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 »
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 »
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 »
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 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 »
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 »
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 »
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.
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!!