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Boston University Announces Second Annual Bu Global Music Festival

Boston University has announced the second annual BU Global Music Festival to be held October 4th and 5th, 2019 on the Boston University Charles River Campus. The festival will be free, open to the public and is intended for all ages.

The festival will include traditional and contemporary international musicians, as well as local world music artists.

Les Filles de Illighadad

The lineup includes Les Filles de Illighadad (Niger) who will bring to the festival the music of rural Niger called “tende” featuring compositions built from vocals, handclaps, and percussion; 47Soul (Palestine/UK) celebrated for inventing their own genre Shamstep, which fuses dub synth sounds with rock elements, hip-hop and pop lyrics in English and Arabic.

Also featured: Gamelan Cudamani (Bali, Indonesia) known for their outstanding creativity; Frontera Bugalú (Mexico/Texas) who perform a combination of high-energy “cumbia” mixed with other traditional Mexican and Latin American rhythms.

Saraswathi Ranganathan (India/US) will treat festival goers to a diverse presentation of the ancient veena; and Congolese band KOKOKO! (Democratic Republic of Congo), known for building their own instruments and blending Congolese and modern music.

Local artists Grooversity (Boston/Brazil) and Eastern Medicine Singers (Algonquin, Rhode Island) will also perform.

The festival is produced by the BU Arts Initiative – Office of the Provost and the College of Fine Arts Department of Musicology and Ethnomusicology through the Karbank Fund for Global Music. Musician and BU ethnomusicologist Marié Abe continues to serve as artistic director. Additional support comes from BU Global Programs, BU College of Fine Arts, and BU Dean of Students’ Office, the New England and American Studies Program. WBUR will serve as a media sponsor.

Saraswathi Ranganathan

“BU is very proud to host this festival and to welcome so many talented artists from around the world. Such events have transformative power. They expose us to different experiences, perspectives, and artistic expressions, while helping to break down barriers and bring us closer together,” said Jean Morrison, Provost and Chief Academic Officer of the University.

 “The BU Global Music Festival creates community and inspires greater understanding and respect through our shared passion for music and the performing arts,” expressed Harvey Young, Dean of the College of Fine Arts.

In addition to workshops and demonstrations offered to the public during the festival, this year, the BU Global Music Festival and BU Music Education Department have developed a new opportunity with the Boston Public Schools Office of the Arts, which will connect Boston’s music educators with visiting international musicians for a professional development credit in global music.

“The Boston University Music Education Department and students are excited to partner with Boston Public School music educators for a collaborative professional development opportunity centered around the world music traditions represented at this year’s Global Music Festival,” said Tawnya Smith, BU Assistant Professor in Music Education and member of the BU Provost’s Arts Council.

In addition to music, the Global Bazaar featuring artisan goods for purchase from international and immigrant communities continues this year. On Saturday afternoon guests can also take part in a Cultural Vendor Fair where they can peruse more than a dozen regional cultural and ethnic organizations that offer arts related programming throughout the year.

More information at www.bu.edu/gmf/ and www.bu.edu/arts

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Carnegie Hall Announces World Music Highlights for 2019—2020 Season

New York City’s iconic venue, Carnegie Hall, has announced the world music (including American folk music) concerts for the upcoming 2019-2020 season.

Fall 2019 Highlights: October—December

Benin International Musical

Celebrated Beninese singer Angélique Kidjo will map the voyage of African music and culture around the world throughout her Perspectives series. The series will begin with a program on October 19 in Zankel Hall that features Benin International Musical, a fast-rising ensemble that fuses rock, hip-hop and electronica with traditional music of Benin.

Her series continues with Diaspora Songs, on December 6 observing the effect that African music has had on the international music scene, led by musical director Terence Blanchard featuring The E-Collective and special guests to be announced.

Lionel Loueke

On December 13, Ms. Kidjo will be honored by longtime friend and guitarist Lionel Loueke and his trio in a concert that both celebrates and reinvents many of her beloved songs.

Ms. Kidjo’s Perspectives concludes on March 14, 2020 with Daughter of Independence, a special celebration of her 60th birthday that also honors the anniversary of independence of her native Benin and other West African nations. She will be joined by a cast of stellar guests.

The Milk Carton Kids

The Milk Carton Kids will present their harmonized vocals reminiscent of the Everly Brothers and Simon & Garfunkel to Zankel Hall on November 1 as part of Rosanne Cash’s annual series, American Byways. The folk duo will play songs from their fourth album, All the Things That I Did and All the Things That I Didn’t Do, which earned them a wave of critical praise and a 2018 Grammy nomination.

Rosanne Cash photo by Michael Lavine, Ry Cooder photo by Joachim Cooder

Rosanne Cash and Ry Cooder will come together for a rare joint performance of songs from Johnny Cash’s beloved songbook on November 2. After immediately selling out four dates at the SFJAZZ Center and presenting two additional performances at San Francisco’s War Memorial Opera House in 2018, the duo brings this highly anticipated concert to New York City for the first time.

Winter / Spring 2020 Highlights: January—May

Two broadly popular groups from Quebec, Le Vent du Nord & De Temps Antan, will come together on January 24 in Zankel Hall in a high-spirited celebration of traditional and contemporary dance tunes and ballads of French-Canadian culture.

The second installment of Rosanne Cash’s American Byways series on April 24 in Zankel Hall features the unadulterated Mississippi Hill Country Blues of multi-instrumentalist Cedric Burnside (grandson of legendary bluesman R. L. Burnside) and guitarist-vocalist Molly Tuttle (daughter of bluegrass star Jack Tuttle). They each celebrate their incredible musical lineage in performances seeped in the southern American roots tradition.

All performances take place in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage unless otherwise noted. For ticket information call 212-247-7800 or go to carnegiehall.org.

headline photo: Angelique Kidjo by Danny Clinch

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World Music Institute Unveils Fall/Winter 2019-2020 Season

The World Music Institute (WMI) has announced the set of global artists set to perform in New York City during the Fall/Winter 2019-2020 Season. Selected by new Artistic Director Brian Keigher, WMI’s 2019-2020 Season includes world music artists from 15 cultures including five New York City debuts: Finland’s Kardemimmit, Ethiopia’s Girma Bèyènè with French band Akalé Wubé, Cape Verde’s Lucibela, Madagascar’s Toko Telo, and France’s The Bongo Hop.

New venue partnerships include Chelsea Music Hall, Mercury Lounge, and The Sultan Room, with established venues such as Symphony Space, (le) poisson rouge, Littlefield, Merkin Hall at Kaufman Music Center, and Storm King Art Center remaining as program partners.

Clockwise from left: Lucibela (photo: Alex Tome), Saraswati Ranganathan, Gamelan Çudamani (photo: Jorge Viscera), Kardemimmit (photo: Timmy Träskelin), Väsen, KOKOKO!

WMI 2019-20 Fall/Winter Concert Details

Saraswathi Ranganathan
Sunday, August 25, 2019, 2:00 pm
Storm King Art Center
1 Museum Rd, New Windsor, NY

Presented in Collaboration with Storm King Art Center
Free event with museum admission / Limited unreserved seating

Season Launch Party with Mames Babegenush & Slavic Soul Party
Tuesday, August 27, 2019, Doors: 6:30 pm | Show: 7:00 pm
Mercury Lounge
217 East Houston St, Manhattan

Presented in collaboration with Mercury Lounge

Tickets: $20 Advance | $25 Day of Show
Standing room with limited unreserved seating

Girma Beyene & Akalé Wubé
Ethiopian New Year Celebration
Thursday, September 12, 2019, Doors: 6:30 pm | Show: 7:30 pm
(le) poisson rouge
158 Bleecker St, Manhattan

Tickets: $25 First 100 tickets | $30 Advance | $35
Day of Show | $40 VIP seating
Standing room with reserved VIP seating and limited unreserved seating

Lucibela
Tuesday, September 17, 2019, Doors: 7:30 pm | Show: 8:00 pm
Merkin Hall at Kaufman Music Center
129 W 67th St, Manhattan

Presented with Merkin Hall at Kaufman Music Center
Tickets: $25 | $35

Toko Telo
Friday, September 20, 2019, Doors: 7:00 pm | Show: 8:00 pm
Chelsea Music Hall
407 W 15th St, Manhattan

Tickets: $35. Advance | $40 Day of Show
Standing room with limited reserved seating

Purbayan Chatterjee & Ojas Adhiya
Sunday, September 22, 2019, Doors: 7:30 pm | Show: 8:00 pm
Merkin Hall at Kaufman Music Center
129 W 67th St, Manhattan

Presented with Merkin Hall at Kaufman Music Center
Tickets: $25 | $35

Väsen & Kardemimmit
Thursday, September 26, 2019, Doors: 6:30 pm | Show: 7:30 pm
Littlefield
635 Sackett St, Brooklyn

Standing room with reserved VIP seating and limited unreserved seating
Tickets: $35 Advance | $40 Day of Show | $45 VIP Front Row Seats

KOKOKO!
Friday, October 4, 2019, Doors: 6:30 pm | Show: 7:30 pm
(le) poisson rouge
158 Bleecker St, Manhattan

Presented in collaboration with (le) poisson rouge

Standing room with limited unreserved seating
Tickets: $20 Advance | $25 Day of Show

Gamelan Çudamani
Sunday, October 6, 2019, Doors: 7:00 pm | Show: 7:30 pm
Peter Norton Symphony Space
2537 Broadway at 95th St, Manhattan

Tickets: $30 | $40 | $45

Julie Fowlis
Thursday, October 10, 2019, Doors: 7:30 pm | Show: 8:00 pm
Merkin Hall at Kaufman Music Center
129 W 67th St, Manhattan

Presented with Merkin Hall at Kaufman Music Center
Tickets: $30 | $40

Flamenco Legends by Javier Limón: The Paco de Lucía Project
Sunday, October 13, 2019, Doors: 7:30 pm | Show: 8:00 pm
Peter Norton Symphony Space
2537 Broadway at 95th St, Manhattan

Tickets: $35 | $45 | $55 | $75 VIP – VIP ticket includes post-concert meet and greet with the performers (limited availability)

Nella
Sunday, October 20, 2019, Doors: 7:00 pm | Show: 8:00 pm
(le) poisson rouge
158 Bleecker St, Manhattan

Tickets: $25 First 100 tickets | $30 Advance | $35 Day of Show
Standing room with limited unreserved seating

The Bongo Hop
Friday, November 1, 2019. Doors: 7:00 pm | Show: 8:00 pm
Chelsea Music Hall
407 W 15th St., Manhattan

Tickets: $20 Advance | $25 Day of Show
Standing room with limited unreserved seating

Ani Cordero
Friday, December 6, 2019, Doors: 7:00 pm | Show: 8:00 pm
The Sultan Room
234 Starr Street, Brooklyn

Tickets: $20 Advance. $25 Day of Show

More information at www.worldmusicinstitute.org

headline photo: Toko Telo by Studio Smilebox

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Old Town School of Folk Music Announces World Music Wednesday & Global Dance Party Series

Subrata Bhattacharya & Abhisek Lahiri / Lucio Feuillet Quinteto

Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Music has announced the new season of its World Music Wednesday & Global Dance Party series. The weekly events provide a showcase of world music and dance featuring some of the finest local and touring talent. Most World Music Wednesday concerts are free with a $10 suggested donation. Global Dance Party ticket prices vary.

Event Schedule:

September 4, 8:30 PM – Mames Babegenush – World Music Wednesday

September 11, 8:30 PM – Subrata Bhattacharya & Abhisek Lahiri / Lucio Feuillet Quinteto – World Music Wednesday

September 18, 7:00 PM – Jeremy Dutcher / The Englewood/Soweto Exchange – World Music Wednesday – World Music Festival Chicago

September 18, 8:30 PM – Beppe Gambetta – World Music Wednesday – Rescheduled from January 30

September 25, 7:00 PM – The Gurdjieff Ensemble / HaitiDansCo – World Music Wednesday – World Music Festival Chicago

September 28, 8:30 PM – Jimmy Träskelin and Tallari – Global Dance Party

October 2, 8:30 PM – Emel Mathlouthi – World Music Wednesday

October 9, 8:30 PM – Sammy Figueroa & His Latin Jazz Explosion – World Music Wednesday

October 16, 8:00 PM – Indigenous Peoples Day Concert Chicago – featuring Frank Waln, Nufolk Rebel Alliance, and OPLIAM – World Music Wednesday

October 23, 8:30 PM – Isabelle Olivier Trio – The O.A.S.I.S. Project – World Music Wednesday

October 30, 8:30 PM – Giovanni Seneca & Andreas Kapsalis – World Music Wednesday

November 1, 8:30 PM – Iré Elese Abure with Orisha Dance Chicago – Global Dance Party

November 6, 8:30 PM – The Bongo Hop – World Music Wednesday

November 13, 8:30 PM – René Izquierdo – New Latin American Music for the Guitar · World Music Wednesday

November 20, 8:30 PM – Nella – World Music Wednesday

November 27, 8:30 PM – Old Town School of Folk Music and Cenzontles present – The Cenzontles Indigenous Celebration · World Music Wednesday

Old Town School of Folk Music
4544 N. Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625

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Rainforest World Music Festival 2020 To Be Held July 10-12

The 23rd edition of the Rainforest World Music Festival will be held on July 10-12 in 2019 in Kuching, Sarawak (Malaysian Borneo).

Irish band Kila at Rainforest World Music Festival – Photo courtesy of Sarawak Tourism Board

As one of Sarawak’s leading tourism attractions, the festival has proven itself to be more than just a music festival but a weekend fiesta celebrated by both locals and tourists.

Festivalgoers at Rainforest World Music Festival – Photo courtesy of Sarawak Tourism Board

The recently held Rainforest World Music Festival 2019, had a capacity crowd of 23,650, with the largest turn out to be on Saturday night.

More about the Rainforest World Music Festival

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Boukman Eksperyans to Perform Free Concert at Lincoln Center David Rubenstein Atrium

Boukman Eksperyans

Influential Haitian band Boukman Eksperyans is set to perform on Thursday, August 29 at 7:30 pm at the Lincoln Center’s David Rubenstein Atrium. Admission is free, available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Boukman Eksperyans piloted a musical revolution with its debut album, Voudou Adjae. This splendid release introduced the world to Boukman Eksperyans’ high-energy sound that combines traditional Haitian and Caribbean rhythms with rock and reggae.

Since their appearance on the world music scene, Boukman has continued to produce critically acclaimed albums and attract audiences around the world—from Haiti (where they draw tens of thousands of fans per show) to the Caribbean, throughout North America, Canada, Europe, Japan, and Africa—both as a headlining act and alongside Wyclef Jean, Femi Kuti, and Baba Maal.

David Rubenstein Atrium, Broadway between 62nd and 63rd Streets.

For more information call 212.721.6500 or visit LincolnCenter.org/Atrium.

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World Music Festival ¡Globalquerque! Adds New Artists to 2019 Lineup

Sahba Motallebi

New Mexico’s annual celebration of World Music & Culture has announced new artists added to the 2019 program. The three new names include Dave Alvin & Jimmie Dale Gilmore (USA), Natu Camara (Guinea) and Sahba Motallebi (Iran). The festival will take place September 20 and 21, 2019 at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The current lineup features:

47Soul (Palestine/Jordan)
Dave Alvin & Jimmie Dale Gilmore (Downey, California / Lubbock, Texas)
Natu Camara (Guinea)
La Cuneta Son Machín (Nicaragua)
Dat García (Argentina)
Garifuna Collective (Belize)
Lucibela (Cabo Verde)
Carlos Medina (Las Vegas, New Mexico)
Mdou Moctar (Niger)
Sahba Motallebi (Iran)
Pamyua (Inuit/Yup’ik)
Le Vent du Nord (Quebec, Canada)
Yandong Grand Singers (China)

Additional artists will be announced in the next weeks.

More at www.globalquerque.org


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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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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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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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