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Fiery and Edgy Estonian Folk

Trad.Attack! – Kullakarva / Shimmer Gold (Trad.Attack!, 2017) Trad.Attack! is one of the leading acts in the current Estonian world music and contemporary folk scene.  The group combines Estonian traditions with powerful rock drums, intertwining fast-paced dance songs with dreamy, laid back musical pieces and mesmerizing ambient explorations. The lineup includes Sandra Vabarna on Estonian … Continue reading Fiery and Edgy Estonian Folk

Artist Profiles: Verd E Blu

Verd E Blu is a traditional Occitan from Gascony, France, formed in 1987. The group plays three hole whistle and string tambourine (ton-ton), bagpipes from the Landes (boha), diatonic accordions, brama-topin friction drum, tricanetas castanets and vocals. For over twenty years they collected, learned, produced and spread the traditional music and dance of the Gascon … Continue reading Artist Profiles: Verd E Blu

Artist Profiles: Catrin Finch

Welsh harpist and composer Catrin Ana Finch was born in Llanon, Ceredigion, UK in 1960. She started learning the harp at six. By nine, she had passed her Grade VIII harp exam. She was a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain at the age of ten and became the youngest of its … Continue reading Artist Profiles: Catrin Finch

Los Angeles Philharmonic Announces 2020 World Music Concerts

The Los Angeles Philharmonic has revealed the early 2020 World Music series. Merrill Garbus’ Tune-Yards will perform January 31, 2020. Guitar virtuoso Vieux Farka Touré is set to open the evening. Renowned Irish band The Chieftains will present The Irish Goodbye Tour on March 1, 2020. Anoushka Shankar and Norah Jones, daughters of Ravi Shankar, … Continue reading Los Angeles Philharmonic Announces 2020 World Music Concerts

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, … Continue reading Cimarrón to Honor Carlos Cuco Rojas with its UK Tour alongside Catrin Finch

Círculo Flamenco de Madrid Unveils Early 2020 Program

Performing arts presenter Círculo Flamenco de Madrid has announced its programming for the first quarter of 2020.  The programming includes flamenco concerts at the OFF Latina venues, and book presentations at No Tarima Libros in Madrid, Spain. The first show will take place on January 16, presenting one of the great flamenco guitarists from Seville, … Continue reading Círculo Flamenco de Madrid Unveils Early 2020 Program

Afro Roots Fest 2020 Program in Miami Announced

Performing arts presenters Community Arts & Culture and Rhythm Foundation have announced the Afro Roots Fest 2020 lineup at the North Beach Bandshell on Saturday, April 25, 2020.  The artists set to perform are Sudanese American Sinkane and Sudanese artists Alsarah and her band the Nubatones. DJ Le Spam will open the night. North Beach … Continue reading Afro Roots Fest 2020 Program in Miami Announced

Masterful Classical and Folk Guitar Melodies

David William Ross – Amor Fati (Ravello Records, 2019) Guitarist David William Ross has a background in classical music and as a jazz guitarist, although he ventures beyond, into other musical genres. His album Amor Fati presents an impeccable set of folk lullabies, contemporary Argentine tango, and various other influences performed on the classical guitar, … Continue reading Masterful Classical and Folk Guitar Melodies

Puerto Rican Percussionist and Batacumbele Founder Ángel “Cachete” Maldonado Dies at 68

Ángel “Cachete” Maldonado, a renowned percussionist and co-founder of the celebrated Afro-Puerto Rican Batacumbele ensemble died on January 10, 2020. He was 68 years old. Maldonado was born in Barrio Obrero, Santurce, and became a leading Afro-Caribbean percussionist. He performed with some of the leading Latin jazz, salsa, jazz and Puerto Rican artists, including Carlos … Continue reading Puerto Rican Percussionist and Batacumbele Founder Ángel “Cachete” Maldonado Dies at 68

Albaluna, Charismatic Progressive World Music from Portugal

Albaluna – Amor, Ira & Desgosto (independent release, 2019) Albaluna is an outstanding Portuguese band that is hard to describe. Their sound is rooted in a fantastic mix of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern influences, northern European folk, medieval music and progressive rock. They call it ethnic prog. Whatever, you call it, it is one of … Continue reading Albaluna, Charismatic Progressive World Music from Portugal