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Arts Center in Carrboro Reveals 2018-19 World Music Season

The Arts Center in Carrboro, North Carolina has announced the 2018-19 world Music Season. The series begins on Saturday, September 9th with Black Umfolosi, a Zimbabwean vocal and dance quintet that performs traditional imbue a cappella song and gumboot dance.

The following week, on Thursday, September 13th, the Austin Piazzolla Quintet will perform works by celebrated Argentine tango composer Astor Piazzolla along with original compositions.

Other shows include:

10/11/2018: Lulo Reinhardt and Daniel Stelter
German gypsy jazz guitar duo

10/13/2018: Rio Mira
Colombian / Ecuadorian marimba and percussion group

10/19/2018: Sona Jobarteh
Groundbreaking Gambian female griot & kora prodigy

2/10/2019: Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas
Celtic fiddle and cello duo

3/29/2019: La Patronal
Peruvian traditional brass band

For tickets and more information go to The ArtsCenter
300-G East Main St. Carrboro, NC 27510
Phone: (919) 929-2787


Madridfolk Musical Festival Announces 2018 Program

Madridfolk 2018

Madridfolk 2018, a festival of Spanish contemporary folk music, will take place on Saturday, September 15 and Sunday, September 16, 2018 at Circulo de Bellas Artes (CBA) in Madrid. The festival is celebrating its 10th anniversary with “an eye on the future, enjoying the present and not forgetting our past,” said Manuel Segovia, Director of MadridFolk.

Festival Program

Saturday, September 15
12:00 to 13:30
Dance Class Neofolk – Raquel Ruiz
Price: € 5 (free, if you show the ticket to the Hispania Tribal concert)

8:30 p.m. Concert
Eliseo Parra Band & Ibérica De Danza
Tribal Hispania
Price: €15, CBA member: €12
A retrospective of the origins of the Festival with Eliseo Parra Band, on Saturday the 15th, with the Hispania Tribal concert. He will be accompanied by Ibérica de Danza, a company that is also celebrating its 25th anniversary.

Sunday, September 16

12:00. Didactic Concert and Projection
Joaquín Sánchez (Vibra-tó) & Uninstrumented
Price: €10 CBA member: €8
Do we know how the things we throw in the trash sound? In this educational concert for all audiences, Joaquín Sánchez (Vibra-tó) will show that music can be made with the most amazing objects. It’s the Landfill Folklore! And they will also project the short film Desinstrumentados. The magic of unusual instruments.
Joaquín Sánchez goes deeper into the surprising world of rare instruments through unusual artists who, beyond creating original and fun proposals, defending alternative paths, creativity, values ​​and musical magic.
Uninstrumented, the magic of unusual instruments


7:30 p.m. Concert
Water. Traditional music of the Tagus basin
Disc-book presentation
Price: € 15 CBA member: € 12
The group Aljibe, based in Guadalajara, will present their latest work, the album and book with a very suggestive name, Agua.
This project aims to unite, around the Tagus River, “traditional music, its history, its traditions and legends forming an authentic travel guide and developing a journey that leads from its source in the Sierra de Albarracín, to its mouth in Lisbon” .

Circulo de Bellas Artes
Calle de Alcalá, 42 – Madrid

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World Fusion Ensemble Ancient Future to Perform in Las Vegas

Ancient Future in 2018 – Photo by by Julie Martin, Sharif and Inni Singh

The ground-breaking world fusion group Ancient Future will perform as a trio on Saturday, September 8, 2018 at the Winchester Cultural Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. The lineup for this concert includes innovative guitarist Matthew Montfort on scalloped fretboard guitar, Arabic violin maestro Georges Lammam, and Indian tabla master Vishal Nagar.

This program will combine the rhythms and melodies of the Arabian Peninsula, Spain, and India with contemporary jazz and rock. Musical concepts such as taqsim (an Arabic method of melodic improvisation), tala (the recurring rhythmic cycles of Indian classical music), and compás (the rhythmic structure of flamenco) will be showcased.

The will include music from Ancient Future’s wide-ranging repertoire including music from the band’s major label releases such as World Without Walls and current releases such as Planet Passion, Yearning for the Wind, and the Archive of Future Ancient Recordings.

September 8, at 2:00 p.m.
Winchester Cultural Center, located at 3130 S. McLeod Dr. in Las Vegas, Nevada.
For more information, call 702-455-7340 or visit for tickets. Admission is $12 in advance and $15 the day of the show.


Turkish Act Gaye Su Akyol to Release New Album on Glitterbeat & Live at WOMAD and WOMEX

Gaye Su Akyol


‘İstikrarlı Hayal Hakikattir’ is the title of the second Glitterbeat album from Gaye Su Akyol, the celebrated singer-songwriter from Istanbul. Her music is a mix of Turkish roots, retro twang and rock.

Gaye Su Akyol will be performing songs from her new album at WOMAD Charlton Park festival, on Saturday, July 28, 2018 at 3:00pm, in the Big Red Tent.

Gaye is also part of the WOMEX 2018 Official Showcase Selection and will be performing on Saturday, October, 27 in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain.



The Turkish artist’s previous album was ‘Hologram Ĭmparatorluğu’ released in 2016.


Madison World Music Festival 2018 Program announced

The 15th Annual Madison World Music Festival will take place September 14 and 15, 2018 at University of Wisconsin-Madison.


September 14th at the Memorial Union:

4:30 PM Orquesta el Macabeo from Puerto Rico (Terrace)
5:15 PM Sona Jobarteh from Gambia (Play Circle)
6:45 PM Hoven Droven from Sweden (Terrace)
9:00 PM Lemon Bucket Orkestra from Canada/Eastern Europe (Terrace)

September 15th at the Willy St. Fair:

2:00 PM Tani Diakite & the Afrofunkstars from Mali/Madison
4:00 PM Aynur from Turkish Kurdish region
5:45 PM La Misa Negra from Latin America
7:45 PM Gili Yalo from Israel/Ethiopa

Memorial Union Terrace closing act:

9:00 PM La Dame Blanche from Cuba/France

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The First World Music Networking Conference to Be Held in Russia in July 2018

Kamwa international world music conference is the first three-day conference in Russia, aimed at the development of Russian ethno-music industry, and organized by Kamwa festival. The gathering will take place on July 27 – 29, 2018.

The conference will include a series of round tables and lectures on current topics of the world music industry such as “Features of the ethnic festivals organization in Russia. The best form of legal registration for the festival”, “How to promote your folk group abroad?”, “Music folk industry in Russia” and others.

Main aim of work: professional industry partnership, business contacts, opportunities for Russian ethnic music export, international cooperation. The conference will take place on the territory of the architectural and ethnographic Khokhlovka museum, located 40 km from Perm (Ural region) on the picturesque banks of Kama river, and will bring together the leading directors of ethnic festivals in Russia, managers of clubs working with world music groups, tour agents, representatives of ethnic labels and journalists.

Participants: the organizer of the Tyumen festival “Nebo I Zemya” Tatiana Fokina; director of the French art-agency “Altan-Art” Tatiana Lambolez; host of radio program “Folk Room” in “Svoyo radio” and director of the music label “FireStorm Production” Lev Belyakov from Moscow; musician of the group Meszecsinka and curator of the Hungarian ethno festival Babel Sound Emil Bilyarsky; director of the international festival “Voice of nomads” Natalia Ulanova (Ulan-Ude); director of the Novosibirsk festival “WhatEthno” Yuri Romanov; director of the ethno-festival “Midsummer tale” Marina Gulyaeva; co-director of the Russian World Music Awards Daryana Antipova from Moscow; director of the international Kamwa festival Natalya Shostina (Perm); art directors of the Orenburg promo-group “Wonderland” Iskander Marat and Milakova Alexander; and director of the music label “Myrkr” from Ekaterinburg Denis Davydov.

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Significant Music Festival Colours of Ostrava 2018

The annual music festival Colours of Ostrava will take place July 18-21, 2018 in Ostrava, Czech Republic.

The lineup this year includes Oumou Sangare, Cheikh Lô, Dobet Gnahoré, Omar Sosa & Seckou Keita, Ziggy Marley, Calexico, Dirtmusic, Radio cos, Debashish Bhattacharya, BraAgas and many more.

Colours of Ostrava is a multi-genre music festival organised annually in Ostrava since 2002. The festival features international acts, including world music artists.

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African Stars and Rising Acts at La Mar de Músicas 2018 Music Festival

Kokoko!, Fatoumata Diawara, Songhoy Blues, Bamba Wassoulou Groove, Djanka Diabaté, Nélida Karr and Alex Ikot are the African artists set to perform between July 20 and 28, 2018 in Cartagena, Spain at world music festival La Mar de Músicas.

Music from Africa has always played a leading role in La Mar de Músicas. The festival has dedicated previous editions to Senegal, Mali, Morocco and South Africa. Even though this year is dedicated to the music of Denmark, African artists will be represented as well.

We have not stopped looking at Africa in any of our editions. We will continue being one of the seminal festivals in terms of music from the African continent in Spain,” said David Martínez Noguera, Culture councilman of the Cartagena City Council.



Representing the alternative music scene of the Congo, Kokoko! will perform on Saturday, July 21. Kokoko! is a hard to define band viewed from the western perspective. Their sounds emerge from the ghetto and the gambling dens of Kinshasa, where they avoided the censorship imposed by the government.

Kokoko! is part of the “do it yourself” concept in terms of the instruments they use. They invented their own instruments with scrap objects, given the impossibility of buying the traditional ones. A typewriter, a bucket of paint, a car’s cassette player … they have become the transmitters of their creations.

The band met French producer and African music fan, Débruit, and together they merged their sound universes, electrifying the raw sound of the Congolese and offering music that merges disco sounds, psychedelia and African traditions.


Songhoy Blues


La Mar de Músicas will welcome Songhoy Blues, all the way from Timbuktu. Formed by three young people who, despite the ban on music in their region, continued their work from their exile in Bamako. They released an album that says it all, Résistence, in which they collaborated with Iggy Pop. Songhoy Blues will be in Cartagena on July 22.

Another of the Malian bands that participate in La Mar de Músicas is Bamba Wassoulou Groove, an act in which three guitarists stand in the wake of the legendary Zani Diabaté, who died in 2011.

Bamba Wassoulou Groove perform new songs and classic pieces from the bambara repertoire that sound like psychedelic guitars and electric and hypnotic blues. On July 25 will play in the Plaza del Ayuntamiento de Cartagena (Cartagena city hall square).


Fatoumata Diawara – Photo by Angel Romero


Fatoumata Diawara, originally from Mali, is a singer-songwriter who fuses wassulu music, an original style from the south of the Niger River with jazz and soul, creating a blend of modernity and African traditions with ancestral echoes. Her precious voice, trained as a theater and film performer in France and Mali, unfolds without limits in her latest work, Fenfo, which she will present in the old courtyard of the Military Training Barracks of Cartagena on July 27.

Djanka Diabaté was discovered by reggae star Alpha Blondy, who encouraged her and helped her make her first recordings. Her music combines traditional Guinean sounds and zouk and soukus influences and has made her a celebrity in Ivory Coast. In Cartagena she will perform on Monday, July 23rd along with Totó la Momposina, winner of La Mar de Músicas 2018 award.


Nélida Karr


Nélida Karr is the contemporary musical revelation of the new rhythms and sounds of Equatorial Guinea. Vocalist, composer, producer, pianist, guitarist and cellist, she has always been surrounded by the wealth of her family’s musical heritage, the landscapes of her country, jazz and gospel music.

Nélida will perform in Cartagena on Thursday, July 26, as she is one of the winners of the Vis a Vis cultural cooperation project of Casa África, in which the Cartagena festival has participated once more. Casa África is a Spanish government agency that supports cultural exchange between Spain and African nations.


Alex Ikot


On July 28, the last day of the festival, and also thanks to the Vis a Vis project, Equatorial Guinean actor Alex Ikot will perform. He’s a musician who has always excelled in the music scene of his country as a percussionist and drummer, skills that he developed from his childhood.

Álex Ikot’s resume is perhaps the most international of Equatoguinean musicians, having played during his long career with some of the greatest African musicians, such as Manu Dibango and Youssou N’Dour.

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headline photo: Bamba Wassoulou Groove


The Rainforest World Music Festival 2018

The Rainforest World Music Festival will take place July 13 – 15, 2018 in Sarawak, Malaysian Borneo. The concerts will take place in a beautiful setting, at the Sarawak Cultural Village, an award-winning museum, located at the foot of the iconic Mt. Santubong.

The lineup this year includes Bhungar Khan Company (India); Oyme (Mordovian Republic, Russia); Mathew Ngau & Julien Cottet (Sarawak / France), Volosi (Poland), Narasirato (Solomon Islands), Balkanopolis (Serbia), Cuatro Minimal (Mexico / Japan / Korea), Guo Gan & Aly Keita (China / Ivory Coast), Elisouma (Comoros Islands), Naedrum (Korea), At Adau (Sarawak), Djeli Moussa Conde (Guinea), Yallah Bye! (Tunisia), Niteworks (Isle Of Skye), Swarasia Malaysia (Malaysia), Alberto Marin (Spain), Grace Nono (Philippines), Aziza Brahim (Sarahawi Refugee Camp), Raghu Dixit Project (India), Combo Ginebra (Chile), Gayagayo (Indonesia), Slobodan Trkulja (Serbia), Dona Onete (Brazil), Sada Borneo (Sarawak / Malaysia), Kevin Locke (USA), Shanren (China), Persatuan Chingay Pulau Pinang (Malaysia), Sarawak Cultural Village (Sarawak), 1drum.Org (Malaysia), DJ Percy (Mauritius), and DJs Innes & Allan (Scotland)

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headline photo: At Adau (Sarawak)


The Córdoba Guitar Festival 2018 Opens Tomorrow

The Córdoba Guitar Festival in Spain will celebrate its 38th edition from July 4 to July 14, 2018. This year, the highlights include guitar geniuses like Pat Metheny, Mike Stern and Vicente Amigo.

There will also be performances by rock stars such as the American band Kiss, which will perform the Plaza de Toros de Córdoba on July 12, with the Spanish group Mago de Oz as opening act.


Vicente Amigo


Other relevant events include performances by Randy Brecker, Jorge Drexler, Miguel Poveda, Los Secretos, Serrat, Marcin Dylla and Joao Bosco, among others.

The educational part of the festival includes twelve courses and a masterclass.

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