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Havana World Music 2019 Announces first Set of Artists

Havana World Music Festival, the most important open-air music festival in Cuba, has announced dates and first set of confirmed artists for its 2019 edition. The event will take place March 21-23, 2019 at the Metropolitan Park (Parque Almendares) in the heart of Havana.

A previous edition of Havana World Music Festival

Curated by Cuban singer and composer Eme Alfonso, with the support of Cuban cultural institutions, Havana World Music (HWM) festival began back in 2014. Since then, it has established itself as a musical and cultural reference on the island, persistently true to roots music, energetic performances, authenticity and new Cuban music, in one of the world’s most significant cradles of music.

Eme Alfonso

In this new edition, we will continue to work and focus on what we believe is our trademark. There may be other music festivals, but only at Havana World Music one can enjoy such a diversity of styles, languages, cultures… and meet the creative impulse of the new Cuban generation “, said Eme Alfonso. “This is why we really believe this is a unique festival”, she added.

First confirmed artists:

HWM has announced some of the Cuban artists that will be performing next March. Other national and international artists (from Canada, India and Brazil) will be added to the line-up soon.

Los Muñequitos de Matanzas

As part of the most folkloric part of the program, HWM will be hosting the performance of Los Muñequitos de Matanzas. Founded in 1952, this is one the most legendary groups of Cuban rumba, one of the national rhythms born from Afro-Cuban roots.

Moreover, the festival will present the folkloric group Nengón Kiribá from Baracoa (Guantánamo), at the very Eastern part of the Island. The ensemble is one of the few that maintains the rhythm and dance of the predecessors of the Cuban son alive, worldwide known thanks to projects such as Buena Vista Social Club.

Nengón Kiribá

Meet the new generation of Cuban artists

As an example of how Cuban young artists draw on this cultural heritage and mix it with other more contemporary forms of music, artists such as Cimafunk, the musical phenomenon of the year in Cuba; R.O.I, giving a Cuban twist to R&B; and Eme Alfonso, heir of a long tradition of Afro-Cuban fusion, will all be performing at HWM next March.


The promotion of new Cuban talent is at the heart of the festival. Cimafunk won last year’s HWM Contest for young Cuban musicians (Concurso HWM-Primera Base). R.O.I also made his point under last year’s contest, and the festival took note.

Next year’s winners will as customary take the next step in their careers on the stage of HWM.

Tickets available now

The Cultural Tourism Agency Paradiso is the official retailer for HWM festival. Tickets are also available through the HWM website or directly through the platform:


The SGAE Foundation to Present ‘Flamencos y mestizos’ from December 13 to 16 in Madrid

Cynthia Cano

The SGAE Foundation will present one more edition of the Flamenco and mestizo series this year. The performances begin today, December 13 and will run until December 16, 2018. The artists include Diego Amador, Lela Soto, Cynthia Cano, Israel Fernández, Claudia ‘La Debla’, and Chico Pérez in collaboration with Amparo Navarro.

Lela Soto

Flamencos y mestizos will start on Thursday, December 13 with showcases by two of the youngest artists. First, one of the most promising vocalists of the current flamenco scene, Lela Soto, heiress of the legacy of La Casa de Los Sordera (the Sordera Family). After that, bailaora (dancer) Cynthia Cano, will stage her show, full of inspiration, grace and flamenco temperament.

Israel Fernández

On December 14, the Sala Berlanga will host the pure cante (singing style) of Israel Fernández. It is 21st century flamenco with a lot of rhythm, harmony and spirit.

Claudia ‘La Debla’

The double set will close with the very young Claudia ‘La Debla’ who has managed to win the hearts of flamenco lovers with her dance.

Diego Amador

Diego Amador, known as the Gypsy Ray Charles (El Rey Charles Gitano) because of the free and energetic spirit with which he plays the piano,will present a single show on Saturday, December 15.

Chico Pérez

 The series will close on Sunday, December 16th, with Chico Pérez, an emerging pianist from Jaén, who will perform accompanied by Amparo Navarro’s dance.

Flamencos y mestizos is a showcase created to present a window to emerging artists who explore the borders between deep flamenco and mestizo (hybrid) flamenco through compositions, dance and song. This is the second installment of this series in 2018 (it has been running since 2015), directed by the 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 at


New York’s 5th Annual A World in Trance Festival Program Announced

A World in Trance 2019 artists

World music presenter Robert Browning Associates has announced the artists that will be featured at the 5th Annual A World in Trance Festival in 2019.  A World in Trance is a 4-part festival featuring spellbinding music of West Africa, Morocco, India and Pakistan. The concerts will take place at Roulette in New York City.

This year’s festival features virtuoso guitarist Derek Gripper, who performs the hypnotic sounds of the West African kora (21-string harp-lute) on solo guitar (March23); along with the stimulating sounds of Bachir Attar and Mustapha Attar of the Master Musicians of Jajouka in a thrilling meeting with American musicians Ned Rothenberg, Arrington de Dionysio and Ben Bennett (March 30).

Also included, the classical music of India with Jayanthi Kumaresh, one of the world’s leading veena (lute) players, accompanied by percussionists K UJayachandra Rao and Pramath Kira (April 12); and ecstatic performances of Sufi qawwali with Pakistan’s Hamza Akram Qawwal & Brothers (April 13).

5th Annual A World in Trance

Saturday March 23, 2019 at 8:00pm
Derek Gripper
Hypnotic Strings of Africa

Saturday, March 30, 2019 at 8:00pm
Bachir Attar and Mustapha Attar (of the Master Musicians of Jajouka) with Ned Rothenberg, Arrington de Dionysio & Ben Bennett
Jajouka Meets New York

Friday April 12, 2019 at 8:00pm
Jayanthi Kumaresh
Invoking the Goddess Saraswati

Saturday April 13, 2019 at 8:00pm
Hamza Akram Qawwal & Brothers
Sufi Chants of Pakistan

Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue at 3rd Avenue, Downtown Brooklyn

Box office: 917-267-0363


Celebrated Singer-Songwriter Javier Ruibal to Present New Album in Madrid

Spanish singer-songwriter Javier Ruibal will be presenting his new album titled “Paraísos Mejores” (Better paradises) at Sala Galileo Galilei in Madrid on December 14 and 15.

Javier Ruibal is the recent winner of the National Prize of Current Music. He’s one of Spain’s finest songwriters and his music is rooted in Andalusian traditions, including flamenco, as well as Mediterranean and North African influences and jazz.

The album was produced by Javi Ruibal, Javier’s son, and features some of Spain’s finest instrumentalists: Jose Recacha, Manuel Machado, Federico Lechner, Victor Merlo, Diego Villegas, and Faiçal Kourrich. Arrangements include wind and strings sections.

Javier Ruibal’s discography includes Duna (1983), Cuerpo Celeste (Ariola), La Piel de Sara (Ariola), Pensión Triana (Lollipop), Contrabando (PDI), Las Damas Primero (18 Chulos), Sáhara (World Music Network), Lo Que Me Dice Tu Boca (18 Chulos), Pensión Triana – Special Edition (18 Chulos), Sueño (18 Chulos) and Quédate Conmigo (Lo Suyo).


Las Maravillas de Mali to Perform in London in 2019

Legendary West African ensemble Las Maravillas de Mali is set to perform on Thursday, May 2, 2019 at Barbican Hall in London. The acclaimed Malian Afro-Cuban orchestra’s present line-up will take to the Barbican stage for the first time in May 2019, accompanied by Guinean singer Mory Kanté.

Las Maravillas de Mali’s Barbican line-up will include West African and Cuban musicians: Boncana Maïga (composer, conductor), Mory Kanté (vocals), Pepe Rivero (piano), Florent José Alapini aka. Jospinto (vocals), Juancito Hurtado (vocals), David Reicer (flute), Eduardo Coma (violin), Armando García Fernandez (violin), Reicel Pedroso Diaz (violin), Nahomi Stephany (viola), Inor Sotolongo (timpani), Abraham Mansfarroll (congas), Sergio Fernández Pedroza (piano) and Felipe Cabrera Cárdenas (bass).

More information about the band.

The Barbican Centre is located on Silk Street, London, Greater London.
Barbican Box Office: 0845 120 7550 and


Acclaimed Portuguese Vocalist Mariza to Present Self-Titled Album “Mariza” at National Music Auditorium in Madrid


Fado star Mariza is set to perform this coming Sunday, November 25, 2019 at the National Music Auditorium in Madrid, Spain. The sold out concert is part of the Fronteras (Borders) series of the National Center for Musical Diffusion (CNDM)

The Portuguese artist will present her new self-titled album “Mariza.” The new recording includes a mix of fado and ballads.

The album features Jorge Fernando, Mário Pacheco and Tiago Machado, who have collaborated with Mariza for many years. “Mariza” also includes old friends: Portuguese guitar virtuoso José Manuel Neto; Portuguese flamenco and jazz guitarist Pedro Jóia; Brazilian cellist Jaques Morelenbaum; and Spanish producer Javier Limón. Other guests featured: Matias Damásio, Héber Marques, and Carolina Deslandes.

Mariza’s discography includes Fado em Mim (2002), Fado Curvo (2003), the DVD Live in London (2005), Transparente (2005), the Concerto em Lisboa DVD and CD (2006), Terra (2008), Fado Tradicional (2010) and Mundo (2015).


Aritmia: Merima Ključo & Miroslav Tadić to Perform in New York City

World Music Institute will present two celebrated instrumentalists who share common roots and love of traditional Balkan and classical music. Accordionist Merima Ključo and guitarist Miroslav Tadić are set to perform on Saturday, November 17, 2018 at Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Peter Norton Symphony Space in New York City.

The duo performs original works and arrangements of Erik Satie, Manuel de Falla, and the mournful music of sevdah—sometimes called ‘Bosnian blues.

Bosnian-born Merima Ključo is one of the world’s finest concert accordionists. She is a frequent guest soloist with orchestras including the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and Holland Symphonia, and has worked with internationally renowned artists and ensembles such as Theodore Bikel, MusikFabrik and the Schönberg Ensemble.

An acclaimed guitarist of Bosnian, Serbian and Croatian origins, Miroslav Tadić has performed and recorded with acclaimed artists such as Terry Riley, Plácido Domingo, Wadada Leo Smith, the London Symphony Orchestra and the Philharmonic Orchestra of Monte-Carlo. He has also recorded duo albums with guitarists Vlatko Stefanovski, Dusan Bogdanovic; vocalists Teofilovic brothers; and saxophonist Peter Epstein, and he is on the faculty of the Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts.

Both musicians are currently based in Los Angeles.

Merima Ključo & Miroslav Tadić have an album titled Aritmia.

Saturday, November 17, 2018
Doors, 7:00 p.m. Show, 7:30 p.m.
Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Peter Norton Symphony Space
2537 Broadway, Manhattan
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Le Trio Joubran to Perform at Barbican in London 2019

Award-winning Palestinian oud ensemble Le Trio Joubran is set to perform on Sunday, February 3rd, 2019, at Barbican Hall in London.

The three musicians will present new material from their sixth album The Long March (Cooking Vinyl). The new recording includes collaborations from poet Mahmoud Darwish and Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters.

Le Trio Joubran features brothers Samir, Wissam and Adnan Joubran. They come from a well-known family with rich artistic heritage: their father is one of the world’s most acclaimed oud makers and their mother is a muwashahat singer.

The trio’s music is inspired by Arabic music, jazz and flamenco. Earlier recordings include Tamaas (2002), Randana (2005), Majâz (World Village, 2007), À l’ombre des mots (2008), Le Dernier VoL (2009), AsFâr (World Village, 2011) and The First Ten Years (2013) boxed set.


Anoushka Shankar to Perform in Miami in March 2019

Anoushka Shankar

Acclaimed Indian music composer and sitarist Anoushka Shankar is set to perform on Sunday, March 17, 2019 at South Miami Dade Cultural Arts Center.

Anoushka is the daughter of Ravi Shankar and sister of Norah Jones. Anoushka Shankar studied sitar under her father from a very young age and has gone on to master the instrument and also expand her musical horizons.

She has collaborated with leading classical orchestras and pop artists as diverse as Sting, M.I.A., Herbie Hancock, and her sister Norah Jones.

Anoushka Shankar’s discography includes: Anoushka, Anourag, Rise, Breathing Under Water, Traveller, Traces of You, Home, and Land of Gold.

Accompanied by a stellar quintet for this concert, Anoushka Shankar returns to her roots with a concert of meditative Indian classical ragas.

Doors 6:00 p.m., Show 7:00 p.m.


Bela Fleck, Zakir Hussain & Edgar Meyer to Perform Together in NYC

L to R: Edgar Meyer, Béla Fleck and Zakir Hussain – Photo © 2018 Alan Messer

The Town Hall has announced a concert featuring Bela Fleck on banjo, Zakir Hussain on tabla and Edgar Meyer on double bass. The performance will take place Thursday, November 15, 2018 at The Town Hall in New York City.

Béla Fleck, Zakir Hussain and Edgar Meyer plus Rakesh Chaurasia on flute will deliver a set where they combine bluegrass, classical, and South Asian musical traditions.

Fleck met Meyer in 1983 at a festival in Aspen, sat in “for a few songs” that night and “We have stayed in touch ever since, and we are deep friends.” The banjoist and bassist teamed up for a double concerto for the Nashville Symphony Orchestra in 2004. Its success led to another commission, for which they called on the dazzling Hussain for percussion.

Béla and I were both very big fans of Zakir, at least since high school,” Meyer said in an interview. “For most of our lives, he’s been one of the musicians we admired the most.”

The result was the remarkable The Melody of Rhythm; Triple Concerto & Music for Trio, recorded with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Leonard Slatkin and released on CD in 2009.

The Town Hall
123 West 43rd Street (between 6th Avenue and Broadway)
New York, NY 10036
Tickets at The Town Hall Box Office 212-997-6661 or Ticketmaster