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Balkan Souls in New Orleans

Blato Zlato – In The Wake (Blato Zlato, 2019) In The Wake is the second album from New Orleans-based Balkan music band, Blato Zlato. Although the ensemble is based in a city known for its brass bands and jazz, the remarkable sound of Blato Zlato takes you to Eastern Europe and the traditions of Bulgaria, … Continue reading Balkan Souls in New Orleans

Norwegian Setesdal Music and Dance Added to the Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Norway’s practice of traditional music and dance in Setesdal (stev/stevjing has been added to UNESCO?s Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. In Setesdal, dance and music go together. The melodies are named after the ?gangar? dance and the ?stev? songs, habitually performed in intermissions between dancing and music-making, either solo or by two … Continue reading Norwegian Setesdal Music and Dance Added to the Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Montreal’s Productions Nuits d’Afrique Announces Its Winter 2020 concerts

Canadian world music presenters Nuits d’Afrique have announced a set of upcoming performances. This series of concerts will begin with the winner of the Golden Syli (Syli d’Or) 2019 world music award, Mamoutou Dembélé, known as “Emde” (Mali) who will present a show imbued with Manding blues on February 6, 2020, at Club Balattou in … Continue reading Montreal’s Productions Nuits d’Afrique Announces Its Winter 2020 concerts

Artist Profiles: Carmelo Torres

Accordion player and composer, Carmelo Torres is considered one of the leading Colombian cumbia performers. He is the living legacy of Cumbia Sabanera, a rural accordion style of cumbia from San Jacinto, in the Caribbean region of Colombia, influenced by traditional flutes. He learned to play vallenato first, by himself, before he met the ?King … Continue reading Artist Profiles: Carmelo Torres

Mamoutou Dembélé, Emde

Mamoutou Dembélé, artistically known as known as Emde, was born into a family of musicians and storytellers in Sikasso, Mali. Since jelis or griots are the safekeepers of culture and tradition communicated from one generation to the next, he grew up in an atmosphere of music, storytelling and inherited dance. He was also called upon … Continue reading Mamoutou Dembélé, Emde

Irish harping Added to the Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Irish harping has been added to UNESCO’s Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. The harp is Ireland?s national symbol and has been played for over 1,000 years. Its captivating bell-like sound celebrates Irish mythology, folklore and literature. Contemporary gut-strung harpers have maintained the ancient repertoire and safeguarded its continuity while responding to evolving … Continue reading Irish harping Added to the Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

The Iranian Musical instrument Dotar Added to the Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

The traditional skills of crafting and playing the dotar, an Iranian two-string plucked folk instrument is one of the most relevant social and cultural components of the folk music of the ethnic groups and communities of the Dotar regions. Musicians play the dotar during significant social and cultural occasions such as weddings and ritual ceremonies, … Continue reading The Iranian Musical instrument Dotar Added to the Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

The Mesmerizing Northumbrian Folk of Kathryn Tickell & The Darkening

Kathryn Tickell & The Darkening ? Hollowbone (Resilient Records, 2019) Kathryn Tickell is a multi-talented artist from Northumbria in northeastern England. She plays the highly melodic Northumbrian pipes (also known as small pipes) and fiddle, and she is a talented singer and composer as well. Her 2019 album Hollowbone was inspired by the remote countryside … Continue reading The Mesmerizing Northumbrian Folk of Kathryn Tickell & The Darkening

Dominican Bachata Inscribed in the Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

The music and dance of Dominican Bachata was inscribed on Thursday, December 12th, 2019 in UNESCO?s Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Bachata, a genre born in the Dominican Republic, intertwines rhythmic bolero music with Afro-Antillean styles. Overall, the lyrics communicate heartfelt love, passion and nostalgia. Bachata is conventionally performed by a small … Continue reading Dominican Bachata Inscribed in the Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

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 Best Of Subsaharan Africa 2019 Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni … Continue reading The Transglobal World Music Chart Unveils the Best World Music Albums of 2019