Afro-Cuban All Stars to Perform at Barbican

The celebrated Afro-Cuban All Stars are set to perform Sunday, July 15, 2018 at Barbican Hall in London. Juan de Marcos González leads the acclaimed Cunban emsemble. The band concert will feature veteran maestros of the Havana music scene as well as representatives of the next generations of Cuban music. The line-up includes Gliceria Abreu … Continue reading Afro-Cuban All Stars to Perform at Barbican

Acclaimed Ugandan Musician Geoffrey Oryema Dies at 65

Ugandan media, and his official Facebook site, reported today the passing of celebrated world music artist Geoffrey Oryema. Oryema was born in Uganda and had been living in France. His greatest hit was “Land of Anaka” from his 1990 album Exile. For biographical information and discography, go to Artist Profiles: Geoffrey Oryema

Artist Profiles: Areti Ketime

Areti Ketime (????? ??????) was born July 26, 1989. She began playing santur from the age of 6. Areti grew up in a family closely connected to the traditional music and celebrations of Greece. Thus she was exposed to music in a completely natural way from her earliest childhood. At the age of 15 (in … Continue reading Artist Profiles: Areti Ketime

Artist Profiles: Angélique lonatos

Born in Athens, Angélique Ionatos left her country in 1969 and moved to Belgium, and then later to France. In 1972, she recorded as a duet with her brother, Photis Resurrections, which allowed her to win the Gustavo Beytelmann price and to give a real start to her French career. She recorded an additional record … Continue reading Artist Profiles: Angélique lonatos

Artist Profiles: Andreas Kapsalis Trio

Andreas Kapsalis is a Greek American born in Illinois. The Andreas Kapsalis Trio represents the perfect alliance of eight-fingered guitar virtuosity, outstanding melodic themes and rhythmic variations on percussion. Kapsalis’s solo guitar orchestra (his guitar playing often sounds like three guitarists not one) and the pulse of African and Middle Eastern drums, played by versatile … Continue reading Artist Profiles: Andreas Kapsalis Trio

Artist Profiles: Alkistis Protopsalti

Alkistis Protopsalti was born in 1954 in Alexandria, Egypt. Her parents were Greek. The family was forced to return to Greece when political circumstances became adverse for the Greeks living in Egypt. Alkistis Protopsalti is one of the most important artists in Greece. Both his live appearances and her discography have been full of beauty … Continue reading Artist Profiles: Alkistis Protopsalti

WOMEX 2018 Unveils the Second Set of World Music Showcases

The World Music Expo (WOMEX) revealed this week the rest of the artists selected to perform in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Spain) in October 2018. Additional Showcase Artists Announced: Ariwo (Cuba/Iran/UK) Bakolo Music International (DR Congo) Edina Szirtes Mókus Looper Project (Hungary) Etenesh Wassie Trio (Ethiopia/France) Evritiki Zygia (Greece) The Garifuna Collective (Belize) Gulaza … Continue reading WOMEX 2018 Unveils the Second Set of World Music Showcases

Kronos Quartet Recipient of 2018 WOMEX Artist Award

Acclaimed string ensemble Kronos Quartet is set to receive the 2018 WOMEX Artist Award. The award ceremony will include a live concert in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain. WOMEX (World Music Expo) 2018 takes place in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, October 24?28, 2018. Kronos Quartet is a trailblazing ensemble that has collaborated with … Continue reading Kronos Quartet Recipient of 2018 WOMEX Artist Award

Artist Profiles: Alekos K. Vretos

Alekos K. Vretos was born in Athens in 1976. In 1978 his family moved to Argos were he grew up. His father was in love with music so he took him for piano lessons at the age of three. That was Alekos’ first contact with music. His first piano teacher was Mrs. Eleni Apostolaki. At … Continue reading Artist Profiles: Alekos K. Vretos

Artist Profiles: Rocky Dawuni

Rocky Dawuni was born January 22, 1969 in Ghana. He burst onto the African reggae scene in the early 1990s as the lead singer of the Ghanaian reggae group Local Crisis at the Pan African Music Festival held in Accra. In their debut performance, Dawuni’s mesmerizing stage presence and powerful songs secured the group hero … Continue reading Artist Profiles: Rocky Dawuni