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Los Angeles Philharmonic Announces 2020 World Music Concerts

The Los Angeles Philharmonic has revealed the early 2020 World Music series. Merrill Garbus’ Tune-Yards will perform January 31, 2020. Guitar virtuoso Vieux Farka Touré is set to open the evening.

Renowned Irish band The Chieftains will present The Irish Goodbye Tour on March 1, 2020.

Anoushka Shankar and Norah Jones, daughters of Ravi Shankar, will celebrate the centenary of Ravi Shankar in this evening dedicated to his life and legacy on May 19, 2020. Additional special guests will be announced.

The concerts will take place at Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012, USA.  

More information at Los Angeles Philharmonic Association

headline photo credit: Anoushka Shankar by Simonyc


Círculo Flamenco de Madrid Unveils Early 2020 Program

Manolo Franco at the Bienal de Flamenco

Performing arts presenter Círculo Flamenco de Madrid has announced its programming for the first quarter of 2020.  The programming includes flamenco concerts at the OFF Latina venues, and book presentations at No Tarima Libros in Madrid, Spain.

The first show will take place on January 16, presenting one of the great flamenco guitarists from Seville, Manolo Franco.

On January 23 there will be a presentation of the magazine Recopilatorio Artistas Flamencos de Sanlúcar de Barrameda (Flamenco Artists Collection of Sanlúcar de Barrameda), by Servando Repetto.

Antonio Campos – Tardo Antiguo

The last event in January will be the presentation of the new album from Antonio Campos, titled Tardo Antiguo.

The February program will begin on February 6th with a concert by Ángel Gabarre accompanied by Montoyita on guitar.

On February 13, the Círculo Flamenco de Madrid will present the book Tremendo asombro by José Luis Ortiz Nuevo, a poet from Archidona who found traces offlamenco in the theaters of Havana.

The last show that month will be on February 27, an encounter with radio producer José María Velázquez-Gaztelu, who will celebrate the 35th anniversary of his radio show Nuestro flamenco.

March will begin on January 12th with the traditional Flamenco Women’s Day (Día de la Mujer Flamenca), which will feature La Kaíta as the protagonist, in addition to the many guests who will join in.

On March 19th, Paco Zambrano will present his book Porrina de Badajoz, an essential biography that has just sold out its second edition.

The quarter will close on March 26th with the concert by Jerez artists Miguel Lavi and Manuel Parrilla.

 All events will begin at 9:00 pm, both in OFF Latina, and at No Tarima Libros.


Afro Roots Fest 2020 Program in Miami Announced


Performing arts presenters Community Arts & Culture and Rhythm Foundation have announced the Afro Roots Fest 2020 lineup at the North Beach Bandshell on Saturday, April 25, 2020.


 The artists set to perform are Sudanese American Sinkane and Sudanese artists Alsarah and her band the Nubatones. DJ Le Spam will open the night.

North Beach Bandshell is located at 7275 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, Florida, USA.

More about Afro Roots Fest and ticket information.


SGAE Foundation to Showcase Madrid Flamenco in January 2020

The SGAE Foundation will present Flamencos de Aqui (Flamencos from Here), a series of concerts from January 23 to 25, 2020 at the Sala Berlanga venue. The artists featured are part of Madrid’s thriving flamenco scene.

The series will begin on January 23rd with celebrated Gypsy singer M. Heredia (Marta Heredia), an artist that has performed at the most important theaters in the world, accompanied by upcoming artists on dance and guitar. M. Heredia is a member of the famed Heredia flamenco lineage. Her show is titled Esencias Flamencas.

M. Heredia

The next day, January 24, the focus will be the Flamenco cajón, a percussion instrument that has become a standard in flamenco ensembles. Cajón masters Lucky Losada and Antonio Losada, members of the well known Losada family, will show the audience the evolution of this musical instrument, together with dance and guitar. The show is titled Flamencos por cajones, a word play that means ballsy flamenco or flamenco for the sake of it.

Lucky Losada
Antonio Losada

The series will conclude on Friday, January 25, showcasing the great guitarist Iván Losada, accompanied by young upcoming dancers and singers. The show is titled Los canasteros: Tributo al Teatro Real de los gitanos (Los canasteros: Tribute to the Royal Theater of the Gypsies).

Iván Losada – Photo courtesy of Cardamomo Flamenco Madrid

This diverse concert is a tribute to the legendary flamenco maestro Manolo Caracol, his zambra and the now defunct Los Canasteros flamenco nightclub in Madrid. For 30 years, Los Canasteros welcomed artists, intellectuals and bullfighters on Barbieri Street, and was known by the nickname of “Teatro Real” (Royal theater) of the gypsies


Wednesday, January 23 – Esencias Flamencas

  • M. Heredia, vocals
  • Jesús “el Almendro”, vocals
  • José Sisón, guitar
  • Marcos Morales, dance
  • Antonia Estepa, dance

Thursday – January 24 – Flamencos por cajones

  • Lucky Losada, percussion
  • Antonio Losada, percussion
  • Saúl Quirós, vocals
  • Mario Montoya, guitar
  • Ileana Gómez, dance

Friday, January 25 – Los canasteros: Homenaje al “Teatro Real” de los gitanos

  • Iván Losada, guitar
  • Eleazar Cerreduela, vocals
  • Nael Salazar, vocals
  • Iván Losada Jr., percussion
  • José “el Bocadillo”, dance

All shows at 9:00 pm at Sala Berlanga, Calle Andrés Mellado 53. Price: 6.50 euros. Advance sale at the box office and at


Africa Oyé Festival Announces 2020 Dates

Malawian sensation Gasper Nali on the Africa Oyé Main Stage, 2019 – Photo by Teltone

The 28th annual Africa Oyé festival is set to take place at Sefton Park in Liverpool, UK on June 20th and 21st, 2020. The festival will showcase the music and culture of Africa and the Diaspora, along with DJs and dance, as well as workshops, food vendors and traders in the Oyé Village.

In 2019, Africa Oyé broke its single-day attendance record and took two awards at the inaugural Liverpool City Region Culture & Creativity Awards.

Oyé’s Artistic Director, Paul Duhaney said: “In 2019 we focused on the amazing music from across the wider African Diaspora, so this year we’ll be looking at a more traditional Oyé line-up. Local artists will once again open the music offering each day via our Oyé Introduces program, and we’ll again be showcasing community acts, giving some Liverpool creatives the chance to share the stage with world music stars.”

The first of the main stage artists are set to be revealed next month.

More at Africa Oyé


Samba-Funk Stars Seu Jorge & Rogê from Rio To Perform in New York in January 2020

Seu Jorge and Rogê

Two of Rio de Janeiro’s best known samba funk artists, singer-songwriter and actor (City of God, Irmandade) Seu Jorge and his colleague, guitarist and songwriter Rogê, are set to perform at the Townhall on Thursday, January 16, 2020 at 8:00 p.m.

The New York concert is part of Winter Jazzfest 2020. After that, the Brazilian artists will be performing in Washington, D.C.’s Howard Theatre (January 17) and Berkeley, California’s UC Theatre (January 19). They will play songs from the their new album, Seu Jorge & Rogê, together with their best known tunes.

Seu Jorge and Rogê

The concert will also include an Israeli musician with close ties to Brazil: Anat Cohen, clarinet and saxophone player player. Two of Cohen’s Brazilian albums, Rosa dos Ventos and Outra Coisa: The Music of Moacir Santos, received Grammy nominations. At The Town Hall she will appear with her Brazilian band, Choro Aventuroso.

Seu Jorge’s greatest hits are “Carolina,” “Amiga da Minha Mulher” (My Woman’s Friend), and “Burguesinha” (Bourgeois Girl).

More about Seu Jorge and Rogê.

Ticket information at The Town Hall


The Old Town School of Folk Music Announces 2020 World Music Wednesdays Season

Alash in Carrboro 2017 – Photo by Angel Romero

The Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago (Illinois, USA), has announced the 2020 World Music Wednesdays season. Concerts are free, with a suggested donation of $10.


Le Vent du Nord
Wednesday, January 8, 2020
8:30 p.m.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020
8:30 p.m.

Miguel de León
Record release party
Wednesday, January 22, 2020
8:30 p.m.

Wednesday, January 29, 2020
8:30 p.m.

Zhou Family Band
Wednesday, February 5, 2020
8:30 p.m.

Beto Jamaica, Rey Vallenato
Wednesday, February 12, 2020
8:30 p.m.

Crossing Borders Music
Caribbean Roots
Wednesday, February 19, 2020
8:30 p.m.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020
8:30 p.m.

Caro Pierotto and Farofa present BR 101
Wednesday, March 4, 2020
8:30 p.m.

José del Tomate
Wednesday, 3/1January 2020
8:30 p.m.

The Revelers
Wednesday, 3/18, 2020
8:30 p.m.

Akalé Wubé with Girma Bèyènè
Wednesday, 3/18, 2020
7:00 p.m.

Aoife Scott
Wednesday, 3/25, 2020
8:30 p.m.

The Old Town School of Folk Music
4545 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625
(773) 728-6000


Le Vent du Nord and De Temps Antan to Celebrate the Music of Quebec at Zankel Hall in New York

Le Vent du Nord and De Temps Antan

On Friday, January 24, 2020, two of the finest groups from Quebec, Le Vent du Nord and De Temps Antan, will perform together in Zankel Hall. The show called QuebecFest! will present the traditional and contemporary dance tunes of French-Canadian culture. The groups use hurdy-gurdy, jaw harp, guitar, and accordion along with richly harmonized songs and instrumentals.

Le Vent du Nord and De Temps Antan got together in 2016 and have performed traditional Quebec folk music throughout Quebec, the United States, France and Switzerland, and at the Royal Glasgow Concert Hall. In 2018, the two bands released a joint album titled
Notre Album Solo that was awarded Album of the Year—Traditional at the Quebec Association for the Recording, Concert and Video Industries (ADISQ).

More about Le Vent du Nord and De Temps Antan

Tickets at


Montreal’s Productions Nuits d’Afrique Announces Its Winter 2020 concerts

Mamoutou Dembélé

Canadian world music presenters Nuits d’Afrique have announced a set of upcoming performances. This series of concerts will begin with the winner of the Golden Syli (Syli d’Or) 2019 world music award, Mamoutou Dembélé, known as “Emde” (Mali) who will present a show imbued with Manding blues on February 6, 2020, at Club Balattou in Montreal, Canada.

Fatoumata Diawara at Shakori Hills 2012 – Photo by Angel Romero

The program will culminate with outstanding vocalist and guitarist Fatoumata Diawara (Mali), who will return to Montreal on February 23, 2020, at The National venue.


Club Balattou, February 6, 2020, 9:00 pm

Urban Africa Evening with Degg J Force 3 and guest
The National, February 15, 2020, 21:00

Fatoumata Diawara
The National, February 23, 2020, 20:30


The Flamencos y Mestizos Series Returns to Madrid in December 2019

Naike Ponce & Paquete

The SGAE Foundation will present the latest edition of Flamenco y Mestizos (Flamenco and hybrids) this month. The ongoing series provides a window to emerging projects. The series will take place December 12-14, 2019 at Sala Berlanga in Madrid, Spain.

Flamencos y Mestizos will cover all aspects of current flamenco, focusing on singing, dancing, the guitar and saxophone.

Antonio Lizana – Photo by Ana Solinis

The first show will be on Thursday, December 12, with the project of young saxophonist and singer from Cádiz, Antonio Lizana, who fuses jazz and flamenco. The next concert that day will present singer Naike Ponce, from Salucar de Barrameda, accompanied by the guitar of Juan José Suárez ‘Paquete’, a member of the prestigious flamenco lineage of Los Porrina.

María Marín – Photo by Eantorique
Lucía Álvarez ‘La Piñona’

The next day, December 13, Flamencos y Mestizos will open with the self-taught vocals of María Marín, who will travel throughout the world with her voice, accompanied by her inseparable guitar. The second session of the night will showcase the dance performance of a young artist from Cádiz, Lucía Álvarez ‘La Piñona.’

La Fabi at Flamenco Eñe
Antonia Jiménez – Photo by Paco Lobato

The SGAE Foundation will conclude this series on Saturday, December 14 with the moaning style of La Fabi (Fabiola Pérez), who will present her album Frutos y flores, where she displays her powerful voice. The other artist featured, Antonia Jiménez will demonstrate that women can also embrace the curves of a guitar with fury, talent and passion.

Created in 2015, Flamencos y Mestizos has become a window for emerging artists who investigate the borders between deep flamenco and mestizo (hybrid) flamenco. The series is directed by producer, composer and singer Paco Ortega.

Shows start at 21:00 (9:00 p.m.) at Sala Berlanga, Calle Andrés Mellado 53, Madrid. Price: 5.50 euros. Advance sale at the box office and


Thursday, December 12
Antonio Lizana (sax and vocals)
Naike Ponce & Paquete (vocals and guitar)

Friday, December 13
María Marín (vocals and guitar)
La Piñona (dance)

Saturday, December 14
Antonia Jiménez (guitar)
La Fabi (vocals)