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Flamenco Guitar Virtuoso José Antonio Rodríguez Returns to New York City

José Antonio Rodríguez, one the leading flamenco guitarists of his generation, is set to perform Saturday, March 3, 2018 at Roulette in Downtown Brooklyn. A significant guitarist, renowned for his powerful and evocative renditions of contemporary flamenco, José Antonio Rodríguez has composed music for orchestras, dance companies, and film, participated in major projects with Paco … Continue reading Flamenco Guitar Virtuoso José Antonio Rodríguez Returns to New York City

Artist Profiles: David Obi

Guitarist, composer and singer, is considered the creator of a rhythm that revolutionized the traditional music of Belize, called ?Kungo Music,? which brings together African rhythms, Jamaican reggae, the calypso and soca of Trinidad and Tobago, a certain European rock influence and the Kriol ?Brukdown,? a very popular rhythm in Belize. In the Orquesta de … Continue reading Artist Profiles: David Obi

Artist Profiles: Andy Palacio

Andy Palacio was not only the most popular musician in Belize, he was also a serious music and cultural archivist with a deep commitment to preserving his unique Garifuna culture. Long a leading proponent of Garifuna popular music and a tireless advocate for the maintenance of the Garifuna language and traditions, Palacio was one of … Continue reading Artist Profiles: Andy Palacio

Artist Profiles: Zap Mama

Zap Mama was founded by Marie Daulne. Marie sings in French, Swahili and Wolof, harmonizing with Pygmy bushmen, and free styling in Brooklyn slang. Sound is truly her mother tongue. Born in the former Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of Congo) to a Belgian father and a Zairian mother, Marie Daulne fled the country at … Continue reading Artist Profiles: Zap Mama

Artist Profiles: Sophie Cavez

Sophie Cavez is a self-taught musician who started playing the diatonic accordion at the age of 17. She began her career by replacing Didier Laloy in various settings, but was soon recognized for the remarkable quality of her playing. As a result she became the accordionist of numerous bands herself, one of them being Urban … Continue reading Artist Profiles: Sophie Cavez

The Depth and Subtlety of Cuban Rumba

Los Rumberos de la Bahia – Mabagwe – A Tribute To “Los Mayores” (Eguin Eje Records, 2018) Los Mayores means ?the elders? in Spanish. Mabagwe celebrates the Cuban rumba legacy in San Francisco. With a mix of Cuban asylum seekers who settled in the San Francisco Bay Area and their students, San Francisco has a … Continue reading The Depth and Subtlety of Cuban Rumba

Artist Profiles: Miguel Allo

Miguel Allo is the founder of Celtic band Camaxe. He is also a passionate gaitero (player of the gaita, the Galician bagpipes). He started playing the instrument at the age of 9 and by the age of 12 was already composing his first melodies. Miguel grew up in the context of Galician musical culture and … Continue reading Artist Profiles: Miguel Allo

Artist Profiles: Marc De Martelaer

Marc De Martelaer was the bass player for Celtic band Camaxe. His elaborate musical background is the result of his collaboration with numerous bands from the most diverse origins: Jewish with Krupnik, Brazilian with Samboa, Asian, etc. As a recognized bass player he has had the opportunity to work together with some renowned Belgian musicians: … Continue reading Artist Profiles: Marc De Martelaer

Artist Profiles: Limbrant

Limbrant, noted for its pure approach to Flemish music, is a six -member ensemble under the direction of Hubert Boone, one of the pioneers of the Belgian folk music revival. Many of the innumerable songs and dances he collected in Flanders are in the group’s repertoire. Limbrant’s program includes early ballads, love songs, and historical … Continue reading Artist Profiles: Limbrant

Artist Profiles: Ialma

Ialma is responsible for the increasing influence of Galician folk music in Belgium. The group features five cantareiras (singers), who are descendants of Spanish immigrants from Galicia, as well as Belgian instrumentalists. Ialma also has strong Wallonian and Flamenco influences. The vocalists are: Verónica Codesal, Marisol Palomo, Nuria Aldao, Natalia Codesal and Magali Menéndez Tradicional … Continue reading Artist Profiles: Ialma