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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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