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The SGAE Foundation to Present the December 2017 Edition of ‘Flamencos y mestizos’

The SGAE Foundation has put together a new edition of the Flamencos y mestizos series. The showcases begin today and will run until December 17. The performances will take place at Sala Berlanga in Madrid.

The set of showcases will feature singers Eduardo Barbero, Francisco Escudero ‘El Perrete’, ‘El Ingueta Rubio’, Alfredo Tejada; the dance of María José Franco, Natalia del Mar ‘La Serrata’ and Fernando Jiménez Torres, and the Christmas zambomba ‘ Navidad Cantaora’.

Flamencos y mestizos is a showcase series created to offer a window to emerging artists who explore the border between deep flamenco and mestizo flamenco through compositions, dance and cante (song). This is the sixth installment of this series, directed by producer, composer and singer Paco Ortega.

Sala Berlanga
Calle Andrés Mellado 53.
Shows start at 9:00 p.m.
Price: 5.50 euros.
Tickets available at the box office and ticketea.com

headline photo: Eduardo Barbero


Rising Cajun Accordionist Kyle Huval

Kyle Huval and the Dixie Club Ramblers – Straight Allons (Valcour Records, 2017)

Award-winning accordionist Kyle Huval presents a lively set of dance-oriented Cajun songs. On Straight Allons you’ll hear Cajun French language songs featuring passionate accordion, great fiddling and pedal steel guitar, which gives it an old time country music flavor at times.

Kyle Huval is deeply influenced by the Cajun dancehall music of the 1960s and 1970s.

The song selection includes Cajun classics as well as new songs written by Kyle Huval and Cody Lafleur.

Personnel: Kyle Huval on accordion, pedal steel guitar and vocals; Mitch Schexnyder on fiddle; Jo Vidrine on guitar; Joel Savoy on fiddle and guitar; and Cody Lafleur on drums and vocals.

Straight Allons is a refreshing albums with catchy dance rhythms and notable instrumental performances.

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Fatoumata Diawara Releases End Slavery Video

Malian music star Fatoumata Diawara has a new music video titled “Djonya” (slavery in Bambara). The video denounces the atrocities perpetrated against the migrants coming mostly from sub-Saharan Africa and also provides a glimmer of hope to all those who are victims of these modern times.

On November 14, 2017, CNN broadcast an investigative report about the trafficking and sale of black migrants in Libyan slave markets. This has led to international condemnation of these human rights violations and UN investigations.

With “Djonya”, Fatoumata wishes to condemn this tragic situation. It is a song that defends the idea that every woman and every man belongs to the human race, regardless of color, ethnicity or religion and that every human being should be respected.


Transglobal World Music Chart Announces Best World Music Albums of 2017

The Transglobal World Music Chart has announced the Best World Music Albums of 2017. The top albums are presented by region and by overall result.

Best Transregional Album 2017
Trio Da Kali and Kronos Quartet – Ladilikan (World Circuit)


Orchestra Baobab – Tribute To Ndiouga Dieng


Best of Subsaharan Africa 2017
Orchestra Baobab – Tribute to Ndiouga Dieng (World Circuit)

Bargou 08 – Targ


Best of North Africa & Middle East 2017
Bargou 08 – Targ (Glitterbeat)


Mara Aranda – Sefarad en el Corazón de Marruecos


Best of Europe 2017
Mara Aranda – Sefarad en el Corazón de Marruecos (Mara Aranda)


Daymé Arocena – Cubafonía

Best of North & Central America 2017
Daymé Arocena – Cubafonía (Brownswood)


Magín Díaz – El Orisha de la Rosa

Best of South America 2017
Magín Díaz – El Orisha de la Rosa (Noname)


George Telek, David Bridie & Musicians of the Gunantuna – A Bit Na Ta

Best of Oceania 2017
George Telek, David Bridie & Musicians of the Gunantuna – A Bit Na Ta (Wantok Musik)


V.A. – An Anthology of Mongolian Khöömii

Best of Central & East Asia 2017
V.A. – An Anthology of Mongolian Khöömii (Routes Nomades / Buda Musique)


V.A. – The Photographs of Charles Duvelle: Disques Ocora and Collection Prophet

Best Compilation 2017
V.A. – The Photographs of Charles Duvelle: Disques Ocora and Collection Prophet (Sublime Frequencies)


TWMC 2017 Best Overall Top 10

1. Trio Da Kali and Kronos Quartet – Ladilikan (World Circuit)
2. Orchestra Baobab – Tribute to Ndiouga Dieng (World Circuit)
3. Oumou Sangaré – Mogoya (Nø Førmat!)
4. Omar Sosa & Seckou Keita – Transparent Water (Otá / World Village)
5. Bonga – Recados de Fora (Lusafrica)
6. Bargou 08 – Targ (Glitterbeat)
7. Toko Telo – Toy Raha Toy (Anio)
8. Danyèl Waro – Monmon (Cobalt / Buda Musique)
9. Mara Aranda – Sefarad en el Corazón de Marruecos (Mara Aranda)
10. Cemîl Qoçgîrî – Zalâl (Ahenk Müzik)


Gregg Allman’s Final Trip to Muscle Shoals Roots

Gregg Allman – Southern Blood (Rounder Records, 2017)

Southern Blood is a bittersweet recording. It’s the last studio album by the southern rock legend before he passed away.

Gregg Allman recorded Southern Blood at FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, a place of special significance, where the Allman Brothers Band made some of their first recordings.

Southern Blood includes a set of songs written by artists Gregg Allman admired, along with one original. Songwriters include Jackson Browne, Willie Dixon, Jerry Garcia & Robert Hunter, Lowell George and Spooner Oldham & Dan Penn.

Musically, Southern Blood features a wide range of styles rooted in southern music traditions: blues, southern rock, swamp funk, and country.


Southern Blood is a deeply satisfying album highlighting the exceptionally expressive vocals of Gregg Allman during his final studio sessions.


The Masterful Irish Craft of Usher’s Island

Usher’s Island – Usher’s Island (Vertical Records, 2017)

Usher’s Island is a new superband that brings together some of the greatest contemporary Irish folk music musicians. Andy Irvine, Dónal Lunny, Paddy Glackin, Mike McGoldrick and John Doyle have played with the most iconic Irish and Irish American bands: Planxty, Bothy Band, Lunasa and Solas.

The majority of the compositions on Usher’s Island are traditional songs and tunes rearranged by the band, along with a handful of originals by Usher’s Island members.

The way the album was made connects with Irish tradition as well. Mike McGoldrick bought a cottage in County Galway, western Ireland that had been used by musicians in the past to hold sessions. McGoldrick turned it into a recording studio for three days.

Throughout Usher’s Island the listener is treated to fascinating storytelling songs and delightful ensemble pieces with superb instrumental interaction and superb solos weaved in. Irish music at its best.

Personnel: Andy Irvine on vocals, mandola and harmonica; Dónal Lunny on vocals, bouzouki, baritone bouzouki, bodhran and keyboards; Paddy Glackin on fiddle; Mike McGoldrick on wooden flute, low whistle and uileann pipes; and John Doyle on guitar, bouzouki and vocals.

Usher’s Island features masterfully-crafted Irish music with dazzling acoustic interplay and exceptionally expressive vocals.

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Winners of The 2nd Annual Russian World Music Awards Announced

Best World Music Band – Seven Eight Band
Experimental Award – Nadishana
Best Authentic Band – Merema
Newcomer Award – Karelia
Best Video – Otava Yo
World Music Legend – Sergey Starostin
Audience prize – Gilead
Contributions to world music – Theodor Bastard

The 2nd Annual Russian World Music Awards were held on Thursday, November 23rd at the Moscow’s Central House of Artists in Moscow, Russia. Shaman Nikolay Oorzhak from Tuva opened the ceremony with a traditional prayer.


Nikolay Oorzhak


Russian musicians are rarely present on the world music scene so this project is created to change this situation. On the Awards’ social media page vk.com/russianworldmusicawards you can listen to all the tracks from nominees for free.

Our ceremony in Moscow on November 23rd was very successful. It gathered lots of musicians, directors of all the main world music festivals of Russia (Andrei Klukin from Wild Mint festival in Moscow, Natalia Shostina – director of Kamwa festival from Perm and Yuri Romanov – WhatEthno festival director from Novosibirsk), and many fans of Russian culture. It was a please to hear from the audience that it was a cultural revolution in our country!


Natalia Myazina and Daryana Antipova


The ceremony was conducted by Andrei Bukharin, music critic and columnist for Rolling Stone magazine. This year, 46 music collectives from 25 cities were nominated. Voting was conducted with the participation of 12 jury members, consisting of the largest specialists in the field of folk music from 9 countries: Ben Mandelson from the UK, Jarmila Vlchkova from Slovakia, Nataliya Shostina from Russia, Simon Broughton from the UK, Aengus Finnan from the US, Rolf Beydemuller from Germany, Alexander Cheparukhin from Russia, Arne Berg from Norway, Andrew Cronshaw from the UK, Nick Hobbs from Turkey, Carlos Seixas from Portugal and Yury Romanov from Russia. In total, 12 samurais and absolutely wonderful people.

The special guest Arne Berg from NRK (Norway) and musical journalist Vadim Ponomarev (Guru Ken) had a networking meeting named “World music today: identity, migration, context” the next day on November 24th at Pioneer Cinema Bookstore.

Organizers are Natalia Myazina and Daryana Antipova.


The Russian World Music Awards team


The best authentic project – Merema:


The best world music project – Seven Eight Band:


The best experimental project – Nadishana:


Listener’s choice – Gilead:


Debut Group – Karelia:


Best Music Video – Ottawa Yo:


World Music Legend – Sergey Starostin


Contributions to world music – Theodor Bastard


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Cavaquinho and Braguinha Marvels

Júlio Pereira – Praça do Comércio (Tradisom, 2017)

Praça do Comércio is a beautifully-packaged album + book by Portuguese multi-instrumentalist Júlio Pereira. He’s one of the leading performers of the cavaquinho, the small Portuguese guitar which is also the ancestor of the Hawaiian ukulele.

This time, Júlio Pereira has added the braguinha to the collection of instruments he performs on Praça do Comércio. The braguinha is another small guitar, from the island of Madeira, closely related to the cavaquinho.

The 111-page book is a wealth of knowledge, with notes in Portuguese and English. It provides details and photos of the cavaquinho and braguinha, illustrations, as well as music notation.


Júlio Pereira – Praça do Comércio


In addition to his skill as a musician, Júlio Pereira is a talented composer. His music incorporates traditional Portuguese music as well as sounds from northern Africa, jazz and classical elements, Brazilian and Mozambican rhythms, flamenco and other influences.

The lineup on Praça do Comércio includes Júlio Pereira on cavaquinho, braguinha, bouzouki, synthesizer, viola braguesa, guitar, backing vocals; Miguel Veras on guitar; Sandra Martins on cello; Luciano Vasconvelos on bass; Quiné on percussion; Diego Duque on trumpet; James Hill (ukulele); José Manuel Neto on Portuguese guitar; Pedro Jóia on guitar; Norberto Gonçalves da Cruz on bandolim.

Guest vocalists: António Zambujo (Portugal), Olga Cerpa (Canary Islands, Spain), Chney Wa Gune (Mozambique), Luanda Cozetti (Brazil), Teresa Melo Campos (Portugal), Mariana Abrunheiro (Portugal), Inés Melo Campos (Portugal), and Andreaia Joao Lopes.

Praça do Comércio is an exquisitely-crafted album that highlights the beauty of the small guitars from the eastern Atlantic.




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Boubacar Traoré’s Dounia Tabolo at the Top of the Transglobal World Music Chart

Dounia Tabolo (Lusafrica) by Malian musician Boubacar Traoré is the number 1 album in December 2017 at the Transglobal World Music Chart.

The new recording combines Malian traditions with African American blues and southern roots music. American guests include Cedric Watson (fiddle and washboard); Corey Harris (guitar and vocals); and Leyla McCalla (cello and vocals).

To see the complete results go to http://www.transglobalwmc.com


Spellbinding Taos

Efrén López – Stelios Petrakis – Bijan Chemirani – Taos (Buda Musique, 2017)

Taos brings together three outstanding instrumentalists representing various Mediterranean cultures. Efrén López (Spain) and Stelios Petrakis (Crete, Greece) are skilled multi-instrumentalists specialized in a wide-range of plucked and bowed string instruments. Bijan Chemirani (France) plays all sorts of percussion from the Middle East and is especially effective with the zarb and mesmerizing frame drums.

Taos is a masterfully-constructed instrumental album that combines Greek music, Medieval European and Middle Eastern influences featuring dazzling virtuosity and creativity.

Lineup: Efrén López on hurdy gurdy, saz, guitar, Cretan lauto, qobuz, ud, rabab, and percussion; Stelios Petrakis on Cretan lyras and Cretan lauto; and Bijan Chemirani on zarb,daf, bendir, dolra, riq, and calabass.

Taos is a superb album showcasing the beauty and entrancing sounds performed by Efrén López, Stelios Petrakis and Bijan Chemirani.

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