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Winners of the 2018 Native American Music Awards Announced

The winners of the 2018 Native American Music Awards were announced on Friday, October 12th, 2918. The 18th Annual Native American Music Awards (NAMA) was held in the Events Center at the Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino in Niagara Falls, New York. Event highlights included elder, actor Saginaw Grant, winner of Record of the Year … Continue reading Winners of the 2018 Native American Music Awards Announced

Zanzibar African Music Festival Sauti za Busara Announces First Set of Artists for 2019

The highly influential African music festival Sauti za Busara has announced the first names of artists set to perform in 2019. The next edition will take place in Old Fort in Stone Town, Zanzibar (Tanzania) during February 7?10, 2019, with 44 performances on three stages. The artists include Afrigo Band (Uganda); Mokoomba (Zimbabwe); Fid Q … Continue reading Zanzibar African Music Festival Sauti za Busara Announces First Set of Artists for 2019

Gambian Kora Pioneer and Griot Sona Jobarteh to Perform at The ArtsCenter

Sona Jobarteh, the first female kora virtuosa from a legendary jali (griot) family is set to perform at The ArtsCenter in Carrboro, North Caroilina. Sona is the granddaughter of influential Gambian kora master Amadu Bansang Jobarteh. Born in London and classically trained at the Royal College of Music and the Purcell School, Sona Jobarteh is … Continue reading Gambian Kora Pioneer and Griot Sona Jobarteh to Perform at The ArtsCenter

Interview with Innovative Canadian Musician Chairman George

 Canadian artist George Sapounidis, better known as Chairman George, has a new album titled Bringing to Greek Party to China! It?s a ground-breaking recording that combines traditional Greek and Chinese music, Mandarin Chinese vocals, rock and infectious electronic dance grooves. In terms of musical instruments, Bringing to Greek Party to China! connects Greek bouzouki and … Continue reading Interview with Innovative Canadian Musician Chairman George

Artist Profiles: Kali

Kali (Jean-Marc Mournerville) lives in the hills of Martinique and espouses a philosophy that parallels Rastafarianism. He is one of the most popular roots artists from the French Antilles, sharing musical idioms with greats like Jean Claude Naimro (Kassav) and has been credited to influencing Dedé Saint Prix as well as innovative newcomers like Chris … Continue reading Artist Profiles: Kali

Artist Profiles: Malavoi

Malavoi was at the foundation of Martinique’s music for over thirty years. In their early years, the sound of the group was much different than at the end of its career, but with their 1981 album “La Belle Epoque” Malavoi struck gold and introduced a unique sound that has been followed by numerous artists who … Continue reading Artist Profiles: Malavoi

Exceptional Global Fusion from Out of Nations

Out of Nations – Quest (Riverboat Records, 2018) Out of Nations is a Berlin-based world fusion band led by talented reeds player and composer Lety Elnaggar. Born in the United States, Lety has Egyptian and Mexican immigrant parents and this diverse background incorporates Middle Eastern and Latin American influences to her music. The rest of … Continue reading Exceptional Global Fusion from Out of Nations

Artist Profiles: Rokia Traore

Rokia Traore was born in 1974 and comes from Bamako. Though-steeped in tradition, Rokia Traore?s music is thoroughly integrated into a contemporary sound, thanks to her upbringing in a multicultural environment. Unlike many other Malian singers she does not come from the jali caste, but rather from the class sponsoring them. Her father was a … Continue reading Artist Profiles: Rokia Traore

Artist Profiles: Salif Keita

A master of West African rhythms and credited as one of the founders of the Afropop genre, Salif Keita is world renowned for his unforgettable live performances, soaring vocals and his emotionally-fueled songs. Born in Mali, West Africa in 1949, Salif Keita comes from a noble family, and is a descendant of Sunjata Keita, who … Continue reading Artist Profiles: Salif Keita

Artist Profiles: Super Rail Band

The legendary band that has been an institution in Mali since the late 1960s, Super Rail Band, mixes traditional African instruments with electric guitars, led by the mesmerizing presence of singer and guitarist Djelimady Tounkara. The Super Rail Band was born out of a Malian government subsidy in the 1950s for local groups to integrate … Continue reading Artist Profiles: Super Rail Band