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New Festival Fusión x Camarón to Celebrate Innovative Flamenco Artists

The first edition of the Fusion x Camarón festival will take place in San Fernando (Cadiz province, Spain) on Thursday, December 5, 2019. The event will coincide with the 69th anniversary of the birth of legendary flamenco singer Camarón de la Isla. The festival takes the revolutionary figure of Camarón as inspiration and central topic of its programming, providing a glance at current innovative flamenco.

Fusion x Camarón Press conference in San Fernando with Dolores Montoya “La Chispa”, Familia Camarón, Nani Cortés, San Fernando Mayor Patricia Cavada and music presenter Javier Vázquez Selvático.

La Familia Camarón (Camarón Family) will open the festival. The other artists announced are Raimundo Amador, Kiko Veneno, Diego Carrasco, Maloko & Carrasco Family, Maka, Tomasito, Nani Cortés & Lin Cortés, Alba Molina, María José Llergo and psychedelic Andalusian rock band Derby Motoreta’s Burrito Kachimba. The event will take place in a temporary covered space at the San Fernando Fairgrounds.

Camarón de la Isla was a groundbreaking artist in flamenco art. He released a seminal innovative work, the album “La leyenda del tiempo” (The Legend of Time). That recording sought new expressions, new airs, and new sounds. Guest artists featured In “La leyenda del tiempo” included some of most innovative Spanish artists of the time: Kiko Veneno, Raimundo Amador, Tomatito, Jorge Pardo, Rubem Dantas, Gualberto and Andalusian rock band Alameda, among other artists, and the no less revolutionary producer Ricardo Pachón.

Two of those artists, Kiko Veneno and Raimundo Amador, head this new festival, FusiónxCamarón, along with Jerez-born cantaor (singer) Diego Carrasco; his nephew Maloko accompanied by his Carrasco Family; Granada artist Maka, and the whirlwind of gitano (gypsy) rock Tomasito.

More information at Fusión x Camarón.

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WOMAD Gran Canaria 2019 Set for November 7-10

World music festival WOMAD Gran Canaria-Las Palmas de Gran Canaria will present 32 artists from four continents November 7-10, 2019 in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain.

The international lineup includes Ghanaian artist Pat Thomas, Brazilian diva Dona Onete, Iranian-born Afghan Elaha Soroor with the duo Kefaya, Altin Gün, DJ Mam, Hanggai, Jungle by Night, Nayaband, Sofiane Saidi & Mazaldd, Tupinamba and Trans Sound Kabar.

The Spanish mainland artists this year are Novedades Carminha, Lorena Álvarez and The Limboos.

The concerts will take place at the Santa Catalina and Boulevard stages and the emerging Canary Islander artists will have their own space LPAJuventud @ WOMAD, at the Plaza de Canarias.

Atlántida

The Canary Island’s presence includes six groups and soloists at the two main stages:  Althay Páez, Atlántida, Birkins with Álvaro Suite, Fajardo, Lajalada and Toto Noriega.

Among the fortnight of planned activities, a set of film screenings with seven feature films and three short films will show contemporary visions of Africa.

There will be dancing and percussion in the workshops for adults and children that will be taught by Peruvian Mariella Köhn with percussionist Walter Sánchez.

The commemoration of the arrival of man on the moon will be disseminated in various activities of the Elder Museum and in children’s workshops.

It is an artistic roster that perfectly condenses the essence of WOMAD and that will offer a magnificent sound and cultural map of the world in a unique communion of tradition and innovation, because culture is history, but also evolution, and that responds to this programming ”, assured festival director Dania Dévora in her presentation.

The mayor of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Augusto Hidalgo, expressed his happiness for the new edition of the festival: “We are tremendously happy with this new edition, to which the Government of the Canary Islands finally joins more firmly. We also add value with a new stage for emerging bands that was born from an initiative of the City Council of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria through its Department of Youth ”, referring to the new emerging bands stage, LPAJuventud @ WOMAD.

Likewise, the president of the Cabildo (island government) de Gran Canaria, Antonio Morales, expressed his commitment to the WOMAD festival, which he has described as one of the “great events” national and international. “There are no events of the transcendence of multiculturalism like WOMAD,” he said.

Finally, the president of the Canary Islands regional Government, Ángel Víctor Torres, expressed his delight to contribute to the celebration of this festival that has, in his words, “a transcendence that exceeds music, as it contains values ​​that we share, of multiculturalism, inclusion and also has great economic value for the city and the island.”

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World Music Showcase globalFEST Announces 2020 Program

American world music showcase globalFEST 2020 is set to take place on January 12, 2020 at the Copacabana club in Manhattan, New York.

Yungchen Lhamo

The globalFEST 2020 lineup includes:

– Ak Dan Gwang Chil (South Korea): Korean shamanic music

– Bohemian Betyars (Hungary): speed-folk (NY debut)

– Cheikh Lô (Senegal): spiritual West African folk

– La Chica (Venezuela/France) Introspective electro pop (USA debut)

– Les Amazones d’Afrique (France): West African female supergroup (USA debut)

– Meklit (Ethiopia/USA): Ethiojazz

– Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Chas (Louisiana/USA): accordion-driven Creole dance music

– San Salvador (France): (USA debut) French polyphonies and percussion

– Sofiane Saidi & Mazalda (Algeria/France): Raï (USA debut)

– Tufan Derince (Kurdistan/Netherlands): Electric Kurdish wedding songs (USA debut)

– Xenia França (Brazil): Afrofuturistic Bahian soul

– Yungchen Lhamo (Tibet/USA): Songs, chants and prayers by iconic vocalist

More at globalFEST

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Robust Finnish Presence at WOMEX 2019

The World Music Expo 2019 starts next week in Tampere, Finland. Tampere is the 3rd largest city in Finland and a multi-talented music hub. It is the home for numerous high-quality festivals, events and music companies.

Finnish music will play a key role this year. The Opening concert is titled Arctic Fire – Pohjoiset tulet. To celebrate WOMEX’ 25th anniversary, four leading Finnish acts, Vildá, Pauanne, Pekko Käppi and Suistamon Sähkö, will be performing on the opening night at 19:30.

Pekko Kappi – Photo by Toni Pitkanen

The Northern Connections showcase will present MA Rouf on Saturday, October 26 at 00:45. The band combines mystical Persian and Nordic music; Tuuletar, a vocal group that draws from Finnish traditions and modern influences, set to perform on Thursday, October 24 at 00:45; and the Sami yoik of Wimme & Rinne on Friday, October 25 at 23:15.

The Official Showcase features Finnish act Emilia Lajunen & Suvi Oskala, scheduled to perform on Friday, October 25 at 13:00. Emilia Lajunen & Suvi Oskala are five-string fiddle masters.

More about WOMEX.

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Havana World Music to celebrate its 7th edition in March 2020

The Havana World Music Festival (HWM) will take place on March 19, 20 and 21, 2020, under the artistic direction of performer and composer Eme Alfonso.

I am super happy to make another edition of Havana World Music and to bring new artists,” said Eme Alfonso. “Once again the music of the world will be celebrated, taking the capital of Cuba as a center of cultural exchange. We are preparing many surprises for Havana World Music 2020. The idea is to continue surprising the public with different styles, languages, cultures and expressions. We believe it is our hallmark and we will continue working on that line.”

True to the values ​​of diversity and creativity that distinguish the event, the organizing committee of HWM will again present in Cuba a particular mix of world music. The festival revealed some of the artists scheduled to perform.

Silvio Rodríguez, founder of the Nueva Trova Movement in Cuba, and one of its greatest exponents, will top the list of Cuban artists. Silvio Rodríguez’s career spans over four decades and about twenty albums. He is considered one of the greatest Spanish-language singer-songwriters. His songs have become classics of Latin American music.

It is a dream for us to be able to receive his music, which I personally admire, “said Eme.  “I think it is a privilege and honor. The rest of the artists we have confirmed are known within world music, love Cuba and are eager to come and play for the Cuban public. ”

Lin Cortés, from Spain, will make his debut in Cuba. Known as the prince of the latest flamenco, he mixes Andalusian poetry, rock, jazz, symphonic elements , funk and soul. Cortés has been helped by some of the most prominent musicians of the genre in Spain, including Antonio Carmona, Rosario Flores, El Pele, Nita (singer of the Fuel Fandango duo), who endorse him as a unique artist. ““Indomable”, his second album mixes his gypsy style with avant-garde sonorities.

The MC and urban music producer Waahli, who accompanied the Nomadic Massive group during their previous presentations at HWM, will return to the Festival. On this occasion, he will come back from Canada with his solo project to launch Black Soap, his latest recording.

The live sound clash between Cuban and Jamaican musicians that is Havana Meets Kingston will also be present in this new edition of the Festival. The project brings together an important cast of world-class performers, who combine the musical traditions of two Caribbean islands, something rarely seen on the same stage.

Percussionist and singer Brenda Navarrete is part of the HWM 2020 lineup. Performing on batá and tumbadora, she stands out in the Cuban music scene, with strong influences from jazz and Afro-Cuban rhythms. She will present her first album: “Mi mundo”, a mix of rumba, Latin jazz, timba, son, Indian music, guaguancó and folklore.

As part of the To Mestizar project, the Festival will present Nengón Kiribá, which from a small town in Baracoa, preserving the musical legacy of eastern Cuba.

Another Cuban band will present its fusion of conga, reggae, danzón, funk and other sounds.

More at Havana World Music

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Second Círculo Flamenco de Madrid Festival Announced

Second Festival del Círculo Flamenco de Madrid poster by María Artigas

The Second Festival del Círculo Flamenco de Madrid will be held from October 24 to 27, 2019. This year, the festival has come up with a different format, distributing the contents in three days – morning and evening – at several venues, so that each event takes place in an ideal space.

The first day of the festival (October 24) features two unique characters: Antonio El Marsellés and Manuel de los Ríos ‘El Pititi de El Puerto’. Despite not having developed a conventional career, both are part of that elite known as a genuine artists, highly valued by fans who have been fortunate to coincide with them. Diego del Morao will accompany them on guitar. The concert will take place at 21:00 (9 pm) in OFF Latina. General admission: € 30 (at offlatina.com or by booking at info@circuloflamencodemadrid.com). Círculo Flamenco de Madrid members: € 25 (at box office).

The second day of the festival (October 25) will begin with a colloquium entitled The album in the 21st century, with Pitingo, José María Velázquez-Gaztelu, Alberto Martínez de la Plaza and José Manuel Gamboa as panelists. The discussion will center on the evolution of the record market and the meaning of the album. It will begin at 12:30 in the Corral de la Morería, an essential tablao (flamenco nightclub) in Madrid throughout the last half century and a model of excellence today. Free admission until seta are filled.

October 25 will conclude with a night dedicated to flamenco dance with Pastora Galván, one of Spain’s most prestigious and unique dancers, who will be joined by special guest José Valencia, a leading singer in the current flamenco scene, and Juan Requena on guitar. It will also take place at El Corral de la Morería, at 22:30 (10:30 pm). General admission: € 25 (at corraldelamoreria.com). CFM members: € 20 (calling 913 658 446 from Monday to Friday).

The third day (October 26) will begin with a listening session of flamenco recordings ex profeso for that occasion and a subsequent debate, entitled Historical recordings (1899-1936). The panel will feature Miguel Poveda, Víctor Monge ‘Serranito’, José Manuel Gamboa and Carlos Martín Ballester, leading singers and guitarists. They will listen and provide their reflections around the sound recordings. At 12:30 in El Corral de la Morería. Free admission until seats are full.

Pansequito

The evening event that day will be held at 23:00 at Café Berlin, one of the most iconic places in Madrid, and in which the three fundamental expressions of flamenco art will be accommodated: the solo guitar of incomparable Rafael Riqueni; the art of Carmen Ledesma, dance teacher accompanied by Gabriel de la Tomasa and Antonio Moya on guitar; and finally, the great singer Pansequito, accompanied by Diego del Morao. General admission: € 30 (at berlincafe.es). CFM members: € 25 (early sale on October 10 and 17 at Círculo Flamenco de Madrid events, and at the box office).

On Sunday, October 27, at 12:30, the festival will end at the Corral de la Morería with a master class by Rafael Riqueni, a true privilege for guitarists and fans. It will last 150 minutes (registration: € 60). Information and registration at info@circuloflamencodemadrid.com.

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Cordas World Music Festival, a Mid-Atlantic Wonderland for World Artists

Remigio Pereira – Photo by Carlos Gouveia

The Cordas (strings) festival took place September 11-15, 2019 in the municipality of Madalena, in Pico Island, Azores (Portugal). Pico Island, in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, welcomes string musical instruments and artists from around the world. Venues include a garden, a cave, a volcanic crater, natural pools, dragon-tree sanctuary, center square stage, the museum auditorium that gives you the sensation of being inside a turned-around ship, and the new contemporary auditorium in the town of Madalena.

Artists that performed this year include kora player Braima Galissá (Guinea Bissau), Ricardo Melo (Portugal), Ana Medeiros (Portugal), Andrew Cronshaw (UK), Açores Canta (Portugal), Marcos Fernandez (Spain), guitarist Remígio Pereira (Canada), Victor Castro (Portugal), Pieter Adriaans (Netherlands), Afonso Villasanti (Brazil) and Michel William (Mozambique).

CORDAS World Music Festival from MiratecArts on Vimeo.

Cordas World Music Festival is the winner of various international awards including Top 10 Best New Festival (Iberian Festival Awards 2017) and Global Top 10 Fest (Transglobal World Music Chart Festival Awards 2018).

Some artists that have appeared in past editions include Tcheka (Cape Verde), Lu Yanan (China), Canary Islands timple players Germán López and Beselch Rodriguez (Spain), Iran Zamir (Israel), kantele instrumentalist Maija Kauhanen (Finland), and Portugal´s only-female Portuguese guitar player Marta Pereira da Costa, among many others.

Artist proposals are welcome, including solo, duos, trios and bands that are 100% string instruments and one-person bands that include a unique string instrument. MiratecArts, the founders of Cordas Festival also welcome proposals from artists of other disciplines that wish to present a project within the theme of string-instruments. For example mural paintings, installations and exhibitions.

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Carnatic Music Festival in Muscat

All are welcome to the grand nine day Festival of Carnatic Music presented by Ekata – Muscat, in Oman. It’s celebrated as the Navratri festival commemorating the Victory of Good over Evil.

Aditya Madhavan

Navaratri is a Hindu festival that spans nine nights (and ten days) and is celebrated every year in the autumn with great enthusiasm and fervor. It is observed for different reasons and celebrated differently in various parts of the Indian subcontinent. It is the observed in the honor of the divine nine feminine Devis/Deities.

S&S Kumari Sruthi and Sahana

Basically, it brings out the best of the artistic skills of the Ladies in arranging mind boggling Golus, arranging music and dance shows, and interacting within the society and in short Spreading Bonhomie, sweetness and good will.

Deepa Narayanan

In Muscat, the celebration is with the 9 day Music Concerts. Accomplished musicians from within Muscat and from India will perform.

Artist set to perform at Festival of Carnatic Music Muscat

The Indian Ambassador to the Sultanate of Oman H E Munu Mahawar is expected to grace the function and inaugurate the festival on September 29, 2019.

Ekta Muscat also awards the Title “Sangeeta Sudha Nidi” to select musicians, music teachers or musicologists in recognition of their significant contribution to Carnatic Music and allied art forms in this region. This year’s award goes to Dr. Saroja Raman and scheduled on the concluding day, October 7, 2019.

Dr. Saroja Raman

Look at the flyer and grace the occasion.

Venue: Al Massa Hall, Ruwi – Muscat
Date: 28th Sep. to 7th Oct. 2019
Time: 07:00 PM to 09:30 PM

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Musicport Festival Announces New Additions to 2019 Program

World music , roots and performing arts gathering Musicport Festival has revealed new additions to its 2019 program. The festival will take place at Whitby Pavilion in Whitby, UK, October 18th-20th, 2019 (Plus On Tour to villages October 21st -25th).

Headliners include Misty in Roots; LO’JO; Warsaw Village Band;
Orchestra les Mangalepa; Catrin Finch and Sekou Keita; Lemn Sissay; Banco de Gaia; Amira Medunjanin; Reem Kelani; Aziza Brahim; and Peatbog Faeries.

Late additions to this year’s published line-up include: Lemn Sissay will be doing an additional performance on Sunday morning on main stage; Paul Armfield will be performing Saturday and will be involved performing on the village tour (21st -25th); Phoebe Ophelia Douthwaite (Arts Council funded and highly rated One-Woman Theatre Show); Fie Fie Fie; and rapper Lence.

Other additions include The FM Organ, a playable drone instrument, built by Yorkshire artist Napoleon IV -using 10 FM transmitters and 27 FM radios. It will be installed in the basement of La Rosa Hotel just over the road from the main venue and free to view /interact with throughout weekend; Old Time Rags; and a showing of the film of Jeremy Hardy at Musicport ’16 as a tribute to the much-missed comedian.

A whole program of workshops is now confirmed including Salsa Dance, Political Conflict Resolution Through Play, Magic, Cookery Demonstrations (Randall Romero & guests), Indian Singing, Group Singing, Bollywood Dance, Drum Circle, Somatics, Tai Chi, Hang Drum, Flat Dance, Musical Saw, Spoons, Poetry (John Hegley) and Meet The Artist Sessions (with Ian Clayton).

Young people’s activities: The Makee Marquee has a variety of activities including “Create your own Desert Island” and “Weave Away”, while Captain Kipper will entertain with his special brand of tale-telling and magic. There will be pop-up magic too from Paul Bower, and a special percussion workshop on the Blundabus plus henna t-shirts and a junk instrument workshop led by Maurice of the Really Rubbish Orchestra from Northern Ireland.

Festival director and founder Jim McLaughlin says “We are really excited by this year’s program … there are too many potential highlights to actually single out any in particular as in lots of ways this can be seen as a “Best Of Musicport” line-up to celebrate our first 20 years. We are also expecting to be able to announce a major new initiative at this year’s festival which will provide the basis for major developments to take the festival forward for the next 20 years.”

More at www.musicportfestival.com

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The SGAE Foundation to Celebrate the 3rd Club Flamenco Festival in Madrid

The SGAE Foundation collaborates once again with the third edition of the Flamenco at a Club Festival that will take place at Café Berlin in Madrid. It is a series of intimate concerts characterized by their quality, closeness and originality.

Some of the most prominent flamenco acts will appear on stage on Fridays and Saturdays throughout November 2019. The lineup includes artists such as Remedios Amaya (Friday, November 8), Israel Fernández and Diego del Morao (Saturday, November 9), Rocío Molina (Friday, November 15 and Saturday, November 16), La Tremendita (Friday, November 22), Josemi Carmona, Javier Colina and Bandolero (Saturday, November 23) and Duquende, with his show Huellas de Camarón (Friday, November 29).

The Flamenco Club Festival was born in 2017 from the natural confluence of two essential elements at Café Berlin: the passion for flamenco and the desire to create spaces at music clubs for communion between the public and artists.

Café Berlin is located at Costanilla de los Ángeles street 20, Madrid.

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