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Majid Bekkas to tour Belgium and Netherlands

Gnawa star Majid Bekkas to play concerts in Northern Europe Pioneering Moroccan gnawa star Majid Bekkas will be bringing his jazz trio to northern Europe for a series of dates in March 2016.  Bekkas’ use of the word jazz is very personal, as the music owes at least as much to his North African heritage… Read More »

Actress Toulou Kiki joins Kel Assouf

Noted Touareg actress Toulou Kiki will appear on the upcoming album by Touareg band Kel Assouf. Kiki is known for her moving portrayal of a woman facing Islamic fighters in Abderrahmane Sissakoqui’s award-winning film “Timbuktu”, which was screened in Cannes and other major festivals. “Music is always the easiest way to pass a message without… Read More »

Sur-Choc announce festival in Ivory Coast

Ivory Coast’s zouglou masters Sur-Choc have announced a festival to be held in the capital Abidjan, December 17-20, 2014. This is seen as the triumphant return of Sur-Choc, who now live and record in Paris.  The festival will be held in three locations in Abidjan Treichville: GBATANIKRO (nuit du Maracaña trophée N’DRI ROMARIC) PLACE ERNESTO… Read More »

Habib Koité concerts in November 2014

Mali’s Habib Koité is at the end of a European tour at the moment. If  you’re quick you can catch him and the band Bamado at the following dates: 26/11/2014 Fabrik – Hamburg DE 27/11/2014 Music Hall – Worpswede DE 28/11/2014 Club Franz K – Reutlingen DE 29/11/2014 Das Haus – Ludwigshafen DE 30/11/2014 Frankfurter… Read More »

Womex 2014 showcases the best of World Music

WOMEX salutes fado star Mariza The annual celebration of world music, Womex, is currently taking place in Santiago de Compostela in Spain. WOMEX is an international networking platform for the world music industry. This year’s five-day event – the 20th so far – comprises a bustling Trade Fair, Showcase Festival, Conference, and Film programme, as… Read More »

Sharjah World Music Festival kicks off

The first Sharjah World Music Festival kicks off on Wednesday, January 15, at the Al Qasba area of Sharja (UAE) in collaboration with Furat Qaddouri Music Center. Between the 15th and 18th of January, the Festival will feature award-winning musicians from several Arab and foreign countries, notably the Iraqi musician and composer Naseer Shamma who… Read More »

Mokoomba wins Newcomer Award at Songlines 2013

The Zimbabwean group Mokoomba has won the Newcomer Award at the influential Songlines Music Awards 2013 in London. The group has had two epic years in 2012 and 2013, touring consistently across Europe and Africa on the back of their second album, “Rising Tide”.

RIP: India’s Manna Rey

Although the movies of India are becoming increasingly popular, its music is still very little known. So it’s sad to hear about the death of Manna Dey on October 24, 2013 before he could be recognised outside India. Mr. Dey’s playback singing caught the public’s attention with the duet with Suraiya “Jago Aaye Usha Ponchi… Read More »

Manou Gallo to tour with Bernard Maseli

Ivory Coast sensation Manou Gallo will be on tour to celebrate the 10th year of Polish jazz vibraphone player Bernard Maseli throughout April 2011. Gallo, a highly-rated bassist and percussionist, released “Dida” and “Lowlin” on the IglooMondo label. More details are available  on the IglooMondo site. Click through for the Polish tour dates.

Malian Hip Hop prodigy for the 1st time in the US

Invited by various universities and students organisations committed to education and social change through Hip Hop, AMKOULLEL will be doing workshops, panels and performances with his multi-instrumentalist musician playing Ngoni and Talking Drums. He will also play in various NY and LA clubs… the buzz is growing fast!!