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Folk Alliance International Announces 2019 Artist, Song, and Album of the Year

Folk Alliance International (FAI) revealed last night the winners of the 2019 International folk Music Awards. The winner in the Artist of the Year category is The Small Glories. The Small Glories is an americana and traditional folk music group from Winnipeg, Canada. The duo includes Cara Luft on vocals, guitar and banjo and JD … Continue reading Folk Alliance International Announces 2019 Artist, Song, and Album of the Year

Artist Profiles: AfroCubism

AfroCubism was an ensemble of up to 14 master musicians from West Africa and Cuba brought together by the producer of Buena Vista Social Club. The group included Eliades Ochoa (Cuba), guitarist and Buena Vista Social Club star; kora maestro Toumani Diabaté (Msali); legendary guitarist Djelimady Tounkara (Mali); balafon wizard Fode Lassana Diabaté (Guinea); ngoni … Continue reading Artist Profiles: AfroCubism

The Splendid Kurdish Ensemble Nishtiman Project

Nishtiman Project ?? Kobane (Accords Croisés AC 164, 2016), Collection Vox Populi Nishtiman Project is an extraordinary ensemble that performs contemporary folk music deeply rooted in traditional Kurdish music. Their second album, Kobane, is dedicated to a city in the Kurdish region of Syria that suffered tremendously when jihadists tried to take over the area. … Continue reading The Splendid Kurdish Ensemble Nishtiman Project

Cuban A Cappella Mavericks Vocal Sampling Announce Summer 2020 Tour

Vocal Sampling, the Cuban masters of vocal music have announced summer 2020 tour dates in Europe and China. The Cuban group uses its voices as musical instruments. Attending a Vocal Sampling concert is like participating in a magic show. The group performs a wide range of sounds, emulating traditional Cuban musical instruments, that come exclusively … Continue reading Cuban A Cappella Mavericks Vocal Sampling Announce Summer 2020 Tour

The Independent Spirit of Highlander Music

Trebunie-Tutki i Quintet Urmuli – Duch Gór – The Spirit of the Mountains (Unzipped Fly Records, 2016) ?The Spirit of the Mountains? is an encounter of ancient musical traditions, envisioned by two ensembles highly acclaimed in their respective homelands: Trebunie-Tutki from Zakopane, Poland and Urmuli Quintet from Tbilisi, Georgia. Using traditional shepherd instruments and polyphonic … Continue reading The Independent Spirit of Highlander Music

Transglobal World Music Chart Reveals 2019 Festival Award

The Transglobal World Music Chart (TWMC) has unveiled the winners of its 2019 Festival Award. South Korea’s Jeonju Int?l Sori Festival is the winner this year. 2019 Festival Award: 1. Jeonju International Sori Festival 2. Ethnoport 3. (two festivals tied for third place) Estival and 5 Continents 5. BU Global Music Festival 6. Globaltica 7. … Continue reading Transglobal World Music Chart Reveals 2019 Festival Award

Fiery and Edgy Estonian Folk

Trad.Attack! – Kullakarva / Shimmer Gold (Trad.Attack!, 2017) Trad.Attack! is one of the leading acts in the current Estonian world music and contemporary folk scene.  The group combines Estonian traditions with powerful rock drums, intertwining fast-paced dance songs with dreamy, laid back musical pieces and mesmerizing ambient explorations. The lineup includes Sandra Vabarna on Estonian … Continue reading Fiery and Edgy Estonian Folk

Artist Profiles: Verd E Blu

Verd E Blu is a traditional Occitan from Gascony, France, formed in 1987. The group plays three hole whistle and string tambourine (ton-ton), bagpipes from the Landes (boha), diatonic accordions, brama-topin friction drum, tricanetas castanets and vocals. For over twenty years they collected, learned, produced and spread the traditional music and dance of the Gascon … Continue reading Artist Profiles: Verd E Blu

Artist Profiles: Catrin Finch

Welsh harpist and composer Catrin Ana Finch was born in Llanon, Ceredigion, UK in 1960. She started learning the harp at six. By nine, she had passed her Grade VIII harp exam. She was a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain at the age of ten and became the youngest of its … Continue reading Artist Profiles: Catrin Finch

Los Angeles Philharmonic Announces 2020 World Music Concerts

The Los Angeles Philharmonic has revealed the early 2020 World Music series. Merrill Garbus’ Tune-Yards will perform January 31, 2020. Guitar virtuoso Vieux Farka Touré is set to open the evening. Renowned Irish band The Chieftains will present The Irish Goodbye Tour on March 1, 2020. Anoushka Shankar and Norah Jones, daughters of Ravi Shankar, … Continue reading Los Angeles Philharmonic Announces 2020 World Music Concerts