Silk Hope, USA – Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival is four days of performances in NorthCarolina, by over forty bands from a stunning variety of styles and cultures. Native American, Cajun, Reggae, Bluegrass, African, Latin, Zydeco, Roots Rock, Country, Old Time and more. There will be a series of workshops, seminars, and speakers with themes ranging from sustainability and the healing arts, to human rights and indigenous traditions and cosmology.
The World Music bands that are playing: –Thomas Mapfumo- African, chimurenga
–Carnavalito- Latin Jazz
–Alejandro Escovedo- Latin
–Los Pochos- Conjunto
–Moontee Sinquah- Native American
–The Overtakers- Reggae
–Mickey Mills and the Steel- Steel Drum, Calypso- Soca
–Amy Glicklich- Tradional Chants
–Keith Secola and the Wildband of Indians- Native American
–Freeman Owle- Native American
–Willie Lowery- Native American
New York, NY – IndigeDisc returns on April 22nd with the release of Synchro Series by the legendary King Sunny Ade.
Ade and his African Beats have thrilled audiences worldwide for over two decades with the scintillating West African sounds known as Juju music. However, while releasing several stateside albums over the years, recorded specifically for the Western market, his indigenous Nigerian recordings, released concurrently in Africa, have never before been available in the United States.
Synchro Series now makes two of those original albums from Ade’s creative peak available for the first time. Taking the listener on a journey back to a landmark period for African music, Synchro Series features pristine remastering, rare and early photos of Sunny Ade, and three sets of detailed, highly informed liner notes by IndigeDisc founder and longtime Ade manager, Andy Frankel; music critic for Nigeria’s prestigious Guardian newspaper, Benson Idonije; and respected World Music journalist J. Poet.
(Prensa Latina) Havana, Cuba – Bis Music, born six years ago, and producer of Grammy Winner La Rumba Soy Yo, is a commercial success that stems directly from Cuba’s cultural roots. No matters what is said about how the Grammy awards are “plotted”, it is an award similar to the Oscars. When it is not reached, it is despised, but if it is received, it is front-page news.
According to General Manager Belkis Vilalagut, the young Cuban recording company has a small professional team, mainly conformed by women. She said the company currently has 330 masters after buying the Caribe Production catalogue six months ago. This has increased its music stock, allowing Cuba to recover the cultural patrimony of a very important decade for Cuban music.
It has three collections: Meneo, Sesamo and Tributo. Now, we are taking on everything related to the former Caribe Productions as an additional production. The countries where the label is most accepted are the United States, Spain and Mexico. The United States with the anthology music, the Tributo Collection, and the new productions, are always interested in a first edition and the sales are not bad.
According to the manager, they are releasing a disc-catalogue for Cubadisco (Cuban Music Festival, in May), to promote Cuban businesses or others operating in the country. Promotion has been always present in magazines and newspapers and now it will be in CD-form and I think it will be welcomed, Vilalagut concluded.
(Prensa Latina) Matanzas, Cuba – For the first time in the Matanzas province music scene, a high tech recording project comes to life to promote talents from the territory. Under the name Quinta Luna -after the place where the first Danzon was performed in Cuba on December 28, 1878- the label expects to produce up to seven CDs a year.
Project representative Juan Francisco González said that the recordings would be made in a recording studio at Havana’s Music Institute, main production center of the Matanzas label and for other Cuban labels.
Before the end of summer, a CD by the Cantarelas trio, from Cardenas, will be finished and another by the Fusion Quartet is scheduled for recording. The bands Aguas Tibias and Lira Matancera -the latter celebrating its 80th anniversary in 2004- are getting ready to record.
(Prensa Latina) Havana, Cuba – The Cuban Percussionists Society announced the 14th International Percussion Festival of “PERCUBA 2003,” April 15-19, at the Amadeo Roldan Theater and the Casa de las Americas. A contest will take place April 16-18, also at the National Folkloric Group venue. The Festival will include a series of important theoretical and practical events in its program and is designed for education, promotion and exchange among national and international representatives from different fields of percussion. Professional or traditional performers, professors, students, researchers, composers and/or instrument or accessories manufacturers, as well as all friends of Cuban percussion are expected to participate.
Three living percussion masters will be paid homage: Regino Jimenez Saez, Eladio Terry Gonzalez “Don Pancho”, Lino Arturo Neira Betancourt and also the late Jorge Alfonso Campos “El Niño” and Ramon “Mongo” Santamaria. In 2002, the First PERCUBA Award went to Mexican Reynaliz Herrera Martinez.
The list of guest artistic projects include: ARGENTINA: didactic recital by Alberto Murillo (Patagonia); CUBA: Concert by Don Pancho Terry and his All Stars, Concert by Diakara, Concert by Sin Palabras, Didactic Conference by Cesar Rivero Sanz, among others.
(Prensa Latina) San Juan, Puerto Rico – Cuban musician Ibrahim Ferrer, member of the 1998 Grammy Award winning Buena Vista Social Club project, will perform April 19 in this city, where he will arrive from the US. According to an announcement by Grandes Eventos Co. Public Relations Vice-President Lidda Garcia Acosta, he will perform at San Juan’s Pier 10 Arena, with a repertoire of Son, Guarachas and Boleros.
Seventy-six-year-old Ferrer is currently touring the US, including performances in Arizona, Texas, San Francisco and New York. In 1997, producer and composer Ry Cooder chose him for the Buena Vista Social Club project, where he took part in 12 of the 14 CD tracks. Since then his popularity increased and he won two Latin Grammys, one with the Buena Vista Social Club and the other as Best New Artist in 2001.
(Prensa Latina) Havana, Cuba – Azucar Negra, one of the first Cuban bands mixing popular music (son, salsa, timba) with socio-political lyrics, will start a tour to demand freedom for the five Cuban prisoners in the US. The artists will perform several concerts all over Cuba starting in May to present the song “Los que Luchamos,” (Those of us in the Fight) written to honor Ramon Labañino, Fernando Gonzalez, Gerardo Hernandez, Antonio Guerrero and Rene Gonzalez.
The band’s director Leonel Limonta -also author of pieces performed by Orchestra Aragon and Issac Delgado’s group, stated that this will be his modest contribution to the international organizations and the entire Cuban people’s demands for the freedom of the Five. Their second CD will include the song Sin Mirar Atras (Without Looking Back), scheduled to be finished this coming week on the EGREM label, ready for promotion on their tour. After playing in Cuba, the musicians will perform in several cities of Holland, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, France and Belgium.
(Prensa Latina) Camagüey, Cuba – Adalberto Alvarez Zayas received the title of Illustrious Son of Camagüey Province, where he started the career that has turned him into a symbol of popular Cuban dance music. The distinction was granted by the People’s Power Provincial Assembly, on the 30th anniversary of his professional career as a composer, author, arranger, singer and pianist.
Creator of the orchestras Son 14, in 1978, and Adalberto y su Son, in 1983, he has performed in dozens of countries and has authored more than 200 songs including, “A Bayamo en Coche,” “Dale Como Es,” “¿Y Qué Tu Quieres que te Den?”, “Si No Fuera Por las Mujeres,” and “A Bailar el Toca Toca.”
The current director of Adalberto y Su Son, Alvarez has participated in the recording of more than 50 discs and the latest, Para Bailar Casino, (To Dance Casino) will be released in 2003.
Paris, France – If you’re in the UK this month you can feast your ears on two leading French world music groups. Lo’Jo and DuOud will be touring together, supported by the French Music Export Office.
Tour info:Friday April 4th, Queens Theatre, Edinburgh.
Saturday April 5th, Lakeside, Nottingham – Lo’Jo only.
Sunday April 6th, Roadmender, Northampton.
Wednesday April 9th, Fiddlers, Bristol.
Thursday April 10th, Ocean, London – with guest Talvin Singh.
Friday April 11th, Southport Arts Centre.
Saturday April 12th, Tolbooth, Stirling.
Sunday April 13th, The Arches, Glasgow.
Monday April 14th, The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen.
Both groups have recently released albums…
Lo’Jo released “L’une des siens” in March 2002 with international releases following according to tour dates. The album is distributed in the UK by Discovery Records. The album was released last summer in the United States under the title “Au cabaret sauvage” (World Village/Harmonia Mundi).
DuOud released their debut album “Wild Serenade” in November, the acoustic/electronic mix of classic Arab tracks and new compositions features guest artists Pierre Fruchard, Nedim and the members of Bum Cello.
San Francisco, USA – The most acclaimed musician, composer and peace activist from Israel will perform in Berkeley with his Group Al Ol as part of the Spring Concert Series of the San Francisco World Music Festival, presented in association with the Jewish Music Festival.
Yair Dalal, composer, violinist and oud player is probably the most prolific Israeli ethnic musician today.Over the last decade he has put nine albums, covering wide and varied cultural territory. Much of Dalal’s output reflects the strong affinity he has for the desert and its inhabitants. Dalal’s family emigrated to Israel from Baghdad and he has included much Iraqi material in his work to date.
Yair Dalal is a peace activist in all means; besides his musical endeavors, he devotes much time and energy to helping to remove ideological barriers between people and musicians from different cultures and, in particular between Jews and Arabs. He is collaborating with Palestinian musicians from the Middle East and has initiated and formed many peace projects such as: Shalom Salaam concert in 1994, Key
Note Circle for Peace and performance and CD recordings Music Channel and performing at the Nobel Peace Prize gala concert in Oslo 1994.
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