London, England – British label electric Melt will release May 14 an album titled Sanscapes – Visions of the Bushmen that draws its inspiration from the ancient culture of the San Bushmen of Southern Africa. The CD features raw recordings from the Pops Mohamed Presents the Bushmen of the Kalahari that have been remixed by some of the world’s best producers and remixers: Raj Gupta, Simon Emerson, Kirk Degiorgio, Smadj, and many others.
This project is to raise awareness and financial support for the San Bushmen of Southern Africa. A non-profit venture, all proceeds from the album sales and gigs will be donated to WIMSA (Working Groups of Indigenous Minorities of Southern Africa). For more information visit melt200, www.loudtruth.com, www.theoctobergallery.com and WIMSA’s home page: www.san.org.za.
Havana, Cuba – Cuban “trova” music will be the focus at the 5th Cubadisco 2001 International Fair, to be held on May 16-20 in Havana, with an explosion of “sones”, “rumbas” and songs at the widest expression of Cuban music. The most important event for Cuban record companies, a unique opportunity for those who are interested in Cuban music throughout the world, will be also dedicated to the Brazilian music. Some of the highlights of the trade show will be the performances by Brazilian legends Cuarteto Jobim Morelembaum, Rosa Passos, Iván Lins, Guinga and Zé Paulo; the presentation of Compay Segundo’s biography, and a benefit CD recorded by Spanish and Argentine artists to support Cuban music schools.
Santa Bárbara, USA – There will five days of dance, music, films, lectures, and workshops in this Californian city. The festival will feature Spanisah flamenco star Eva la Yerbabuena with the Compañía de Flamenco with Paco Jarana, Arcángel, Enrique Soto, and Coxita García.
(Prensa Latina) Havana, Cuba- Cuban musical group Baobab, performers of the so-called Afro music, will perform at London’s Afro Music Festival at the end of this month. The group will launch its first CD entitled “Baobab,” recorded by the British Domino Music label at Havana’s EGREM studio. Baobab, whose name is taken from an African tree, performed recently in Portugal and at the Black Roots (Raíces Negras) Festival in the U.S. city of Atlanta, where the band received a recognition diploma. According to the group’s director José Ramón Rodríguez, the group is looking for a more contemporary sound, improvising with elements of jazz, reggae or rap.
Silver Spring, USA – The North American Folk Alliance will be having a world music showcase again in 2002. It is accepting showcase applications for the 14th Annual International Folk Alliance Conference in Jacksonville, Florida, February 21-24, 2002. The postmark deadline is June 2, 2001, so you have about a month to prepare your application package.Application forms are available to download from the Folk Alliance website (www.folk.org) or they’ll be glad to mail or fax you one if you call the office at (301) 588-8185.
In Jacksonville the showcases will take place at the beautiful and historic Florida Theatre, one block from the Adams Mark, the conference hotel. Be sure and indicate the appropriate category for your submission on the application form: world music.
If you have any questions, call (301) 588-8185 or email the Folk Alliance at email@example.com
Cleveland, USA – Steel pan virtuoso Andy Narell has recorded a double live album, Live in South Africa, for the Heads Up International label.
Narell performed live in with veterans of the south African music scene: guitarist Louis Mhlanga, keyboardist Andile Yenana, Bassist Denny Lalouette, drummer Ron Watson and percussionist Basi Mahlasela.
Salvador, Brazil – The Instituto Cultural Casa Via Magia, in partnership with EFWMF – European Forum of Worldwide Music Festivals, is delighted to announce that it has opened the selection process for artists and groups that wish to be part of its artistic showcases, which will be held at Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, from December 4-9, 2001.
All artists/groups interested need to send any material for evaluation to Instituto Cultural Casa Via Magia. The deadlines are May 20, 2001 for the first selection or until 15 June 2001 for a second and final evaluation. Any material regarding the artist/group are interesting, but it will be indispensable CDs for musical performances, video for plays or dance, and photos for any kind of exhibition.
(Prensa Latina) Havana, Cuba – As a special moment in Cuban culture, the 6th National Septet Gathering “Ignacio Piñeiro” takes place on May 12-14 in several of Havana’s theaters. Musical groups from the whole country will perform at “Echale Salsita” patio, Havana’s Amphitheater, the Music and Friendship Houses and the America Theater these days.
The meeting will be dedicated to honor Cienfuegos septet Los Narajos’ 75th founding anniversary and Santiago de Cuba’s “Estudiantina Invasora”. About this issue, popular “tres” player Pancho Amat stated that the event has two essential objectives: a) to maintain the memory of a rhythm -the “son”- and b) to give life to the fantasy of “son” music.
Compay Segundo, Pancho Amat y su grupo, Jóvenes Clásicos del Son, Coto y su Eco Caribe, Barbarito Torres y su piquete, Matamoros, Hermanos Bravo, Cana Santa, Charanga Gold Star, Jomaly and Hilda Gorria y su Acento Cubano are included among the groups.
London, England – In the urban sprawl, permanence and longevity is out and change is the only constant. Cultures meet. Traditions merge. Hybrids flower. Over the past years some cities have emerged as particularly fertile breeding grounds, continually throwing out new forms | new styles | new musical futures.
With a finger on the pulse of major metropolises around the world, Urban Beats will feature legendary super groups along side emerging DJ talents from five such cultural crossroads with each artist throwing light on how their music is formed and influenced.
Urban Beats 5th – 12th May Barbican – London
Saturday 5 May
Vivian N’Dour, Orchestra Baobab
MC – Youssou N’Dour
Sunday 6 May
Arto Lindsay, Vinicius Cantuaria, Blonde Redhead
Clubstage: DJ Spooky, Anti-Pop Consortium
Bank Holiday Monday 7 May
Los Amigos Invisibles, Guaco, Gurrifio, Los Vasallos del Sol
Freestage: Bandola Recia
Friday 11 May
Buffalo Daughter, Cicala Mvta, An Chang Project
Freestage: Takashi Hirayasu & Bob Brozman
Saturday 12 May
Badmarsh + Shri, Trilok Gurtu, Joi
Freestage: State of Bengal, Dohl Foundation, Bollywood Brass Band plus others
For details of main stage and Freestage artists who are still being confirmed, visit the festival web site: www.barbican.org.uk
BBC Radio 3 will be recording some of the concerts for future broadcast as well as audio and video webcasting much of the Freestage and Clubstage activity via the Radio 3 site – www.bbc.co.uk/radio3
All concert are on sale now from the Barbican Box Office on 020 7638 8891 or can be booked on-line at www.ticketweb.co.uk
Madrid, Spain – The solidarity of some of the best Cuban and Spanish singer songwriters enters a new stage with Encuentros con La Habana (Havana Encounters) on the Autor label. The profits from the benefit album will be used to support educational projects at Cuban music schools and conservatories. The album is a collaboration between the SGAE (Spanish Performing Rights Society), the Cuban Ministry of Culture, the Havana Music College and the Mollet del Vallés (Barcelona) City Council.
The recording will be presented at the next edition of the international record trade show, Cubadisco 2001, that will take place in the Cuban capital May 16-20. Pablo Milanés, Ketama, Carlos Varela, Joan Manuel Serrat, Habana Abierta, Ismael Serrano, Polito Ibáñez, Víctor Manuel, Santiago Feliú and Fito Páez are the groups and artists that have participated so generously in this project.
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