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Sauti za Busara Announces 2018 Festival Line-up

Zanzibar Taarab Ensemble

Sauti za Busara, the prestigious African music festival held in Zanzibar has announced the lineup for 2018. The festival, held in Zanzibar’s Stone Town, will take place over four days during February 8 – 11, 2018 with 44 performances live on three stages. Additional headliners will be announced in the next weeks.

Sauti za Busara Festival Line-up

Kasai Allstars (DRC), Zakes Bantwini (South Africa), Alsarah & the Nubatones (Sudan / USA), Msafiri Zawose (Tanzania), Ribab Fusion (Morocco), Kidum & the Boda Boda Band (Burundi / Kenya), Mlimani Park Orchestra (Tanzania), Afrikan Boy (Nigeria / UK), Mohamed Ilyas & Nyota Zameremeta (Zanzibar), Matona’s Cultural Band (Zanzibar /Tanzania), Makadem (Kenya), Mangwenya Diana Samkange (Zimbabwe), Fatma Zidan (Egypt / Denmark), Inganzo Ngari (Rwanda), Mzungu Kichaa (Tanzania / Denmark), Segere Original (Tanzania), Simangavole (Reunion), Jally Kebba Susso (Gambia), Maia & the Big Sky (Kenya), Kiltir (Reunion), El Dey (Algeria), Maulidi ya Homu ya Mtendeni (Zanzibar), Simbin Project (Switzerland), CAC Fusion (Tanzania), Mbanaye (Malawi), Ernest Ikwanga (Malawi), Isack Abeneko (Tanzania), Grace Matata (Tanzania), Safi Theatre (Tanzania), Siti & the Band (Zanzibar), Matona’s Afdhal Group (Zanzibar / Norway), Mapanya Band (Zanzibar / Norway), Zanzibar Taarab Ensemble (Zanzibar).

More at www.busaramusic.org

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Carmen Souza’s Transatlantic Vocal Brilliance

Carmen Souza – Creology (Galileo Music, 2017)

On Creology, Carmen Souza continues to explore Cape Verdean, Brazilian and other lusophone influences interweaving jazz elements. Carmen’s vocal range continues to marvel, changing her pitch easily, from childlike voices to deep bass tones. She adds great vocal overdubs, plus male choruses and call and response sections.

Carmen Souza’s band is spectacular as always, with composer and bass maestro on electric bass, backing vocals and percussion. The equally talented Elias Kacomanolis utilizes a wide-range of global percussion and also contributes backing vocals. Zoe Pascal is a guest percussionist.

Although Carmen Souza is widely-known as a vocalist, she showcases her talent as an instrumentalist as well, playing superb piano on her tribute to classic American jazz, “Pretty Eyes.”

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Ladilikan by Trio Da Kali and Kronos Quartet Tops the Transglobal World Music Chart in September 2017

Ladilikan (World Circuit), a collaboration between Malian act Trio Da Kali and acclaimed American string ensemble Kronos Quartet is the number album of the Transglobal World Music Chart in September 2017.

Trio Da Kali includes some of the finest musicians in Mali: vocalist Hawa Kassé Mady Diabaté, bala master Lassana Diabaté (of AfroCubism) and bass ngoni vistuoso Mamadou Kouyaté (son of Bassekou Kouyaté).

David Harrington (of Kronos Quartet) described the recording as “one of the most beautiful collaborations Kronos has had in our first 40 years.”

 

 

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More about the chart: http://www.transglobalwmc.com

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The Groove Master and Chicago Afrobeat Project

Chicago Afrobeat Project – What Goes Up

Chicago Afrobeat Project – What Goes Up (Chicago Afrobeat Project, 2017)

Chicago Afrobeat Project, one of the finest Afrobeat collectives in North America, teams up with Nigerian Afrobeat pioneer and groove master Tony Allen on What Goes Up. What was initially to be a collaboration on two tracks, grew into 10 tracks.

What Goes Up features a formidable rhythm section, an excellent cast of vocalists, and fabulous keyboards and guitars, as well as a solid brass section. In addition to classic Afrobeat, Chicago Afrobeat Project injects soul, funk, jazz fusion, blues, electronica and other elements, creating an explosive mix. The only drawback is the participation of some rappers who disrupt the cool vibes with their tired, monotonous out of rhythm rapping on 2 or three songs.

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Captivating Music and Poetry of Sao Tome and Principe

Marta Dias – Quantas Tribos

Marta Dias – Quantas Tribos (BigBit , 2016)

Quantas Tribos is an album by superb Portuguese singer and composer Marta Dias. It’s a beautiful album of Afro-rooted and Portuguese music that highlights Marta’s voice as well as duets and great interplay with male vocalist Costa Neto.

Marta Dias has family roots in Sao Tome (West Africa). The lyrics are poems by five leading poets from Sao Tome and Principe: Alda Espirito Santo, Conceição Lima, Fernando de Macedo, Francisco José Tenreiro and Maria Manuela Margarido.

Most of the music was composed by guitarist Osvaldo Santos and features a tasty mix of masterful guitar, percussion, nostalgic accordion and exquisite fretless electric bass.
Jazz vocal wizard Carmen Souza appears as guest on one song.

The lineup on Quantas Tribos includes Marta Dias on vocals; Osvaldo Santos on classical guitar; Yuri Daniel on bass; Ruca Rebordãao on percussion; João Frade on accordion; and Costa Neto on vocals. Guests: Carmen Souza and Kalaf on vocals.

 

 

 

Marta Dias’ earlier albums include YUÉ (União Lisboa, 1997), Aqui (Farol Música, 1999) and Ao Vivo no CCB (Movieplay, 2003).

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Irresistible Afrobeats Hot Hits

Various Artists – Afrobeats Hot Hits: New Urban Dance Grooves from Africa (Shanachie, 2017)

Afrobeats Hot Hits: New Urban Dance Grooves from Africa presents a fabulous new wave of young Nigerian stars who combine African-rooted music and neosoul with cutting edge electronic dance music and electronically processed vocals. The multifaceted electronic beats are seductive and ingenious.

The artist selection includes Davido,  Wizkid,  Timaya, Tiwa Savage, Tekno,  Yemi Alade, Wande Coal, Seyi Shay, Skales, Kiss Daniel, 9ice, Falz, Anthony David, Kayefi.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Thunderous and Passionate Farafina

Farafina – Bolomakote (Intuition, 1992)

The raw, percussion-driven but still melodic sounds of Farafina burst forth on this 1992 release. Layers of drumming provide a solid foundation for bala (wood and gourd xylophone), flute and lyrics that focus mainly on the subject of man’s place in the world and the fulfillment of destiny. But don’t get the idea that it’s heady-sounding stuff. It’s energetic and passionate, with a thunderously tight ensemble sound that knows when to fuel the fire and when to sit back and let it burn. So grab your drum, join in, and feel the spirit.

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World Music institute to Present Masters of African Music

Mahmoud Ahmed

The World Music institute will present top African world music artists in New York City as part of its Masters of African Music series.

Acclaimed Ethiopian acts Mahmoud Ahmed and Hailu Mergia are scheduled to perform on September 15, 2017 at The Town Hall. Both artists appeared in the influential Éthiopiques compilation series that highlighted the finest Ethiopian artists over the past 20 years. Recording available: Ethiopiques, Vol. 7: Ere Mela Mela.

Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 are set to perform on September 20, 2017 at the Brooklyn Bowl. Seun Kuti is one of the sons of Afrobeat trailblazer Fela Kuti. He leads his father’s band Egypt 80. recordings: From Africa With Fury, Seun Kuti + Fela’s Egypt 80, and A Long Way To The Beginning.

Jazz Epistles featuring celebrated South African musicians Abdullah Ibrahim & Ekaya and Hugh Masekela will perform on April 19, 2018 at the BAM Opera House.

Tickets are available at www.worldmusicinstitute.org, or by calling 212-279-4200.

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Dance on the Roof

Afrotysonia – Dance on the Roof

Afrotysonia – Dance on the Roof (NCB, 2017)

Dance on the Roof is the new album by Finnish band Afrotysonia. It’s a trio that combines Finnish traditional music, West African rhythms and melodies, and pop. the highlight is the interaction between the kantele and the percussion intruments. The English-language vocals are the weakest part of the project.

The lineup includes Sonja Korkman on vocals; Aino Kurki on kantele; and Macoumba Ndiaye on percussion. Guest vocalists: Tero Pajunen and Katri Liira.

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Artist Profiles: Kane Mathis

Kane Mathis

Kane Mathis has been making annual trips to The Gambia, West Africa to study the 21-string harp called Kora played by the bards of the Mandinka people. Kane’s teacher is Jeli Ba Malamini Jobarteh who is one of the living legends of the Kora. Recognizing Kane’s seriousness with Kora, Jeli Ba Malamini Jobarteh gave Kane a regimen of Kora training never before undertaken by a non-African.

In addition to his learning with Malamini Jobarteh Kane has studied African music extensively over the past ten years. Kane’s present goal with Kora is to remain with the Mandinka musical tradition and along with the many other players and scholars of this music bring it to further recognition around the world.

Discography:

Songs from the Cedar House

Counterpoints (Nyatoo Music, 2017)

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