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Beloved Festival Announces 2019 Lineup

Beloved Festival has announced the 2019 lineup. Although the festival artistic director goes on an unnecessary rambling tirade against the term world music in the press release, Beloved Festival features well known world music acts, other musical genres and regional talent as well. The sacred art, music and healing festival will take place August 9-12, 2019 in Tidewater, Oregon.

The lineup includes Nahko and Medicine for the People, Digable Planets, Ghost Note, Sudan Archives, Dobet Gnahoré, Be Svendsen, ÌFÉ, Climbing PoeTree, Taina Asili, Jupiter & Okwess, Fanna-Fi-Allah, Alam Khan, Pandit Anindo Chatterjee, Witch Prophet, and Yungchen Lhamo.

More at belovedfestival.com

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Arabesques Festival Announces 2019 Lineup

French event Arabesques Festival will take place September 10 to 22, 2019.  For this 14th edition, Arabesques will showcase many artists from the Arab world who incorporate their African roots and transform them: Aziz Sahmaoui, Oum, Alchimix, Imed Alibi and Gnawa Diffusion.

New collaborations reflect the creative vitality of the African continent, like the 3MA project bringing together the leading artists of Morocco, Mali and Madagascar: Ballaké Sissoko, Driss el Maloumi and Rajery.

Jordi Savall & Waed Bouhassoun

There will be an opportunity to break boundaries as with the creation of Soundjata (Sundiata Keita), a recovery of the Manding epic by storyteller Jihad Darwiche and Malian kora player Tom Diakite.

Additional shows include: The Whirling Dervishes of Damascus and the Al-Kindi Ensemble; Jordi Savall & Waed Bouhassoun, with the Orpheus XXI project; well-known world music acts: Marcel & Rami Khalife featuring Aymeric Westrich, Takfarinas, DuOud …

The festival will present a circus performance of the Acrobatic Group of Tangier with Halka.

The new Arab scene will be featured: Alchimix, Imed Alibi, Sofiane Saidi & Mazalda, Le Lanceur de dés Walid Ben Selim, and Faraj Suleiman Trio as well as the Count of Bouderbala’s One Man Show.

More at www.festivalarabesques.fr

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Morocco’s Essaouira Gnaoua and World Music Festival Reveals 2019 Lineup

Acclaimed Moroccan event Essaouira Gnaoua and World Music Festival 2019 will take place June 20-23. The festival is held in Essawira, on Morocco’s Atlantic coast.

The festival will feature Gnawa music masters (maâlems) along with Cuban music, Tuareg grooves, Tamil sounds, jazz, flamenco, and reggae.

The lineup includes Osain del Monte (Cuba), Tuareg act Tinariwen (Mali), flamenco artists Maria del Mar Moreno and Jorge Pardo (Spain), Amazigh group Imdiazen, Congolese musician Baloji, and Tamil-British singer Susheela Raman.

The event also includes rising talent such as young maâlem Houssam Gania, Moh! Kouyaté, and Betweenatna.

More at www.festival-gnaoua.net

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Top Global Music Talent at Sarawak’s Rainforest World Music Festival 2019

The acclaimed Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF) will be back July 12-14, 2019 for its 22nd consecutive year. Announced as bigger than ever, organizers expect over 20,000 music fans from the region and beyond as well as visiting tourists.  The event will take place at the scenic Sarawak Cultural Village in Kuching (Sarawak, Malaysian Borneo), which is approximately 50 minutes away from the Kuching International Airport.

Irish band Kila, one of the acts scheduled to perform at the Rainforest World Music Festival 2019

The impressive program this year includes well-known traditional and contemporary world music acts along with talented regional and local artists. The list includes Ana Alcaide (Spain), At Adau (Sarawak), Ballet Folclorico de Chile Bafochi (Rapa Nui /Easter Island, Chile), Darmas (Malaysia), Druk Folk Musician (Bhutan), Duplessy & The Violins of the World ft. Guo Gan (France, China, Sweden, Mongolia), Ha Noi Duo (Vietnam), Kemada (Sarawak), Kila (Ireland), Kila & Oki (Ireland, Japan), La Chiva Gantiva (Colombia), Macka B (United Kingdom / Jamaica), Mauravann (Mauritius), Mehdi Nassouli (Morocco), Oki (Japan), Olga Cerpa y Mestisay (Canary Islands, Spain), Otava Yo  (Russia), Rajery (Madagascar), San Salvador (France), Sangtam Naga (Nagaland), Sedaa (Iran/Mongolia), Spirit Of The Hornbills (Kalimantan), Staak Bisomu (Sarawak), Suk Binie’ (Sarawak), Suku Menoa (Sarawak), Tabanka (Cape Verde), Talisk (Scotland), Trad Attack (Estonia), and Wai (New Zealand).

Sape (Borneo lute) workshop at The Rainforest World Music Festival 2018 – Photo courtesy of Sarawak Tourism Board

In additional to the concerts, the family-friendly RWMF 2019 includes day time percussion tutorials and music workshops that begin as early as 11:00 am plus arts and crafts workshops, a wide-variety of food options, an interactive gathering of the tribes showcasing the region’s indigenous cultures and much more.

Percussion workshop at the Rainforest World Music Festival 2019 – Photo courtesy of Sarawak Tourism Board

The Rainforest World Music Festival also promotes various environmentally-friendly and sustainable programs, emphasizing preservation. Through its Green initiatives, a no-plastic ruling, will be the festival’s fundamental awareness while banning entry of all plastic water bottles throughout the festival.  

Jamming at the Rainforest World Music Festival 2019 – Photo courtesy of Sarawak Tourism Board

Sarawak will host other musical events in the next weeks, including the Rainforest Fringe, July 5 – 12, just one week before the RWMF 2019 and then followed with The Borneo Jazz Festival July 19 – 21, 2019.  

All these captivating music events are organized by the Sarawak Tourism Board and endorsed by Tourism Malaysia.

Sarawak Cultural Village

For more information on the RWMF 2019 and pre-sale tickets, go to rwmf.net.

headline photo:  Moroccan musician Mehdi Nassouli

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The 4th edition of ‘FlamencoEñe’ returns to Malaga in June 2019

Israel Fernandez

The 4th Flamenco Show for International Programmers FlamencoEñe 2019 will be held from June 27 to 29, 2019 in Malaga, Spain. The initiative, organized by the SGAE Foundation, with the collaboration of the Museo Picasso Málaga and the Andalusian Institute of Flamenco-Regional Secretary of Culture of the Junta de Andalucía, aims to internationalize flamenco made in Spain.

Lela Soto

For three days, the Picasso Museum in Málaga Auditorium (Calle San Agustín, 8) will host a total of 12 concerts in showcase format with some of the most representative proposals of contemporary Spanish flamenco. The program combines the usual names and acquaintances of the current scene with young talents, featuring a wide range of styles: Ana Crismán Arpa Jonda, Las Bautistas, Carrasco Family Project, La Fabi, Israel Fernandez and Diego del Morao, José del Tomate and their group, Lela Soto, La Negra and Panky, Pedro Ojesto & Flamenco Jazz Company, Pepe Luis Carmona Habichuela, Rafael Riqueni and Rancapino Chico.

Along with the public, FlamencoEñe will be attended by representatives of various festivals and promoters from around the world, invited by the SGAE Foundation so that they can come into direct contact with the participating musicians and promote new ways of collaboration. Thus, during the three days of the event, musicians will perform live and also hold professional meetings with flamenco programmers from all over the world.

The fourth edition of FlamencoEñe has a heterogeneous roster with edgy presentations, highlighting young flamenco creators who are conquering the genre. This is the case of Ana Crismán, who will perform her Arpa Jonda (deep harp) project; the sisters from Alicante, Tere and Ángela, known artistically as Las Bautista; Fabiola Pérez -‘La Fabi’- who will present her latest album: Fruto y flores; the youngest heiress of the the Sordera Family, Lela Soto; and the fusion with charm of La Negra & El Panky.

Flamenco roots and its heritage will also be present in this edition of FlamencoEñe with the presence of artists such as Rancapino Chico, considered ‘the artistic son of Camarón.’

Attendees will also experience the live performance of José del Tomate and his group, son of guitarist Tomatito; or the Habichuela dynasty with Pepe Luis Carmona Habichuela, founder of La Barbería del Sur, son of the great guitarist Luis Habichuela, nephew of Juan Habichuela and Pepe Habichuela. Also Diego Carrasco, one of the current references of avant-garde flamenco, will perform in Malaga to present his show Family Project, accompanied by some members of his lineage.

Finally, FlamencoEñe will allow present flamenco fusion and traditional flamenco. This is the case of Sevillian maestro Rafael Riqueni, considered one of the most prestigious guitar players of the moment.

Another proposal will come from Israel Fernandez (vocals) and Diego del Morao (guitar), undoubtedly, one of the leading flamenco couples at this time; Madrid pianist Pedro Ojesto has also been selected for this show. He will arrive to Malaga with the Flamenco Jazz Company, a project he leads and in which flamenco and jazz merge.

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Successful Nordic Folk Alliance Conference 2019

Vilda – Photo by Emilie Dill

Over 200 music professionals and 27 music acts were part of the inaugural Nordic Folk Alliance conference that took place April 10-12 in Gothenburg, Sweden, at the Waterfront Hotel.

Although the showcase section was focused on the Nordic countries of Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, and Iceland, delegates from Estonia, Canada, Ireland, Germany, the Netherlands, and the United States also took part.

Nordic Folk Alliance marks Folk Alliance International’s first formal international expansion. The Nordic Folk Alliance was overseen by representatives from Export Music Sweden, Music Norway, Music Finland, and Tempi (Denmark’s Roots Music office).

Åke Lundström, Folk Alliance International’s Nordic Representative stated, “It was really a great event, and I think that we succeeded in having the folk music community from the Nordic countries, in a professional level, talk with each other and work together.”

More information at liveatheart.se/nordicfolk

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Milton Nascimento to perform Clube Da Esquina at The Barbican in London

Milton Nascimento

Influential Brazilian musician Milton Nascimento will perform, for the first time ever, a special set dedicated to both albums from the series Clube Da Esquina at The Barbican in London on June 17th, 2019.

Clube Da Esquina elevated not just Nascimento, but an entire generation of artists. A transformative record that forever left its mark on Brazil’s musical history, it bypassed the dominant traditions of bossa nova and samba and is indebted to Milton Nascimento’s ‘higher-level’ creativity.

Mixing Afro and Coltrane inspired jazz with sing-along Beatles-esque melodies using complex structures reminiscent of western classical music, Clube Da Esquina is still an album remarkably and profoundly Brazilian. It went on to become a soundtrack of resistance opposed to the violent, military governors of Brazil of the time – one of the songs Paisagem Da Janela was almost banned. Milton will perform these two albums plus other tracks from this fertile period of his career, between 1972 and 1978, including tracks from albums Minas, Gerais & Native Dancer.

Milton Nascimento – Clube Da Esquina

Released in 1972, the year that Gilberto Gil and Caetano Veloso returned from exile in London, Clube Da Esquina features Lo Borges on vocals, Toninho on guitar and Eumir Deodato on strings. The cover became a slice of photographic history too, with a little-known story about the two boys Tonho and Cacau who were playing on a dirt hill when photographer Carlos da Silva Assunção Filho (better known as Cafi) shot them. The boys were reunited 40 years later for a replica shot. Audiences at Milton’s European tour will see the Clube Da Esquina series of albums played live in near entirety, surely the first and last time to witness such a performance.

Clube Da Esquina 2 came out in 1978 featuring Lo Borges on vocals as well.

I had never thought of doing something that would bring together the two Clube albums, but I feel that now is the time. This Clube da Esquina tour is sure to be a truly magical event, to say the least“, says Milton. “I want to bring an idea that can unite people. I am sure this will be the most special project that I have done in all these years.”

The Barbican, Silk St, Barbican, London

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Final Set of live acts announced for Africa Oyé festival

Additional artists from Malawi, Jamaica and Haiti have been revealed in the final set of acts for the 27th annual Africa Oyé festival this summer: Gasper Nali, Jah9 and Wesli. The festival will take place in Liverpool’s Sefton Park on June 22-23. Africa Oyé celebrates the music and culture of Africa and the Diaspora.

Jah9

With a vocal style that has been likened to Ella Fitzgerald, and a contemporary freshness in the same style as Erykah Badu, Jah9 has become somewhat of an icon for the Jamaican movement known as ‘The Reggae Revival’. Her philosophy, spirituality and unique ‘jazz on dub’ style has traveled across Europe and beyond since her debut album New Name launched in 2013 to wide acclaim.

Wesli

Making a welcome return to the festival after his 2016 set was cut short due to travel difficulties, is the multi award-winning Haitian star, Wesli. His music aims to give a new mainstream life to rhythms and instruments that he says have been neglected as Haiti faces an increasing amount of global commercial music and culture.

Gasper Nali

Rounding off this final wave of artists is Malawian one-man-band Gasper Nali. Gasper is a Kwela roots musician from the small town of Nkhata Bay on the shores of Lake Malawi. Playing a one-string, homemade, 3-metre-long Babatoni bass guitar with a stick and an empty beer bottle, together with a cow skin kick drum, he creates dance-inducing Afro Beats.

The final list of artists join a line-up that already includes The Garifuna Collective, Horace Andy, BCUC, Moonlight Benjamin, Sofiane Saidi & Mazalda, Carlou D and OSHUN, as well as Liverpool emerging stars Tabitha Jade and Satin Beige who make up the ‘Oyé Introduces’ program.

Africa Oyé’s Artistic Director said of the final set of artists: “These three artists really represent the diversity of the festival line-up that we strive for each year. We’ve got a breaking female reggae star, a one-man-band with instruments he’s crafted himself and an international award winning star returning to our stage; artists representing Africa, the Caribbean and the wider diaspora – it’s a perfect final wave of live acts for this year’s festival and I can’t wait for everyone to see them perform.”

As well as the international offering of live music on the main stage, festivalgoers will also be able to eat and drink their way around the world with a range of food vendors and traders’ wares on offer in the Oyé Village.

Entrance is FREE and a ticket is not needed.

For more information visit africaoye.com.

headline photo: Africa Oye festival – Photo by Matt Hart

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Rudolstadt Festival Announces 2019 Program

Germany’s largest world music event, Rudolstadt Festival, will take place July 4-7, 2019. The opening concert on 4 July will be a tribute concert dedicated to splendid female artists from the worlds of jazz, folk and blues. Sing The Truth is a project by three women who are themselves acclaimed for their extraordinary voices – Lizz Wright, Angelique Kidjo and Cecile McLoren Salvant – with drummer and producer Terri Lyne Carrington acting as musical director.

Three days later, the closing concert will feature alternative country pioneers, the Cowboy Junkies from Canada, who have raised the bar with their slow motion blues and folk sounds.

Cowboy Junkies

The massive line-up at this year’s festival includes 300 concerts, workshops and discussions. One of the standout acts is the Herbert Pixner Projekt from South Tyrol. This quartet from the Alps transcends all sorts of musical borders with their mastery of flamenco, tango, gypsy jazz and rock riffs, and is in high demand in the German-speaking world.

Presently, one of the most sought-after Icelandic musicians is Ólafur Arnalds with his sound collages made up of art, music and technology.

Luedji Luna

A new figurehead of Afro-Brazilian women is Luedji Luna, who frequently serves up her songs addressing social problems with laidback tunes enhanced with elements of both jazz and R&B.

South African singer-songwriter Alice Phoebe Lou, who launched her career by busking in Berlin, will perform poetry with a touch of jazz, summing up the music of South Africa.

Small Island Big Song

Die Höchste Eisenbahn, who will be releasing their third album this summer, also began their successful journey in Berlin by pairing catchy melodies with zeitgeisty humor. Then there’s the unique project Small Island Big Song, whose members come from island nations in the Pacific and Indian Oceans which are literally threatened with extinction by climate change.

Musical contrasts from Iran

To represent Iran, this year’s special guest country, the Rudolstadt Festival has selected nine ensembles and devised a richly contrasting program. It ranges from performances based on centuries-old traditions to music driven by current political protests. “The festival intends to convey that there’s a vibrant cultural scene in Iran striving to find its own way and make itself known internationally,” declared program director Bernhard Hanneken. In Rudolstadt, Iranian artists will also be given a forum to talk about their lives, their circumstances, and their opportunities for artistic expression.

Hamid Motebassem Ensemble

On the opening night, the band Damahi will be performing a pop-oriented fusion of Iranian and world music genres. One of Iran’s most prominent musicians is tar and setar player Hamid Motebassem, who is also a noted composer. At Rudolstadt, he will be presenting compositions such as his orchestral work Pardis accompanied by the Thuringian Symphony Orchestra from Saalfeld-Rudolstadt. What’s more, they’ll be joined by one of Iran’s best-known women‘s voices, Mahdieh Mohammadkhani.

Hamnava Ensemble

There is another expressive female singer in the Hamnava Ensemble, which hails from Bushehr in southwest Iran on the Persian Gulf. Baran Mozafari is one of the few women endeavoring to take the female vocal styles from the region into the 21st century.

Ali Ghamsari – Photo by Ashkan Azadbakht

Tar virtuoso Ali Ghamsari from Tehran represents a subtle, innovative variety of classical Persian music. By contrast, Shahin Najafi’s current program is a powerful contemporary blend of jazz, blues, rock and Persian folk songs.

Apart from the performances by the nine Iranian ensembles, there will be discussions with the artists during the festival and a wide-ranging symposium with topics including the status of women in Iran, the social aspect of Iranian music, Persian poetry, record production and marketing.

New partnership: The EBU Folk Festival in Rudolstadt

With the Rudolstadt Festival being held for the 29th time in 2019, this year marks the start of a new partnership with  the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). The EBU will be celebrating the 40th anniversary of its own Euroradio Folk Festival by presenting selected musicians in Rudolstadt.

Husistein-Musik

This partnership has been initially set to run for three years, meaning the Euroradio Folk Festival will also provide a forum for various facets of the European scene at the Rudolstadt Festival in 2020 and 2021. Both sides hope for lasting collaboration with Graham Dixon, the EBU’s Head of Radio, even talking of a new chapter in the European Broadcasting Union’s history: “Despite the wide participation and high quality of performance, until now, the EBU Folk Festival has never enjoyed a long-term home. From now, working together with the well-established festival in Rudolstadt provides an opportunity to pool our resources.”

SibA Folk Big Band

This summer, editorial teams from 16 EBU member states will be taking part together with artists from their respective countries. They represent a wide variety in every respect, ranging from the 23-strong Finnish SibA Folk Big Band to solo accordion performances by Yegor Zabelov from Belarus and Otto Lechner from Austria, both of whom perform in their own distinctive manner. Nineteenth-century dance music will be fronted by Husistein-Musik from Switzerland while at the opposite end of the spectrum, avant-garde Polish group Polmuz will be taking the concept of folk music in an experimental direction.

More at www.rudolstadt-festival.de

headline photo: Colombia’s La 33

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KCRW’s World Festival at the Hollywood Bowl to Present Reggae Night XVIII

Damian Marley

The 2019 KCRW World Festival at the Hollywood Bowl will present Reggae Night XVIII on Sunday, July 7, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. The artists featured include Damian Marley, Third World and Kabaka Pyramid.

Four-time Grammy winner Damian Marley has established himself as a unique and influential presence in reggae, combining the roots sound of his father’s legendary music with the fast flow and spirit of dancehall.

Third World are no strangers to fusion, setting their blend of soul, R&B, rock, and disco to a reggae beat since 1973.

Socially conscious Kabaka Pyramid opens with a fiery, beat-based reggae sound built around messages of love, unity, and justice. Their discography includes Rebel Music (2011) and Kontraband (Ghetto Youths International, 2018) .

Tickets for the Hollywood Bowl 2019 summer season will be available online at HollywoodBowl.com or via phone at 323-850-2000.

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