Category Archives: Tour Announcements

Sonora Carruseles, US Tour

Sonora Carruseles - Heavy Salsa
Sonora Carruseles – Heavy Salsa
Los Angeles, USA – The popular Colombian salsa group Sonora Carruseles will be touring the United States again in June and July 2003. Tour dates will be posted online at

Carruseles is known for their hit songs “Micaela”, “Lola”, “Arranca En Fa” and their newest hit “De Una Vez Gozando”.

This popular Colombian salsa group came into the tropical scene performing Afro-Caribbean rhythms, including a traditional style known as salsa brava, originated in the 1960s. Formed in 1995 by composer/producer/conguero Diego Galé and Mario Rincón, and backed by the record label Discos Fuentes, the group became a boogaloo and original salsa revival, taking over Latin America, the U.S., and Europe after releasing 1998’s Heavy Salsa and 1999’s Salsa Y Fuego.


Revised Fania Tour Dates

USA – Senegalese singer Fania will be touring the United States in June. Born in Senegal, but now living in France, Fania first sparked interest as a vocalist with the group Kaoma, who made the Lambada an international phenomenon. Her solo recording, Sopi, sung in Peulh, Wolof, Sarakhole and Manding, combines traditional instruments with an infusion of contemporary influences including Los Angeles hip hop.

The tour dates previously listed were not accurate. Please visit the Tinder Records Web site for the latest dates:



Germany – The German American Song Festival on Tour – 2003 (DAFT-Tour) presents from June 26 – July 7 six song poets from Germany and the USA. Following opening concerts in Dresden and Berlin, one American and one German artist pair up together to go on separate tours through various German states.

The participating artists are Eric Hansen, Larry Hill, Rik Palieri from the USA and Manfred Maurenbrecher, Sandy Wolfrum, Wilfried Mengs from Germany. They will play in schools, at festivals, in pubs and other music venues. Prior to the tour, a nationwide songwriting contest will be conducted – supported by one of the countrys leading radio stations. The winners will share the stage with the six song poets at the opening event. The DAFT-Tour uses the power of music to bring people together and to promote mutual and peaceful understanding of diverse cultures. It presents the best of German and American songwriting traditions in a live concert format. Bringing the artists together on tour will allow for a unique collaboration on- and off-stage that benefits one and all.

Das DAFT-Tour, presented by Folker! one of the leading German music magazines for Folk, Song and World Music – promises to be an event for all lovers of songs and poetry, as well as curious novice listeners, that should not be missed. The artists, representing diverse musical and cultural backgrounds within their own countries, will join forces to offer beautiful songs, captivating arrangements and a wide mix of personal reflections of the world we live in.

With (quote Pete Seeger) and (quote Tom Paxton) two of the most prominent representatives of American folk music have endorsed the DAFT-Tour.

The DAFT-Tour will travel to various cities, such as Berlin, Hannover, Nürnberg, Rudolstadt, Weimar, Plauen and Leipzig. The complete and current tour schedule and more information about the tour can be seen at DAFT-Tour.

Several sponsors and partners have given support: Bayer Healthcare, C. F. Martin &Co. Inc., SmartWood, KART-a-BAG, Buckholz Wall Systems, Ingenieurbüro Förster, WorldStrings Promotion, and Laurarecords.

Management, Interviews, Contacts and other Information:

Wilfried Mengs: laurarecords,
Bernd Häber: WorldStrings Promotion,


Tania Libertad’s US Tour

Tania Libertad - Costa Negra
Tania Libertad – Costa Negra
New York, USA – Tania Libertad, one of Latin America’s most established singing stars, will be touring the United states later this year.

Libertad finally made her American debut on World Village with the release of Costa Negra.

Known for both her extensive catalog of boleros and for her abiding interest in the black music of Peru, Libertad’s Costa Negra introduced American audiences to a unique singer already well-known in Latin music circles.

Tour dates:

Friday, Sept 19. Dallas, TX Latino Cultural Arts Center
Sunday, Oct 7. New York, NY Joe’s Pub
Thursday, Oct 9. Houston, TX TBA
Friday, Oct 10. Austin, TX UT Austin, Hogg Auditorium
Saturday, Oct 11. Gainesville, FL U of Florida Gainesville, Philips
Tu/Ws, Oct 14 or 15. Santa Cruz, CA TBA
Thursday. Oct 16. Saratoga, CA Villa Montalvo
Friday, Oct 17. Los Angeles, CA UCLA, Royce Hall
Sunday, Nov 23. Philadelphia, PA Kimmel Center – with Cesaria Evora


Guem, Percussion Virtuoso on Tour with his New Album

Guem - Rose des Sables
Guem – Rose des Sables
Paris, France – Algerian, of Nigerian origin, Guem, is one of the major percussionists on the scene at the moment. The master of a multitude of instruments has just released his new album Rose des Sables in the UK, Germany, Switzerland, Benelux and Italy.

This month will see it hit the shops in Spain, Portugal, Scandinavia, Japan and Canada. Guem has been touring around France and in Belgium and is taking part in the “Master of Percussion” tour, with Tambours de Brazza and guest artists, until mid-June.


Sierra Maestra 2003 US Tour Confirmed Dates

San Francisco, USA – One of Cuba’s most legendary bands, Sierra Maestra, will be touring the United States. Here are Sierra Maestra’s confirmed tour dates for 2003. All dates subject to change or cancellation

6/27/03 Providence, RI Waterplace Park
7/6/03 New York, NY Central Park Summer Stage
7/11/03 Cleveland, OH Cleveland Museum of Art
7/13/03 Chicago, IL Chicago Folk and Roots Festival
7/15/03 Milwaukee, WI Marcus Center
7/18/03 Los Angeles, CA Grand Performances
7/19/03 Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Park Casino


Tony Allen European Tour

Paris, France -Tony Allen will be taking his Home Cooking album around Europe this summer. Kicking off in London, supporting Blur on the 9th of May he will go on to perform in Spain, the UK, Denmark, Belgium, Holland, Switzerland and Portugal.

Many performances will be at festivals including the Plein Air and SOS Racism festivals in Spain, Glastonbury in the UK, Roskilde in Denmark and Porto Festival in Portugal.

The album was released late last year by Comet Records and is a funky fusion of afrobeat, hip-hop and electro music which Tony Allen calls Afro-Hop. Including collaborations with Ty from Big Dada, Unsung Heros and Doctor L and guest artists Eska and Damon Albarn.

Licensed to Virgin for France and Wrasse for England, it will be distributed throughout the rest of the world by Chronowax.


Matato’a from Easter Island, European Tour

Belgium – Easter Island group Matato’a will be touring Europe June 3 through September 15.

This unique group will attract special attention because it’s the first time a group from Easter Island will be touring Europe.

The musicians promote and preserve the ancestral traditions, the dances, the costumes, and the body paintings of Easter Island through traditional and modern music. Acoustic and electric guitars, keyboards and bass are mixed with traditional percussion, ukulele, harmonica, and traditional instruments such as stones, horse jaws, big drums, etc. For more information you can contact the tour organization ‘The World Festival of Folklore Schoten – Belgium.’ Patrick Beauquesne. Phone: +32 479 47 24 20.


The Rustavi Choir on Tour

The Rustavi Choir
The Rustavi Choir

Tbilisi, Georgia – The Rustavi Choir, one of the finest folk choirs in the world will be touring several European countries in the next months.

The Rustavi Company was founded in 1968. Art of Rustavi has roots in the past of Georgia’s folk music and folk performing arts. It is the product of Georgia’s musical Rustavi incorporates representatives from different parts of Georgia; the timbre of each singer’s voice bears a specific national coloring. The members of the company infuse its repertory the unique vocal traditions of their native parts as well as with their songs and the deep knowledge of their performing style.

Several concerts in Germany and The Netherlands have yet to be confirmed. The confirmed tour schedule is:April

April 29-30 Russia, Moscow (Choir)


May 5-12 Russia (Choir)


June 7-12 Russia – St. Petersburg (Choir)


July 4-14 Greece (Choir)


October 2-7h UK-Ireland (Choir)


Mestre Ambrosio’s European Tour

Mestre Ambrosio
Mestre Ambrosio

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – Mestre Ambrosio, founders of Pernambuco’s new music groove will begin a spring European tour in April.

Mestre Ambrósio masters a breathtaking show mixing the finest musical performance with irresistible rhythms and outstanding dance steps.Mestre Ambrósio’s six members graduated in modern and classical music. They are: Siba (fiddle, guitar and voice), Helder Vasconcelos (fole, percussion and voice) Mazinho Lima (bass, triangle and voice) Sergio Cassiano (percussion and voice) Mauricio Alves and Eder Rocha (percussion).

Tour dates:

19.04 The Moods-Zurich (CH)
21.04 Alien Bar – Orleans (F)
23.04 Botanique-Brussels (B)
24.04 Melkweg-Amsterdam (NL)
26,27.04 Bordeaux (F) show + Masterclasses Maracatu & Cavalo Marinho
29.04 “Roda de Coco”; Favela Chic (Paris-F)
30.04 New Morning; Paris (F)
01.05 Orleans (F) Masterclasses Maracatu & Cavalo Marinho
02.05 Astrolabe; Toulouse (F)
04.05 Serpa (P)