Lisbon, Portugal – The 2003 edition of the Cantigas de Maio festival has been suspended. The popular folk and world music festival suffered a 50% reduction in the sponsorship funds provided by the Seixal city council. According to the organizers, this does not mean the end of the festival. They are currently looking for an alternative location with the intention of celebrating the annual festival in 2004.
(Prensa Latina) Santa Clara, Cuba.- The Longina Festival, which gathered trova artists from almost all Cuban provinces and paid tribute to Manuel Corona, one of the greatest figures of the genre, concluded recently. The event included famous figures from the trova scene and others starting their careers, who were evaluated by a professional jury.
USA – The North American Folk Music and Dance Alliance (Folk
Alliance) and the European Forum of World Music Festivals (EFWMF) are collaborating to present Strictly Mundial in Montreal February 24-27, 2005. Strictly Mundial will be held in conjunction with the 17th Annual International Folk Alliance conference. The February 2005 event will be the first North American presentation of Strictly Mundial.
(Prensa Latina) Havana, Cuba – Cuban singer-songwriter Silvio Rodriguez received the Pablo de la Torriente Brau Cultural Center award in Havana, bestowed to celebrities and institutions of national and international culture. Foundation director Victor Casaus said the award for the author of “El Unicornio Azul” and “Rabo de Nube” was granted for his songs, ideas, persistence and courage. The delivery concluded with a concert by Silvio, attended by cultural figures including Havana City Historian Eusebio Leal, and Argentine moviemaker Fernando Birri.
(Prensa Latina) Havana, Cuba – The band Los Jubilados, from Santiago de Cuba, will attend a Cuban culture festival at the Mexican locality of Tlanepantla starting January 22. The band’s latest release full of Cuban flavor and rhythm is the CD Alma de Santiago, currently a 45th Grammy Award nominee. Los Jubilados is formed by 10 members and has recorded three CDs with the label CoraSon S. A. Founded in 1994, Los Jubilados performs Cuban “Son” from the most traditional style to its contemporary versions.
Atlanta, Georgia – New Age Voice permanently closed its doors January 10th, 2003. There wasn’t enough ad revenue to maintain the publication due to the record industry crisis. New Age Voice was the main source of information for new age music. It also featured sections dedicated to electronic music, world, folk and Celtic.
Madrid, Spain – La Fábrica de Ideas, a world music booking agency and marketing company, in Spain is requesting the support of world music festivals, artists, the media and other organizations and individuals. They are organizing a benefit festival in Madrid to aid the victims of the Prestige oil spill off the coast of Galicia (Northwestern Spain). La Fabrica de Ideas would love to receive an e-mail message declaring solidarity with the victims. Please send any correspondence to: firstname.lastname@example.org
British world fusion band Baka Beyond has a new recording out, East to West (Narada).
Martin Cradick, leader of the band, returned to the Congo rainforest to record the Baka people. The album also presents a strong Celtic influence with a reel from Cornwall and songs from Scotland.
Berkeley, USA – Flamenco guitar master Paco de Lucía will be performing in the San Francisco Bay Area in January. One of the world’s greatest living guitarists of any genre, Paco de Lucía is a hero of modern flamenco, having created a fusion style influenced by jazz, stretching and embellishing flamenco’s strict structure, but remaining true to the soul of its Gypsy, Spanish and Muslim roots.
His phenomenal technique—diamond sharp with lightening velocity—has astounded audiences for decades. The performances will feature selections from de Lucía’s original flamenco guitar canon and jazz repertoire, and include new works from his upcoming CD, Cositas Buenas, his first release in nearly five years. Joining him on stage will be percussionist Israel Suarez Escobar, bassist Alain Perez Rodríguez, flamenco cantaor Enrique Heredia Carbonell, and vocalists Herminia Borjas Gabarra and Victoria Santiago Borja.
Tickets for the Saturday, January 24 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, January 25 at 7:00 p.m. in Zellerbach Hall are priced at $24.00, $36.00 and $48.00 and are available through the Cal Performances Ticket Office at Zellerbach Hall at (510) 642-9988 to charge by phone; at http://www.calperfs.berkeley.edu and at the door. Half-price tickets are available for purchase by UC Berkeley students. UC faculty and staff, senior citizens and other students receive a $2 discount, and UC Alumni Association members receive a $3 discount (Special Events excluded). For more information, call Cal Performances at (510) 642-9988, or visit the Cal Performances web site at http://www.calperfs.berkeley.edu.
Wonche Bi (Alula Records Alu-1025, 2001)
Obo Addy is a Ghanaian singer, percussionist, traditional spiritual healer, and a Wonche priest of the Ga culture. Living now in the United States, his contemporary African music combines Ghanaian roots music with American sounds such as soul, blues and jazz.
Obo Addy’s music is powerful and intense with a several trap drummers, a solid brass section, backing vocals and outstanding percussion solos on the talking drum of which Addy is a true master.
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