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Notable World Music Programming at Savannah Music Festival 2018

The Savannah Music Festival has announced the world music artists set to perform in 2018. The festival next year will take place March 29th through April 14th, 2018, at a number of venues throughout Savannah’s Historic District.

As usual, the festival selected first rate world music acts. Mali’s Trio Da Kali will share a bill with South African guitarist Derek Gripper (a kora music practitioner).

Malian kora maestro Toumani Diabaté is set to perform with his son Sidiki Diabaté in A World of Strings, an original production also including Brazilian music played by Savannah Music Festival Associate Artistic Director and mandolinist Mike Marshall and pianist Jovino Santos Neto (who will also play a solo show).

 

Diego El Cigala – Photo by Anya Bartels Suermondt

 

Iberian sounds include the great Dominican Republic-based Spanish flamenco singer Diego El Cigala and Portuguese fado singer António Zambujo.

Cellist Mike Block will perform with fellow Silk Road Ensemble musician Sandeep Das on tabla.

The festivals’ Latin Dance Party features the unrivaled Cuban son ensemble, Septeto Santiaguero.

Festival favorites Lúnasa (Ireland) and Tim O’Brien will team up for a concert of Irish and Appalachian-influenced music.

Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas play on a double bill with an electrifying new all-female acoustic music quartet called The Goodbye Girls.

For ticket information and the rest of the programming, including classical music, American roots music, jazz, theatrical productions and films, visit www.savannahmusicfestival.org.

headline photo: Septeto Santiaguero with El Canario

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Top American Roots Music Acts at Savannah Music Festival 2018

Savannah Music Festival has announced its 2018 programming. The festival will take place March 29th through April 14th, 2018, at several venues throughout Savannah’s Historic District.

In the American roots area, bluegrass sensations Rhonda Vincent & The Rage and Claire Lynch Band will share the stage on opening night, followed the next day by the Mission Temple Fireworks Revival with Paul Thorn Band and the Blind Boys of Alabama.

Songwriter-guitarist Margaret Glaspy is set to perform on a double bill with Argentine composer, singer and guitarist Juana Molina.

Tulsa’s John Moreland will share an alt-country bill with Nashville songwriter and guitarist Aaron Lee Tasjan.

New acoustic music projects include Hawktail and the Savannah Music Festival debut of Kittel & Co., guitarist Tommy Emmanuel plays on a co-bill with Jayme Stone’s Folklife and the original production The Voice is a Traveler features Moira Smiley and Anna & Elizabeth.

 

Rosanne Cash & John Leventhal at Savannah Music Festival 2015 – Photo by Frank Stewart

 

Rosanne Cash & John Leventhal will return to the Lucas stage as a duo and Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives are set to play Ships of the Sea, as do the North Mississippi Allstars.

Recent MacArthur “Genius” Grant recipient Rhiannon Giddens will present her first theater show at Savannah Music Festival, and Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn return with music from their new album, Echo in the Valley.

For ticket information and the rest of the programming, including classical music, world music, jazz theatrical productions and films go to www.savannahmusicfestival.org.

headline photo: Rhonda Vincent & The Rage

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101 Brass Band to perform at WOMAD Gran Canaria 2017

101 Brass Band

101 Brass Band is set to perform Friday, November 10, 2017 at WOMAD Gran Canaria. The concert will take place at 7:00 pm on stage 2 at Parque de Santa Catalina in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

101 Brass Band was formed in La Orotava in northern Tenerife (Canary Islands, Spain) in early 2014. The musicians were inspired by Balkan, South American and U.S. brass bands.

The band, known among its numerous followers as “La 101”, owes its name to a well-known and busy bus line in northern Tenerife that connects the capital, Santa Cruz de Tenerife with Puerto de la Cruz, stopping in all towns.

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WOMAD Gran Canaria 2017 Program Revealed

Acclaimed world music festival WOMAD Gran Canaria has announced its 2017 programming. WOMAD Gran Canaria will take place November 10-12 at Parque de Santa Catalina in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Canary Islands, Spain).

 

 

The lineup this year includes:

101 Brass Band (Canary Islands, Spain), Beating Heart (UK), Bombino (Niger), Hindi Zahra (Morocco), Horace Andy (Jamaica), Kuarembó (Canary Islands, Spain), La Dame Blanche (Cuba), Miroca Paris (Cape Verde), Niño de Elche (mainland Spain), Orkesta Mendoza (USA), Papaya (Canary Islands, Spain), Profecía Crew (Canary Islands, Spain), Tu Otra Bonita (Spain), and The Brand New Heavies (UK).

WOMAD Gran Canaria also includes adult workshops led by Ripton Lindsay (Jamaica) and Ras Happa (Jamaica) as well as children’s workshops by Purple Moon (Canary Islands, Spain) and Urban Outdoors (UK).

The WOMAD Gran Canaria is supported by the City of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and the Gran Canaria island government (Cabildo).

Headline photo: Bombino

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Nigerien Desert Blues Trio Anewal to Perform in New York

Anewal

Anewal, a new Tuareg act led by Alhousseini Anivolla, former lead guitarist and singer of Etran Finatawa, is set to perform on Thursday, December 7, 2017 at (le) poisson rouge in Manhattan.

Anewal will present the hypnotic desert blues sound of the Tamashek people of the Sahara.

Alhousseini Anivolla released an album titled Anewal/The Walking Man.

dj.henri will spin music at 7:00 p.m. before Anewal’s 8:00 p.m. set.

Thursday, December 7, 2017, 7:00 p.m.
Anewal (Etran Finatawa)
(le) poisson rouge
158 Bleecker St, Manhattan

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El Amir to Perform Vivaldi’s Concerto in C major for Mandolin on Greek Bouzouki

Amir John Haddad

Acclaimed world music and flamenco artist Amir John Haddad “El Amir” is set to perform Vivaldi’s Concerto in C major for Mandolin for the first time on Greek bouzouki. The debut will take place on November 6th at the National Auditorium of Music in Madrid accompanied by first-rate musicians from the Spanish National Orchestra.

El Amir, an accomplished guitarist and multi-instrumentalist, has made a special adaptation for bouzouki and it will be the first time to hear the complete version of this Concerto on this beautiful instrument.

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Sauti za Busara Announces 2018 Festival Line-up

Zanzibar Taarab Ensemble

Sauti za Busara, the prestigious African music festival held in Zanzibar has announced the lineup for 2018. The festival, held in Zanzibar’s Stone Town, will take place over four days during February 8 – 11, 2018 with 44 performances live on three stages. Additional headliners will be announced in the next weeks.

Sauti za Busara Festival Line-up

Kasai Allstars (DRC), Zakes Bantwini (South Africa), Alsarah & the Nubatones (Sudan / USA), Msafiri Zawose (Tanzania), Ribab Fusion (Morocco), Kidum & the Boda Boda Band (Burundi / Kenya), Mlimani Park Orchestra (Tanzania), Afrikan Boy (Nigeria / UK), Mohamed Ilyas & Nyota Zameremeta (Zanzibar), Matona’s Cultural Band (Zanzibar /Tanzania), Makadem (Kenya), Mangwenya Diana Samkange (Zimbabwe), Fatma Zidan (Egypt / Denmark), Inganzo Ngari (Rwanda), Mzungu Kichaa (Tanzania / Denmark), Segere Original (Tanzania), Simangavole (Reunion), Jally Kebba Susso (Gambia), Maia & the Big Sky (Kenya), Kiltir (Reunion), El Dey (Algeria), Maulidi ya Homu ya Mtendeni (Zanzibar), Simbin Project (Switzerland), CAC Fusion (Tanzania), Mbanaye (Malawi), Ernest Ikwanga (Malawi), Isack Abeneko (Tanzania), Grace Matata (Tanzania), Safi Theatre (Tanzania), Siti & the Band (Zanzibar), Matona’s Afdhal Group (Zanzibar / Norway), Mapanya Band (Zanzibar / Norway), Zanzibar Taarab Ensemble (Zanzibar).

More at www.busaramusic.org

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Yasmin Levy to Perform at Berklee Performance Center

Yasmin Levy

Sephardic music diva Yasmin Levy is set to perform Sunday, November 5, 2017 at Berklee Performance Center.

Yasmin Levy preserves and recovers the most beautiful and romantic songs from the Ladino/Judeo-Spanish tradition. Her intense and sensual vocals combines flamenco’s fiery passion with the microtonal essence of Middle Eastern music.

She is accompanied by Turkish and Arabic instruments such as the oud, ney, and qanun, along with hand percussion, acoustic guitar, and bass.

Her discography includes: Mano Suave, Tango, Sentir, La Juderia, Romance & Yasmin, and Libertad.

7:30 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Ave., Boston
Tickets at: tickets.worldmusic.org

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Christmas in El Barrio with Los Pleneros de la 21 in New York City

Los Pleneros de la 21

Puerto-Rican music ensemble Los Pleneros de la 21 is set to perform Christmas in El Barrio on Sunday, December 10, 2017 at Kumble Theater in Brooklyn, New York City.

Los Pleneros de la 21 draw from Puerto Rican traditions in music and dance, including the drum driven bomba and plena. Christmas in El Barrio celebrates community, family, and cultural identity.

The current lineup includes Juan Gutiérrez, Camilo Molina Gaetán, Julia Gutiérrez-Rivera, Nelson Matthew González, Nicholas Laboy, Zaccai Curtis, Alex Apolo Ayala, Iván Renta, Hommy Ramos, Flaco Navaja, Karenly Nieves, and Gabo Lugo.

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Navatman Music Collective to Perform a Carnatic Choir Concert in New York City

Navatman Music Collective

 

The gifted vocalists at Navatman Music Collective are set to present “An Untimely Joy,” a Carnatic choir concert on Sunday, November 19, 2017 at Symphony Space in New York City.

The concert includes a full-length Carnatic (South Indian classical) music concert.

Vocals: Shaaranya Pillai, Preetha Raghu, Shraddha Balasubramaniam, Kamini Dandapani, Parthiv Mohan, Shiv Subramaniam, Prithvi Ramesh, Asha Unni, Roopa Mahadevan, and Vignesh Ravichandran.

Instrumentalists: Anjna Swaminathan, Rohan Krishnamurthy and Pedro da Silva

The ensemble has an album titled An Untimely Joy.

 

 

Sunday, November 19, 2017, 4:00 p.m.
Symphony Space, Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theater
2537 Broadway at 95th Street, New York, NY 10025
Box Office: 212-864-5400
Tickets

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