Boukman Eksperyans, European Tour

Germany – Haitian band
Boukman Eksperyans
will be touring Europe in late May. Theodore Beaubrun, the lead singer of the band,
has
been fighting for many years to seek a better life for Haiti
without corruption and crime. Theodore “Lolo” Beaubrun
is still today an important figure for many Haitians.

Boukman Eksperyans popularized Haitian Mizik Rasin since
the early 90s. German label Tropical Music has
released the latest studio recording of the band called Revolisyon, which
dates back to 1997.

Tour schedule:

France

28.05.04 Angoulême, Musiques Métisses

29.05.04 Angoulême, Musiques Métisses

02.06.04 Paris, Ayiti Cheri, Cabaret Sauvage

UK

12.06.04 Manchester, Albert Square

13.06.04 Liverpool, Sefton Park, Africa Oye Festival

19.06.04 Liverpool, Sefton Park, Africa Oye Festival

20.06.04 Liverpool, Sefton Park, Africa Oye Festival

Spain

26.06.04 Barcelona, Forum

29.06.04 Barcelona, Forum

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Triskalia

Triskalia, Friday February 27th, 2004 At 9:00pm Bar O’Shea’s
5202 Queen-Mary Rd. Montreal, Que. 514-484-5557

Orcasound reviews show

I caught up with Triskalia last night at their show at O’Shea’s Bar on 5202
Queen-Mary Road, Montreal. The seats were filled with Triskalia followers, made
obvious by their Pagan/Celtic fashions they were sporting. With the smooth,
sultry, spiritual sounds coming from the stage it was understandable why
Triskalia would have a devoted following of their own. Triskalia woos their
listeners with their cool and even rhythms, the amazing vocal range of Élodée,
and a style that is all theirs. Triskalia pulls from Pagan tradition the sense
that we are all part of the music, and puts it on stage with the impression that
we have entered a sacred ritual. If not for the electric sounds, I could have
closed my eyes and imagined I was at a bonfire and I too was chanting along. Jason G. Bernard, who leads this hard working band, is an ambitious man with a
strong and positive vision of where Triskalia is going in the near future. Jason
has taken such a wide blend of musical styles, mixed them together with Pagan
traditions and has created a sound that is truly unique and truly Canadian. Even
though Triskalia has only been a band for two years, this fine group of
musicians play as though they have been together a whole lifetime. Keep an ear
out on the Canadian Music scene for Triskalia, who knows, possibly a Juno one
day. As reviewed by Ariel of
www.Orcasound.com
.

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The Divas of New Fado

Lisbon, Portugal – Portuguese label Difference has released Divas Do Fado Novo, a compilation of female fado singers. It includes famous voices that coexist with others that practically make their debut in this recording: Ana Laíns, Liana and Raquel Peters. Each of the ten singers is represented by two songs. The booklet includes a short biographical summary and a photograph of each artist. Divas Do Fado Novo focuses on the contemporary side of Fado.

José Régio, famous Portuguese poet, once wrote “Fado was born one bad day. (…) as the sad sailor sang.” Those were the 1940s but, as Fado enters the 21st Century, it is not only about sadness, suffering, heartache and homesickness (or saudade, the Portuguese word with no proper translation to any other language). Fado has been absorbing the influences of the world that encircles it. While still paying respect to the tradition of the Portuguese national song, new instruments brought fresh air to its soul. A movement was born, and it became recognized as “Novo Fado.”

Track list:

01. Cristina Branco O Meu Amo”
02. Cristina Branco Assim Que Te Despes
03. Ana Sofia Varela Porque Voltas De Que Lei
04. Ana Sofia Varela Lágrima
05. Mísia Dança De Mágoas
06. Mísia Garras Dos Sentidos
07. Ana Moura Sou Do Fado, Sou Fadista
08. Ana Moura Guarda-me A Vida Na Mão
09. Liana Ternura
10. Liana Partindo-se
11. Ana Maria Sôdade
12. Ana Maria Beijo Da Saudade
13. Margarida Guerreiro Minha Terra É Linda
14. Margarida Guerreiro Irmã Sombra
15. Katia Guerreiro Asas
16. Katia Guerreiro É Noite Na Mouraria
17. Raquel Peters Ó Alma
18. Raquel Peters Lisboa De Encanto
19. Ana Laíns Fado Meu
20. Ana Laíns Gaivota (acapela)

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Ibon Koteron\’s Basque Horn

San Sebastian, Spain – Airea is the new album by
“albokari” (Basque horn player)
Ibon Koteron, from Biscay. Airea features alboka (Basque horn)
accompanied by various world rhythms and sounds. A total of
12 new pieces.The album was produced by Kepa Junkera
and features Ruper Ordorika (voice), Iñaki Plaza and Ruben Isasi Etxak (percussion),
Faltriqueira (Galicia, voices), Solledona (Corsica, voices), Pekka
Westerholm and Heikki Syrjänen (Finland, liru, mankeri), Roston
Kuchichian (Armenia, duduk), Gilles Chabenat (France, hurdy gurdy),
Andrea Pisu (Sardinia, laudeddas).

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Ondekoza is Back with Kyoten Dochi

Germany – For years, taiko drumming
fans had not heard anything from Ondekoza after the death of the band’s
founder Tagayasu Den. Now the oldest and most famous taiko drumming
ensemble from Japan is back with a new line-up and new musical ideas.
The title of the new album is Kyoten Dochi (Tropical Music CD 68.841).
Since the early 90s the “devils on drums” have been famous for their
energetic shows. Ondekoza just came back from the Boston Marathon in the
United States, where they had already participated in 1975, running
directly to the stage after the marathon. Until the beginning of the
2008 Olympic Games in Beijing (Peking) the group will run 12,500 km
across China and in the summer 2005 the band will be back for shows in
Europe.

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Reggae Icon Marcia Griffiths Wins UN Award

New York, USA – The United Nations awarded its prestigious Great Esteem Award to the veteran Jamaican singer Marcia Griffiths. The prize was awarded for her outstanding musical contribution during the last 40 years. Marcia Griffiths is the only Jamaican woman who has had successes in each decade since her debut as an adolescent in 1964. She has recorded duets with Tony Gregory, Desmond Dekker, Bob Marley, Bob Andy, Free I (Jeff Dixon), Freddie McGregor, Cutty Ranks, Tony Rebel, Beenie Man, Buju Banton, Shaggy and Beres Hammond, among others. Marcia Griffiths has also had hits
covering different styles such as ska, rock steady, reggae and dancehall. Listen
to
Mi Niña, taken from her collaboration with
Spanish reggae band Cañaman.

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Cañaman, Spanish Reggae Recorded in Jamaica

Madrid, Spain – Cañaman is one of the top reggae bands from Spain. They have
a new album titled
Fronteras
(Boa Recording), which was recorded in
Kingston (Jamaica) and was produced by Sly & Robbie. There are also exclusive
collaborations by Anthony B, Marcia Griffiths, Sly & Robbie and The Fireman
Capleton. The ‘Fiesta Rasta’ music video features Capleton.

Boa has just licensed
Fronteras

simultaneously to three Latin American countries. To
get a full taste of the band,
download their music video.
Fronteras
is an album which covers a wide range of styles, from
“foundation riddims”, “new roots” to “dancehall” sounds .

Track listing:

01. Intro (feat. Baba Tundeh)
02. Cañamán Reggae
03. Pura Vida
04. Fronteras
05. Fiesta Rasta (feat. Capleton and Malijah) l MP3
06. Sweet Music
07. Marihuana
08. Notas de Color (feat. Anthony B)
09. Mi Niña (feat. Marcia Griffiths)
10. Se Desmorona
11. Free Your Mind
12. Vampiros
13. Reggae da Capoeira
14. Fronteras II (feat. Sly & Robbie and Louie Kulcha)

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Jazz Violinist Claude Williams Dies at 96

Claude Williams, jazz violinist for over 80 years, died April 26, in Kansas
City, Missouri. He was 96. He continued to perform professionally until shortly before
his death. Williams helped solidify the role of the violin in the world of jazz
throughout his long and distinguished career. He introduced jazz fiddling to
generations of players through his innovative playing, his active participation
in fiddle camps and workshops, and his gracious and indomitable spirit.

He began his professional career in 1927 when he moved to Kansas City and played
with a number of bands, including the Twelve Clouds of Joy, the Cole Brothers
(featuring young Nat "King"Cole) and the Alphonso Trent Band. In 1936, playing
guitar and violin, he joined the Count Basie Band and was recognized as
"Guitarist of the Year" in that year’s reader’s poll by Downbeat Magazine. He
left the Basie band in 1937, when John Hammond, who disliked Jazz violin,
convinced Basie to replace Williams.He returned to Kansas City where he formed his own group. In addition to his
long collaboration with Kansas City’s master jazz pianist Jay McShann, Williams
also played with Buddy Tate, Don Byas, and Lloyd Glenn among many others.

Williams was discovered by the folk world through his appearances in the
“Masters of the Folk Violin” tour, produced by the National Council for the
Traditional Arts. Williams shared the stage with other greats such as bluegrass
fiddler Kenny Baker, Cajun fiddler Michael Doucet, and a teenaged fiddle
sensation named Alison Krauss.

He performed at the White House a number of times. In 1998, he received a
National Heritage Fellowship Award from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Williams was a member of the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame and the recipient of a
Charlie Christian Jazz Award from Black Liberated Arts, Inc.

[This obituary is reproduced by courtesy of the

Folk Alliance
].

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Brazilian Innovator Hermeto Pascoal in Britain

London, England – Brazilian multi-instrumentalist Hermeto Pascoal will be performing this weekend at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival. This event has grown and developed into one of the top British festivals of its kind. Since 1996 the Festival has brought some of the biggest names in jazz to the town, as well as providing a platform for the stars of the future. Serious input this year takes the form of shows with Cassandra Wilson, Hermeto Pascoal and the Okumu/Haastrup/Brown trio. Full details of the Festival can be found at www.cheltenhamfestivals.co.uk.

As well as Cheltenham, Hermeto Pascoal also plays the Norfolk & Norwich Festival (May 5) and London’s Barbican (May 9). With his intoxicating blend of jazz, rock and Brazilian music, Pascoal was described by Miles Davis as “one of the most important musicians on the planet.” Nicknamed the ‘Sorcerer’, he is as likely to produce a piece for kitchen utensils as improvised solos on keyboard or flute. He’ll be leading the massive big band that features many of Britain’s finest – expect to see the likes of Claude Deppa, Kevin Robinson , Iain Ballamy, Julian Argüelles, Henry Lowther and the rocking Mondesir rhythm team.

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