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Cimarrón to Honor Carlos Cuco Rojas with its UK Tour alongside Catrin Finch

After Cimarrón’s director and harper Carlos Cuco Rojas passed away on January 10th, the Colombian joropo band announced that they will continue touring worldwide. In the upcoming winter tour, Cimarrón will perform in the United Kingdom along with renowned Welsh harpist Catrin Finch.

Next Monday, January 20, Cimarrón will perform at Theatr Mwldan in Cardigan, Wales, with singer Ana Veydó leading the band, continuing the legacy of maestro Rojas. “We planned to cancel our next concerts, but we believe that the idea of performing at large UK stages is the best tribute we can pay to Carlos. His dream was to tour again with Catrin Finch,”said Veydó.

Cimarrón and Catrin Finch will meet again 10 years after their last collaboration. In 2007, 2009 and 2010, both marked a footprint in the world music circuit with the first encounter of the Colombian llanera and Welsh harps, in addition to an album recorded live with traditional joropo pieces and traditional music of Wales.

Cimarrón’s most recent album, Orinoco (Latin Grammy nominated for Best Folk Album), was awarded Top of the World Album in Songlines magazine and became one of the best 2019 albums on the British radio program World Beat.

Last year, the Orinoco promotional tour took Cimarrón’s joropo to China, India, Lebanon, Algeria, the USA and Dominican Republic. For 2020 the band has confirmed dates in the United States and Germany.

UK Tour 2020

January 20 CARDIGAN Theatr Mwldan

January 22 LIVERPOOL Royal Philharmonic Music Room

January 23 MANCHESTER Stoller Hall

January 24 CAERNARFON Galeri

January 25 BRISTOL St Georges

January 26 GLASGOW Celtic Connections Festival

January 28 BRECON Theatr Brycheiniog

January 29 ABERYSTWITH Arts Centre

January 30 SOUTHAMPTON Turner Sims

January 31 SWANSEA Taliesin Arts Centre

February 1 GATESHEAD Sage

February 3 CARDIFF St David’s Hall

February 4 BURY ST EDMUNDS The Apex

February 5 NOTTINGHAM Lakeside

February 6 LONDON Cecil Sharp House

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Cimarrón Musical Director and Harper Carlos “Cuco” Rojas Dies in Bogotá

Carlos “Cuco” Rojas – Cimarrón

Colombian band Cimarrón announced that the group’s musical director and harp player Carlos “Cuco” Rojas died on Friday, January 10, 2020, in Bogotá, Colombia, after suffering a heart condition.

Cimarrón is Colombia’s best know joropo act. Carlos Rojas Hernández, an educator and innovator of the Colombian joropo, achieved a widely recognized career in more than 38 countries on five continents, alongside his romantic partner, singer Ana Veydó.

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The band’s press releases states: “Carlos Rojas Hernández leaves an indelible mark on the history of Colombian music, with his name in dozens of record productions as a performer, producer, arranger and composer.

Cimarrón is committed to honor the legacy, memory, life and work of its eternal director and harper
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World Music Central’s Best World Music Albums of 2019

World Music Central presents the Top 20 World Music Albums of 2019 selected by our staff. Our favorites include the best 20 overall and best regional albums.

Best 20 World Music Albums of 2020 in alphabetical order:

Afrosideral – El Olimpo de los Orishas – Wonderwheel Recordings
Bassekou Kouyate and Ngoni Ba – Miri – Out Here Records
Carlos de Jacoba – Alpaca Real – Alitare Music
Chick Corea and The Spanish Heart Band – Antidote – Concord Jazz
Cimarrón – Orinoco – Cimarrón Records
Clark Tenakhongva, Gary Stroutsos and Matthew Nelson – Ongtupqa Sacred Music of the Hopi Tribe – ARC Music
Dancas Ocultas – Dentro Desse Mar – Galileo Music
Habib Koite – Kharifa – Contre Jour
Kayhan Kalhor, Rembrandt Frerichs, Tony Overwater and Vinsent Planjer – It’s Still Autumn – Challenge Records International
Kel Assouf – Black Tenere – Glitterbeat
Kiki Valera – Vivencias en Clave Cubana – Origin Records
Mara Aranda – Sefarad en el corazon de Turquia – Mara Aranda
Mary Ann Kennedy – Glaschu Home Town Love Song – ARC Music
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan – Live at WOMAD 1985 – Real World Records
Porangui – Porangui – Sol Creation Records
Roberto Fonseca – Yesun – Mack Avenue
Santana – Africa Speaks – Concord Records
The Gloaming – 3 – Real World Records
Tui – Pretty Little Mister – independent release
Vitto Meirelles – Da Hora – Cooking Vinyl

Best African Album

Bassekou Kouyate and Ngoni Ba – Miri – Out Here Records

Best Asian Album

Apichat Pakwan – Esantronics – Animist Records

Best Celtic Album

Flook – Ancora – Flatfish Records

Best European Album

Juan José Robles – In-Quietud – Juan José Robles

Best Flamenco Album

Carlos de Jacoba – Alpaca Real – Alitare Music

Best Latin American Album

Kiki Valera – Vivencias en Clave Cubana – Origin Records

Best Middle Eastern Album

Kayhan Kalhor, Rembrandt Frerichs, Tony Overwater and Vinsent Planjer – It’s Still Autumn – Challenge Records International

Best North American Album

Tui – Pretty Little Mister – independent release

Best World Fusion Album

Chick Corea and The Spanish Heart Band – Antidote – Concord Jazz
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The Transglobal World Music Chart Unveils the Best World Music Albums of 2019

The Transglobal World Music Chart has revealed the list of Best World Music Albums of 2019. Malian musician. Malian act Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba tops the list with the album Miri.

Best Album Of 2019

Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba – Miri – Outhere Records

Bassekou Kouyate and Ngoni Ba – Miri

Best Of Subsaharan Africa 2019

Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba – Miri – Outhere Records

Best Of North Africa & Middle East 2019

Le Trio Joubran – The Long March – Cooking Vinyl

Le Trio Joubran – The Long March

Best Transregional Album 2019

Kronos Quartet, Mahsa & Marjan Vahdat – Placeless – Kirkelig Kulturverksted

Kronos Quartet, Mahsa & Marjan Vahdat – Placeless

Best Of Asia (Central & East) & Pacific 2019

Minyo Crusaders – Echoes of Japan – Mais Um Records

Minyo Crusaders – Echoes of Japan

Best Of Europe 2019

Mara Aranda – Sefarad en el Corazón de Turquía – Mara Aranda

Mara Aranda – Sefarad en el Corazón de Turquía

Best Of South America 2019

Cimarrón – Orinoco – Cimarrón Music

Cimarrón – Orinoco

Best Of North & Central America 2019

Leyla McCalla – The Capitalist Blues – Jazz Village / PIAS

Leyla McCalla – The Capitalist Blues

Best Compilation 2019

Various Artists – Nostalgique Porto Rico: Plenas, guarachas, boleros et chansons jíbaras, 1940-1960 – Buda Musique

Various Artists – Nostalgique Porto Rico: Plenas, guarachas, boleros et chansons jíbaras, 1940-1960

TWMC 2019 Top 100

  1. Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba · Miri · Outhere
  2. Kronos Quartet, Mahsa & Marjan Vahdat · Placeless · Kirkelig Kulturverksted
  3. Refugees for Refugees · Amina · Muziekpublique
  4. Minyo Crusaders · Echoes of Japan · Mais Um
  5. Mara Aranda · Sefarad en el Corazón de Turquía · Mara Aranda
  6. Le Trio Joubran · The Long March · Cooking Vinyl
  7. Urna Chahar-Tugchi featuring Kroke · Ser · Urna Chahar-Tugchi / UCT
  8. AKA Trio · Joy · Bendigedig
  9. Vardan Hovanissian & Emre Gültekin · Karin · Muziekpublique
  10. Dhafer Youssef · Sounds of Mirrors · Anteprima
  11. Angelique Kidjo · Celia · Verve / Universal Music France
  12. Cimarrón · Orinoco · Cimarrón Music
  13. Oratnitza · Alter Ethno · Fusion Embassy
  14. The Gloaming · 3 · Real World
  15. Janusz Prusinowski Kompania · Po śladach / In the footsteps · Słuchaj Uchem / Buda Musique
  16. Salif Keita · Un Autre Blanc · Naïve
  17. Alim Qasimov and Michel Godard · Awakening · Buda Musique
  18. Altın Gün · Gece · Glitterbeat
  19. Tartit · Amankor / The Exile · Riverboat / World Music Network
  20. Kel Assouf · Black Tenere · Glitterbeat
  21. Rodopi Ensemble · Thraki: Thrace, the Paths of Dionysus · ARC Music
  22. Dona Onete · Rebujo · AmpliDiversão / Mais Um
  23. Waed Bouhassoun · Safar: Les Âmes Retrouvées · Buda Musique
  24. Belonoga · Through the Eyes of the Earth · NarRator
  25. Ukandanz · Yeketelale · Buda Musique
  26. Leyla McCalla · The Capitalist Blues · Jazz Village / PIAS
  27. Las Hermanas Caronni · Santa Plástica · Les Grands Fleuves
  28. Mísia · Pura Vida (Banda Sonora) · Galileo Music Communication
  29. Söndörgö · Nyolc 8 Nyolc · SNDRG Music
  30. Our Native Daughters · Songs of Our Native Daughters · Smithsonian Folkways
  31. Afro Celt Sound System · Flight · ECC
  32. Aziz Sahmaoui & University of Gnawa · Poetic Trance · PIAS
  33. Oumar Konate · I Love You Inna · Clermont
  34. Boban Marković Orkestar · Mrak · Fonó
  35. Moonlight Benjamin · Siltane · Ma Case
  36. Gaye Su Akyol · İstikrarlı Hayal Hakikattir · Glitterbeat
  37. Black Flower · Future Flora · Sdban Ultra
  38. Dizzy Mandjeku & Alé Kumá · De Palenque à Matongé · Zephyrus
  39. Alfredo Rodríguez & Pedrito Martínez · Duologue · Mack Avenue
  40. Lajkó Félix & Vołosi · Lajkó Félix & Vołosi · Fonó
  41. Debashish Bhattacharya, Hubert Zemler & Wojtek Traczyk · Joy!Guru · Unzipped Fly
  42. Kanazoé Orkestra · Tolonso · Buda Musique
  43. Gaiteiros de Lisboa · Bestiário · Uguru
  44. Park Jiha · Philos · Tak:Til / Glitterbeat
  45. Dobranotch · Merčedes Kolo · CPL-Music
  46. Shooglenifty & Dhun Dhora · Written in Water · Shoogle
  47. Ali Hassan Kuban · From Nubia to Cairo · Piranha
  48. Hama Sankare · Niafunke · Clermont Music
  49. Xiomara Fortuna · Son Verdad · Ileakwa Producciones
  50. Ifriqiyya Électrique · Laylat el Booree · Glitterbeat
  51. Manou Gallo · Afro Groove Queen · Contre-Jour
  52. Tuuletar · Rajatila / Borderline · Bafe’s Factory
  53. Bokanté + Metropole Orkest · What Heat · Real World
  54. Zulya · Six Days Loving / Alty Tön Yaratu · Zulya Kamalova
  55. Africa Express · Egoli · Africa Express
  56. Olcay Bayır · Rüya: Dream for Anatolia · ARC Music
  57. SANS · Kulku · Cloud Valley
  58. Rhiannon Giddens with Francesco Turrisi · There Is No Other · Nonesuch
  59. Damily · Valimbilo · Les Disques Bongo Joe
  60. Equus · Tailwind Home · Equus
  61. Coşkun Karademir Quartet · Öz / Essence · Kalan
  62. Dhoad Gypsies of Rajasthan · Times of Maharajas · ARC Music
  63. Kitka · Evening Star · Diaphonica
  64. Yapunto · Yapunto · Yapunto
  65. Santana · Africa Speaks · Concord
  66. Kelly Thoma · Ama Kopasoun oi Kairoi (As the Winds Die Down) · Kelly Thoma
  67. Adir Jan · Layla · Trikont / BGST
  68. The Garifuna Collective · Aban · Stonetree
  69. Constantinople & Ablaye Cissoko · Traversées · Ma Case
  70. Le Vent du Nord · Territoires · Borealis
  71. Vigüela · A Tiempo Real · ARC Music
  72. Idan Raichel · And if You Will Come to Me · Cumbancha
  73. Tinariwen · Amadjar · Anti- / Wedge / PIAS
  74. Danças Ocultas · Dentro desse Mar · Danças Ocultas
  75. Áššu · Áššu · Bafe’s Factory
  76. V.A. · Nostalgique Porto Rico: Plenas, guarachas, boléros et chansons jíbaras, 1940-1960 · Buda Musique
  77. Yolla Khalife · On the Road · Nagam
  78. Yann Fañch Kemener · Roudennoù / Traces · Buda Musique
  79. Voces del Bullerengue · Anónimas & Resilientes · Chaco World Music
  80. Oum · Daba · Lof Music / MDC
  81. Rachele Andrioli e Rocco Nigro · Maletiempu · Dodicilune
  82. Arifa · Secret Poetry · Mundus Productions
  83. Umut Adan · Bahar · Riverboat / World Music Network
  84. Mimmo Epifani · Putiferio · Finisterre
  85. Vassvik · Gákti · Heilo / Grappa Musikkforlag
  86. Moulay Ahmed El Hassani · Atlas Electric · Hive Mind
  87. Abdesselam Damoussi and Nour Eddine · Jedba: Spiritual Music from Morocco · ARC Music
  88. Parno Graszt · Már Nem Szédülök / Rolling Back · Fonó
  89. Massa Dembele · Alumaye · Izniz
  90. Kayhan Kalhor, Rembrandt Frerichs, Tony Overwater, Vinsent Planjer · It’s Still Autumn · Kepera
  91. Amira Kheir · Mystic Dance · Sterns Music
  92. Tautumeitas · Tautumeitas · CPL-Music
  93. Lemma · Lemma · Buda Musique
  94. Hope Masike · The Exorcism of a Spinster · Riverboat / World Music Network
  95. Tristan Driessens · A Folk Dancer’s Journey · Seyir Muzik
  96. Mary Ann Kennedy · Glaschu: Hometown Love Song · ARC Music
  97. Duo Bottasso & Simon Sims Longo · Biserta e Altre Storie · Visage Music
  98. Kaumaakonga · Taoba · Wantok Music
  99. Bixiga 70 · Quebra Cabeça · Glitterbeat
  100. Kongo Dia Ntotila · 360° · Pussyfoot
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Artist Profiles: Grupo Cimarrón

Cimarrón

The Grupo Cimarrón ensemble is known for their explosive música llanera (plains music) and fast-paced, triple-meter joropo. They live up to the meaning of their name Cimarrón: “wild bull.”

Since creating Grupo Cimarrón in 1986, leader and harpist Carlos Rojas has looked both backward and forward in time. The música llanera and joropo have roots in 19th-century Colombia, and the style of singing, playing and instruments used have been carefully modeled on tradition. The ensemble has created a new mix by emphasizing rhythm and creativity and insisting that joropo dance be a part of the performance wherever possible. Grupo Cimarrón has performed in China, Europe, and North and South America.

Harp, guitars (bandola and cuatro), maracas, wooden box drum (cajón) and the rhythm of the dancers’ feet are the instruments used by the high-energy Grupo Cimarrón, all of whom carry strong ties to the cattle country of the Colombian plains. Each band member is a virtuoso in his or her own discipline, and the albums provides a medium for both collective and individual expression.

The group’s 2004 Smithsonian Folkways release Sí, Soy Llanero earned a GRAMMY nomination for Best Traditional World Album.

Carlos “Cuco” Rojas – Cimarrón

Cimarrón musical director and harper Carlos “Cuco” Rojas died on Friday, January 10, 2020, in Bogotá, Colombia

Discography:

Sí, Soy Llanero – Joropo Music From The Orinoco Plains Of Colombia ‎(Smithsonian Folkways, 2004)
Joropo Music From the Plains of Colombia ‎(Smithsonian Folkways, 2011)
Orinoco (Cimarron Music, 2014)

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