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globalFEST 2018 Announces Lineup

American world music showcase globalFEST has announced the artists set to perform during its 15th Anniversary on January 14, 2017 in New York City. globalFEST 15 Program Ava Rocha: Post-Tropicalia avant-pop (Brazil) Delgres: Creole blues reconnecting Guadeloupe to New Orleans Eva Salina & Peter Stan: Balkan Gypsy (Roma) songs for voice and accordion Grand Tapestry: … Continue reading globalFEST 2018 Announces Lineup

Dizzy’s Love

  Today we celebrate the 100th birthday of John Birks ?Dizzy? Gillespie.  Dizzy as he was affectionately known was one of the greatest jazz innovators of the twentieth century.  His music, Bebop ? ?Bop? for short, was improvised, with complex and often dissonant chords, and sometimes very rapid tempos.  It began in jam sessions in … Continue reading Dizzy’s Love

Winners of The 17th Annual Native American Music Awards Announced

  The 17th Annual Native American Music Awards were held on Saturday, October 14th at the Events Center at Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino in Niagara Falls, New York. The Seneca Nation’s traditional female vocal group, Newtown Singers opened the award ceremony. Next came the award-winning powwow drum group, Northern Cree, who delivered a vibrant … Continue reading Winners of The 17th Annual Native American Music Awards Announced

Flow?s Timeless Comforting Music

Flow ? Flow (LMB Music, 2017) Flow is a supergroup of musicians who have been involved with New Age music for many years. The term New Age is used to describe a wide range of genres, from easy listening acoustic music to electronic meditation music. In this case, Flow performs peaceful and ethereal instrumental music … Continue reading Flow?s Timeless Comforting Music

Raising the Rhythms

James Asher – Raising the Rhythms (Free Spirit Entertainment, 1999) Citing influences from the Caribbean, America, India, Africa and Middle East, this promises to be an all-round world music album by percussionist James Asher. Our picks include the tracks Tropical Zinge, Spice Souk, Zingawele, and Sunny Side Up. The 10 tracks on this album make … Continue reading Raising the Rhythms

The Fascinating History of the Ilú Keké Drums

Ilú Keké. Transmisión en la Eritá Meta (Sendero Music/Music Works NYC, 2016) Ilú Keké is an album dedicated to the batá drums, a set of three barrel drums (itótele, iyá and okónkolo) used in sacred Afro-Cuban rituals as well as secular Cuban music. The album presents traditional batá drumming performed by elders and younger instrumentalists, … Continue reading The Fascinating History of the Ilú Keké Drums

The Vintage Sound of The Peruvian Andes

Various Artists – Andina: The Sound of The Peruvian Andes 1968-1978 (Tiger?s Milk/Strut, 2017) Andina: The Sound of The Peruvian Andes 1968-1978 is a compilation of Peruvian bands from the late 1960s and 1970s that played tropical dance music. While Americans and Europeans at the time were exposed to Andean flute music ensembles, a very … Continue reading The Vintage Sound of The Peruvian Andes

Artist Profiles: Omer Ihsas

Omer Ihsas is one of the most respected singers and composers of Darfur. He has led a band for over 20 years, composing songs that have helped sensitize the nation to the rich culture and profound challenges of his home region. At a time when many of Sudan’s most accomplished artists no longer live in … Continue reading Artist Profiles: Omer Ihsas

Artist Profiles: Omer Erdogdular

Omer Erdo?dular started studying music while still a child. He was born in Konya and grew up in Istanbul, initially learning ney from his father. In 1965 he began studying with Umit Gurelman and soon after started lessons with Niyazi Sayin which continued for many years. In the following two decades he participated in many … Continue reading Artist Profiles: Omer Erdogdular

Artist Profiles: Omar Sermini

Son of Cheikh Mohammed Sermini, Omar Sermini was born in Aleppo in Syria. He studied under the best of master musicians such as Abderahman Moudallal and Nadim Darwish. Omar worked in the field of invocations and enrolled at the Arab Music Institute where he learned to read music and play the ‘ud. He has taken … Continue reading Artist Profiles: Omar Sermini