy and Gabriel Abaroa Jr., President/CEO of The Latin Recording Academy in a joint statement. “An architect of bossa nova music in his native Brazil, João’s innovative style and master musicianship helped turn the genre into a worldwide phenomenon. Maintaining an impressive career spanning several decades, he earned six GRAMMY nominations between 1964-2000, and, along with his musical partner Stan Getz, he took home the coveted Album Of The Year award for 1964’s breakthrough album Getz/Gilberto. That milestone recording and his classic “Chega De Saudade” have been inducted into the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame. João will be missed, but his legacy will live on forever. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family, friends, and creative collaborators during this difficult time.”

For more information and discography visit João Gilberto’s Artist Profile.

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Sufi Music Icon Abida Parveen to Perform in London

Abida Parveen

Pakistani vocalist Abida Parveen is set to perform on Friday, July 12, 2019 at Barbican Hall in London. Abida Parveen is one of the greatest Sufi vocalists of the modern era. She will perform traditional Sufi music (sufiana kalaam) together with her ensemble.

Abida Parveen sings ghazals and kafis – based on songs by Sufi poets – in Urdu, Sindhi, Saraiki, Punjabi and Farsi, accompanied by percussion and harmonium.

Parveen received her musical training by both her father, the renowned Ustad Ghulam Haider, who led his own music school and by Ustad Salaamat Ali Khan of the Sham Chorasia gharana.

Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London

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Stephen “Ragga” Marley Begins Babylon By Bus Tour This Week

Stephen “Ragga” Marley live

Following two acoustic U.S. tours over the last year, GRAMMY-winning reggae musician Stephen “Ragga” Marley is back on the road again, this time accompanied by a full band. His Babylon By Bus Tour started yesterday (July 5) in Ormond Beach, Florida and will continue until September 12.

Stephen aptly titled his tour after his father’s iconic 1978 live album with The Wailers. “Just as my father did so many times, this summer I will criss-cross the country — appearing in cities near and far, bringing our music and message of love and unity to people from all walks of life, reaching out through the universal power of music which unites us all…And we are coming to a city, town, or festival near you — by bus,” says Stephen.

Throughout the set, fans can expect him to perform hits from his four solo studio albums, all of which hit #1 on Billboard Reggae’s album chart, as well as cover some of his father’s classics. The family’s music lineage spans generations, Stephen will also share the musical stylings of his daughter DJ Shacia Päyne and son and reggae artist Jo Mersa Marley, who will open on select dates.

As a part of this tour, a dollar from each ticket purchased will be donated to the Ghetto Youths Foundation. Founded by Stephen, Damian and Julian Marley, the non-profit organization provides aid, assistance, resources and opportunity to communities in need.

Fans in key cities of the tour can directly support by purchasing a ticket to the official after party, where they can attend DJ Shacia Päyne’s 90’s dancehall party vibes and get a chance to mix and mingle with Stephen Marley after the show. 100% of all these proceeds go directly to the Ghetto Youths Foundation’s programs. Currently Trenchtown, Jamaica, is the site of some of the Ghetto Youths Foundation’s most exceptional work. With plans to open its doors at the end of 2019, the Ghetto Youths Foundation Homework Center will be in the heart of Trenchtown – a sanctuary and safe haven supporting learning and personal achievement, providing mentorship and opportunity and fostering hope. Tickets to the after party will support this cause and are sold separately, $25 per person and can be secured in advance or day of show at the venue. Visit www.stephenmarleymusic.com and www.ghettoyouthsfoundation.org for most up-to-date after party schedule.

U.S. Tour Dates:

July 6, 2019 Sat in Jupiter, FL @ Abacoa Town Center Amphitheatre ^ +
July 7, 2019 Sun in St. Petersburg, FL @ Jannus Live * ^ +
July 9, 2019 Tue in Columbia, SC @ The Senate ^ +
July 11, 2019 Thu in Silver Springs, MD @ The Filmore * ^ +
July 12, 2019 Fri in Vineyard Haven, MA @ Martha’s Vineyard Performing Arts Center ^ +
July 13, 2019 Sat in Baldwinsville, NY @ Paper Mill Island ^ +
July 14, 2019 Sun in Pittsburgh, PA @ Hartwood Acres Amphitheatre ^ +
July 17, 2019 Wedin Hampton, NH @ Bernie’s Beach Bar ^ +
July 18, 2019 Thu in Portland, ME @ AURA * ^ +
July 19, 2019 Fri in Cohasset, MA @ South Shore Music Circus ^ +
July 20, 2019 Sat in Westhampton Beach, NY @ Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center ^ +
July 22, 2019 Mon in Camden, NJ @ Wiggins Park ^ +
July 24, 2019 Wed in Albany, NY @ Empire State Plaza ^ +
July 26, 2019 Fri in Burlington, VT @ Twiddle’s Tumble Down Festival ^ +
July 27, 2019 Sat in Scranton, PA @ The Peach Music Festival ^ +
July 28, 2019 Sun in Newport, RI @ Newport Folk Festival ^ +
July 30, 2019 Tue in Ocean City, MD @ Seacrets Night Club ^ +
July 31, 2019 Wed in Kill Devil Hills, NC @ Outer Banks Brewing Station ^ +
August 2, 2019 Fri in Wilmington, NC @ Greenfield Lake Amphitheater ^
August 3, 2019 Sat in Black Mountain, North Carolina @ LEAF Festival ^
August 6, 2019 Tue in Virginia Beach, VA @ Neptune’s Park at 31st St ^
August 8, 2019 Thu in Asbury Park, NJ @ The Stone Pony * ^
August 9, 2019 Fri in Raleigh, NC @ Lincoln Theatre ^
August 10, 2019 Sat in Charleston, SC @ Music Farm ^
August 11, 2019 Sun in Richmond, VA @ Richmond Jazz Festival ^
August 13, 2019 Tue in Kalamazoo, MI @ Bells Eccentric Cafe * ^
August 15, 2019 Thu in St. Louis, MO @ The Bootleg at Atomic Cowboy ^
August 16, 2019 Fri in St Paul, MN @ Big River Summer Concert Series ^
August 17, 2019 Sat in Kansas City, MO @ Crossroads KC * ^
August 18, 2019 Sun in Omaha, NE@ Slowdown ^
August 20, 2019 Tue in Oklahoma City, OK @ Tower Theatre * ^
August 23, 2019 Fri in Albuquerque, NM @ KiMo Theatre ^
August 24, 2019 Sat in Aspen, CO @ Belly Up Aspen * ^
August 25, 2019 Sun in Heber City, UT @ Reggae Rise Up ^
August 27, 2019 Tue in Redding, CA @ The Cascade Theatre ^
August 29, 2019 Thu in Seattle, WA @ The Showbox * ^
August 30, 2019 Fri in Portland, OR @ Revolution Hall ^
August 31, 2019 Sat in Cave Junction, OR @ Earth People’s Park
September 1, 2019 Sun in Redway, CA @ Mateel Community Center
September 3, 2019 Tue in Felton, CA @ Felton Music Hall
September 5, 2019 Thu in San Francisco, CA @ The Filmore ^
September 6, 2019 Fri in Ventura, CA @ Backyard Bash Discovery Outdoors * ^
September 7, 2019 Sat in San Luis Obispo, CA @ The Fremont Theater * ^
September 9, 2019 Mon in Solana Beach, CA @ Belly Up Tavern * ^
September 10, 2019 Tue in Solana Beach, CA @ Belly Up Tavern * ^
September 11, 2019 Wed in Garden Grove, CA @ Garden Amp * ^
September 12, 2019 Thu in Garden Grove, CA @ Garden Amp * ^

  • Official After Party for Ghetto Youths Foundation
    ^ with Shacia Payne
  • with Jo Mersa Marley
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From Bamako to Birmingham, Amadou & Mariam and the Blind Boys of Alabama in London

Amadou and Mariam

Malian husband and wife Afropop stars Amadou & Mariam and American multi Grammy Award-winning soulful gospel group the Blind Boys of Alabama are set to perform on Saturday, July 13, 2019 at l in London.

Amadou & Mariam and the Blind Boys of Alabama have teamed up to combine contemporary African sounds and African-American roots music, touring together this summer.

More at www.barbican.org.uk

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SGAE Foundation and Flamenco Festival to Present FlamencoEñe and JazzEñe Rising Talent in London

Guitarist David Carmona at the most recent edition of ‘FlamencoEñe’. Photo by Jesús Domínguez / Fundación SGAE

The SGAE Foundation continues to collaborate with Flamenco Festival London as part of its FlamencoEñe and JazzEñe programs to internationalize Spanish music. Specifically, the Foundation will present performances by Spanish artists Kiki Morente and
David Carmona (July 12), participants in the most recent edition of FlamencoEñe; and Antonio Lizana (July 11), who was selected in the 4th JazzEñe showcase in 2017. Both showcases brought together a series of foreign performing arts presenters and promoters with a selection of flamenco musicians from Spain.

The initiative of the SGAE Foundation has opened the doors of the international circuit to these three artists who will export their talent within the official program of the Flamenco Festival London 2019, which will be held in London from July 2 to 14. Antonio Lizana, Kiki Morente and David Carmona will be part of the roster that the Flamenco Festival has designed for different stages throughout London. This is a privilege for these rising artists as they will perform alongside veteran and renowned artists such as Sara Baras, Miguel Poveda, Rocío Molina, Olga Pericet, Jesus Carmona and Maria Terremoto.

Renowned saxophonist and singer Antonio Lizana will open JazzEñe’s program in London on July 11 (8:00 pm) at the Cervantes Theater, 229 Union St, London. Lizana will present to the British public the songs of his most recent album: Oriente.

The FlamencoEñe showcase in London will begin on July 12, at 6:00 pm, at the Lilian Baylis Studio (183 Rosebery Ave, Clerkenwell, London) will be the debut of flamenco guitar virtuoso David Carmona and his show Un sueño de locura (A Dream of Madness).

Two hours later (8:30 pm) the youngest of the Morente dynasty, Kiki Morente will perform in the same space to present the Albayzín show, a tribute to his father, Enrique Morente, and the neighborhood of Granada where he grew up, in which he will be accompanied by dancer Irene Rueda.

More about the SGAE Foundation and Flamenco Festival London.

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