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Musicport Festival 2014 and a return to Whitby Pavilion 17th -19th October

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musicport_graphic_2014_7_0.jpg Just when you thought the music festivals were all over until next Spring, Musicport returns to Whitby Pavilion with a bold and eclectic line up. One that includes the return home of Whitby's most famous son, Arthur Brown, bringing his crazy world of music to the main stage on Sunday. If that's not enough on its own, to entice you up to the coastal resort from whence explorer Captain James Cook once sailed and where Count Dracula decided to settled down, then read on. Read more »

Afrovibes Festival 2014

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afrovibes.jpgFounded in the Netherlands to showcase artists form South Africa the festival expanded to include the UK in 2010 and has become a valued addition to the UK arts circuit receiving support form the Arts Council. Under the Artistic directon of South African director / actor, James Ngcobo the festival has a stunning mix of music and drama. Read more »

From cellphone file sharing - Mdou Moctar receives a full release on Sahel Sounds

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mdou_moctar_autotune_0.jpgSpaced out autotune from Niger. Tuareg guitar accompanied with loping drum machines and vocal plug ins, interpreted via the filter of Bollywood influenced Hausa pop. Mdou Moctar’s debut studio recording from 2008, was never officially released but widely distributed via the cellphone file sharing networks of the Sahara. A monumental record sonically, but also as one of the first modern electronic adaptations of Tuareg guitar. Download from Bandcamp webpages and explore. Read more »

World Music Charts September 2014

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wmce_logo_0_0.jpg Roll up Roll up for September's World Music charts, a new number one, four new entries are par tof this months top twenty as selcted by the European jury from 130 nominated cd's. Read more for the full top twenty and a link to the charts to discover more.

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Finding Fela! - New feature length documentary and double cd soundtrack

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fela_small.jpgPress Release: After the world premiere at Sheffield Doc Fest, Academy Award® winning director Alex Gibney returns to UK screens this autumn with a cinematic release on 5th September for 'Finding Fela', an utterly compelling and hypnotic portrait of visionary Nigerian musician and social activist, Fela Kuti. 'Finding Fela' is the story of the man who created the musical movement Afrobeat, and who then went on to use it as a form of political protest against the Nigerian dictatorship, becoming a revolutionary, hero and legend.

Capturing the essence of the documentary film from a musical perspective is the 'Finding Fela' soundtrack. The double album includes 15 of Fela's classic tracks, together with an interpretation of "Zombie" from the Fela! Broadway musical, and a never-before released, magical live version of "Colonial Mentality", recorded at the New Afrika Shrine in Lagos by the cast of the musical and featuring Fela's son Femi Kuti on saxophone. Read more »

Chinbat Baasankhuu - The Art of the Mongolian Yatga - ARC music

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yatga.jpg Press Release from Arc Music The Art of the Mongolian Yatga by Chinbat Baasankhuu [pronounced ‘bar-san-hoo’l is likely to be the first full Mongolian yatga recording widely available outside Mongolia and includes techniques only possible at the highest levels of yatga accomplishment.Traditionally the yatga — a bowed zither with movable bridges — was played vertically during royal occasions at Mongolian court, complete with an ornate swan’s head and strings made from animal intestines. Today, the yatga is played horizontally with strings of silk and steel without the decor of a swan’s head, Mongolian wolf or deer. Read more »

August 2014 World Music Charts

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wmce_logo.jpgCompiled by Johannes Theurer on behalf of the World Music Workshop of the EBU. Supported by WDR Funkhaus Europa here's the top twenty from over 123 cd's voted for by a jury of over 40 radio DJ's across Europe including DJ Ritu ( BBC Three Counties ) Lopa Kothari ( BBC Radio 3) and Max Reinhardt ( BBC Radio 3) from here in the UK ...... Read more »

New Stage at WOMAD "The Society of Sound"

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Real World and Bowers & Wilkins are presenting the Society of Sound stage at WOMAD 2014. Over the weekend the stage will feature an eclectic array of sound pioneers and musical adventurers celebrating the art of listening through live performances, DJ sets and interactive events. These performances will be delivered in crystal clear audio quality by a bespoke Sound System specially created by British hi-fi experts Bowers & Wilkins. Read more »

Amira Kheir , new album Alsahraa on Sterns and WOMAD 2014 date

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amirakheir-alsaharaa-albumcover_0.jpg Press Release: Following the release of her critically acclaimed first album 'View From Somewhere' (2011), Sudanese-Italian singer Amira Kheir launched her highly anticipated second album 'Alsahraa' (Contro Cultura Music/ Sterns) at Rich Mix on the 20th of February. A stunning set of minimalism and experimentation, Amira takes her opening statement made in 'View From Somewhere' even further - exploring Sudanese tradition through a jazz articulation, touches of blues and a lot of soul. With refined fluency in improvisation and through electric conversations with her long standing band of virtuosos featuring guitarist Camilo Menjura, double bassist Michele Montolli, drummer Leandro Mancini and special guests and long time collaborators oud player Nadir Ramzy, trumpet player James MacKay, Nay player Kalia Baklizanaki and Senegalese singer Abdoulaye Samb, Amira takes her mission to bold new heights with this second album. Available world wide and on iTunes Amira Kheir is also appearing at WOMAD 2014 at UK's Charlton Park. Read more »

Imed Alibi, new album Safar out now plus WOMAD date

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imed_alibi.jpgImed Alibi makes world music. Modern world music. A world of rhythms, beats, melody, ideas, transformation, technology and passion. In a world where everything is fluid, they transcend all notions of time, space and musical genre. The brainchild of percussion virtuoso, Imed Alibi, former member of The Boukakes, who’s played with everyone from Mamdouh Bahri to Watcha Clan, his is a music built on the percussive foundations of Berber and Sufi rhythms, a violin surfing an orchestral wave, digital beats lapping at its feet, a heavyweight bassline grounding its race to the shore. Read more »

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