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World Music Showcase offWOMEX 2018 Unveils Lineup

This year’s offWOMEX stage will include a ‘Dutch World Stage’, presented by World Music Forum NL and Dutch Performing Arts plus there will be showcases from Finland, Canada, Spain, and Ireland presented and funded by Music Finland, Mundial Montréal, Folquébec, Musicaction, Canada Council for the Arts, SODEC, Basque Institute and Culture Ireland. World music conference WOMEX will take place October 24 – 28, 2018 in Las Palmas de gran Canaria, Spain.

The offWOMEX showcases provide an additional platform for bands and artists to present themselves and their music to the WOMEX audience attending from around the world. With the offWOMEX stage, WOMEX provides addiitonal performances structured within a regional, national or organizational framework.

The confirmed artists for offWOMEX 18 are:

Son Swagga (The Netherlands)
Lingua Franca Ensemble (The Netherlands)
Tabanka (Cabo Verde/The Netherlands)
Kalakan (France/Spain)
Navá (Iran/Ireland)
Helsinki-Cotonou Ensemble (Benin/Tanzania/Finland)
Jeremy Dutcher (Canada)
Elisapie (Canada)
Mélisande [électrotrad] (Canada)

headline photo: Tabanka – Photo by Bas van der Wel

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Mundial Montreal Reveals Indigenous Sounds Series 2018

The Indigenous Sounds series will be back with a showcase of Canada’s emerging talent at the 8th edition of Mundial Montreal, the North American world music showcase. Mundial Montreal will take place November 13-16 in Montreal, Canada.

This year, the Indigenous Sounds series will feature international artists. The selection includes Elle Márjá Eira of the Sami people (Norway), Emily Wurramara of the Wannindilyakwa people (Australia). The programming also includes the following Canadian artists: Polaris shortlist nominee, operatic pop singer Jeremy Dutcher (Wolastoq); Inuit synth pop throat singer Riit (Pangnirtung); as well as OktoEcho, a group that fuses music from the West and the Middle East with throat singing.

The Indigenous Sounds series was begun to encourage the professional development of the artists and to propel them onto touring circuits, bringing them to new audiences in Canada and beyond.
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Dirtwire to Perform At The ‘Spirit Of Astana’ Festival in Kazakhstan

American band Dirtwire, the genre bending outfit from California is currently in Kazakhstan in the heart of Central Asia to play in the national world music festival “The Spirit of Astana,” July 6-8, 2018.

Located in the heart of the futuristic city of Astana, the festival features acts from around the world, with over twenty countries including Iran, Japan, Mali, Turkey, Ireland, Mongolia, Senegal, Peru, Georgia, Lithuania, and many more.

Dirtwire will be the sole group featured from the United States, and will be representing their unique blend of country, blues, and musical influences from six of the world’s continents.

Dirtwire

Dirtwire have booked a studio for the length of their time in Kazakhstan and will be recording with many of the artists also playing at the festival. They will then be releasing an album of these collaborations, as they explore cross-cultural musical fusions grounded in the spirit of the wide open expanses of Central Asia.

The band’s discography includes Dirtwire, Riptide and Showdown.

More information on the festival at thespiritoftengri.com.

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WOMEX 2018 Unveils the Second Set of World Music Showcases

The World Music Expo (WOMEX) revealed this week the rest of the artists selected to perform in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Spain) in October 2018.

Additional Showcase Artists Announced:

Ariwo (Cuba/Iran/UK)
Bakolo Music International (DR Congo)
Edina Szirtes Mókus Looper Project (Hungary)
Etenesh Wassie Trio (Ethiopia/France)
Evritiki Zygia (Greece)
The Garifuna Collective (Belize)
Gulaza (Israel)
Gulmira Abliz (China)
Invisible World (Czech Republic/Turkey/Serbia)
Kel Assouf (Niger/Tunisia/Belgium)
Liniker e os Caramelows (Brazil)
Lucibela (Cape Verde/Portugal)
Manolito Simonet y su Trabuco (Cuba)
Norayr Kartashyan & Menua (Armenia)
Odpoczno (Poland)
San Salvador (France)
Ta Dhom Project – Viveick Rajagopalan (India)

More at www.womex.com

headline photo: Bakolo Music International (DR Congo)

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WOMEX Announces first Set of 2018 Showcase Artists

The World Music Expo (WOMEX) announced the first batch of artist selected to showcase at the 2018 conference. The jury- designated showcase artists will be performing at WOMEX in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain this October 2018.

 


Las Palmas de Gran Canaria – Photo by Bengt Nyman

 

The artists include:

Frente Cumbiero (Colombia)
Gaye Su Akyol (Turkey)
Guiss Guiss Bou Bess (Senegal/France)
Kim So Ra (South Korea)
Ladama (Venezuela/Brazil/USA/Colombia)
Marinah (Spain)
Mario Batkovic (Switzerland)
Moonlight Benjamin (Haiti/France)
Nelida Karr (Equatorial Guinea)
Ranky Tanky (USA)
Rob Thorne Toi Puoro (New Zealand)
Sofiane Saidi & Mazalda (Algeria/France)
Sver (Norway/Sweden)
Toko Telo (Madagascar)
The Turbans (Bulgaria/Greece/Israel/Spain/UK)
Vishtèn (Canada)

And Uji (Argentina) as the first of six Club Summit artists, a special late-night program part of the Official Selection, curated by Georg Milz of Outhere Records and the WOMEX team.

 

Auditorio Alfredo Kraus

 

All WOMEX Daycases concerts will take place in the daytime trade fair venue INFECAR and the nighttime showcase performances will be in and around Auditorio Alfredo Kraus concert hall in Las Palmas.

WOMEX 2018
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain
October 24 – 28 , 2018
More at www.womex.com

Headline photo: Marinah – Photo by Oriana Elicabe

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Cordoba Guitar Festival Announces 2018 Courses and Master Classes

Acclaimed international guitar event Festival de la Guitarra de Córdoba will offer twelve courses and two master classes in 2018.

The festival includes concerts by some of the world’s finest guitarists, such as Vicente Amigo and Pat Metheny. Additionally, the festival regularly features workshops and master classes I the areas of flamenco, classical music and jazz.

Classical guitar

Prestigious Cuban maestro Leo Brouwer returns to Córdoba to teach a classical guitar course on styles and articulation. It will be on July 6 and 7.

During July 6-8, the festival welcomes Polish renowned musician Marcin Dylla, who will work with his students on different and effective techniques to improve the interpretation.

Manuel Barrueco will offer an interpretation course on July 9 and 10; while David Russell will teach his technical workshop on July 10 and 11.

Paraguayan Berta Rojas will lead the final classical guitar educational program on July 12 and 13 with a course on the work of Barrios and Lauro, the classical guitar in Latin American music.

Flamenco guitar

The flamenco guitar is the other great pillar of the training program. On this occasion, four of the most prestigious masters of the national and international scene will assemble in Cordoba. The series begins with Juan Manuel Cañizares, who will teach a workshop of flamenco guitar technical exercises to develop improvisation from July 5 to 7.

Maestro José Antonio Rodríguez will lead a course July 8-10 dedicated to the flamenco concert guitar.

Meanwhile, Paco Jarana will conduct a workshop July 8-9 dedicated to flamenco guitar accompaniment.

Legendary guitarist Manolo Sanlúcar will present his traditional flamenco guitar course which he has called “Architecture and pillars of flamenco.”

Flamenco Dance

Each year, the Festival de la Guitarra de Córdoba reserves a section of its formative program to flamenco dancing. On this occasion, the instructors will be María Pagés, Eva Yerbabuena and Javier Latorre, who will teach their classes at the Teatro de la Axerquía.

Master classes

Finally, the 38th Festival de la Guitarra de Córdoba will host two master classes. The first will feature jazz guitarist Mike Stern as the protagonist and will be held on July 9 at the Teatro de la Axerquía.

The second master class will take place on July 13 at the Góngora Theater, led by prestigious Brazilian guitarist João Bosco. Attendance at these master classes includes free admission to their respective concerts.

More information about the concerts, workshops, and discounts for students at www.guitarracordoba.es

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Italian World Music Competition Call for Submissions

The “Andrea Parodi Award”, the only Italian world music competition, is open to artists worldwide. The deadline is May 31, 2018. The finals this year will take place November 8 to 10 in Cagliari at the Teatro Auditorium Comunale.

The winner will have the opportunity to perform at the 2019 editions of the European jazz expo in Sardinia, Folkest in Friuli, Negro Festival of Pertosa (SA), Mei di Faenza, the Parodi Awards and in other events that will be announced as soon as possible. In addition to this, winners will be entitled to a scholarship for artistic growth for a maximum amount of 2,500 euros. The winner of the critics’ prize will receive a professionally-made video at the expense of the Andrea Parodi Foundation.

Applications are free, and must be submitted no later than May 31, 2018 through www.fondazioneandreaparodi.it

Requirements:

– 2 tracks (2 mp3 files, auditions or live recordings or definitive achievements, indicate which of the two tracks you want to compete with);
– texts and possible translations into Italian of the two pieces;
– artistic biography of the competitor (individual or group);

The Andrea Parodi Award was created to pay homage to the late Andrea Parodi, a musician who started as a pop musician and became a leading innovator of Italian roots music. The artistic director is Elena Ledda.

headline photo: Andrea Parodi

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iLe collaborates with Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra

iLe

Puerto Rican singer iLe (Calle 13) is a guest artist on “Glorious”, the new album by the Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra.

iLe took a break from the recording sessions of her new album to travel to Japan where she will be the guest singer in the live concert at the official launch of “Glorious” on March 28 at the Kinema Club in Tokyo .

In addition, iLe will be recording the video that will accompany the song “Te Quiero con Bugalú”, composed by Milena Pérez Joglar. Moreover, iLe is going to promote in Japan her first album “Ilevitable“.

Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra is a ska and jazz band founded in 1988 that has been characterized by its musical innovations and is recognized worldwide. “Glorious” is its 23rd album.

It’s very exciting for me to participate with this orchestra I’ve known for a long time. I already know that it will be an incredible experience to be able to sing and share a part of my work in Japan,” commented iLe who had to learn some stanzas translated into Japanese for the album and live presentation of the song” Te Quiero con Bugalú “.

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Traditions Radio Show Host Earns Folk DJ Hall of Fame Spot

Mary Cliff

Mary Cliff has been named as one of Folk Alliance International’s newest Folk DJ Hall of Fame inductees for 2018. Honoring broadcasters who have demonstrated a passion for continuing the promotion and preservation of folk music, Ms. Cliff has risen to the challenge.

After a brief stint as a singer for the Hootnannies in the early 60s, Ms. Cliff turned to radio in 1966, eventually working with radio host Dick Cerri. She would take to the airwaves in 1968 on WAVA then WHFS and in 1970 on WETA. She’s done it all, producing and presenting music, news, interviews and hosting the show Bluegrass Country until 2015.

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