(Prensa Latina) Havana, Cuba – The Cuban Percussionists Society announced the 14th International Percussion Festival of “PERCUBA 2003,” April 15-19, at the Amadeo Roldan Theater and the Casa de las Americas. A contest will take place April 16-18, also at the National Folkloric Group venue. The Festival will include a series of important theoretical and practical events in its program and is designed for education, promotion and exchange among national and international representatives from different fields of percussion. Professional or traditional performers, professors, students, researchers, composers and/or instrument or accessories manufacturers, as well as all friends of Cuban percussion are expected to participate.
Three living percussion masters will be paid homage: Regino Jimenez Saez, Eladio Terry Gonzalez “Don Pancho”, Lino Arturo Neira Betancourt and also the late Jorge Alfonso Campos “El Niño” and Ramon “Mongo” Santamaria. In 2002, the First PERCUBA Award went to Mexican Reynaliz Herrera Martinez.
The list of guest artistic projects include: ARGENTINA: didactic recital by Alberto Murillo (Patagonia); CUBA: Concert by Don Pancho Terry and his All Stars, Concert by Diakara, Concert by Sin Palabras, Didactic Conference by Cesar Rivero Sanz, among others.
(Prensa Latina) San Juan, Puerto Rico – Cuban musician Ibrahim Ferrer, member of the 1998 Grammy Award winning Buena Vista Social Club project, will perform April 19 in this city, where he will arrive from the US. According to an announcement by Grandes Eventos Co. Public Relations Vice-President Lidda Garcia Acosta, he will perform at San Juan’s Pier 10 Arena, with a repertoire of Son, Guarachas and Boleros.
Seventy-six-year-old Ferrer is currently touring the US, including performances in Arizona, Texas, San Francisco and New York. In 1997, producer and composer Ry Cooder chose him for the Buena Vista Social Club project, where he took part in 12 of the 14 CD tracks. Since then his popularity increased and he won two Latin Grammys, one with the Buena Vista Social Club and the other as Best New Artist in 2001.
(Prensa Latina) Havana, Cuba – Azucar Negra, one of the first Cuban bands mixing popular music (son, salsa, timba) with socio-political lyrics, will start a tour to demand freedom for the five Cuban prisoners in the US. The artists will perform several concerts all over Cuba starting in May to present the song “Los que Luchamos,” (Those of us in the Fight) written to honor Ramon Labañino, Fernando Gonzalez, Gerardo Hernandez, Antonio Guerrero and Rene Gonzalez.
The band’s director Leonel Limonta -also author of pieces performed by Orchestra Aragon and Issac Delgado’s group, stated that this will be his modest contribution to the international organizations and the entire Cuban people’s demands for the freedom of the Five. Their second CD will include the song Sin Mirar Atras (Without Looking Back), scheduled to be finished this coming week on the EGREM label, ready for promotion on their tour. After playing in Cuba, the musicians will perform in several cities of Holland, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, France and Belgium.
San Francisco, USA – The most acclaimed musician, composer and peace activist from Israel will perform in Berkeley with his Group Al Ol as part of the Spring Concert Series of the San Francisco World Music Festival, presented in association with the Jewish Music Festival.
Yair Dalal, composer, violinist and oud player is probably the most prolific Israeli ethnic musician today.Over the last decade he has put nine albums, covering wide and varied cultural territory. Much of Dalal’s output reflects the strong affinity he has for the desert and its inhabitants. Dalal’s family emigrated to Israel from Baghdad and he has included much Iraqi material in his work to date.
Yair Dalal is a peace activist in all means; besides his musical endeavors, he devotes much time and energy to helping to remove ideological barriers between people and musicians from different cultures and, in particular between Jews and Arabs. He is collaborating with Palestinian musicians from the Middle East and has initiated and formed many peace projects such as: Shalom Salaam concert in 1994, Key
Note Circle for Peace and performance and CD recordings Music Channel and performing at the Nobel Peace Prize gala concert in Oslo 1994.
(Prensa Latina) Havana, Cuba – A group of Cuban female musicians and singers will present at Havana’s La Zorra y el Cuervo club March 28 through 30 the show “Mujeres en el Jazz,” (Women in Jazz) to show their talent in a genre traditionally ruled by men. Cuban pianist Bellita (Lilia Exposito), host of the female jazz encounter along with her trio “Jazz Tumbata,” said in a press conference that “Mujeres en el Jazz” takes place every year, with the aim of promoting women’s music.
According to Exposito, much more is demanded of women jazz musicians than of their male counterparts, and only a few accept the genre in their repertoire, fearing being censored. For that reason, she said incentives are needed to motivate music students to take up jazz and that this little festival is a good way to do it. More than 20 artists that play international jazz classics and innovative pieces, meeting the new harmonic, sound and rhythmic tendencies will join the presentation. Lucia Huergo, famous Cuban saxophonist and composer, is among the jazz musicians to perform.
The performance of French singer Ofelia Latriglia -in Cuba to hear Cuban Latin Jazz and start collaboration between the Cuban Music Institute with French and Spanish musicians, was also programmed. Other participants announced are vocal groups Bahobad and Catarsis, the Esperanza quartet and the Afroamerica percussion band -conformed by three performers of batá drums, sacred instruments of Afro-Cuban religion, which greatly influence Latin Jazz, plus flutist Glenda Lopez and the Angeliza duet.
Spanish acts Ojos de Brujo and Depedro will be performing Friday April 15th at Barbican Hall in London. Ojos de Brujo, from Barcelona, fuse flamenco’s driving rhythms with hip-hop, funk, punk and other stray sounds snatched from Spain’s streets.
The group calls this musical mashup ‘Jip Jop Flamenkillo’, a sound that catapults flamenco into the 21st century without losing any of the power or passion of the music’s roots.
Depedro, from Madrid, is the nom de music of Spanish guitarist-singer-songwriter Jairo Zavala, sideman for Calexico, as well as Andrew Bird. His second album for National Geographic Nubes De Papel (Paper Clouds) is just out and was produced (as was his debut “Depedro”), by Calexico’s Joey Burns with other Calexico members sitting in on the sessions.
Friday April 15, at 7:30pm
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New York City, USA – Tower Records, the world’s largest independent music retailer opened its first store exclusively dedicated to world music. The new store is located at 20 E. 4th Street, New York City (at the corner of 4th and Lafayette Street in Manhattan). Its catalog includes over 50,000 different titles, including Latin, Tropical, Reggae, Brazilian, Chinese, Japanese, J-Pop, African, French, Celtic, Italian, Cuban, Flamenco, Tango, Salsa, Polka, Jewish, Indian, Greek, Calypso, Arabic, Andean, Aboriginal, Ska, Samba, Rock en Español, Bossa Nova, Merengue, Russian, World Fusion and more.