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Los Van Van Performing in the Land of Salsa and Plena

(Prensa Latina – Cumbancha) Havana, Cuba – Popular Cuban dance music orchestra Los Van Van, led by Juan Formell, is currently performing on stages of the neighboring island of Puerto Rico. On Friday, the “Cuban music explosion,” widely famous inside and outside Cuba, will perform at the Exhibition Center of the Caribe Hilton Hotel, in San Juan. Later, the renewed orchestra led by Formell since its foundation in 1969, is scheduled to perform at the Variety Playhouse June 24.

The land of the coquí, one of the smallest species of frogs in the world, and of contagious rhythms such as the plena and salsa, will witness Cuban music, which combines the sound of a “charanga” orchestra with modern rhythms, which became the “songo.” The creativity of Formell and the group’s other talented musicians during three decades is the formula that brought the group world success and a Grammy Award in 2000 in the category of Latin Music for their album “Llegó Van Van!” (Van Van has Come,). Moreover, it is an encounter with the Puerto Rican audience and musicians who follow and enjoy the work of the popular Cuban orchestra and also other Cuban groups that in the last decade permitted the establishment of a solid cultural bridge between artists from both nations.


Danny Rivera to Sing at the Boleros de Oro Festival in Cuba

(Prena Latina – Cumbancha) Havana, Cuba – The popular Puerto Rican singer Danny Rivera will perform in a single concert during the Boleros de Oro International Festival, to take place in Cuba June 19 through 29, Organizing Committee members announced here.

The artist will perform at Havana’s Karl Marx Theater, in the capital, on the next to last day of the Festival that will gather artists from 13 countries, including a large delegation from Colombia. Of interest at the 17th edition of the Festival, 40 professors from the University of Santiago de Cali, Colombia will discourse on bolero, which Cuban composer and professor Harold Gramatges said shows the increasing interest in academics for a representative music genre on Latin American idiosyncrasy.

In a ceremony in Colombia, singer Marcela Gutierrez, director of the Cartagena Festival, announced the list of artists from her country planning to come to the Cuban festival, and researcher Arturo Upeghi commented: “Colombians know Cuba is the cradle of bolero and going to Havana is a kind of pilgrimage.”

The Festival, dedicated to Cuban singer Elena Burke, who died in 2002, will take place from June 19 through 22 in eastern Cuba, and June 26 to 29 in Havana. Mexican, Costa Rican, Chilean singers are expected and several artists known by the Cuban audience, such as Mariko Shimisu, from Japan, and Pier, from Spain. Italian singer Paola Di Lorenzi is already in Cuba. Danny Rivera at the Boleros de Oro Festival in Cuba


Paul Winter’s 10th Annual Summer Solstice Will Feature Tunisian Singer Amina

New York, USA – Tunisian singer Amina will perform with the Paul Winter Consort at Paul Winter’s 10th Annual Summer Solstice Celebration on June 20 and 21.

The musical languages of northern and southern Africa, the Middle East, the British Isles and North America will meet at the world’s largest Gothic cathedral, the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, located at Amsterdam Ave. and W. 112th St. in New York City.

For the past ten years, Winter has gathered musicians from around the world in the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine in New York to create inspired,  spontaneous music at the spiritually charged moment of the summer solstice. This year, the three-time Grammy Award winning composer, bandleader and soprano saxophonist presents the most African-infused manifestation ever of his legendary musical

Tunisian vocalist Amina will blend her versatile voice with Zimbabwean mbira music played by Chris Berry. Other well known guests include Uilleann piper Jerry O’Sullivan, and the worldly rhythms of percussionist Jamey Haddad.

Performances are at sunset (7:30 pm) on June 20 and 21 and before dawn (4:30 am) on Saturday June 21.

Tickets for the sunrise summer solstice concert – priced $20 for all seats and for the sunset concerts priced $50 for reserved and $35 for general admission seats – are available:

– by phone from CityTix (212 581-1212) 

– online from

– in person from the Cathedral Box Office (Amsterdam Ave. and W. 112th St., tel. 212 662-2133)

Group and discounted student/senior tickets are available from the Cathedral Box Office only.


The 26th Annual Vancouver Folk Music Festival

Vancouver, Canada – The Vancouver Folk Music Festival heads back to Jericho Beach Park for its 26th annual celebration of music, song and dance with a lineup of some of the finest folk and roots musicians from across the street and around the world.

July 18 through 20, 2003 will see more than 50 groups and guest artists offer nearly 70 hours of music on seven stages in a breathtakingly beautiful outdoor venue.

Musical offerings at the 2003 Vancouver Folk Music Festival will include the soulful musical accompaniment of the Sufi whirling dervishes, ancient melodies of India, aboriginal music from Australia and folk-fusion music from the edge, all exploring and pushing the boundaries of the traditional definitions of folk music.

From celebrated names like Ani DiFranco, Utah
Phillips, Billy Bragg and Faith Petric to new-to-Vancouver acts such as
Colombia’s Petrona Martinez,  the USA’s The Lee Boys and Ray Wylie Hubbard and 
Australia’s White Cockatoo, the 2003 Vancouver International Folk Music
Festival will bring you familiar favourites and exciting new tunes and songs
to raise your spirits and widen your musical horizons.

In addition to both traditional and contemporary folk
and folk-fusion, the Festival will feature an array of informative workshops,
a colourful Artists’ Marketplace and a mouthwatering selection of healthful
foods and beverages to keep everyone’s strength up.

Early Bird weekend passes are $90 Canadian and are now on sale through the
Vancouver Folk Music Festival
office with no service charge, all Ticketmaster outlets or online at

From June 22 to July 18 adult advance tickets are $120.  Other advance tickets
and purchases at the gate range from $40 for the Friday evening concert to $55
for Saturday and Sunday passes.  Tickets for youth (13 to 18 years) are $55
for the Early Bird Weekend Pass (new this year), $25 for Friday night’s
concert and $30 for Saturday and Sunday admissions.  Students at post-secondary
institutions, with valid student  I.D., may purchase youth rate tickets in
person at outlets or at the gate.   Admission for Little Folks (three to 12
years) is free on Friday night with an adult, $12 for the weekend and $7
Saturday or Sunday.  Children two and under and seniors 65 and over are
admitted free.

Buy in person at 305 – 207 West Hastings in
Vancouver, call 604.602.9798, fax your order to 604.602.9790 or e-mail to

Tickets can also be purchased at all Ticketmaster
outlets, by phone at 604.280.4444 in Vancouver, 250.386.7600 in Victoria and
in Washington and Oregon at 206.628.0888 and online at


The Jerusalem Festival – Songs of Freedom

East Jerusalem – The Jerusalem Festival – Songs of Freedom 2003, organized by Yabous Productions will take place throughout the period of 20th–29th of July 2003, in cooperation with the General Consulate of France and with the support of cultural activists.

The festival is based upon the theme of Freedom. The Jerusalem Festival encompasses a unique theme and vision; which consequently defines its character, atmosphere and program.For ten nights, East Jerusalem will feature the power of song and music. The power that reflects the human spirit in overcoming political and social obstacles. When there is instability, musicians respond as musicians do, they compose their music to help us remember that we always have the right of freedom of life.

The Jerusalem Festival – Songs of Freedom will feature musicians and groups from all over the world: Austria, Chile, Zimbabwe, Canada, France, South Africa and Spain, as well as local Palestinian musicians and groups.

The major aim of the organizers is to give hope and courage to Palestinian people in pain, to bring back to the city of East Jerusalem, its cultural glory as the central Palestinian city and to contribute to the development of the cultural, educational economic and touristic life of East


Mill Race Festival of Traditional Folk Music

Cambridge, Ontario, Canada – The 2003 edition of the Mill Race Festival of Traditional Folk Music will take place Saturday, August 2nd. The festival features traditional music and dancing of cultures around the world.

The activities will last from noon until midnight, in downtown Cambridge, Ontario Canada, (in the Galt core off Water Street) with kickoff event on Friday, August 1, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. in Mill Race Park off of Water Street. Performers include CALASAIG, CRUCIBLE, GALTICHA, KIYOSHI NAGATA ENSEMBLE, PIPELINE, GEORGE SAPOUNIDIS TRIO, TSUFIT, THE LOST DANCERS, NAOMI TYRRELL & MARK SEPIC, EDDIE DOUGLAS and NONIE CRETE, GENERAL STORE and many more. Admission: Absolutely Free! More infomatiion e-mail:


Tribute to Outstanding Cuban Percussionists

(Prena Latina -Cumbancha) Havana, Cuba – Students from different music schools paid tribute to Cuban percussionists Tata Güines (Aristides Soto), Jose Luis Quintana (Changuito), Enrique Pla, Justo Pelladito, Enrique Lazaga and composer Harold Gramatges.

The activity was celebrated this week at the Felix Varela Professional Training School in Havana, marking the end of the school year and the delivering of awards for a percussion contest dedicated to the memory of deceased musician Fausto Garcia. Professor Miriam Villa Correa highlighted the history of these outstanding artists who brought prestige to their country by winning Grammy awards and above all for teaching students of this school.

Villa referred to the role of the art schools in Cuba and recalled that current Cuban stars such as Heidi Igualada, orchestra director Yanela Brook, singer Alexis Morejon from Moncada, and Javier Olmos from the Aragon Orchestra, were students of the Felix Varela School. Tata Güines, Enrique Lazaga, Enrique Pla and Changuito won Grammies; in the case of Harold Gramatges, he was given the first Tomas Ruiz de Victoria Award established by the Musical Writers Association (SGAE) which equals a musical Nobel Prize. Fausto Garcia was a musician who worked with Adolfo Guzman, Armando Romeu and the Tropicana Orchestras.


Festival Ethnoambient Salona 2003, Croatia

Croatia – The annual Festival Ethnoambient Salona 2003 will take place in Salona (Croatia), August 1-3, 2003.

The following artists are scheduled this year: Lo Cor de la Plana (France), Zoe (Italy), Lot Lorien (Bulgaria), Companyia Electrica Dharma (Catalonia – Spain), Mojmir Novakovic i Kries (Croatia) and Klapa Solin, which specializes in Mediterranean “klapa” singing.Since 1998 this festival welcomed artists from Israel, Italy, Mongolia, Canada (Aboriginal Canadians), England, Slovenia, Macedonia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Catalonia, (Spain) Ireland, Pakistan, Hungary, Australia (Australian Aboriginals), Iran, and Croatia.

This open air festival is held at the magical ancient Roman archaeological site of Salona which is situated in Solin, near Split at the Adriatic Coast.

The main idea of festival Ethnoambient, the oldest world music festival in the area, is to promote different cultures, tolerance and understanding for cultural diversity, tradition, nature.

Music is the main focus, but visitors also get a chance to explore the fair of organic/eco farming, traditional crafts and souvenirs and also to enjoy the natural beauty of the area – the rivers, the mountains, the Adriatic sea and beautiful Mediterranean atmosphere.

More info: Web site:


Friday, 01.08.2003.
17:00 Gospin otok, Solin

Review of Dalmatian folklore
Fair of organic farming
Fair of traditional crafts

20:30 Gradina, Solin

Klapa Solin, Croatia
Lo Cor de la Plana, France
Zoe, Italy

Saturday, 02.08.2003.
17:00 Gospin otok, Solin
Fair of organic farming
Fair of traditional crafts


20:30 Gradina, Solin

Lot Lorien, Bulgaria
Companyia Electrica Dharma, Catalonia-Spain
Mojmir Novaković i Kries, Croatia
Drumming session – party

Sunday, 03.08.2003

08:00-13:00 Gospin otok, Solin
Fair of organic farming
Fair of traditional crafts


Reina del Festejo Contest 2003

Redondo Beach, California, USA – An Afro-Peruvian Dance Contest (Festejo) will beheld in Redondo Beach.

Open to all ages and all Nationalities.
No experience necessary to compete.
Saturday August 16, 2003 at 11:30am
at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center in the City of Redondo Beach CA.

For more information on tickets, registrations, or participation please call
Royalty Productions at (310) 323-3233.


Brazil at Jazz en la Costa, Spain

Jorge Ben Jor
Jorge Ben Jor

Almuñécar, Granada, Spain – This year’s theme of the Jazz en la Costa festival is Brazil. Several top Brazilian guests will be performing there: Jorge Ben Jor, Ivan Lins and Rosa Passos.

The festival takes place in the Mediterranean town of Almuñécar, located in the Granada coast, in southern Spain. The venue is the Parque el Majuelo, next to the ancient Phoenician ruins and right under the Arab castle.

For more information go to: Jazz en la Costa