London, England – Missing You….Mi Yeewnii is the new album by Senegalese singer Baaba Maal. It sees Baaba Maal focusing on the acoustic, poetic side of his heritage.
The original recording sessions for Missing You used a mobile studio based in Toubab Dialaw, Senegal and took place outdoors after dark which accounts for the clicking of crickets which can heard throughout the album. The recording continued at Real World Studios in Wiltshire and the album was mixed at Abbey Road and Real World.
This approach will be reflected in this April’s live shows when Baaba will tour the U.K. with an acoustic group giving audiences a chance to experience the pure, vital energy of one of the world’s most powerful performers in unique and intimate settings. This will be followed by a big London show in the summer featuring the no holds barred aural and visual spectacle of the full strength Daande Lenol.
New York City, USA – Remix pioneer, DJ Smash, has recorded an album of remixes titled Phonography: a Blue Note Mix. The 14-track remix album includes some of the top Blue Note Artists: Cassandra Wilson, Angelique Kidjo, Salif Keita, Ronny Jordan, and many others. Most of the music has a jazz flavor.
Washington D.C., USA- Smithsonian Folkways has released a beautifully packaged 3-CD collection of music from the island of Papua New Guinea. The boxed titled Bosavi: Rainforest Music From Papua New Guinea comes with an 80-page book full of information and photographs.
Disc 1 is dedicated to the guitar bands of the 1990s. Disc 2 focuses on the every day works songs of the Bosavi people and Disc 3 centers on sounds and songs of ritual and ceremony.
The project was recorded and annotated by Steven Feld. It is a collaborative production of Smithsonian Folkways Recordings and the institute of Papua New Guinea.
Málaga, Spain – The finest jazz pianist in Spain, Chano Domínguez, known for his deep Flamenco roots, has recorded songs by one of the leading songwriters from Cuba, Marta Valdés. The Cuban songwriter’s songs were recorded by Benny Moré, Bola de Nieve, Elena Burke, Omara Portuondo, Pablo Milanés, Vicentico Valdés, Miriam Ramos, Frank Emilio, Emiliano Salvador, Hilario Durán and Gonzalo Rubalcaba.
Even though she is not a professional singer herself, Valdés sings on the Chano Domínguez album. The title is Tú no sospechas, released by Karonte-El Europeo. It also includes a book.
Barranquilla, Colombia- Cuban pianist, arranger and orchestra director Chucho Valdés, Grammy award winner this year at Latin Jazz category, was given the title of president for life of the festival of orchestras in this city, a distinction that in the opinion of the main organizer of the carnival, Colombian musician Roberto de Castro, honors the city. De Castro said that Barranquilla gets prestige with Valdés’ designation, whom he classifies as one of the most relevant figures on the Caribbean-rooted music cultural values.
Very famous celebrities have performed on the festival such as Rubén Blades, Willy Colón, Celia Cruz, Andy Montánez, Oscar D’León, Chucho Valdés, Tito Puente, Larry Harlow, Eddie Palmieri, Manolito Simonet y su Trabuco, Adalberto Alvarez y su Son and many other. The awards of the Festival of Orchestras, the “Congo de oro”, granted by a jury are very sought-after and have been achieved by Chucho Valdés, Rubén Blades, Willy Colón… among others. It is a very prestigious award and there is no salsa orchestra which does not wish to achieve one, said De Castro.
New York City, USA- The first two releases on the new Indigedisc label will be out the first week of April. One of the releases will be Sound Time, a retrospective of Highlife icon Chief Stephen Osadebe of Nigeria.
The other recording is a late 1960s/early 1970s look at the sounds of Haruna Ishola, also from Nigeria, and one of the masters of Apala music.
New York City, USA- On April 17, Rahat Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan will release his self-titled album, Rahat, in the United States, bringing qawwali music to a whole new audience. The album will be released by American/Legacy Recordings and was produced by Rick Rubin.
Chicago, USA – For the first time, the Inter-American Conference on Black Music Research will be held outside the United States. The conference will examine and experience the musics of the Caribbean region, and the main topics that will be discussed will be the interconnections between musics in the Americas, ways to bridge the boundaries in research and writing; and diasporal unities in the Circum-Caribbean. The event will take place in Port of Spain, Trinidad, May 23-27, 2001. To register go to: www.cbmr.org or call: +1(312) 344-7559, Fax: +1 (312) 344-8029.
Barcelona, Spain – Peret, the undisputable master of the Catalan rumba (a combination of Spanish Gypsy rumba with Caribbean and rock elements) is back with Peret, Rey de la Rumba (Narada). After a long retirement, Peret recorded an album with updated versions of his greatest hits.
Several special guests appear on the album: David Byrne, Sergent García and Professor Angel Dust.
Madrid, Spain – Three flamenco dancers, Tacha, Manuela Vega and Ana Romero have opened a new Flamenco club in the Spanish capital. The name of the tablao is Las Carboneras and it is located in an area that is already known for its flamenco activity, at the Plaza del Conde de Miranda 1, Madrid.
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