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Toko Telo at the Top of the Transglobal World Music Chart in August 2017

Toy Raha Toy, the debut recording by Malagasy superband Toko Telo is the number one album in the Transglobal World Music Chart for August 2017. The trio includes guitarist and vocalist D’Gary, vocalist and percussionist Monika Njava and accordionist and vocalist Régis Gizavo.

This was Règis Gizavo’s final album. He died on July 16, 2017.


Applications are Open for Music Action Lab 2.0

Applications are now open for Music Action Lab 2.0, a program described as a one month of nonstop creativity, music, and social innovation. The lab is targeting musicians seeking to use their music for peace building and social change, creating a new musical language based on social justice principles.

During four weeks, Fellows will learn leadership skills, design innovation, and social entrepreneurship from international experts, and create entirely collaborative new music under the mentorship of professional recording artists that will conclude in a series of live concerts and a full album.

Thanks to its core programs partners, the San Francisco 49ers Academy, Fellows will experience state-of-the-arts multimedia studio space and the opportunity to mentor local area youth. Fellows will also debut their music in Mexico at the international poverty alleviation “un-conference” Opportunity Collaboration, in front of an audience of hundreds of thinkers and leaders in social change.

For more information and to apply go to


Duke Performances Reveals 2017/2018 Season

Duke Performances announced this week the 2017/2018 season at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. The programming includes world music, classical music, new music, jazz, American roots music, hip-hop, theater, and dance.

The world music program this year includes one of the finest flamenco guitarists, Vicente Amigo. The Spanish guitar maestro is known for mixing pure flamenco with other musical traditions.



Also scheduled, acclaimed Israeli vocalist Yasmin Levy who sings in Ladino and combines flamenco and Middle Eastern music; Malian kora master Toumani Diabaté and his son Sidiki for a concert of kora duets; Sudanese-American singer and Alsarah & the Nubatones.



Additional world music acts are set to perform under Black Atlantic: a six-day festival of the music of Africa and the African diaspora. The program includes renowned traditional Dominican bachata musician Joan Soriano; Haitian singer-songwriter Emeline Michel; Afro-Venezuelan vocalist Betsayda Machado and her backing band La Parranda El Clavo; the remarkable Malian act Trio da Kali, a collaboration between some of Mali’s leading jeli (griot) musical families, Hawa Kassé Mady, daughter of Kassé Mady Diabaté, bala player Lassana Diabaté and ngoni master Mamadou Kouyaté; and the great Honduran Garifuna singer-song Aurelio Martínez.

Another world music highlight this season is Spanish flamenco singer Diego El Cigala who has explored the musics of Latin America. His most recent album Indestructible is a tribute to salsa music.


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headline photo: Vicente Amigo


World Music/Crash Arts Announces 2017-2018 Season

Boston-based performing arts presenter World Music/Crash Arts has announced the artists scheduled to perform during the Fall 2017 – Winter 2018 season.

The impressive world music, roots and jazz lineup includes:

Vanessa Da Mata
September 10, 8:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center

September 13, 8:00 p.m.
Brighton Music Hall

Carrie Rodriguez
September 14, 7:30 p.m.
The Rockwell

Dance Up
September 22 & 23, 8:00 p.m.
The ICA/Boston

Terence Blanchard E-Collective
September 26, 8:00 p.m.
Brighton Music Hall

The High Kings
September 30, 8:00 p.m.
Somerville Theatre

Flamenco Legends by Javier Limon
The Paco de Lucia Project
October 13, 8:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center

Johnny Clegg
The Final Journey
October 14, 8:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center

Mashrou’ Leila
October 22, 8:00 p.m.
The Sinclair

Harold Lopez-Nussa Trio
October 28, 8:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center

The Sachal Ensemble
Song Of Lahore
October 29, 7:30 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center

Irma Thomas, The Blind Boys Of Alabama, & The Preservation Legacy Quintet
November 3, 8:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center

Yasmin Levy
November 5, 7:30 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center

Anna Myer And Dancers
November 10 & 11, 8:00 p.m.
The ICA/Boston

Habib Koite & Bamada
November 11, 8:00 p.m.
Somerville Theatre

The Bad Plus
November 12, 7:30 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center

Leyla McCalla
November 18, 8:00 p.m.
Villa Victoria

November 18, 7:30 p.m.
Brighton Music Hall

Compagnie Herve Koubi
January 12 & 13, 8:00 p.m.
The ICA/Boston

Juan De Marcos & The Afro-Cuban All Stars
January 14, 7:30 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center

Huun Huur Tu
January 18, 7:30 p.m.
The Rockwell

Umalali & The Garifuna Collective
January 20, 8:00 p.m.
Villa Victoria

BJM/Les Ballets Jazz De Montreal
February 2 & 3, 8:00 p.m.
Emerson/Cutler Majestic Theatre

Ladysmith Black Mambazo
February 11, 3:00 p.m.
Sanders Theatre

Dianne Reeves
February 16, 8:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center

Tao: Drum Heart
February 18, 7:30 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center

February 24, 6:00 p.m.
House of Blues Boston

More information at or 617-876-4275.


Flamenco Vocalist Argentina Dazzles Madrid Audience

Argentina at Suma Flamenca 2017 – Photo by David Mudarra


Rising flamenco star Argentina presented her new album La Vida del Artista (The Life of the Artist) last night at Suma Flamenca festival in Madrid to an enthusiastic audience.

Suma Flamenca is one of the leading flamenco festivals in the international scene.


Argentina at Suma Flamenca 2017 – Photo by David Mudarra

WOMEX 2017 Reveals First Batch of World Music Showcases

World Music Expo WOMEX has announced the first set of artists scheduled to perform at the 2017 conference. WOMEX 2017 will take place October 25 – 29 in Katowice, Poland.

The 18 artists revealed represent 23 different countries. They are scheduled to perform in front of a crowd of more than 2,000 concert promoters, festival programmers, booking agents, international media and other professional delegates as well as the Polish music public.

Official Selection

Alireza Ghorbani (Iran)
Black Flower (Belgium)
Dakh Daughters (Ukraine)
Dimitris Mystakidis (Greece)
Elkin Robinson (Colombia)
Gato Preto (Mozambique/Ghana/ Senegal/Germany)
Ifriqiyya Electrique (Tunisia/France)
La Dame Blanche (Cuba/France)
Leyla McCalla (Haiti/USA)
MAZ (Canada)
Night (Nepal)
Park Jiha (South Korea)
Qwanqwa (Ethiopia)
Talisk (UK)
Vasilis Kostas & Layth Sidiq Duo (Greece/Jordan/USA)
Waldemar Bastos (Angola/Portugal)

DJ Summit

Barda (Argentina)
Ibaaku (Senegal)

headline photo: Elkin Robinson – Photo by Fela Photography


Singer-songwriter Raimon Receives Lifetime Career Tribute

Raimon receiving a certificate of recognition – Photo by Juan Miguel Morales

Award-winning Singer-songwriter and poet Raimon received a tribute on May 12, 2017 at the Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona.

Raimon was born in Xàtiva/Játiva (Valencia, Spain) in 1940. He became one of the most significant Catalan-language singer-songwriters in the 1960s and 1970s, part of the Nova Cançó movement.

Organizers of the event invited Michael Mason, director of the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, who gave the singer a certificate of recognition.


The Art of Reggae Exposition Returns to Liverpool June 2017

The Art of Reggae


The popular exhibition The Art of Reggae will be returning to Constellations in The Baltic Triangle in Liverpool June 7-July 9, 2017.

The exhibition, a collaboration between the International Reggae Poster Contest and Positive Vibration, will display 100 reggae-inspired posters designed by artists and illustrators from all over the world.


Poster by Jos Vergauwe (Belgium)


Visitors will be able to bid on any of the framed posters by way of a silent auction and all profits from the sales will be donated to the Alpha Boys School – the vocational institution for underprivileged youths located in Kingston, Jamaica.


Positive vibrations – Julia Egorova (Russia)


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The Indomitable Voice, the Life of Mariem Hassan

Mariem Hassan – The Indomitable Voice

The Indomitable Voice is the title of a new book about the late Mariem Hassan, one of the greatest singers from the Western Sahara in past decades. The authors are Zazie Schubert-Wurr and Manuel Domínguez. The writers will present the book on Saturday, March 18, at 12:00 noon at the Sin Tarima bookstore in Madrid, Spain. They will be joined by Agaila Mohamed, Mariem’s youngest daughter.

The book describes in real time the 18 years in which the authors accompanied Mariem Hassan during her professional activities as a singer, as well as her effort as cultural ambassador of the Saharawi people around the world.

Intensely illustrated, the 264-page books collects a total of 1,060 images. The package includes a CD with unreleased songs and a DVD with unreleased audiovisual material that provides a profile of the artistic and human stature of Mariem Hassan.

Librería Sin Tarima
Calle de la Magdalena 32
Metro station Antón Martín, Madrid