Artist Profiles: Omiri

Omiri is the project of Portuguese multi-instrumentalist and composer Vasco Ribeiro Casais. Omiri combines Portuguese traditional folk music with electronics and stunning live visuals. In 2019, Omiri released Alentejo Vol.I: Évora. Invited by the Évora City Council, Omiri collected the traditions, arts, cante (traditional singing from Alentejo), crafts and rituals of the local people with … Continue reading Artist Profiles: Omiri

Robust Finnish Presence at WOMEX 2019

The World Music Expo 2019 starts next week in Tampere, Finland. Tampere is the 3rd largest city in Finland and a multi-talented music hub. It is the home for numerous high-quality festivals, events and music companies. Finnish music will play a key role this year. The Opening concert is titled Arctic Fire ? Pohjoiset tulet. … Continue reading Robust Finnish Presence at WOMEX 2019

Artist Profiles: Pekko Käppi

Composer, producer, researcher and ethnomusicologist Pekko Käppi was born in 1976. He is a jouhikko player from Tampere and a part-time instructor at the Sibelius Academy. He has a band called K:H:H:L. Pekko Käppi’s style combines folk, rock and blues. Discography: Kalastajia ja kaivostyöläisiä, EP (Amerikan Peikko Records, Kuusi Pientä Kustantajaa, 2001) ??????? ???? ??? … Continue reading Artist Profiles: Pekko Käppi

Artist Profiles: Pauanne

Finnish band Pauanne explores the pagan traditions of Finnish folk music. The trio has uncovered and collected long-lost folk music that includes stories of spells and curses, the dreams of a shepherd, 17th century witch hunts and magical iron fences that repel invaders. The trio includes Kukka Lehto on violin; Tero Pennanen on Hammond organ … Continue reading Artist Profiles: Pauanne

Latin Jazz Maestro Ray Santos Dies at 90

Musician and composer Ray Santos died October 17, 2019. Ray Santos was born December 28, 1928 in New York City to Puerto Rican parents. Known as “El Maestro” by his fans and fellow musicians, was a leading expert on Afro-Caribbean music. His Juilliard School training allowed him to cross borders with success, honesty and class. … Continue reading Latin Jazz Maestro Ray Santos Dies at 90

Futuristic Cuban and Brazilian Sounds Rooted in Yoruban Traditions

Afrosideral ? El Olimpo de los Orishas (Wonderwheel Recordings, 2019) El Olimpo De Los Orishas is an irresistible global electronica album by Cuban musician Kumar Sublevao-Beat also known as Afrosideral. A former rapper, Kumar embraced world music when he moved to Spain. El Olimpo de los Orishas is a superb tribute to Yoruban music and … Continue reading Futuristic Cuban and Brazilian Sounds Rooted in Yoruban Traditions

The Nine Day Navaratri Sangeetothsavam 2019 by Ekata Muscat at Muscat

Ekata Muscat hosted a 9-day Navaratri Sangeetothsavam from September 29 to October 7, 2019 at Al Masaa Hall, Ruwi Muscat which was well organized and well attended by music lovers in large number on all the days. This is the second year of this organization celebrating Navaratri sangeethothsavam. Artists and musicians from all over Muscat … Continue reading The Nine Day Navaratri Sangeetothsavam 2019 by Ekata Muscat at Muscat

Artist Profiles: Taimane

Vocalist and ukulele virtuoso Taimane Gardner was born on February 13, 1989 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Taimane ? which means ?diamond? in Samoan ? began playing the ukulele at age 5. At 13, while playing on the beach with local musicians, she was discovered by Hawaiian music icon Don Ho and invited to be part of … Continue reading Artist Profiles: Taimane

Ajay Srivastav: Indian Folk Music Meets Delta Blues

Ajay Srivastav ? Karmic Blues (Scion Records, 2019) British composer, singer-songwriter and guitarist Ajay Srivastav combines American Delta blues resonator and slide guitar with Indian musical forms and instruments, including tabla and tanpura. On Karmic Blues, he also uses string ensembles and bass that provide a rich tapestry of sounds, incorporating dreamy classical and Indian … Continue reading Ajay Srivastav: Indian Folk Music Meets Delta Blues

Artist Profiles: Tanemotion

Tanemotion is a Korean genre-crossover band featuring a mix traditional Korean musical instruments and modern instruments. The band?s name ?Tanemotion? is a composite, meaning Tan+emotion. ?Tan? is a Korean word similar to ?play?, especially used in playing traditional strings. Tanemotion’s sound features jazz, pansori and Korean roots. Since 2010, they have played at rock, jazz … Continue reading Artist Profiles: Tanemotion