Olivia Foa’i’s 2nd single “My Way” goes back to her Polynesian roots while still maintaining a mainstream feel. A bilingual Tokelauan-English track, “My Way” displays a unique balance between tribal and pop, produced by her brother (master percussionist of Te Vaka and composer of “Te Vaka Beats”) Matatia Foa’i.
No stranger to the stage or studio, Olivia has performed in 40 countries and featured on several tracks over Te Vaka’s 9 albums.
In 2017 she was nominated for “Best Pacific Female Artist” and won “Best Pacific Language Song” (for Tulou Tagaloa from the Moana soundtrack) in the Pacific Music Music Awards. Later in 2017 came the band’s latest hit, “Lakalaka” which was released through Walt Disney Records with a music video directed, choreographed and performed by Olivia.
Rising Americana and bluegrass stars Mandolin Orange have released “Time We Made Time,” a track from its upcoming album ‘Tides Of A Teardrop’ (February 1, 2019 on Yep Roc). The duo has revealed a splendid video for the single.
Mandolin Orange is based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. It includes Andrew Marlin on vocals, mandolin, guitar, banjo and Emily Frantz on vocals, violin, and guitar. Mandolin Orange is known for its beautifully constructed vocal and instrumental interplay.
Los Angeles band Las Cafeteras has released a new video for the song ‘ El Feo Más Bello.’ It is a new collaboration with Kansas City band Making Movies. Additionally, the band continues its West Coast tour.
9/28- Rohnert Park, CA – Sonoma State University
9/30- Los Angeles, CA- LA Philharmonic 100th Anniversary
10/12- Birmingham, AL – University of Alabama
10/14- Memphis, TN – Levitt Shell
10/20- Los Angeles, CA – Pico Rivera Sports Arena- Demon Dayz Festival
11/2- Las Vegas, NV- Sammy Davis Jr. Festival Plaza
11/3- Escondido, CA- California Center For The Arts
11/10- Long Beach, CA- CSU Long Beach
Eme Alfonso, one of Cuba’s most captivating young artists, has a new music video titled “Oroko”.
Oroko is a song dedicated to Oshún, the goddess of the Yoruba pantheon. Eme moves forward the family tradition. Her parents were the founders of one of cuba’s greatest bands, Síntesis. Eme combines Afro-Cuban music with other genres.
The track includes an arrangement performed by Harold López-Nussa and vocals by Sintesis.
Michael League’s world music project, Bokanté, has released a new single and video titled “All The Way Home.” The track is included in the band’s upcoming album with The Metropole Orkest “What Heat‘, to be released through Real World Records. The worldwide release date is September 28th and October 5th, 2018 for the United States and France.
“What Heat” was filmed in three different locations in New York City, Spain, and Istanbul, Turkey.
Bokanté features vocalist Malika Tirolien who sings in Guadeloupean Creole, along with musicians from 5 countries. The band’s debut album was Strange Circles.
British band The Breath, featuring guitarist Stuart McCallum and vocalist, lyricist and flutist, Ríoghnach Connolly has released a music video for ‘Let the Cards Fall.’ Thesong is the title-track from their second album, scheduled for release in September 2018 on Real World Records.
The song is partly inspired by Queen Macha, an ancient Irish legend and the namesake of Armagh, Ríoghanch’s birthplace.
The video for ‘Let The Cards Fall’ was directed by Luca Rudlin.
Iraqi composer and ud maestro Rahim AlHaj has released a short film for the musical piece “Running Boy”. The composition appears in his recent album Letters From Iraq. The film was directed by Michael Carroll and features Yousif Mustifa.
“Running Boy”, performed by Rahim together with percussion and string quintet, is based on a letter he received from Baghdad bombing survivor Faid Salem.
Reston, VA – Reston Community Center (with string quintet)
March 9 – 12
Adelaide, Australia – WOMADelaide (trio)
March 16 – 18
New Plymouth, New Zealand – WOMAD NZ (trio)
O baile de Noró is the title of the new single by Spanish vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Xabier Díaz and Adufeiras de Salitre. The group performs contemporary Galician folk music featuring the all-female Adufeiras de Salitre, an ensemble that follows the pandereteiras tradition (an ensemble of women that sings and plays tambourines).
The song will appear in the upcoming “Noró” album, scheduled for release in February 2018.
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