Top World Music Artists at Barbican Center, London

Youssou N'Dour
Youssou N’Dour
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
MC: JC001
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:

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 –

All concert are on sale now from the Barbican Box Office on 020 7638 8891 or can be booked on-line at


Benefit Album Encuentros con La Habana

Encuentros con La Habana
Encuentros con La Habana
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. 


Dance Day April 29th 2001 in Bangkok

Bangkok, Thailand – UNESCO originally initiated “Dance Day” back in 1982, every year since; the event has been held on 29th April in all major metropolitan areas throughout the world.

Dance Centre school of performing arts has taken the initiative to launch this major artistic event in Bangkok and invite you to support “Dance Day”. The Program will also include a variety of dance, music, choral, and other performing arts. There are booths for the public to participate in related performing arts activities.Highlights of performance “Six Thinking Hats” based on the book written by Dr. Edward de Bono and performed by: “The Company of Performing Artists” Thailand.

“Ekarong Unplug.” A concert by Sinnapa Sarasas and Jirapan Ansvananda.

Venue: The Emporium.

The Program starts at:
Dance Day – 5.00 PM
“Six Thinking Hats” – 7.00 PM, Admission is free.
Dance Centre school of performing arts, 
“The Company Of Performing Artists”Thailand, 
53/3 Sukhumvit Road, Soi 33, Klongton, 
Bangkok Thailand.
Phone: 259-8861
Phone/Fax: 258-9227.
E-mail address:


Exiled Artists Refuse Contacts With Fellow Cubans

Pablo Milanés
Pablo Milanés
(Prensa Latina) San José, Costa Rica – Exiled artists refuse contacts with the island’s fellow countrymen, stated singer-song writer Pablo Milanés in San José (Costa Rica).

During a press statement, after successful performances in Nicaragua and Costa Rica, the musician indicated that he has invited famous singers such as Celia Cruz and other artists to sing together with him, but they have rejected his invitation. He said that artists who live in Cuba are ready to establish direct dialogue with their fellow country people who are living in the exile, but they have too much pressure and much self-censorship.

Some sectors of the Cuban exile in Miami are opposed to the attendance of Cuban groups at the Latin Grammy Awards, to be held in this southern city of the United States. 


Transglobal Underground’s Latest CD

TransGlobal Underground -  Yes Boss Food Corner
TransGlobal Underground – Yes Boss Food Corner
Los Angeles, USA – On April 17 the global music collective known as TransGlobal Underground released its new album on Mondo Rhythmica/Ark 21 Records. With this album, Yes Boss Food Corner, TransGlobal Underground once again defies tradition. The recording features a brilliant combination of dance music, traditional world music, dub and hip hop.

The group’s ever changing current line-up is currently formed by Coleridge as prime mover and DJ, Alex Kasiek on keyboards and guitars, Hamid Man tu on drums and programming, Sheema Mukherjee on classical sitar, Tuup is the lyricist and Shamanic poet, Doreen Thobekile on vocals and Gurhit Sihra on Indian percussion.

Buy Yes Boss Food Corner


Popular Cuban Musician Remembered

Carlos Puebla - Complicidad
Carlos Puebla – Complicidad
(Prensa Latina) Bayamo, Cuba –  The artistic creation of Manzanillo singer songwriter Carlos Puebla (1917- 1989) places him among popular Cuban music’s top musicians, said National Music Museum’s music researcher Blanca Cilia Reyez in Bayamo this week. Cilia Reyez recalled that the songwriter of “Quiero hablar contigo” composed about 1,500 songs, “guajiras”; “tangos”; anthems; marches; lullabies; “sones”; “claves” and “boleros”, with three thematical lines: socio-political, love and humor.

Puebla composed 200 “bolero” and love songs, thus demonstrating the use of stylistic resources of popular Cuban music, added Cilia Reyez.

On his compact disc “Complicidad“, recorded in 1989 for the Abdala record label, Carlos Puebla collected 13 love songs, sang by Cuban young “trovadores”.  


New CD by Chookasian Armenian Ensemble

Chookasian Armenian Concert Ensemble - Avantagan
Chookasian Armenian Concert Ensemble – Avantagan
San Francisco, USA – Avantagan (7/8 Music Productions) is the new album by John Chookasezian, a native of New York, who has been playing Armenian folk music for over 35 years. He founded the Chookasian Armenian Concert Ensemble and has performed for both Armenian and non-Armenian communities from the Eastern Seaboard to the West Coast in United States. He holds a Graduate degree from University of Nevada in Music and Education, where he taught Music and Ethnic Studies for three years.John, who is a premier clarinetist, along with his singer wife Barbara and the entire Chookasian Armenian Concert Ensemble were invited to Armenia for performances in 1999. This turned out to be a historic series of concerts in the Republic of Armenia. Since 1994 the ensemble has been presenting Traditional Armenian Concert Programs encompassing the classical, folkloric, and the troubadour music from both Eastern and Western Armenia.

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Percuba 2001, the Best of World Percussion

(Prensa Latina) Havana, Cuba – The best of Cuban percussion and over 60 foreign musicians are currently performing at the 12th Percuba International Festival, April 17-21 at Havana’s Amadeo Roldán Theater. The event is dedicated to Cuban “maestros” such as Los Van Van orchestra founder José Luis Quintana, known as “Changuito” and composer of the popular rhythm “Mozambique” the late Pedro Izquierdo, known as “Pello el Afrokán”.

The festival includes the colloquy “El otro entorno de la percusion”, several workshops and a contest that will feature different Cuban, Afro-Cuban and multi-percussion rhythms.


Nominations for Cubadisco 2001 Awards

Issac Delgado - Malecon
Issac Delgado – Malecon
(Prensa Latina) Havana, Cuba- The CUBADISCO 2001 International Fair has nominated 64 CDs to compete for 28 awards on May 16-20 in Havana. Among the candidates with several nominations are included Issac Delgado’s “Malecon“; Kiki Corona’s “Corona canta a Corona“; Vocal Sampling’s “Cambio de tiempo“and Lazaro Ros’ “Orisha Aye“.

The appearance of eight volumes from Leo Brower’s guitar work, singer song writer Marta Valdés and musician Sergio Vitier’s joint work “Nuestra Cancion” and Nico Saquito’s “Al bate” have also been praised.

The candidates for “opera prima” (newcomers) are Azucar, Chispa y los Cómplices, Ilmar  López Gavilan, Orishas and Miguel Núñez. 


Indie Awards Finalists Announced

Whistesburg, USA – The Association for Independent Music (AFIM) has announced the finalists for the Indie Awards, the most important music awards for the independent record industry. In the contemporary world music category, the 5 contenders are:

Thomas Mapfumo

Nass Marrakech

Oliver Mtukudzi

Susana Seivane

Tom Landa & the Paperboys

In the traditional world music category, the finalists are:

Kayhan Kalhor & M.R. Shajarian

Irshad Khan

Selim Sesler

Savina Yannatou

Various Artists (Matouqin)

The winners will be announced at the indie Awards Show on May 5th at the Regal Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles during AFIM’s annual convention.


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