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Traditional Breton Singer Yann-Fañch Kemener Dies at 61

Yann-Fañch Kemener

Yann-Fañch Kemener, an influential Breton folk music singer died on March 16, 2019.  He was involved in the revival of a Breton style called Kan ha diskan.

Yann-Fañch Kemener was born April 7, 1957 in Sainte-Tréphine (Côtes-d’Armor), in the heart of Brittany’s Fañch region (France). He grew up in a family of singers and dancers.

Breton was his mother tongue and the transmission was done naturally. At four, he participated in his first fest-noz (Breton night festival) and his first performance on stage was at 15, encouraged by Albert Boloré.

Influenced by the great voices of elders like Mrs. Bertrand, Yann-Fañch performed gwerz (Breton epic folk songs) and other styles at fest-noz events, together with artists such as Marcel Guilloux, Erik Marchand, and Ifig Troadec.

He recorded Deep Songs of Brittany Vol. 1, including the Skolvan Ballade, Gousperrou ar ranned and La Grande Passion. In 1982, the Charles-Cros academy gave him the Grand Prix Heritage for the three album series Deep Songs of Brittany.

In 1988, he founded the influential group Barzaz with Gilles Le Bigot (guitars), Jean-Michel Veillon (flutes), Alain Genty (bass) and David Hopkins (percussion). It became one of the legendary bands of Breton music.

In 1991, he recorded the album Kerzh ‘Ba’ n Dañs’ with the group Skolvan. Later, he met Didier Squiban with whom he recorded three albums, creating a new genre called “gwerz de chambre” (chamber gwerz).

In the early 2000s, Yann-Fañch started a duet with cellist Aldo Ripoche.

In 2010, he was awarded the Knight Medal of the Order of Arts and Letters in 2015.

In 2016, he put together another band, along with Erwann Tobie and Heikki Bourgault under the name Yann-Fañch Kemener Trio. The intention was to entertain the fest-noz.

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The Indian Music Confluence – A Grand Performance of Carnatic Veena and Hindustani Flute

Vidushi Saraswati Rajagopalan is set to perform on Carnatic veena followed by Pandit Kailash Sharma on the Hindustani flute on Saturday, March 23rd, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. (19:00) in New Delhi.

Saraswati Rajagopalan
Kailash Sharma

They are accompanied by:  Manohar Balatchandirane on mridangam; Shambunath Bhattacharjee on tabla; and Varun Rajasekharan on ghatam.

Venue: Amaltas
Indian Habitat Centre – Lodhi Road
New Delhi 110003

All are cordially invited
RSVP: +91 9818300445

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Angelique Kidjo to Release Celia Cruz Tribute Album

Angelique Kidjo – Celia

African music star Angelique Kidjo is set to release her new album Celia (Verve/Universal Music France) on April 19, 2019. The new recording reimagines and celebrates “The Queen of Salsa,” Cuban artist Celia Cruz. Guests on the album include Nigerian Afrobeat pioneer Tony Allen on drums, Meshell Ndegeocello on bass, Sons Of Kemet, and Gangbé Brass Band.

Angelique Kidjo is currently touring the United States, presenting songs from her 2018 album Remain In Light, which reconceptualized the music of influential rock band Talking Heads.

She will be at the Savannah Music Festival on April 6th, 2019 and at Carolina Theatre in Durham, North Carolina on April 8th. Other tour dates include:

April 11
Ulster Performing Arts Center
Kingston, NY

April 12
McCarter Theatre Center
Princeton, NJ

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Guitarist Cañizares Wins Best Flamenco Album Award at Spanish Independent Music Awards 2019

The album “El mito de la caverna” by acclaimed flamenco guitarist Cañizares is the winner of the Best Flamenco Album Award at Premios MIN 2019, Spain’s independent music awards.

El mito de la caverna is Cañizares’ 14th album and he describes it as a heartfelt tribute to his roots and traditions.

Cañizares is a classically-trained flamenco guitarist who bridges the worlds of flamenco and classical music.

More about Cañizares.

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Anoushka Shankar to Perform in Durham and Miami

Celebrated sitar player Anoushka Shankar is currently touring the United States. The tour includes concerts in Durham, North Carolina (Carolina Theater & Duke Performances) and Miami (South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center & Rhythm Foundation).

Anoushka Shankar is a leading performer of the Indian classical tradition. Her legendary father Ravi Shankar introduced Indian classical music and the sitar to the West.

Anoushka Shankar

Anoushka studied sitar under her father from a very young age, and like him continued on to broaden Indian musical horizons. A world music pioneer, Anoushka Shankar continues her father’s legacy of crossing cultural and musical boundaries, with collaborations with the world’s leading classical orchestras, flamenco, jazz and world music acts, and pop artists as diverse as Sting, M.I.A., and her half-sister Norah Jones.

Accompanied by a remarkable ensemble for these performances, Anoushka Shankar returns to her roots with an intimate concert of meditative Indian classical ragas.

Anoushka Shankar’s discography includes Anoushka (1998),
Anourag (2000), Live at Carnegie Hall (2001), Rise (2005),
Breathing Under Water (2007), Traveller (2011), Traces of You (2013), Home (2015), Ravi & Anoushka Shankar Live In Bangalore, 2 CD + DVD ( 2015), Land of Gold ( 2016) and the anthology Reflections (2019).

More about Anoushka Shankar.

South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center & Rhythm Foundation
Sunday, March 17th, 2019, 7:00 p.m.
South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center
10950 SW 211 St, Cutler Bay, FL 33189
https://smdcac.org/events/anoushka-shankar

Carolina Theater & Duke Performances
Thursday, March 21, 2019, 8:00 p.m.
Carolina Theatre of Durham
https://dukeperformances.duke.edu/events/anoushka-shankar/

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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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