AfroRican William Cepeda Branches Out

William Cepeda – Branching Out
Huntington, USA – Puerto Rican multi-instrumentalist William Cepeda has a new recording, “Branching Out” (Blue Jackel BJE 5037-2), where, in addition to developing his Afro-Puerto Rican roots and love for jazz, he explores other cultures.

I have the great fortune of coming from a family of musicians and having been born in Loiza Aldea, where the tradition of Puerto Rican music lives today. This heritage is a precious gif to me. In this new CD I continue to expand the horizons of Puerto Rican music. This is the heritage our ancestors left us and we as artists must make our contribution for the future. In “Branching Out” I have opened my music to influences from other cultures , such as African, Indian, Andalusian (Spanish), and Arabic among others. Some of them form the roots of our own tradition. ”

Buy Cepeda’s Branching Out and
My Roots and Beyond

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Lúnasa Presents The Merry Sisters of Fate

Lúnasa - The Merry Sisters of Fate
Lúnasa – The Merry Sisters of Fate
Danbury, USA – Green Linnet has released the latest album by Irish band Lúnasa. “The Merry Sisters of Fate” features eleven instrumental tracks by some of the finest contemporary Irish music virtuosos: fiddler Seán Smyth, flutist Kevin Crawford, bassist Trevor Hutchinson, guitarist Donogh Hennessy and uilleann piper Cillian Vallely.

The band will on tour starting June 28 in Baltimore, Maryland and will continue through the United States, Canada, Ireland, continental Europe and then back to the United States in August. 

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"Salsa Cubana" Dedicated to Eliades Ochoa

Santiago De Cuba, Cuba – The 15the issue of “Salsa Cubana” magazine is dedicated to Eliades Ochoa -one of the outstanding personalities of Cuban traditional music. It was presented at Meliá Santiago Hotel and Pepe Sánchez “Trova” Music House in Santiago de Cuba.

Photo reporter Roberto Bello portrays the “trova” singer’s life, work, records and tours. Ochoa will shortly celebrate his 55th birthday anniversary, on June 22. Eliades Ochoa, a country man by heart, won a Grammy award in 1997 in the category of Best Tropical Latin Performance, with the album Buena Vista Social Club.

Ochoa, along with his Cuarteto Patria , which he has directed for over 25 years, has recorded his greatest hits: the CDs “Sublime Ilusion” and “Tributo al Cuarteto Patria, both nominated to 2000 and 2001 Grammy awards, respectively.

The current issue also includes articles about the 145th birthday anniversary of Pepe Sánchez, composer of song “Tristeza” and recognized it as the first “bolero” song of music history; César Portillo de la Luz, a famous personality of “bolero” music; Emiliano Salvador, a legend of Cuban Jazz; Enrique Lazaga, a maestro of güiro; and musical groups Azucar and Síntesis.

“Salsa Cubana” magazine, which publishes 5,000 copies four times a year, first appeared on May 3, 1997, by the initiative of a group of artists headed by Juan Formell, motivated to have have a magazine that would reflect the Cuban music cene, from classical music to rock-and-roll.

Eliades Ochoa recordings available: Buena Vista Social Club, Cubafrica (1998), Sublime Ilusión (1999); Tributo a Cuarteto Patria (2000) and Estoy Como Nunca (2002)

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I Muvrini Debuts in the US

I Muvrini - I Muvrini
I Muvrini – I Muvrini
Malibu, USA – Corsican band I Muvrini has made its US debut with the album I Muvrini, released by Higher Octave Music. 

The recording by the Bernardini brothers features a combination of Corsican music with a melting pot of Breton, Cajun, Malagasy, Celtic and jazz sounds. It also includes a duet with pop star Sting.

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Afropop Launches www.afropop.org

New York, USA – The National Radio pioneer syndicated radio show, Afropop, has launched www.afropop.org. It gives Web surfers access to fifteen years of research in the form of themed streams of its radio programs. In addition, visitors can participate in online discussions, post digital postcards or African recipes, and listen to live streaming music channels such as the Cuban Connection

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Nigeria’s Best-Kept Secret Lágbájá

Lágbájá - We Before Me
Lágbájá – We Before Me
New York, USA – His face hidden behind a vibrantly colored mask meant to represent the facelessness of the common man in Africa. His music a pulsating mix of traditional African styles infused with Western influenced instrumentation and production. 

Lágbájá is one of Nigeria’s most revered and popular recording artists.  On June 19th, 2001, Lágbájá’s first internationally distributed album, We Before Me, will be released by IndigeDisc thus revealing West Africa’s best-kept secret to the rest of the world.   

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Vive la World! Returns to North America

Bloomington, USA – In July, the Vive La World! tour will take place in North America.  Three world music acts based in France form the package: Amina (a Tunisian singer based in Paris), Ekova (a group that combines world music with electronics) and Lo’Jo (chanson meets Tuareg meets circus). 

For details about the tour, visit: www.uprise.com

The tour is produced by GlobeSonic Entertainment, European Connection and Acidophilus: Live & Active Cultures. The idea behind the Vive La World! series is to present new world music acts in North America every year. 

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Bolero Music Festival In June

Havana, Cuba – The 15th “Boleros de Oro” International Festival will take place June 14-17 in Santiago de Cuba, Camagüey and Pinar del Río provinces, and June 20-24 in Havana. The festival will be dedicated to Daniel Santos and Puerto Rico. “Bolero” singers from Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru, Chile, Spain and Japan will perform during the festival. Among the Cuban singers will be Lino Borges, Omara Portuondo, César Portillo de la Luz, Maria Elena Pena, Mundito González and Orestes Macías.

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Gypsy Festival in the Netherlands

Tillburg, the Netherlands – The 5th International Gipsy Festival Tilburg will be held June 4, 2001, at the Concertzaal Tilburg. Artists scheduled the perform this year are:

project Ida Kelarová, Romano Rat & Chaja (Czech Republic)

Gulabi Sapera & ensemble (Rajasthan)

Urs Karpatz

Patrick Saussois & De Cauter Family (France/Belgium)

Sperantza Din Zece Prajini (Moldova)

Amparo Cortés (Spain/Belgium)

Sinti Bigband & guests (Netherlands)

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Latin Music at Atlanta Jazz Festival

Arturo Sandoval

Atlanta, USA – Some of the Latin jazz artists scheduled to appear (with performance times) at this year’s FREE Weekend Concert Series from May 26-28 on the main stage in Piedmont Park include:

Chucho Valdés  (Monday, May 28 in Piedmont Park at 6:15 p.m.)

Afro-Rican Ensemble (Monday, May 28 in Piedmont Park at 4:30 p.m.)

Arturo Sandoval  (Sunday, May 27 in Piedmont Park at 7:30 p.m.)

Poncho Sánchez  (Sunday, May 27 in Piedmont Park at 6:15 p.m.)

Sheila E  (Saturday, May 26 in Piedmont Park at 8:30 p.m.)

Charles Flores Quartet – -(Sunday, May 27 in Piedmont Park at 5:30 p.m.)

Other notable Latin jazz performances at this year’s festival will include Tropicus 22 in Centennial Olympic Park on Wednesday, May 23rd at 5:30 p.m. and Miguel Romero at The Park Tavern on Saturday, May 26th at 11:00 p.m

To find out more about the -Atlanta Jazz Festival, for a complete listing of artists, performance schedules and other concerts and activities, check out the new interactive web site: www.atlantafestivals.com or call the festival hotline at 404-817-6851.

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