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Nickel Creek and Punch Brothers to Perform Special Concert at Carnegie Hall

Nickel Creek – Photo by Josh Goleman

Chris Thile will conclude his season-long Debs Composer’s Chair residency at Carnegie Hall on Wednesday, May 8, 2019. The special one-night-only performance at Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage, includes his celebrated acoustic groups Nickel Creek and Punch Brothers on the same bill for the first time.

Punch Brothers – Photo by Josh Goleman

Nickel Creek
Chris Thile, mandolin
Sara Watkins, fiddle
Sean Watkins, guitar

Punch Brothers
Chris Eldridge, guitar
Paul Kowert, bass
Noam Pikelny, banjo
Chris Thile, mandolin

Wednesday May 8 at 8:00 PM
Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall
57th Street and Seventh Avenue, New York

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Africa Oyé Announces Headliners for 2019 festival

The Garifuna Collective from Belize and celebrated reggae artist Horace Andy will headline the 27th annual Africa Oyé festival this summer in the UK.

Africa Oyé will take place June 22 and 23, 2019 in Liverpool’s Sefton Park.  The festival celebrates the music and culture of Africa and the Diaspora with two free days of live music, DJ sets and multi-arts workshops.

Horace Andy

Jamaican singer-songwriter Horace Andy is well-known as the sweetest voice in reggae and for his long association with British trip-hop forerunners, Massive Attack. Andy has become an persevering voice on the Jamaican music scene. His early 1970s hit, ‘Skylarking’ expressed his ability to deliver songs of Black determination and social commentary that topped the Jamaican charts.

Horace Andy has steadily recorded and performed around the world in his own right with his band Dub Asante, and has remained famous in roots reggae, rocksteady, lovers rock and dancehall.

The Garifuna Collective

Also announced for the 2019 festival is The Garifuna Collective. The group has pushed the boundaries of Garifuna musical traditions. The group went back to the studio last year ro record its new album Hamala (Let Them Fly). It will The Garifuna Collective’s first record since the highly-praised tribute album to fallen bandleader and cultural icon Andy Palacio. The new album experiments with new Garifuna rhythms, recording concepts and even some “organic electronic” music and dub techniques.

The two festival headliners join a line-up that already includes BCUC, Moonlight Benjamin, Sofiane Saidi & Mazalda, Carlou D and OSHUN, as well as Liverpool emerging stars Tabitha Jade and Satin Beige who make up the ‘Oyé Introduces’ program.

Africa Oyé’s Artistic Director said: “It’ll be a real honor to welcome back The Garifuna Collective to headline Oyé in their own right after their amazing performance with the late, great Andy Palacio twelve years ago; their sound and energy is incredible. And Horace Andy is a reggae headliner we’ve always wanted to see on our stage and I just know he’ll close out the Saturday in perfect style.”

For more information on the festival visit africaoye.com.

headline photo Trenchtown by Mark McNulty

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Shubbak Festival to present special tribute concert to the late Rim Banna

Tania Saleh

Shubbak Festival will return to London’s Barbican Hall on Tuesday, July 9, 2019 with a special tribute concert to the late Palestinian singer, songwriter and composer Rim Banna. The show will include musicians who knew her best as well as close peers in the Palestinian music scene.

The performers include Lebanese visual artist and singer-songwriter Tania Saleh, Palestinian composer and pianist Faraj Suleiman and Syrian producer/MC Bu Kolthoum who will be performing newly re-orchestrated versions of Rim Banna’s material, accompanied by a specially assembled band.

The event is called “The Trace of the Butterfly,” which is the name of one of Banna’s songs as well as a poem by Mahmoud Darwish.

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Invoking the Goddess Saraswati in New York at A World in Trance 2019

Jayanthi Kumaresh

Jayanthi Kumaresh is set to perform on Friday, April 12, 2019 at Roulette in new York city. The concert is part of the A World in Trance series.

Jayanthi Kumaresh is one of India’s leading veena (lute) players. She has captivated audiences around the world for over three decades with her entrancing performances.

A sixth generation musician and niece of the legendary violinist Lalgudi Jayaraman, she began playing the veena at the age of three. Jayanthi seeks to express the true voice of the veena, which transcends the boundaries of language and region.

She will open this program with a long solo rendition of tanam, the repetitive pulse that engenders the ancient art of Vedic chant. Since the veena is attributed to Saraswati, the Hindu goddess of music and learning, this part of the program will evoke the feminine principle – Laasya – through an uninterrupted sequence of ragas.

In the second part, Jayanthi will evoke the masculine principle – Thaandava, where she will be joined by renowned percussionists K U Jayachandra Rao (mrdangam) and Pramath Kira (tabla, morching – jaw’s harp).

Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue at 3rd Avenue, Downtown Brooklyn
Box office: 917-267-0363

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Sufi Chants of Pakistan at A World in Trance 2019

Hamza Akram Qawwal & Brothers

Pakistani ensemble Hamza Akram Qawwal & Brothers are set to perform on Saturday April 13, 2019 at Roulette in New York City. The concert is part of the A World in Trance series.

Hamza Akram Qawwal & Brothers, grandsons of the revered Munshi Raziuddin, have been acclaimed for their dazzling interpretations of qawwali, the ecstatic improvisational Sufi vocal tradition made famous in the West by the late Pakistani singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.

This award-winning ensemble represents the 26th generation of the seven centuries-old Qawwal Bachon ka Gharana of Delhi founded by Saamat bin Ibrahim, the first qawwal of the subcontinent and principal student of mystic Amir Khusrau.

Hamza has studied with the renowned Naseeruddin Saami, as well as with his uncle, Farid Ayaz Qawwal, with whom he and his brothers have toured.

The ensemble creates a state of ecstasy through rhythmic handclapping, drumming and powerful vocals (in a call-and-response manner), and performs songs that range from 13th century mystical Persian poems to more recent Punjabi poems that speak of the intoxication of divine love.

Recordings include Mere Sarkar Aaye and Sada-E-Sufi.

Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue at 3rd Avenue, Downtown Brooklyn
Box office: 917-267-0363

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Black Atlantic, a weeklong Series in Durham celebrating the music of Africa and the African diaspora

Noura Mint Seymali, one of the artists scheduled to perform

Throughout March 2019, Duke Performances will be presenting some of the finest world music acts from Africa and the African diaspora with Black Atlantic. The series is a week-long festival that will take place at Durham’s iconic Motorco music club (and one addiitonal concert at Duke University’s Baldwin Auditorium).

Black Atlantic will feature artists from South Africa, Mauritania, Mali, Cuba, Brazil and the USA.  The concert by Nigerien band Tal National was cancelled.

Black Atlantic Schedule

Black Atlantic: Derek Gripper & Africa Strings
Monday, March 25, 2019 at 8:00 p.m. (20:00)
Motorco Music Hall

Black Atlantic: Fatoumata Diawara
Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at 8:00 p.m. (20:00)
Motorco Music Hall

Noura Mint Seymali: Public Demonstration and Q&A
Wednesday, March 27, 2019 at 12 pm

Black Atlantic: Noura Mint Seymali
Wednesday, March 27, 2019 at 8:00 p.m. (20:00)
Motorco Music Hall

Caique Vidal: Public Demonstration and Q&A
Thursday, March 28, 2019 at 3 pm

Black Atlantic: Daymé Arocena
Thursday, March 28, 2019 at 8:00 p.m. (20:00)
Motorco Music Hall

Black Atlantic: Dafnis Prieto Big Band
Friday, March 29, 2019 at 8:00 p.m. (20:00)
Baldwin Auditorium

Black Atlantic: The Campbell Brothers
Friday, March 29, 2019 at 8:00 p.m. (20:00)
Motorco Music Hall

Black Atlantic: Danilo Brito
Saturday, March 30, 2019 at 8:00 p.m. (20:00)
Motorco Music Hall

More information and tickets at dukeperformances.duke.edu/event-category/black-atlantic

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Boomtown Festival Announces Copper County, a District Dedicated To Folk, Acoustic and World Music

British music festival has announced the lineup at Copper County, the area dedicated to folk, acoustic and world fusion. The festival will take place August 7 – 11, 2019 at Matterley Estate – Winchester, UK.

Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba, one of the world music stars scheduled to perform at Boomtown – Photo by Thomas Dorn 2017

Copper Town will include a new stage called The Forge, an icon of the industrial revolution where this global fusion of folk and traditional music will take place.  It’s an essential part of the festival’s immersive all-embracing storyline, and Copper County is set in the year 1905 where a new age of industry brings with it soot and grime but also skyscrapers and finery.

Xavier Rudd

Topping the bill is multi-instrumentalist Xavier Rudd from Australia; contemporary folk from Winchester’s own This Is The Kit;  blends of funk, reggae, jazz, folk from Michael Franti & Spearhead; politically charged acoustic roots from Malian virtuoso Bassekou Kouyate; serene folk rock from Johnny Flynn & The Sussex Wit  as well as the broad ranging sounds of Dreadzone, Breabach, Seth Lakeman, BCUC, San Salvador, Elephant Sessions, Emmanuel Jal & Nyaruach, Skinny Lister, She Drew The Gun, Grace Petrie, Stella Donnelly, Showhawk Duo and Mik Artistik.

This is the Kit

Elsewhere in the district is Foggers Mill the one stop shop for bluegrass, folk and Americana all day long. Featuring Neck, Graveyard Johnnys, Pronghorn, Funke & The Two Tone Baby and more.

Tickets available from www.boomtownfair.co.uk.

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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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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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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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