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Boston University Announces Second Annual Bu Global Music Festival

Boston University has announced the second annual BU Global Music Festival to be held October 4th and 5th, 2019 on the Boston University Charles River Campus. The festival will be free, open to the public and is intended for all ages.

The festival will include traditional and contemporary international musicians, as well as local world music artists.

Les Filles de Illighadad

The lineup includes Les Filles de Illighadad (Niger) who will bring to the festival the music of rural Niger called “tende” featuring compositions built from vocals, handclaps, and percussion; 47Soul (Palestine/UK) celebrated for inventing their own genre Shamstep, which fuses dub synth sounds with rock elements, hip-hop and pop lyrics in English and Arabic.

Also featured: Gamelan Cudamani (Bali, Indonesia) known for their outstanding creativity; Frontera Bugalú (Mexico/Texas) who perform a combination of high-energy “cumbia” mixed with other traditional Mexican and Latin American rhythms.

Saraswathi Ranganathan (India/US) will treat festival goers to a diverse presentation of the ancient veena; and Congolese band KOKOKO! (Democratic Republic of Congo), known for building their own instruments and blending Congolese and modern music.

Local artists Grooversity (Boston/Brazil) and Eastern Medicine Singers (Algonquin, Rhode Island) will also perform.

The festival is produced by the BU Arts Initiative – Office of the Provost and the College of Fine Arts Department of Musicology and Ethnomusicology through the Karbank Fund for Global Music. Musician and BU ethnomusicologist Marié Abe continues to serve as artistic director. Additional support comes from BU Global Programs, BU College of Fine Arts, and BU Dean of Students’ Office, the New England and American Studies Program. WBUR will serve as a media sponsor.

Saraswathi Ranganathan

“BU is very proud to host this festival and to welcome so many talented artists from around the world. Such events have transformative power. They expose us to different experiences, perspectives, and artistic expressions, while helping to break down barriers and bring us closer together,” said Jean Morrison, Provost and Chief Academic Officer of the University.

 “The BU Global Music Festival creates community and inspires greater understanding and respect through our shared passion for music and the performing arts,” expressed Harvey Young, Dean of the College of Fine Arts.

In addition to workshops and demonstrations offered to the public during the festival, this year, the BU Global Music Festival and BU Music Education Department have developed a new opportunity with the Boston Public Schools Office of the Arts, which will connect Boston’s music educators with visiting international musicians for a professional development credit in global music.

“The Boston University Music Education Department and students are excited to partner with Boston Public School music educators for a collaborative professional development opportunity centered around the world music traditions represented at this year’s Global Music Festival,” said Tawnya Smith, BU Assistant Professor in Music Education and member of the BU Provost’s Arts Council.

In addition to music, the Global Bazaar featuring artisan goods for purchase from international and immigrant communities continues this year. On Saturday afternoon guests can also take part in a Cultural Vendor Fair where they can peruse more than a dozen regional cultural and ethnic organizations that offer arts related programming throughout the year.

More information at www.bu.edu/gmf/ and www.bu.edu/arts

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Elegantly Modern Accordion Rooted in Portuguese Tradition

Danças Ocultas – Dentro desse mar (Galileo Music, 2018)

Portuguese accordion quartet Danças Ocultas recorded Dentro desse mar at Casa do Mato Studios in Rio de Janeiro, produced by celebrated cellist and producer Jaques Morelenbaum. Danças Ocultas is a group of talented accordion players who perform exquisite contemporary musical pieces rooted in tradition and classical music. It is a nuanced sound, creating a mix of laid back ambience and melody rather than flashy virtuosity.

Dentro desse mar is a set of charming, elegant songs and instrumentals featuring various musical guests.  Jaques Morelenbaum brought in Brazilian percussionists, highly expressive cavaquinho, several other instrumentalists and guest vocalists from Brazil and Portugal, who provided finely-crafted chemistry around the accordions. Morelebaum also contributed his own enchanting cello work.

Danças Ocultas – Dentro desse mar

The line-up includes Artur Fernandes on diatonic accordion; Francisco Miguel on diatonic accordion; Filipe Cal on diatonic accordion; and Filipe Ricardo on diatonic accordion; David Feldman on pinao; Marcos Suzano on percussion; Brazilian singer Zelia Duncan; Jaques Morelenbaum on cello; Rogério Caetano on 7-string guitar; Luis Barcelos on mandolin and cavaquinho; Marcelo Costa on percussion; Portuguese fado singer Carminho; Robertinho Silva on percussion; Dora Morelenbaum on vocals; Tiago Abrantes on cvlarinet; and Paulo Braga on percussion.

Dentro desse mar features a captivating amalgam of Portuguese and Brazilian influences under a modern prism.

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Carnegie Hall Announces World Music Highlights for 2019—2020 Season

New York City’s iconic venue, Carnegie Hall, has announced the world music (including American folk music) concerts for the upcoming 2019-2020 season.

Fall 2019 Highlights: October—December

Benin International Musical

Celebrated Beninese singer Angélique Kidjo will map the voyage of African music and culture around the world throughout her Perspectives series. The series will begin with a program on October 19 in Zankel Hall that features Benin International Musical, a fast-rising ensemble that fuses rock, hip-hop and electronica with traditional music of Benin.

Her series continues with Diaspora Songs, on December 6 observing the effect that African music has had on the international music scene, led by musical director Terence Blanchard featuring The E-Collective and special guests to be announced.

Lionel Loueke

On December 13, Ms. Kidjo will be honored by longtime friend and guitarist Lionel Loueke and his trio in a concert that both celebrates and reinvents many of her beloved songs.

Ms. Kidjo’s Perspectives concludes on March 14, 2020 with Daughter of Independence, a special celebration of her 60th birthday that also honors the anniversary of independence of her native Benin and other West African nations. She will be joined by a cast of stellar guests.

The Milk Carton Kids

The Milk Carton Kids will present their harmonized vocals reminiscent of the Everly Brothers and Simon & Garfunkel to Zankel Hall on November 1 as part of Rosanne Cash’s annual series, American Byways. The folk duo will play songs from their fourth album, All the Things That I Did and All the Things That I Didn’t Do, which earned them a wave of critical praise and a 2018 Grammy nomination.

Rosanne Cash photo by Michael Lavine, Ry Cooder photo by Joachim Cooder

Rosanne Cash and Ry Cooder will come together for a rare joint performance of songs from Johnny Cash’s beloved songbook on November 2. After immediately selling out four dates at the SFJAZZ Center and presenting two additional performances at San Francisco’s War Memorial Opera House in 2018, the duo brings this highly anticipated concert to New York City for the first time.

Winter / Spring 2020 Highlights: January—May

Two broadly popular groups from Quebec, Le Vent du Nord & De Temps Antan, will come together on January 24 in Zankel Hall in a high-spirited celebration of traditional and contemporary dance tunes and ballads of French-Canadian culture.

The second installment of Rosanne Cash’s American Byways series on April 24 in Zankel Hall features the unadulterated Mississippi Hill Country Blues of multi-instrumentalist Cedric Burnside (grandson of legendary bluesman R. L. Burnside) and guitarist-vocalist Molly Tuttle (daughter of bluegrass star Jack Tuttle). They each celebrate their incredible musical lineage in performances seeped in the southern American roots tradition.

All performances take place in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage unless otherwise noted. For ticket information call 212-247-7800 or go to carnegiehall.org.

headline photo: Angelique Kidjo by Danny Clinch

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Sunujazz, a Delightful Encounter Between West Africa and West


Lamine Cissokho – Sunujazz

Lamine Cissokho – Sunujazz (Sewa Music, 2019)

Senegalese kora player Lamine Cissokho mixes traditional sounds from West Africa with jazz and contemporary influences on Sunujazz.

Standout pieces include “Contre Vent,” an exquisite piece where the kora and electric guitar dance around each other over a layer of calabass; the irresistible rootsy “L’Amour” featuring lead vocals by Lamine Cissokho; the joyous interplay of Ousmane Ba’s guitar and Lamine’s kora on “Kaira;” and the lively “Sosolasso” a superb song highlighting the kora, electric guitar and call and response vocals.

Lamine Cissokho is a Mandinka jali (musician and storyteller, also known as griot) from Casamance in southern Senegal. He is based in Sweden.

The lineup includes Lamine Cissokho on kora and lead vocals; Alain Oyono on saxophone; Tobias Grim on guitar; Per-Olof Rylander on piano; Ousmane Ba on fula flute; Romi Christian Bonaban on bass; Ibou Calebasse on calabash; Diougouna Sissokho and Saga Björkling on backing vocals.

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World Music Institute Unveils Fall/Winter 2019-2020 Season

The World Music Institute (WMI) has announced the set of global artists set to perform in New York City during the Fall/Winter 2019-2020 Season. Selected by new Artistic Director Brian Keigher, WMI’s 2019-2020 Season includes world music artists from 15 cultures including five New York City debuts: Finland’s Kardemimmit, Ethiopia’s Girma Bèyènè with French band Akalé Wubé, Cape Verde’s Lucibela, Madagascar’s Toko Telo, and France’s The Bongo Hop.

New venue partnerships include Chelsea Music Hall, Mercury Lounge, and The Sultan Room, with established venues such as Symphony Space, (le) poisson rouge, Littlefield, Merkin Hall at Kaufman Music Center, and Storm King Art Center remaining as program partners.

Clockwise from left: Lucibela (photo: Alex Tome), Saraswati Ranganathan, Gamelan Çudamani (photo: Jorge Viscera), Kardemimmit (photo: Timmy Träskelin), Väsen, KOKOKO!

WMI 2019-20 Fall/Winter Concert Details

Saraswathi Ranganathan
Sunday, August 25, 2019, 2:00 pm
Storm King Art Center
1 Museum Rd, New Windsor, NY

Presented in Collaboration with Storm King Art Center
Free event with museum admission / Limited unreserved seating

Season Launch Party with Mames Babegenush & Slavic Soul Party
Tuesday, August 27, 2019, Doors: 6:30 pm | Show: 7:00 pm
Mercury Lounge
217 East Houston St, Manhattan

Presented in collaboration with Mercury Lounge

Tickets: $20 Advance | $25 Day of Show
Standing room with limited unreserved seating

Girma Beyene & Akalé Wubé
Ethiopian New Year Celebration
Thursday, September 12, 2019, Doors: 6:30 pm | Show: 7:30 pm
(le) poisson rouge
158 Bleecker St, Manhattan

Tickets: $25 First 100 tickets | $30 Advance | $35
Day of Show | $40 VIP seating
Standing room with reserved VIP seating and limited unreserved seating

Lucibela
Tuesday, September 17, 2019, Doors: 7:30 pm | Show: 8:00 pm
Merkin Hall at Kaufman Music Center
129 W 67th St, Manhattan

Presented with Merkin Hall at Kaufman Music Center
Tickets: $25 | $35

Toko Telo
Friday, September 20, 2019, Doors: 7:00 pm | Show: 8:00 pm
Chelsea Music Hall
407 W 15th St, Manhattan

Tickets: $35. Advance | $40 Day of Show
Standing room with limited reserved seating

Purbayan Chatterjee & Ojas Adhiya
Sunday, September 22, 2019, Doors: 7:30 pm | Show: 8:00 pm
Merkin Hall at Kaufman Music Center
129 W 67th St, Manhattan

Presented with Merkin Hall at Kaufman Music Center
Tickets: $25 | $35

Väsen & Kardemimmit
Thursday, September 26, 2019, Doors: 6:30 pm | Show: 7:30 pm
Littlefield
635 Sackett St, Brooklyn

Standing room with reserved VIP seating and limited unreserved seating
Tickets: $35 Advance | $40 Day of Show | $45 VIP Front Row Seats

KOKOKO!
Friday, October 4, 2019, Doors: 6:30 pm | Show: 7:30 pm
(le) poisson rouge
158 Bleecker St, Manhattan

Presented in collaboration with (le) poisson rouge

Standing room with limited unreserved seating
Tickets: $20 Advance | $25 Day of Show

Gamelan Çudamani
Sunday, October 6, 2019, Doors: 7:00 pm | Show: 7:30 pm
Peter Norton Symphony Space
2537 Broadway at 95th St, Manhattan

Tickets: $30 | $40 | $45

Julie Fowlis
Thursday, October 10, 2019, Doors: 7:30 pm | Show: 8:00 pm
Merkin Hall at Kaufman Music Center
129 W 67th St, Manhattan

Presented with Merkin Hall at Kaufman Music Center
Tickets: $30 | $40

Flamenco Legends by Javier Limón: The Paco de Lucía Project
Sunday, October 13, 2019, Doors: 7:30 pm | Show: 8:00 pm
Peter Norton Symphony Space
2537 Broadway at 95th St, Manhattan

Tickets: $35 | $45 | $55 | $75 VIP – VIP ticket includes post-concert meet and greet with the performers (limited availability)

Nella
Sunday, October 20, 2019, Doors: 7:00 pm | Show: 8:00 pm
(le) poisson rouge
158 Bleecker St, Manhattan

Tickets: $25 First 100 tickets | $30 Advance | $35 Day of Show
Standing room with limited unreserved seating

The Bongo Hop
Friday, November 1, 2019. Doors: 7:00 pm | Show: 8:00 pm
Chelsea Music Hall
407 W 15th St., Manhattan

Tickets: $20 Advance | $25 Day of Show
Standing room with limited unreserved seating

Ani Cordero
Friday, December 6, 2019, Doors: 7:00 pm | Show: 8:00 pm
The Sultan Room
234 Starr Street, Brooklyn

Tickets: $20 Advance. $25 Day of Show

More information at www.worldmusicinstitute.org

headline photo: Toko Telo by Studio Smilebox

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Artist Profiles: KOKOKO!

KOKOKO!

KOKOKO! is a collective of musicians from Kinshasa, the capital city of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The artists are known for creating a contemporary and distinctive dance style of music. KOKOKO! uses instruments built from up-cycling cans, engine parts, plastic containers, and other trash and scrap found on the city streets.

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The core of the ensemble are musical instrument makers from the Ngwaka neighborhood, Makara Bianko, electronic producer Débruit and dancers from the Lingwala neighborhood.

In the spring of 2018, KOKOKO! concluded its first sold-out European tour. In 2019, the band embarked on an American tour.

KOKOKO! Have several recordings and have collaborated with other African artists on remixes and music. The EP Liboso EP was released in December 2018 on Transgressive Records.

Discography:

Liboso (Transgressive Records, 2018)
Fongola (Transgressive Records, 2019)

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offWOMEX 2019 Lineup Announced

Eme Alfonso

The World Music Expo (WOMEX) revealed today the artists set to perform as part of the offWOMEX 2019 programing.

offWOMEX provides an additional integrated platform for bands and artists to present themselves and their music to the world music professionals attending WOMEX from around the globe. WOMEX will take place October 23-27, 2019 in Tampere, Finland.

This year’s offWOMEX stage includes a wide range of artists from Spain, Latvia, Canada, Hungary, Cuba and Russia, and are presented and funded by ICEX/Sounds from Spain, Sierra, Basque Music, Eesti Kultuurkapital, Mundial Montréal, Folquébec, Musicaction, FACTOR, Canada Council for the Arts, SODEC, National Cultural Fund of Hungary and the Halmos Bela Program.

The confirmed artists for offWOMEX 19 are:

Digging Roots (Canada)

Eme Alfonso (Cuba)

Leela Gilday (Canada)

Les Grands Hurleurs (Canada)

Oyme (Russia)

Romano Drom (Hungary)

Saucējas (Latvia)

TOPA-K (Korrontzi & DJ Makala) (Spain)

Zagala (Spain)

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Joseph Tawadros Releases Betrayal of a Sacred Sunflower

Joseph Tawadros -d Betrayal of a Sacred Sunflower

Cairo-born Australian ud virtuoso Joseph Tawadros has a new album titled Betrayal of a Sacred Sunflower.

On this recording, Joseph Tawadros shifted from his customary high energy compositions. Betrayal of Sacred Sunflower is a more thoughtful and contemplative.

The majority of the musical pieces are minimalist and expansive, with long lasting notes giving the listener space to dream and to create their own images.

The album features ud, violin, piano, electric guitar, trombone and percussion.

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Angelique Kidjo’s Celia Tops the August 2019 Transglobal World Music Chart

The album Celia, Angelique Kidjo’s tribute to Afro-Cuban singer Celia Cruz is the number one album in August 2019 on the Transglobal World Music Chart.

Angelique Kidjo – Celia

August 2019 Chart

  1. Angelique Kidjo – Celia – Verve / Universal Music France
  2. Mara Aranda – Sefarad en el Corazón de Turquía – Mara Aranda
  3. Minyo Crusaders – Echoes of Japan – Mais Um
  4. Cimarrón – Orinoco – Cimarrón Music
  5. Refugees for Refugees – Amina – Muziekpublique
  6. Oumar Konate – I Love You Inna – Clermont Music
  7. Boban Marković Orkestar – Mrak – Fonó
  8. AKA Trio – Joy – Bendigedig
  9. Mísia – Pura Vida (Banda Sonora) – Galileo Music Communication
  10. Kronos Quartet, Mahsa & Marjan Vahdat – Placeless – Kirkelig Kulturverksted
  11. Dizzy Mandjeku & Alé Kumá – De Palenque à Matongé – Zephyrus
  12. Altın Gün – Gece – Glitterbeat
  13. Park Jiha – Philos – Tak:til / Glitterbeat
  14. Yolla Khalife – On the Road – Nagam
  15. Aziz Sahmaoui & University of Gnawa – Poetic Trance – PIAS
  16. Gaiteiros de Lisboa – Bestiário – Uguru
  17. Dona Onete – Rebujo – AmpliDiversão / Mais Um
  18. Kaumaakonga – Taoba – Wantok Musik
  19. Tuuletar – Rajatila / Borderline – Bafe’s Factory
  20. The Gloaming – 3 – Real World

More at www.transglobalwmc.com

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The ArtsCenter in Carrboro Reveals 2019-2020 Performance Season

Bombino

The ArtsCenter in Carrboro, North Carolina has announced its 2019-2020 Performance Season, featuring a wide range of over 20 locally and nationally acclaimed artists and partners.

The ArtsCenter’s 2019-2020 Performance Season includes: Joan Osborne, Keller Williams, Leahy, Bombino & Vieux Farka Touré, John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band, Alash with special guest Shodekeh, BeauSoleil Cajun Christmas, Susan Werner, Dom Flemons, Manhattan Short Film Festival, Alice Gerrard with Allison de Groot & Tatiana Hargreaves, Kim So Ra: A Sign of Rain, Tannahill Weavers, the Holiday Circle Show and Carolyn Adams, as well as local partner events like PopUp Chorus, Transactors Improv and No Shame Theatre.

The programming for this Season explores the concept of “Global Roots” and features performers who represent and re-invent traditional musical styles from a variety of regions and cultures. One such artist is Kim So Ra, a modern master of the janggu (a Korean double-headed drum), who will appear at The ArtsCenter on September 22nd as part of her debut United States tour. For her performance A Sign of Rain, she is joined by fellow drummer Hyun Seung Hun, as well as Lim Ji Hye (on the gayageum or Korean zither), and Lee Hye Joong (on the piri or Korean bamboo oboe). This ensemble presents fluid, onomatopoetic textures from their instruments, creating an immersive aural tapestry that evokes the power, delicateness and ephemerality of a sudden rainstorm.

From the highlands of the Asian steppe, award-winning Tuvan ensemble Alash will return to The ArtsCenter for the first time since their acclaimed performance as part of The ArtsCenter’s inaugural 2016-2017 Performance Season. These masters of xöömei, or Tuvan traditional throat singing, blend Eastern and Western instruments and influences with the haunting overtones of throat singing for an experience that has to be witnessed to be believed. They are joined for their performance on October 26th by Shodokeh, a Baltimore-based beatboxer and vocal percussionist.

From the arid regions of Niger and Mali, Bombino and Vieux Farka Touré will present two contemporary interpretations of the fiery guitar style of the Sahara desert. Vieux Farka Touré was a standout performance and cover artist of the 2017-2018 Performance Season, dazzling his audience with virtuosic, highly danceable guitar grooves befitting an artist often referred to as “The Hendrix of the Sahara.” The Sons of the Sahara tour sees him join forces with Niger’s Bombino, the Grammy-nominated young guitarist quickly making a name for himself globally with his sunny blend of Tuareg blues and contemporary style. The two will perform songs both together and separately on October 13th.

The 2019-2020 Season lineup also features household names like singer-songwriter Joan Osborne (famous for her 1990’s MTV super-hit “One Of Us”) on February 9th, and master of loop-based fingerstyle guitar wizardry Keller Williams on December 6th, as well as aa American roots music from North Carolina’s living legend of old-time and bluegrass Alice Gerrard, accompanied by rising stars Allison de Groot on banjo and Tatiana Hargreaves on fiddle on September 21st.

“American Songster” Dom Flemons, a founding member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, will bring his musical talents and repertoire of over 100 years of American traditional music to The ArtsCenter on March 20th. Celtic supergroups Leahy (March 13th) and the Tannahill Weavers (April 25th) represent the traditional folk music of Ireland and Scotland with their majestic harmonies and driving rhythms.

As part of The ArtsCenter’s continued commitment to providing high-quality arts programming at an accessible price point, tickets to over half of the performances on the 2019-2020 Season cost less than $25, and over a third cost less than $20. Tickets can be purchased at artscenter.live/2019-2020Season.

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