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.
Toto Bona Lokua have released a music video featuring the song ‘Ma Mama’. The video was directed by Katy Wang. The song appears in the new album titled ‘Bondeko’, scheduled for release January 19, 2018.
Toto Bona Lokua is a trio formed by three leading world music artists: Gerald Toto (France), Richard Bona (Cameroon) and Lokua Kanza. (D.R. Congo). The trio’s previous release was ‘Totobonalokua‘ (2004).
Flamenco and gypsy rumba crossover artist Tomasito, from Jerez de la Frontera (Spain), has released a new music video titled “Camino del Hoyo”. The video was directed by Lele and was shot in London.
Tomasito is an acclaimed performer who blends flamenco, rumba, pop, rock and funk. His latest album Ciudadano Gitano (Gypsy citizen) is a compilation of some of his best material from his 7 studio albums, including Torrotrón (1993) and Azalvajao (El Volcán Música, 2013). It also includes a previously unreleased track “Libre y a mi manera” (free and my way).
Tomasito will be touring Spain and the UK during February and March, including a special show at Joy Eslava in Madrid with La Tarambana as special guest.
February 9 – Granada, Aliatar
February 10 – Almeria, Sala Madchester
February 24 – Madrid, Sala Joy Eslava
March 3 – Toledo, Sala El Pícaro
March 16 – Guadalajara, Sala Oxido
March 22 – London
March 23 – Brighton
March 24 – Bristol
March 31 – Avila, Sala Beat Club
April 13 – Murcia, Sala Rem
Malian music star Fatoumata Diawara has a new music video titled “Djonya” (slavery in Bambara). The video denounces the atrocities perpetrated against the migrants coming mostly from sub-Saharan Africa and also provides a glimmer of hope to all those who are victims of these modern times.
On November 14, 2017, CNN broadcast an investigative report about the trafficking and sale of black migrants in Libyan slave markets. This has led to international condemnation of these human rights violations and UN investigations.
With “Djonya”, Fatoumata wishes to condemn this tragic situation. It is a song that defends the idea that every woman and every man belongs to the human race, regardless of color, ethnicity or religion and that every human being should be respected.
Rising Malian world music act Trio Da Kali and the renowned Kronos Quartet have recorded a superb single titled ‘Eh Ya Ye’. This song will appear on Trio Da Kali’s upcoming album ‘Ladilikan’ scheduled for release on September 15, 2017.
The video was made in Casamance (Senegal) and includes dancers Amadou Kande, Cheikh Omar Preira, Souleymane Diallo and Mamadou Drame.
Caribbean star Calypso Rose has released a new music video featuring the song “Far From Home.” This ska song appears in Calypso Rose’s recent album of the same name. The song was written for Calypso Rose by Kobo Town’s Drew Gonsalves.