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Big African Names for UK WOMAD Festival

WOMAD is one of the grand musical festivals of the south-west of UK. It’s not only prominent for the quality of artists and talent it brings together every year but also for its diversity. Founded by Thomas Brooman and Bob Hooton and hosted in Shepton Mallet, it has given its audiences over the years a reach […]

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PREVIEW: Congo Square New World Rhythms Festival – New Orleans, LA, USA

WIll Coviello previews the lineup at Congo Square in Armstrong Park March 22 and 23 The Congo Square New World Rhythms Festival features an array of international visitors and heavyweight local rappers. The lineup on Sunday closes with DJ Mannie Fresh (4:15 p.m.), 3D Na’Tee (6:15 p.m.), Dee-1 (pictured, 6:45 p.m.) and Curren$y (7:15 p.m.). […]

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CP AT SXSW: Tinariwen Brings West African Campfire To Austin

A lot of bands at South by Southwest go to great lengths to appear strange and exotic. The great Malian band Tinariwen outdid them all without even trying. Tinariwen launched the desert-rock movement by electrifying the Tuareg tribe’s traditional folk music in the 1980s and by reaching out to European audiences with recordings and tours […]

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Diawara A Stirring Voice For Peace

The Malian vocal star, a favorite of such collaborators as Paul McCartney, Herbie Hancock & Paul McCartney, Herbie Hancock, performs Wednesday at UC San Diego. Internationally celebrated vocal sensation Fatoumata Diawara counts Paul McCartney, Herbie Hancock, Damon Albarn, Bobby Womack, Red Hot Chili Peppers’ bassist Flea and Senegalese superstar Cheikh Lô among her admirers and collaborators. […]

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Embracing Nigerian-American Musical Roots

Offiong Bassey (2013) The self-titled debut album by Nigerian-American vocalist Offiong Bassey embraces African-American and African musical roots. Gifted with a great voice, Offiong Bassey’s first cuts on the album present a set of easy to listen radio-oriented R&B songs. Things get much better when Offiong Bassey ventures into Afro-Jazz and Nigerian roots music, such as […]

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Sierra Leone News: Musical Splash…K-Man versus Salif Keita

International Business Communication and Training (IBCAST) and Rightalk Event are in collaboration with Sierra Leone Music Maker completing arrangements to stage an African musical splash this February, featuring Sierra Leone’s best male artist, Mohamed Saccoh (K-Man) and Salif Keita, one of Africa’s finest and very popular musicians. According to the Chief Executive Officer of IBCAST […]

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Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Klinghoffer records with African band

Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Josh Klinghoffer has teamed up with African rockers Tinariwen for two unlikely collaborations, despite struggling to communicate due to language barriers. The Tuareg band members relocated to a house in the Californian desert to record the follow-up to their 2011 album, Tassili, due to the ongoing political unrest in their […]

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Eclipse: Amadou and Mariam – review

Sydney Town Hall, Sydney Does not being able to see make your other senses more acute? An extraordinary show at the Sydney Festival, starring Malian duo Amadou and Mariam, allows the audience to test this theory for themselves, since it takes place in total darkness. And it really is pitch black, so much that your eyes, deprived […]

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BBC 6music announces African music weekend

BBC 6music is to spend a weekend delving into music from across Africa later this month. From Friday 17 Jan to Sunday 19 Jan, various presenters and guests will play some of their favourite tracks from African artists under the banner ‘BBC Radio 6music Celebrates African Music’. Head of Programmes at 6, Paul Rodgers, told […]

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Arts residency program brings African beats, culture to Shutesbury school

SHUTESBURY, MA — Though West Africa is an ocean away, distance has proven to be no obstacle for the students and faculty of Shutesbury Elementary School (Shaftesbury, Massachusetts), who spent five days this month learning traditional African drumming, dancing and language as part of the school’s “artist-in-residency” program. The program, led by Marilyn and Sekou […]

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Toumani Diabaté with Sidiki Diabaté and Trio Da Kali – review

Royal Festival Hall, London The world’s most celebrated kora exponent plays his first live debut with his son, Sidiki This was an historic night for Toumani Diabaté, the world’s most celebrated kora exponent. “Salaam alaikum, London,” he said, introducing the young man seated next to him, who was also playing the 21-stringed West African harp. “This […]

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Africans For Africa launches at Womex2013

The recently inaugurated Africans for Africa Network launched a game-changing North-South collaboration at Womex 13. The collaboration takes the form of a two-week residency programme and two public events taking place at the Emthonjeni Arts in South Africa in December 2013, in partnership with Mali’s the Festival au Desert. This first-ever partnership between cultural initiatives […]

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