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Afro-Cuban All Stars to Perform at Barbican

The celebrated Afro-Cuban All Stars are set to perform Sunday, July 15, 2018 at Barbican Hall in London.

Juan de Marcos González leads the acclaimed Cunban emsemble. The band concert will feature veteran maestros of the Havana music scene as well as representatives of the next generations of Cuban music. The line-up includes Gliceria Abreu (percussion), Gliceria Gonzalez (keyboards, vibraphone, coros), Laura Lydia Gonzalez (clarinet, coros), Orlando Fraga, Yoanny Pino and Haile Uriarte (horns), Jose Marcos Crego (piano), Jiovanni Cofiño (bass), Asley Rossell (bongo, cowbell), Tany Allende (conga set), Caleb Michel (timbales, coros) and Emilio Suárez (vocals).

Reflecting the cross-generational nature of the band, Afro-Cuban All Stars will perform material both old and new for this concert. The group’s discography includes A Toda Cuba le Gusta (1997), Distinto, Diferente (1999), Baila mi Son (2000), Bajando Gervasio (2002), Live in Japan (2005), Step Forward (2005), Absolutely Live (2009) and Absolutely Live II (2017).

19:30 (7:30 p.m.)
Box office: 020 7638 8891
The Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London, Greater London


Inaugural “One Love World Peace Fusion Festival & Expo” in New York State


The Inaugural One Love World Peace Fusion Festival & Expo will take place June 22-24th at the historical, lush grounds of the Gelston Castle Estate in Mohawk, New York. The new three-day event will feature music and art. The festival is presented by Nakisaki Organic Farms and The Green Kingdom.

The festival includes roots-reggae, rock, country, bluegrass, hillbilly, funk, R&B, hip-hop, jazz, soca, calypso, chutney and Bollywood acts, as well as Rastafarian Nyabinghi Drummers. The event begins daily at noon and will benefit the Jamaica Cultural Alliance.


Ky-Mani Marley


The artists scheduled to perform include Ky-Mani Marley, Rusted Roots, Floodwood, Yes Darling (Ryan Montbleau & Haley Jane), Rusted Roots, Slug, Fulton Chain Gang, The Bomb, The Mighty Mystics Band (since 1965), Denroy Morgan & The Black Eagles Band, Adlib Steel Orchestra, Chris James & Mamma G Band, Brokedown Hustlers, Grit and Grace, Clarence D & The Wrench, BarRoom Philosophers, Astro Collectives, The Stan Primo Project, Caution, Mutt Farm, Deadbolts and Love Bone, Adrian Dutrin,Thriller U, Nateesha Stream, Ras Droppa, I Carl, Virginia Star, Boogie Low, Dance Master, and DJ Rekha.

The three-day event will host the world’s largest known drumming circle, led by Nyabinghi Word Sound and Power Drummers, which will stream, along with mainstage performances at no charge on JamRoc.TV. The drumming circle is inspired for a “Drum for World Peace” movement.

The event will also host a One Love World Peace Bob Marley Tribute, led and performed by the son of Bob Marley, Ky-Mani Marley.

The grounds is centrally located in Central New York’s Village of Mohawk, 81 miles West of Albany and 66 miles East of Syracuse.

More information at


California WorldFest 2018 Program Announced

California WorldFest 2018

California WorldFest 2018 will take place July 12 – Jul 15, 2018 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley, California.

The festival includes 7 stages of music and over 50 artists. Headliners include Anoushka Shankar, New Orleans funk ensemble Galactic, and folk singer-songwriter Trevor Hall.

California WorldFest also features a Global Indigenous village, a world market bazaar, workshops, classes, international cuisine and onsite camping.

More details at or call (530) 274-8384.


Awards Ceremony for the Alcobendas Flamenco New Talents 2018 on May 25

The Premios Alcobendas Flamenca Nuevos Talentos 2018 (Alcobendas Flamenco New Talents) Gala will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 25th at the Paco de Lucía Auditorium at the Alcobendas Art Center in Alcobendas, Madrid.

The event will feature the winners of the 2018 edition: Paco Soto (guitar), Ángeles Toledano (cante/vocals) and Ángel Reyes (dance). Macarena Ramírez, the winning dancer of the previous edition in 2017, will be the guest performer.


Macarena Ramírez


Ángeles Toledano – Photo by Manu


Vocalist María de los Ángeles Martínez Toledano, better known as Ángeles Toledano, was born in the town of Villanueva de la Reina in Jaen. At 22 years old, she exhibits sensitivity and technique with the makings of a young talent.



The desire to excel and perseverance have rewarded dancer Angel Reyes and guitarist Paco Soto, who have previously tried their luck in previous editions.


Paco Soto


Paco Soto, born in Águilas, Murcia in 1991, shows originality and a good sense of rhythm.



Ángel Reyes – Photo by Toni Blanco


Angel Reyes, from Cordoba, was selected because of his footwork, clarity, spotlessness and good dynamics.



The three winners will also receive a video of their performance as a prize awarded by AIE, Society of Performing Artists. The Audience Award with votes through Facebook goes to young Huelva-born cantaora Beatriz Romero.

The gala will be presented by Teo Sánchez, director of the radio program Duendeando on Radio 3.

Alcobendas Flamenca Nuevos Talentos is part of the program of the Alcobendas Flamenca week, May 21 to 26 that brings together different activities around the world of flamenco and closes with the performance of Carmen Linares.

Friday, May 25 – 7:30 p.m.
Auditorio Paco de Lucía
Centro de Arte Alcobendas
Calle Mariano Sebastián Izuel 9
Metro (subway) station: Marqués de la Valdavia
Tickets at box office and
More information at

Macarena Ramírez


The 3rd Flamenco Showcase for International Presenters Flamenco Eñe to be Held in Malaga from May 17 to 19

The third edition of Flamenco Eñe, the acclaimed showcase of new flamenco talent for performing arts presenters will take place May 17-19 in Malaga, Spain. This initiative, organized by the SGAE Foundation, with the collaboration of the Picasso Museum Malaga, the Andalusian Institute of Flamenco – Ministry of Culture of the Junta de Andalucía and Radio 3, seeks the internationalization of flamenco abroad.

For three days, the Picasso Malaga Museum Auditorium will host a total of 12 showcase concerts with some of the most significant flamenco projects performed in Spain today. The program combines well-known acts with young talents and varied styles: Alba Molina, David Carmona, Diego Guerrero, Juan Parrilla, El Amir, María Terremoto, Ezequiel Benítez, Gipsy Rappers, Laura Vital, Lorenzo Moya trio, Miguel Ángel Cortés and Kiki Morente.

Along with the audience, Flamenco Eñe will be attended by representatives of 12 festivals and presenters from Europe and the United States, invited by the SGAE Foundation to come into direct contact with the participating musicians and thus promote new avenues of collaboration among them. The guests this year include Fundarte and Old Town School (United States); Flamenco Biënnale (Holland); Toulouse Flamenco Festival and Viavox Production (France); Flamenco Festival (United States / United Kingdom); La Barraca (Belgium); Flamenco Festival Esch (Luxembourg); Dice (Austria), and Flamenco Colors Olomouc and Festival Ibérica (Czech Republic).

For this third edition of Flamenco Eñe, the SGAE Foundation convened an artistic committee in charge of designing the showcase program, including José Lebrero, director of the Picasso Museum in Málaga; María Ángeles Carrasco, from the Andalusian Institute of Flamenco; Teo Sánchez, director of the Duendeando radio show on Radio 3; José Manuel Gamboa, journalist, writer and music producer; and Juan Carmona, institutional director of Music of the SGAE Foundation. This committee has selected the 12 proposals out of a total of 113.

The program also includes a series of professional meetings between the participating groups, managers and the directors of festivals and guest presenters.

Full Program:

Thursday, May 17
Alba Molina Alba Molina “Canta a Lole y Manuel” con la guitarra de Joselito Acedo
Juan Parrilla Herencia
David Carmona Un sueño de locura
Diego Guerrero Vengo caminando

Friday, May 18
María Terremoto La huella de mi sentío
Lorenzo Moya Flamencos, Clásicos y otras Influencias
22:30 h
Laura Vital Flamenco con nombre de mujer
23:30 h
Miguel Ángel Cortés Sonantas en tres movimientos

Saturday, May 19
Ezequiel Benítez Quimeras del tiempo “Recuer2”
Gipsy Rappers Dame la mano
22:30 h
El Amir Flamenco Andalucía
23:30 h
Kiki Morente Albayzín

Sessions: 19:00 (7:00 p.m.) and at 22:30 (10:30 p.m.)s
Location: Auditorio Museo Picasso Málaga, Plaza de la higuera. Accessed from Calle Alcazabilla, 29015 Málaga.
Tickets: 6€ per session
Tickets on sale at and museum box office.


Vancouver Folk Music Festival Reveals 2018 Lineup

The Vancouver Folk Music Festival revealed this week the music artists set to perform at its 41st Annual festival. The festival will take place July 13-15, 2018 at Jericho Beach Park, Vancouver, BC. The program includes traditional and contemporary folk, world and roots music artists.

Debbi Lynn Salmonsen, the new The Vancouver Folk Music Festival Artistic Director has invited artists from across North America and around the world to come perform. Salmonsen says: “This year, I‘m pleased that we have an equal number of women artists playing as men.

Along with well-known Canadian and US artists like Neko Case, Rodney Crowell, Ry and Joachim Cooder, James McMurtry, Carole Pope, Ranky Tanky, Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys, The Dead South, Darlingside and Three Women and the Truth, there are many incredible Vancouver and other Canadian artists we’re excited to have people hear: Art Bergmann, Mariel Buckley, Kacy & Clayton, Martin Kerr, Little Miss Higgins, Petunia & the Vipers, Skye Wallace and Donovan Woods among them.”

Highlights include Ukraine innovators, Dakhabrakha; son jarocho from Mexico’s Son de Madera; Argentine tango artist Melingo; marrabenta music from Mozambique’s Wazimbo and Banda Kakana; and Alex Cuba. A Familia Machado features guitarist Celso Machado in concert with his renowned brother, Filó and Filó’s grandson Felipe, here from Brazil; all-female mariachi ensemble Las Estrellas de Vancouver; Arabic/Persian music 10-piece ensemble, Gord Grdina’s Haram; Dálava’s Moravian (Czech) folksong; Rwandan expatriate, Ezra Kwizera and so much more.

The full program is available at


Ney Maestro Hossein Omoumi to Perform at A World in Trance festival in New York

Hossein Omoumi – Photo by Marco Prozzo

Persian ney (flute) virtuoso and vocalist Hossein Omoumi is set to perform a concert of Persian classical and Sufi music on Sunday, April 29, 2017 at Roulette in Downtown Brooklyn, New York. This is the closing concert of A World in Trance festival.

Hossein Omoumi has toured and recorded with many of Iran’s leading artists, including Parissa, and introduced significant innovations to the ney and Iranian percussion. He will be joined by vocalist Jessika Kenney, Amir Koushkani (setar and tar lutes), and Hamin Honari (tombak , drum, daf). Their program of mystical and spiritual Persian music is influenced by the Isfahan school, which is based on vocal repertoire and poetry; included are works by Rumi and Attar.

Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue (at 3rd Avenue), Downtown Brooklyn
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Afghan Rubab Maestro Homayun Sakhi to perform at A World in Trance Festival in New York

Homayun Sakhi

Afghan rubab virtuoso Homayun Sakhi is set to perform on Friday, April 27, 2018 at Roulette in Brooklyn. The concert is part of the A World in Trance festival.

Homayun Sakhi has established an international reputation as the outstanding Afghan rubab player of his generation. A master of the rubab, a skin-faced lute that is revered as the national instrument of Afghanistan, he performs the music of Afghanistan, which is rich in traditions that span the Middle East, Central Asia and North India. He will be joined by Nitin Mitta, one of the most sought after tabla players of his generation.

Friday, April 27, 2018, 8:00 p.m.
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue (at 3rd Avenue), Downtown Brooklyn
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Ustad Shahid Parvez to perform at A World in Trance Festival in New York

Ustad Shahid Parvez

Acclaimed sitarist Ustad Shahid Parvez, one of India’s finest sitarists, will appear in a concert of classical Hindustani (North Indian) Indian music on Saturday, April 28th. the concert will take place at Roulette in Downtown Brooklyn at 8:00 p.m. The award-winning sitar maestro will be joined by tabla virtuoso Nitin Mitta.

Saturday, April 28, 2018, 8:00 p.m.
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue (at 3rd Avenue), Downtown Brooklyn
Box office (917) 267-0363
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