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Andrea Parodi World Music Award Call for Submissions

The “Andrea Parodi Award”, the only Italian world music competition, organized by the Andrea Parodi Foundation, is seeking international submissions for its twelfth edition. Registration is free. Submissions must be sent no later than May 31, 2019, using the format on www.fondazioneandreaparodi.it Submissions must contain: 2 tracks (2 mp3 files, specimens or live recordings or … Continue reading Andrea Parodi World Music Award Call for Submissions

RAM, an Effervescent Laboratory for Traditional Music Investigation

RAM – August 1791 (Willibelle, 2018) RAM, one of the leading Haitian roots music bands celebrates the slave revolt in Haiti on August 1791. The title of the album indicates the year that Haitians started their rebellion against brutal French colonial oppression. The group is led by vocalist Richard Auguste Morse (RAM) and features family … Continue reading RAM, an Effervescent Laboratory for Traditional Music Investigation

Black Atlantic, a weeklong Series in Durham celebrating the music of Africa and the African diaspora

Throughout March 2019, Duke Performances will be presenting some of the finest world music acts from Africa and the African diaspora with Black Atlantic. The series is a week-long festival that will take place at Durham?s iconic Motorco music club (and one addiitonal concert at Duke University?s Baldwin Auditorium). Black Atlantic will feature artists from … Continue reading Black Atlantic, a weeklong Series in Durham celebrating the music of Africa and the African diaspora

Heartfelt and Sorrowful Castilian Bluegrass

Los Hermanos Cubero – Quique dibuja la tristeza (El Segell del Primavera, 2018) Quique dibuja la tristeza (Quique draws sadness) is the winner of this year?s Best World Music and Fusion Album at Spain?s prestigious Premios MIN (the influential indie awards). Los Hermanos Cubero are brothers Enrique (Quique) Ruiz Cubero and Roberto Ruiz Cubero. For … Continue reading Heartfelt and Sorrowful Castilian Bluegrass

Santana and Buika collaborate on Los Invisibles

Legendary rock guitarist Carlos Santana has announced the release of a new album titled Africa Speaks, on Concord Records. The new album includes the song ?Los Invisibles? that features acclaimed Spanish singer Buika.

Big Statements and African Diaspora Roots Sounds from Leyla McCalla

Leyla McCalla – Capitalist Blues (PIAS, 2019) Capitalist Blues is the third album by former Carolina Chocolate Drops cellist and singer-songwriter, Leyla McCalla. On Capitalist Blues, Leyla incorporates a wide range of influences that reflect her Haitian heritage, the music of the Afro-diaspora and her current home in New Orleans, which is one the essential … Continue reading Big Statements and African Diaspora Roots Sounds from Leyla McCalla

Anoushka Shankar Live, a Dazzling Experience

Last night, March 21, sitar phenomenon, composer and world music star Anoushka Shankar performed at Fletcher Hall in the Carolina Theater of Durham, North Carolina. Anoushka charmed the audience with a remarkable mix of Indian classical music ragas, contemporary world fusion material rooted in Indian traditions and cinematic music. The concert started with two spectacular … Continue reading Anoushka Shankar Live, a Dazzling Experience

Fado Star Mariza Returns to North American Stages in 2019

Fado icon Mariza is returning to the United States and Canada for an extensive North American tour this spring. She will be performing songs from her latest album, “Mariza,” inviting listeners into the intensity and intimacy of fado. ?For me, the most important part of my work is to make good music,” says Mariza. “And … Continue reading Fado Star Mariza Returns to North American Stages in 2019

Boomtown Festival Announces Copper County, a District Dedicated To Folk, Acoustic and World Music

British music festival has announced the lineup at Copper County, the area dedicated to folk, acoustic and world fusion. The festival will take place August 7 ? 11, 2019 at Matterley Estate ? Winchester, UK. Copper Town will include a new stage called The Forge, an icon of the industrial revolution where this global fusion … Continue reading Boomtown Festival Announces Copper County, a District Dedicated To Folk, Acoustic and World Music

Haitian-Canadian Artist Wesli Wins the 2019 World Music Album of the Year Juno Award

Haitian-Canadian artist Wesli is the winner of the 2019 Juno Award (Canada?s top music award) in the World Music Album of the Year category, for his impressive 21-song album Rapadou Kreyol. The album focal point is keeping the Haitian traditional music and instrumentation alive and well. “I have two hearts,” said Wesli. “One is in … Continue reading Haitian-Canadian Artist Wesli Wins the 2019 World Music Album of the Year Juno Award