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Artist Profiles: Refugees for Refugees

Refugees for Refugees

Refugees for Refugees is a Belgium-based ensemble that includes musicians from Syria, Tibet, Pakistan, Iraq, Afghanistan and Belgium who are united by their aspiration to intertwine links between their music.  The group has developed an original repertoire that fuses various traditions.

Influences include Afghan, Tibetan, Arabic, Pakistani, and European music. Refugees for Refugees uses a wide range of musical instruments, including nomadic Tibetan chants, the South Asian sarod, Arabic ud and Middle Eastern percussion.

The lineup in 2019 included Asad Qizilbash on sarod (Pakistan), Aren Dolma on vocals (Tibet), Fakher Madallal on vocals, percussion (Syria), Kelsang Hula on dramyen, vocals (Tibet), Mohammad Aman Yusufi on dambura, vocals (Afghanistan), Simon Leleux on percussion (Belgium), Souhad Najem on qanun (Iraq), Tammam Al Ramadan on ney (Syria), Tareq Alsayed Yahya on ud (Syria) and Tristan Driessens on ud (Belgium).

Discography:

Amerli (Muziekpublique, 2016)
Amina (Muziekpublique, 2019)

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Joe’s Pub in New York City Reveals Upcoming World Music Concerts

New York City venue Joe’s Pub will be presenting a diverse set of world music and jazz in the next weeks.

Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino

Highlights include: Nnenna Ogwo & Sterling Strings’ annual Juneteenth Celebration (June 19); Jorge Glem & César Orozco’s album release party for their newest album, Stringwise (June 21); Afro-Cuban jazz from Dayramir González (June 22); traditional Italian music from Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino (June 23); Eastern European folk with Barbez, as well as a solo piano improvisation from opener Ka Baird (June 23); genre-hopping music from legendary Russian artist Leonid Fedorov (June 29).

July concerts include Canada Day at Joe’s Pub, a 17-year tradition of rocking out the Great Canadian Songbook, emceed by Jeff Breithaupt (July 1); Afro-fusion from Ghanaian drummer Paa Kow (July 2); percussive ensemble Yemen Blues (July 3); Calypso legend Mighty Sparrow (July 6); Elba Ramalho, Latin Grammy-winner and master of Brazilian rhythms (July 10); South Korean jazz veteran Woong San (July 20); and Floxy Bee, the Queen of Nigerian Hikosso music (July 25).

More at publictheater.org.

headline photo: Barbez

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Beloved Festival Announces 2019 Lineup

Beloved Festival has announced the 2019 lineup. Although the festival artistic director goes on an unnecessary rambling tirade against the term world music in the press release, Beloved Festival features well known world music acts, other musical genres and regional talent as well. The sacred art, music and healing festival will take place August 9-12, 2019 in Tidewater, Oregon.

The lineup includes Nahko and Medicine for the People, Digable Planets, Ghost Note, Sudan Archives, Dobet Gnahoré, Be Svendsen, ÌFÉ, Climbing PoeTree, Taina Asili, Jupiter & Okwess, Fanna-Fi-Allah, Alam Khan, Pandit Anindo Chatterjee, Witch Prophet, and Yungchen Lhamo.

More at belovedfestival.com

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Riad Abdel-Gawad – Words of Peace (Medan Elmusica, 2019)

Riad Abdel-Gawad – Words of Peace

Riad Abdel-Gawad – Words of Peace (Medan Elmusica, 2019)

U.S.-based Egyptian composer, violinist and educator Dr. Riad Abdel-Gawad creates music that acknowledges the oneness of humanity. His new album Words of Peace comes out at a very difficult time for Riad Abdel-Gawad and his family. Their home was destroyed during the catastrophic Woolsey fire in 2018. Luckily, the CDs manufactured for this release were stored in a warehouse.

Riad Abdel-Gawad traveled to Cairo to record this album. There, he worked with 17 vocalists, chanters and instrumentalists. Words of Peace is a world music album that contains new musical compositions with elements of western oratorio and eastern wasla and nuba musical suite traditions.

Words of Peace proposes healing, spiritual and practical implements to our current-day existential predicament, delivering a social critique of the human species’ racism, corruption, and materialism, as well as its climate change disaster that directly affected Riad’s life.

The CD tells the story of humanity through Adam and Eve; speaks about the wisdom from religions actions againust racism; tells the little heard story in the West about Prophet Mohamed’s striving towards peace through the activism of politics, as well as speaks about the plight of our planet and its inhabitants through contemporary Arabic ands Nibian (African) poetry,” says Riad Abdel-Gawad . “This time there are also some incredibly improvised solos from singers, chanters and instrumentalists.”

Words of Peace is a beautifully-crafted, gracefully elegant album, highlighting Riad Abdel-Gawad’s mastery as a musician and composer. He’s joined by a outstanding ensemble of top talent from Egypt’s Arabic and Nubian traditions.

The CD booklet includes a striking cover, booklet and inside-tray art from two female contemporary Arab artists: Carelle Hosmsy and Behia Shehab. The liner notes contain fascinating details in Arabic and English.

Personnel: Riad Abdel-Gawad on violin; Ahmed Asteeka on electronic keyboard; Yaser Ontar on vocals; Mohamed Atef on kawala (flute); Mohamed Foda on nay; amal Ibrahim on vocals; Moustafa Abdel-Khalek on qanun; Taha essayad on cello; Islam El Qasabgy on oud; Ashraf Issam on riqq and duff; Hussein Darweesh on bass; and Khaloud Adel (soprano), Rahma Adel (alto) and Mohamed Khaked (tenor) on chorus.

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Artist Profiles: Collettivo Decanter

Collettivo Decanter

Collettivo Decanter was formed in Turin in 2012 by vibraphonist and keyboardist Marta Caldara (Syndone, Extremadura), guitarist Marco Perona (Mystical Trio), vocalist Alessia Galeotti (Jazz Art Orchestra, Gipsy Soul, Organic Quartet) and multi-instrumentalist and composer Vincent Boniface (L’Orage, TocTocToc, Pitularita, Extremadura) with the intention of creating of their own musical compositions, including songs and instrumental.

The ensemble skillfully mixes the deep traditional transalpine folk music with soulful flamenco soul and jazz vocals. The result is a multifaceted world music project that explores various rhythms and melodies.

The first album, Aria con da capo was released in 2012.

Emilia d’Hercole is the second album (Visage Music) featuring a mature quartet with an intense Mediterranean sound.

Collettivo Decanter –

The lineup in 2019 included Alessia Galeotti on vocals; Marta Caldara on piano; Marco Perona on guitar; and Vincent Boniface on accordion and winds.

Discography:

Aria con da capo (Dodicilune, 2012)
Emilia d’Hercole (Visage Music, 2018)

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Tuscan Sea Tales of Pirates and Witches

Collettivo Decanter – Emilia d’Hercole (Visage Music, 2018)

Emilia d’Hercole is the second album by Italian ensemble Collettivo Decanter. Emilia d’Hercole is dedicated to stories about the sea, tales of navigation, love, pirates, devils and witches that come from the folk tradition of the Tuscan archipelago.

Collettivo Decanter – Emilia d’Hercole

Collettivo Decanter plays captivating music with a Mediterranean flavor, incorporating Italian folk elements, Spanish flamenco, jazz vocal stylings, Brazilian music and African kalimba.

The title of the album makes reference to a Christian woman from Elba (Italy) that was captured by Ottomans as a slave during a Barbary pirate raid.  She was later rescued after a Spanish and Italian city state fleet attacked Tunisia and freed thousands of Christian slaves.

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WOMEX Announces First Set of 2019 World Music Showcases

The World Music Expo (WOMEX) has unveiled the first set of official jury-selected showcase artists scheduled to perform in Tampere, Finland, October 23 – 27, 2019.

Marina Satti – Photo by Penelopi Gerasimou

The 2019 selection thus far represents a wide-range of world music genres and styles: new tango, urban-edged Senegambian sabar drums, polyphonic vocal tradition of Georgia; the fiddles of Finland,  Brazil’s ‘Queen of Carimbó’; an Iranian orchestra,  Sindhi sarangi fiddle from Rajasthan deser, Korean pansori singing , reggae, sacred steel guitar gospel blues and more.

Lakha Khan (India) – Photo by Shiv Ahuja

The first set of jury-selected WOMEX 19 Showcase artists are:

3MA: Ballaké Sissoko, Driss El Maloumi, Rajery (Mali/Morocco/Madagascar)

Arat Kilo w/ Mamani Keita & Mike Ladd (Mali/USA/France)

Bani Hill Band (Georgia)

Bongeziwe Mabandla (South Africa)

Dona Onete (Brazil)

Duo Emilia Lajunen & Suvi Oskala (Finland)

El Cachivache Quinteto (Argentina)

Fofoulah (Gambia/Senegal/UK)

Khonyagaran (Iran)

Lakha Khan (India)

Lemma (Algeria/France)

Marina Satti (Greece/Sudan)

Maya Kamaty (La Réunion)

NST & The Soul Sauce meets Kim Yulhee (South Korea)

Roosevelt Collier (USA)

Surel, Segal, Gubistch (France/Argentina)

More about WOMEX: www.womex.com

Headline photo: Bani Hill Band (Georgia)

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World Music Recreation of John Denver’s American Folk classic ‘Country Road’

Greece-based multi-Instrumentalist, philanthropist and producer Johno is set to release has a new music video, a distinctive and stimulating cover of the song “Country Roads”, originally by John Denver. It appears on his new album The Road Not Taken.

Johno, draws on his many musical inspirations and travels. He takes this version to a new level of song and dance that still incorporates elements of folk and country music from the original, while staying true to a variety of other ethnic styles Johno is known for.

Johno

The new version includes delicate string parts and a constant wall of drums that gives listeners a dancing upbeat rhythm throughout. In doing so, Johno turns the original American ballad into a current one that is more worldly.

The video itself is a collaboration that Johno had with director and animator Kleo Korai.  They set out to make a substantial collage of visuals from the Johno’s travels over the last two years. As Johno explains, “I also always knew that the video for this one needs to reflect the wonderful road I’ve been through in the past years, with my musical backpack, and this John Denver classic in it.” 

Buy the album The Road Not Taken.

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Arabesques Festival Announces 2019 Lineup

French event Arabesques Festival will take place September 10 to 22, 2019.  For this 14th edition, Arabesques will showcase many artists from the Arab world who incorporate their African roots and transform them: Aziz Sahmaoui, Oum, Alchimix, Imed Alibi and Gnawa Diffusion.

New collaborations reflect the creative vitality of the African continent, like the 3MA project bringing together the leading artists of Morocco, Mali and Madagascar: Ballaké Sissoko, Driss el Maloumi and Rajery.

Jordi Savall & Waed Bouhassoun

There will be an opportunity to break boundaries as with the creation of Soundjata (Sundiata Keita), a recovery of the Manding epic by storyteller Jihad Darwiche and Malian kora player Tom Diakite.

Additional shows include: The Whirling Dervishes of Damascus and the Al-Kindi Ensemble; Jordi Savall & Waed Bouhassoun, with the Orpheus XXI project; well-known world music acts: Marcel & Rami Khalife featuring Aymeric Westrich, Takfarinas, DuOud …

The festival will present a circus performance of the Acrobatic Group of Tangier with Halka.

The new Arab scene will be featured: Alchimix, Imed Alibi, Sofiane Saidi & Mazalda, Le Lanceur de dés Walid Ben Selim, and Faraj Suleiman Trio as well as the Count of Bouderbala’s One Man Show.

More at www.festivalarabesques.fr

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Echoes Of Japan by Minyo Crusaders Tops the Transglobal World Music Chart

Echoes of Japan” by Japanese ensemble Minyo Crusaders is the number 1 album in the June edition of the Transglobal World Music Chart. Minyo Crusaders, led by guitarist Katsumi Tanaka, has recreated historic Japanese folk songs (min’yō) by adding Latin American, African, Caribbean and Asian rhythms. “Echoes of Japan” (Mais Um) is their debut album.

Minyo Crusaders – Echoes of Japan

The June 2019 list:

  1. Minyo Crusaders – Echoes of Japan – Mais Um Discos
  2. Kronos Quartet, Mahsa & Marjan Vahdat – Placeless – Kirkelig Kulturverksted
  3. Refugees for Refugees – Amina – Muziekpublique
  4. AKA Trio – Joy – Bendigedig
  5. Altın Gün – Gece – Glitterbeat
  6. Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba – Miri – Outhere
  7. Alim Qasimov and Michel Godard – Awakening – Buda Musique
  8. Las Hermanas Caronni – Santa Plástica – Les Grands Fleuves
  9. Waed Bouhassoun – Safar: Les Âmes Retrouvées – Buda Musique
  10. The Gloaming – 3 – Real World
  11. Aziz Sahmaoui & University of Gnawa – Poetic Trance – PIAS
  12. Ifriqiyya Électrique – Laylet el Booree – Glitterbeat
  13. Mara Aranda – Sefarad en el corazón de Turquía – Mara Aranda
  14. Le Vent du Nord – Territoires – Borealis
  15. Zulya – Six Days Loving / Alty Tön Yaratu – Zulya Kamalova
  16. Dobranotch – Merčedes Kolo – CPL-Music
  17. Söndörgő – Nyolc 8 Nyolc – SNDRG Music
  18. Gaiteiros de Lisboa – Bestiário – Uguru
  19. Our Native Daughters – Songs of Our Native Daughters – Smithsonian Folkways
  20. Black Flower – Future Flora – Sdban Ultra

More at www.transglobalwmc.com

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