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Interview with World Fusion Band Solana And Video Premiere

Solana is a world music fusion band originally founded in Valencia, Spain in 2012. Solana combines rhythmically complex and harmonically rich music inspired by folk traditions from around the world.

Solana’s sound is guided by flutes, violin, accordion and Spanish guitar, and takes influence from diverse celebrated artists like Tigran Hamasyan, Kíla, Paco de Lucía and Dhafer Youssef.

Band members include Tamsin Elliott on flute, whistles, accordion; Rowen Elliott on violin, effects; Elio Arauz de Marcos on drums, percussion, vocals; Henry Edmonds on electric and acoustic bass; and JP Wolfgang on Spanish guitar.

Solana’s Tamsin Elliott

Solana has a new video titled “Odd Elegy / Allegedly Odd.” Flute player Tamsin Elliott provides details about the video: “It includes a cover of Dhafer Youssef’s Odd Elegy and a string of my own tunes collectively called “Allegedly Odd”, which I composed in response to Youssef’s piece. The arrangement is by the collective brain of Solana. It feels like quite an achievement to finish this video after a year of quite serious health issues which turned my world upside down.”

Q – The band is currently based in the UK but it was started in Valencia, Spain. How did you guys come into contact with each other?

Siblings Tamsin and Rowan Elliott have played music together from a young age. In 2012 they both coincidentally moved to Valencia and reconnected musically, playing in small bars and social centers. They were joined by original guitarist Alex Dickinson and Valencian percussionist Elio Arauz de Marcos.

Solana rapidly gained a following in the city due to the appetite for Celtic and Eastern European folk music there. In the intervening years the band’s sound and line-up have evolved to the present five-piece.

Solana

Q – What’s the background of the musicians in Solana?

Tamsin (flutes/accordion) and Rowan (violin) Elliott were brought up on a diet of world, folk and reggae and spent family holidays at festivals such as WOMAD. This exposure to a large variety of music from around the world, as well as the Celtic sessions in the local pub, has influenced their music-making to this day.

Elio Arauz de Marcos learned percussion from the age of eleven and played various styles from reggae and ska to Latin and traditional Valencian bands. After a few years of mainly playing guitar he rediscovered his passion for drums through the music of Solana. He also fronts rumba, Latin, afrobeat project The Globo Collective on guitar and vocals.

Solana’s Elio Arauz de Marcos

After years of playing guitar, JP Wolfgang discovered and fell in love with the Flamenco tradition and moved to Madrid to study with El Entri in the famous Caño Roto Madrid.

Solana’s Rowen Elliott and JP Wolfgang

Henry Edmonds’ background in jazz and post rock has brought a gnarly edge to Solana’s sound. He enjoys the challenge of fusing different world grooves with more progressive arrangements, and the opportunity to play both upright and electric bass.

Solana

Q – You released an album in 2017. How was that experience and what exposure did you get?

Camino (2017) was recorded over four days -and four sleepless nights- at Henwood studios near London. This is our first album of wholly original compositions and it was with this recording that we began to find our own unique sound. We were lucky to count on the expertise and patience of our childhood friend and all-round musical genius Tom Excell who engineered and co-produced the album.

We received great reviews, with the album being described as “thoroughly invigorating” by Songlines, “A fervent and fertile form of world fusion” by Shire Folk, and our favorite from Folk Radio UK saying that “They make my spice shelf look boring… an accomplished and colorful album”.

Solana – Camino

Q – Are you working on a new album?

Yes, we have lots of new material and are really exited to get it on record. Tamsin is currently waiting for a major operation to sort out ongoing health problems, so touring is on hold until we have a date, but in the mean time lots of work is happening on new compositions and arrangements! Expect the next album to demonstrate a rich sonic tapestry, sometimes playful and often poignant, anchored by a deep respect for traditions. We’re looking forward to sharing something new and bold that goes beyond classic folk conventions.

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Ghanaian Reggae Star Rocky Dawuni Releases “Elevation” Music Video

Rocky Dawuni, Ghana’s reggae maverick, has released the “Elevation” video. The song appears on his most recent album “Beats of Zion.” With its message of supporting the oppressed, “Elevation” aims to represent global diversity in everyday life and focus on the unrecognized heroes who are essential to making a difference in many communities and societies.

The visuals, made in India by director Sairam Sagiraju, used multiple locations along the way from Bangalore to Goa showing India in diverse ways as a visual allegory of inclusion and connectivity.

Rocky Dawuni – Beats of Zion

Dawuni is seen as a traveling storyteller, interacting in scenes and identifying with various groups; promoting girl child education, liberation of untouchables, celebration of elders, defense of wildlife and the merriment of rural life.

In a time when divisive speech is on the rise, Rocky’s album Beats of Zion puts out an uplifting message about global unity and a worldview of solidarity. Rocky passionately says, “We live in a time when the elements of international morality need to be proclaimed as a guiding principle for how we engage and deal with each other, between individuals, between communities and among nations. It is a time for global mobilization for action on challenging sociopolitical issues like the environment and the refugee crisis. Beats of Zion is the drumbeat of war against apathy and re-energizing the forces of love and hope. Beats of Zion is the rhythm of change beating from a distance and getting louder to awaken positive consciousness.”

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World Music Recreation of John Denver’s American Folk classic ‘Country Road’

Greece-based multi-Instrumentalist, philanthropist and producer Johno is set to release has a new music video, a distinctive and stimulating cover of the song “Country Roads”, originally by John Denver. It appears on his new album The Road Not Taken.

Johno, draws on his many musical inspirations and travels. He takes this version to a new level of song and dance that still incorporates elements of folk and country music from the original, while staying true to a variety of other ethnic styles Johno is known for.

Johno

The new version includes delicate string parts and a constant wall of drums that gives listeners a dancing upbeat rhythm throughout. In doing so, Johno turns the original American ballad into a current one that is more worldly.

The video itself is a collaboration that Johno had with director and animator Kleo Korai.  They set out to make a substantial collage of visuals from the Johno’s travels over the last two years. As Johno explains, “I also always knew that the video for this one needs to reflect the wonderful road I’ve been through in the past years, with my musical backpack, and this John Denver classic in it.” 

Buy the album The Road Not Taken.

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Santana Reveals details about New album, Africa Speaks

Carlos Santana

Celebrated guitarist and composer Carlos Santana has released the video electronic press kit from his upcoming album, Africa Speaks (Concord Records).

Santana and his eight-piece band (that includes Santana’s wife, Cindy Blackman Santana, on drums), got together at Shangri La Studios in Malibu to record a large number of tracks during a 10-day period. Acclaimed Afro-Spanish singer Buika provided the lead vocals throughout the album.

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Les Amazones d’Afrique Release New Single and Video: ‘Amazones Power’

Les Amazones d’Afrique have released a new single titled ‘Amazones Power‘ (Real World Records). The current lineup includes some new faces, including female musicians from West Africa, joined by additional artists from Ethiopia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Colombia, Guyana, Spain and Algeria. Also featured are the male voices of Douranne and Magué from the Parisian band Nyoko Bokbae.

The group’s message is still loud and clear: Violence against women must stop. Women must be able to realize their potential and not be held back by the dominant patriarchy. ‘Amazones Power’ tackles these issues head on. “Never again, silence, violence. I want to live and to be free.”

Les Amazones d’Afrique’s debut album République Amazone came out in 2017 on Real World Records . The ensemble features three generations of women, who sing out in unison, calling for a future without the threat of female genital mutilation (FGM), sexual violence, lack of education and forced marriage.

The group will return for a series of concerts throughout Europe this summer.

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Dona Onete Releases Festa do Tubarão Video Shot in the Amazon

Celebrated Brazilian singer Dona Onete, who is set to turn 80 this year, has released a new single titled Festa do Tubarão – Shark Party as a digital single. The song is also available as an extended 6-minute video that takes the viewer on a wild ride through her hometown of Belem.

The track appears on her upcoming album Rebujo, scheduled for release May 24, 2019. Festa do Tubarão tells the story of a shark that swims into Belem’s Guajará Bay to have fun, unperturbed by the legend of the “Boiúna” – the giant snake who lives in the river, or the local piranha and traira fish.

The video begins with footage shot on Ilha do Combú, a forested island just south of Belem. Festa do Tubarão was filmed in various locations in the area of Belem and offers a look into this relatively unfamiliar corner of Brazil.

Brazilian directors Lírio Ferreira (co-director of Baile Perfumado) and Natara Ney take the viewers to Belem’s Ver-o-Peso – one of Brazil’s most vibrant markets – where we find legendary local herb-seller ‘aunt’ Coló. Then we fly through the city to Dona Onete’s home before visiting the Amazônia Legal marina where the ‘shark party’ is in full swing – until Onete is transported 70km to the north east of Belem to the “Boi de Máscaras” carnival in São Caetano de Odivelas where the cabeçudos (big heads) and pierrôs (sad clowns) dance with her accompanied by carnival brass-band Fanfarra Marajoara.

The title of the new album, Rebujo, is a local slang for the currents in the Amazon river that carry silt and nutrients from the river bed into the water, feeding its inhabitants and giving the river its muddy color – however, as it gives, it also takes, and the rebujo can easily overpower even the most experienced swimmer. The album featured genres such as carimbós, high energy bangues, cumbia, brega and samba.

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New Single from Te Vaka’s Olivia Foa’i


Olivia Foa’i’ – “My Way

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.

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Mandolin Orange Release Time We Made Time Music Video

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.

The group’s earlier recordings include Quiet Little Room (2010), Haste Make / Hard Hearted Stranger (2011), This Side of Jordan (2013), Such Jubilee (2015) and Blindfaller (2016).

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Las Cafeteras Release New Video and Continue the Smashing Borders Tours

Las Cafeteras – El Feo Más Bello

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.

Las Cafeteras most recent album is Tastes Like L.A..

Las Cafeteras Tour Dates:

9/23- UCLA
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

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