, a project of Rakumi Arts International, works with Nigerian artists to provide the tools, training, and the vehicle to begin to harness the power of the Internet. Nigerian artists can exhibit and promote their work to both local and international consumers, broadening their audiences, defining new markets for their creative products, and networking globally through Internet and email access.

Artist participants of Nigeria-Arts.Net are provided with the tools and training to build their own dynamic web page with digital samples of their works. They are also given a personal web-based email account, through which they may be contacted and communicate to the world. Nigeria-Arts.Net works with all Nigerian artists: the entire creative community, either individually or through artist organizations.

The development is guided by an advisory board of Nigerian artists and arts brokers as well as the participation of some of Nigeria’s major arts institutions and guilds.

Site Organization:

The site is organized into four major categories, each with respective sub-categories. Because of the number, range and diversity of Nigerian artistic expression, readers may find a wide variety of artists under the same sub-category heading.


Strictly Mundial, World Music Showcases in Turkey

strictly_mundial_IstanbulIstanbul, Turkey –  Strictly Mundial, the international world music showcase event has announced additional information of interest to participants and the world music community in general. The 2004 edition will take in Istanbul, Turkey, April 21-24).


The organizers have an agreement with a well-known congress and tourism agency,
DEKON, for accommodations of accreditations. Good quality hotels which are in
the walking distance of the event places provide a 60% discount. On the web
site, if you take a look at the menu under ‘Register’, you will see alternative
hotel prices in two districts mentioned, one is ‘Beyoglu’ which is the area of
Night Concerts, the other is ‘Harbiye’, the Day Time Programs Area. Should you
state your criteria via the online questionnaire, then DEKON will book hotel
and/or your transfer as soon as possible with the best deal. DEKON also provides
a round transfer between hotel and airport with an extra charge of 20 EURO,
which is inexpensive and reliable as well.

The application for the stands in the fair, which will be held in the Harbiye
district, has already been started. Till the 31st of January 2004, the
‘sunshine’ price list will be available under the first-come-first-serve basis.


There is a special application form for Press Accreditation of Strictly Mundial
Istanbul 2004. Online application to get a FREE special press entrance card is
available on our web site under the menu ‘Register’. Press members who send
properly filled application forms will be able to join all of the events free of

Here is a rough description of Strictly Mundial Istanbul 2004:

Istanbul… The city of tales and dreams where blue and green meets…The land
over seven hills that blends the mystery of the east with the west… Now,
please close your eyes and and imagine that you are listening to all the voices
of the world by looking into the green eyes of this great lady whose blue body
connects Asia to Europe with peace and tender. Strictly Mundial 2004 invites you
to Istanbul to share this dream.

This magical journey in Istanbul will start with a gala concert in Aya Irini (Hagia
Irene), the city’s oldest Byzantine church, dating back to the Fourth Century
and located inside the city walls between Ayasofya (Haghia Sophia) and Topkapi

The main body of day and evening concerts will take place at the “CRR – Cemal
Resit Rey”, Turkey’s most prestigious concert hall, and in the Military Museum.
Both, CRR and Military Museum, are located on opposite sides of one street in
the district of Harbiye. The Museum will also host the extensive conference and
seminar section (app. 35 sessions) and the trade-fair, giving space to some 300

And in the night… off to Beyoglu… or Pera…, just 15 minutes by foot,
right into the heart of Istanbul where fun and culture is alive for 24 hours a
day. We selected the most beautiful ones, more than a dozen, of the six thousand
night clubs in Beyolu for you: Babylon, Kemanci, Jazz Stop, Mojo, Shaman, Yaga …

To enable participants to enjoy all these activities even more, all SM hotels
are right in the center of Istanbul, and in walking distance to CRR / Military
Museum and the night club area. (Only Aya Irini is in a different part of town).

About 800 bands from 100 different countries have applied to perform at Strictly
Mundial Istanbul 2004. 15 of 60 bands have been already confirmed. These are:

A Sufi Celebration

with Faiz Ali Faiz / Pakistan and Galata Mevlevi Ensemble / Turkey

Aynur Dogan

Contemporary Kurdish songs; Turkey

Baba Zula

Psychebelly dance music; Turkey

Camut Band

Percussion, tap & dance; Spain

Dhruba Ghosh

Classical sarangi music from Northern India

First Vienna Vegetable Orchestra

A performance not only for vegetarians; Austria

Ihan Ersahin

World jazz; Turkey


“Tango Alla Turca”; Turkey


Kardes Türküler

The contemporary sound of Anatolia; Turkey


Guinea / Senegal


Violin music from Norway

O Brasil da Sanfona

Accordion music from four corners of Brasil, by Arlindo dos 8 baixos & Cesinha /
Renato Borghetti / Toninho Ferragutti / Dino Rocha


Bellydancing Breakbeats from Bodrum in Northern London; Turkey / Great Britain


New Turkish Acoustic Music; Turkey


Peru Negro\’s Tour Dates

Boston, USA – The legendary Afro-Peruvian band, Peru Negro, will be touring the
USA in January and March of 2004. Perú Negro offers sensual dances, Spanish
guitar, and passionate singing with a percussive backbone.

Thursday, January 29, 2004
Chico State University
Chico, CA
$12-$22, January 30, 2004
Napa Valley Opera House
Napa Valley, CA

Saturday, February 14, 2004
Miami-Dade Park & Recreation, Joseph Caleb Auditorium
Miami, FL

Tuesday, February 17, 2004
Kennedy Center
Washington DC

Saturday, February 21, 2004
Town Hall Theater
New York
$40, $30, $25

Sunday, February 22, 2004
Berklee Performance Center
Boston, MA
Admission Free, but tickets must be reserved

Tuesday, February 24, 2004
Hopkins Center at Dartmouth University
Hanover, MA
$26 € Dartmouth students $5 € Children 12 & under $16


Plena Libre Tour Dates

Boston, USA – The 14-piece Latin Grammy nominees Afro-Puerto Rican plena/roots
fusion band,
, will be touring the US in March.

March 14, 2004
Napa Valley Opera House
Napa Valley, CA

March 16, 2004
Grand Opera House
Wilmington, DE
(800) 37-GRAND
www.grandopera.orgMarch 18, 2004
Kennedy Center Millenium Stage
Washington D.C.
Admission Free

March 19, 2004
South Jersey Performing Arts Center
Camden, NJ
$12 adults /$6 for kids

March 21, 2004
Strand Capitol Theater
York, PA
$29.00 for A seating,$24.00 for B seating


Sol y Canto Tour Dates

Boston, USA – Afro-Latin group
Sol y
will be touring the US in January.

Sunday, January 11 in NYC -SEXTET
3:30pm-4:30 pm FAMILY SHOW
Double family show bill with SONES DE MEXICO ENSEMBLE (2pm)!
Featuring songs from "Twice as Many Friends/
El doble de amigos", our new Rounder Kids CD

8:45-9:45 pm ADULT CONCERT
Triple bill with PERLA BATALLA, 7:30 pm
and PLENA LIBRE from Puerto Rico, 10 pm!!!
In NYC’s newest & most exciting world music dinner/club,
Satalla, 37 West 26th Street, between 6th & Broadway
http://www.satalla.comSaturday, January 31, 2004 – SEPTET
8 pm
Reprise of Brian Amador’s FleetBoston Celebrity Series-
commissioned latin suite,
Sol y Canto with special guest string quintet
Blackman Center for the Arts
Northeastern University
Boston, MA
$20/ $15faculty/students/seniors/ $10Northeaster University students

Feb 16-21 tentative PUERTO RICO tour//¡GIRA tentativa a PUERTO RICO!
Details/Detalles pronto

Saturday, February 28, 2004 SEPTET
8 pm
Springfield Symphony Orchestra
Symphony Hall, Springfield, MA
PRISMA DE AMORES – Amador’s Latin orchestral suite
and popular Latin American love songs arranged for the symphony

Saturday, March 6,2004-SEXTET
Williams College, Williamstown, MA
Brooks/Rogers Recital Hall in Bernhard Music Center
Admission Free

Saturday, March 13, 2004-SEXTET
Regent Theater, Arlington, MA
$8 kids; $12 adults

Friday, March 19, 2004-SEPTET
w/special guest Katie Viqueira, tango singer
8 & 10pm
In NYC’s newest & most exciting world music dinner/club
Satalla, 37 West 26th Street, between 6th & Broadway

Saturday, March 27, 2004- QUINTET
Congregational Church of Needham, Needham, MA

Friday, April 23, 2004
Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center
Palm Beach Community College
Belle Glade, FL
$15/ $13 seniors/ $5 students

Saturday, April 24, 2004
8 pm
Duncan Theater
Lake Worth, FL
$25/ $20/ $15


The New Album by the Princess of Reggae, Omeil, Hits the Stores on December 23

USA – Reggae Sweetheart is the title of the new album by Hip-Hop/reggae
star, Omeil. The record company, Terrelonge Recordings, recruited some of the
most respected producers in the U.S. and Jamaica to work on this production,
including Delon Reid and David McFarlane. Reggae Sweetheart features 15
tracks covering a wide array of styles from party tracks to sentimental tracks.
The album also features guest appearances by upcoming artists: Slim, Escalade
and Posh. Galgano Records Inc. is handling distribution.The video for “Hot Girls” will be featured on BET, MTV2 and VH1. Terrelonge
Recordings gave out over 5,000 promo copies of the album that features six (6)
clips to consumers and over 28,000 downloads online. Free downloads are
available by visiting
All pre-ordered albums will also come with a signed poster, free t-shirt or bag.


World Music at First Night Boston 2004

(PRWEB) Boston, USA – First Night Boston is the country’s oldest and largest New Year’s arts celebration. December 31, 2003 from 1:00 p.m. to midnight, First Night presents its 28th annual festival of art, music, dance, ice sculpture, fireworks and more. First Night welcomes revelers of all ages to celebrate community and unity through the arts. The World Music attractions at this year’s event are as follows.

The Tami Machnai Ensemble – Boston Public Library, 7:30 & 8:45 p.m.
The Consulate General of Israel to New England presents The Tami Machnai Ensemble, performing artistic interpretations of Middle Eastern, Israeli and Jewish traditional music and originals in Hebrew, Ladino and English. Since arriving in the US from Israel in 1994 Machnai has established a name for herself in pop, jazz and world music circles. She came to the US to study at Berklee, and graduated in 1997. She has performed in Japan, Venezuela, Switzerland and Israel, in styles ranging from pop to jazz to R&B to Reggae to Jewish/Israeli music.
Mohamed Kalifa – Hynes Convention Center Hall D, 7:30 p.m.
Mohamed Kalifa blends traditional music of West Africa with contemporary sounds
of America. With musicians from Africa, Europe, and America, this Afro-pop band
presents a unique blend of traditional and modern styles. Mohamed takes the
audience on a journey from ancient Africa to modern, urban America with a sound
and beat that brings the audience to their feet dancing and singing along.

Alexander – Hynes Convention Center Hall D, 9:30 p.m.
Venezuelan merengue singer and songwriter Alexander fronts this 13-piece band
that bears his name. With music full of romanticism and vibrant Latin rhythms,
Alexander is a favorite on the Dominican and Puerto Rican circuit in Boston.

The First Night button is the ticket for admission to all of these and dozens of
other indoor performances and exhibits. This year’s button design is adapted
from artwork by Paul Goodnight. Buttons are $15 (children three and under are
admitted free), and can be ordered online now at or purchased at
thousands of retail locations, including participating Star/Shaw’s Supermarkets,
Store 24 and Borders Books & Music locations. For more information about First
Night Boston 2004 call (617) 542-1399 or log onto First Night’s website at


Ernesto Vega and Luis Gonzalez Kings of JoJazz Festival

(Prensa Latina – Cumbancha) Havana, Cuba – A jury headed by legendary Cuban jazz piano player Jesus “Chucho” Valdes, a winner of four Grammy Awards, extolled the abilities of young Cuban clarinet player Ernesto Vega, and saxophonist Luis Gonzalez Denis as the kings of the 2003 JoJazz Festival. The closing evening of the 2003 Jo Jazz Festival, celebrated here Sunday, included a special performance of musicians awarded in former editions, and the awards ceremony for this years participants.
In the 18 years and over category, Ernesto Camilo Vega (clarinet) was the winner, escorted by Rafael Zaldivar la Rosa (piano) and Jorge Vistel Serrano (trumpet); honorable mention was given to trumpeter Pavel Cabrera Cuesta. In the under 18 category, first place went to saxophonist Luis Gonzalez Denis, followed by Maikel Vistel Serrano (saxophone) and Edgar Fernando Rodriguez (piano), who finished third. Mentions went to Julio Valdes Fuente (violin) and Alfredo Rodriguez Salicio (piano).

Many of those present at Havana’s Amadeo Roldan Auditorium applauded the verdicts and enjoyed the musicians.


New Album by Silvio Rodriguez Well Received in Mexico

(Prensa Latina – Cumbancha) Havana, Cuba – The 11-track album Cita con Ángeles, the latest album by Silvio Rodríguez, went on sale in Mexico at the end of November, where it has been well received. International news agencies and digital media in Mexico reported that the Cuban troubadour left the symphonic shrillness of his previous production behind, to retake the simplicity of guitar, flute and bongos. They stated that the album offered a series of intimate reflections and at the same time universal, on everyday life going beyond the Caribbean nation’s borders, to talk about what the musician is surrounded by, his family and Cuban milieu.


Cuban Grammy-Award Winning Rumba Musicians "Los Papines" Turn 40

(Prensa Latina – Cumbancha) Havana, Cuba – Los Papines, Cuban rumba virtuosos who won a Grammy for the album La rumba soy yo (I am Rumba), are celebrating -on December 10- their 40th anniversary of an intense artistic career that has taken them and their congas all over the world. Ricardo, Luis, Jesús, Juliet and Luisito Abréu will celebrate the anniversary with a gala concert titled “A rumba limpia – 40 años de tambores,” (Just plain Rumba – 40 Years of Congas) at Havana’s Mella Theater, with Jenny and Robertón (Los Van Van), César Pedroso and Pepito (Puppy y los que Son Son), Charanga Habanera and Cubanitos 20-02 as guest musicians. The tribute will also include the presentation of an anthology titled Los
Papines, en compañía de…
(Los Papines, with…) produced by the famous Cuban label EGREM -incubator for the Buena Vista Social Club project. Since 1955, Ricardo, Luis Alfredo and Jesús Abréu were applauded as percussionists when they worked at the Tropicana Cabaret. In 1957 they formed the group Papín y sus rumberos (Papin and his rumba musicians) which later became Los Papines.


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