(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.
(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.
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:
Tom Landa & the Paperboys
In the traditional world music category, the finalists are:
Kayhan Kalhor & M.R. Shajarian
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.
London, England – Missing You….Mi Yeewnii is the new album by Senegalese singer Baaba Maal. It sees Baaba Maal focusing on the acoustic, poetic side of his heritage.
The original recording sessions for Missing You used a mobile studio based in Toubab Dialaw, Senegal and took place outdoors after dark which accounts for the clicking of crickets which can heard throughout the album. The recording continued at Real World Studios in Wiltshire and the album was mixed at Abbey Road and Real World.
This approach will be reflected in this April’s live shows when Baaba will tour the U.K. with an acoustic group giving audiences a chance to experience the pure, vital energy of one of the world’s most powerful performers in unique and intimate settings. This will be followed by a big London show in the summer featuring the no holds barred aural and visual spectacle of the full strength Daande Lenol.
New York City, USA – Remix pioneer, DJ Smash, has recorded an album of remixes titled Phonography: a Blue Note Mix. The 14-track remix album includes some of the top Blue Note Artists: Cassandra Wilson, Angelique Kidjo, Salif Keita, Ronny Jordan, and many others. Most of the music has a jazz flavor.
Washington D.C., USA- Smithsonian Folkways has released a beautifully packaged 3-CD collection of music from the island of Papua New Guinea. The boxed titled Bosavi: Rainforest Music From Papua New Guinea comes with an 80-page book full of information and photographs.
Disc 1 is dedicated to the guitar bands of the 1990s. Disc 2 focuses on the every day works songs of the Bosavi people and Disc 3 centers on sounds and songs of ritual and ceremony.
The project was recorded and annotated by Steven Feld. It is a collaborative production of Smithsonian Folkways Recordings and the institute of Papua New Guinea.
Málaga, Spain – The finest jazz pianist in Spain, Chano Domínguez, known for his deep Flamenco roots, has recorded songs by one of the leading songwriters from Cuba, Marta Valdés. The Cuban songwriter’s songs were recorded by Benny Moré, Bola de Nieve, Elena Burke, Omara Portuondo, Pablo Milanés, Vicentico Valdés, Miriam Ramos, Frank Emilio, Emiliano Salvador, Hilario Durán and Gonzalo Rubalcaba.
Even though she is not a professional singer herself, Valdés sings on the Chano Domínguez album. The title is Tú no sospechas, released by Karonte-El Europeo. It also includes a book.
Paris, France – The Cape Verdean diva has recorded a new album for her new record company, BMG France. The new CD is titled Sao Vicente di Longe (Sao Vicente so Far Away). The album will be released the first week of April. It was recorded in Paris, Havana and Rio de Janeiro. Several high profile guests appear on the recording: Caetano Veloso, Bonnie Raitt and Orquesta Aragón.
A worldwide tour will follow after the release of the album.
Barranquilla, Colombia- Cuban pianist, arranger and orchestra director Chucho Valdés, Grammy award winner this year at Latin Jazz category, was given the title of president for life of the festival of orchestras in this city, a distinction that in the opinion of the main organizer of the carnival, Colombian musician Roberto de Castro, honors the city. De Castro said that Barranquilla gets prestige with Valdés’ designation, whom he classifies as one of the most relevant figures on the Caribbean-rooted music cultural values.
Very famous celebrities have performed on the festival such as Rubén Blades, Willy Colón, Celia Cruz, Andy Montánez, Oscar D’León, Chucho Valdés, Tito Puente, Larry Harlow, Eddie Palmieri, Manolito Simonet y su Trabuco, Adalberto Alvarez y su Son and many other. The awards of the Festival of Orchestras, the “Congo de oro”, granted by a jury are very sought-after and have been achieved by Chucho Valdés, Rubén Blades, Willy Colón… among others. It is a very prestigious award and there is no salsa orchestra which does not wish to achieve one, said De Castro.